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recs: Chocolate Box art recs

I have spent a glorious three-day weekend swimming in the Chocolate Box collection. I'm probably just about done reading, but I have so much stuff to rec that I'm going to do it in stages. So, let's start with the art recs!

All are SFW unless otherwise noted.

The Terror: breathe - Silna+Tuunbaq. Reccing this again because I am still ALL HEARTEYES.

The Hobbit: Evergreen - Bard the Bowman/Thranduil, kissing, lovely colors.

Deus Ex: House Call - Adam/Vaclav. Borderline NSFW. Shirtless kissing, great lighting.

DCEU: Ebb and Flow - Wonder Woman/Mera. Underwater kissing, gorgeous colors, gorgeous everything.

The Dragon Prince: Left Hand Man - Harrown/Viren. Some lovely m/m kissing action.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Waiting for Rescue - Jadzia/Kria. Tender hurt/comfort.

A Charm of Magpies - KJ Charles: Home - Jonah/Ben. A lovely homely family scene, great details and warm colors.

Yakuza: Smoke Break - Majima Goro/Nishitani Homare. Quality m/m kissing, great use of a limited palette, hot hot hot.

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Chocolate Box goodies

You guys, I LUCKED. OUT. I got such delicious goodies for a number of my fandoms. If anything, this round really brought home the value of asking for exactly what you want, because I got gifts written to some very niche requests of my heart. <3

The Terror
Please check out this gorgeous art I received. It's for The Terror, but you don't have to have seen the show to appreciate the beautiful lines and the intimacy of an Inuit girl and her monster bear. <3

Witness - Silna/Goodsir, 800 words.
A neat canon-divergence fic with some very intriguing ideas of Goodsir caught in the middle of a negotiation between science and the spiritual realm.

in stature, grace, and hue - Gamora/Heimdall, 2900 words
My tiny tiny rarepair, with a cool canon-divergence twist and pitch-perfect characterization for not just Gamora and Heimdall but the whole cameo ensemble.

a strange circumstance - Heimdall/Thor, 4300 words
MY SPACE HOOKER AU PROMPT. This fic is *fire emoji*, with quality bottom Thor and some intriguingly mysterious backstory.

Catching - Bucky/Shuri, 700 words
And now my mpreg prompt! This author does a lot in a short space re: what Bucky's perspective of this development might be, and I love his and Shuri's easy established relationship.

The Magnus Archives
Caretaker - Jon/Martin, 1200 words
In which Jon is knocked up by a monster, and Martin takes care of him. Satisfyingly creepy in the classic TMA vein, and some very nice incidental belly kink.

Castle Rock
you bet your life - Henry Deaver/The Kid, 2000 words
A really intriguing and creative expansion of the show's mythology. I love the interpretation of the kid as a predator, with lots of crunchy imagery to go with.

Fallen London / Sunless Sea
Replete - Likely Lass/Zee-Captain, 900 words
F/F with delicious food porn worthy of Brian Jacques and some very nice belly kink with porn after. <3

The Vigil - Tireless Mechanic/Zee-Captain, 2100 words
In which the zee-captain serves the mechanic a long series of extremely esoteric dishes for the captain's own amusement. This has got all the weirdness of the Neath on full display. DELIGHTFUL.

Hockey RPF
The Good Spot - Murray/Rust, 7200 words
Man, this fic is just FULL OF FEELS of being queer in a straight society, and the different ways that plays out in different people's lives. I cried.

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things to write for

The fills post is up for body talk, the Porn Battle-style porn comment fest. Lotta good fandoms there for the browsing. *eyes*

[community profile] unusual_bearings: nominations are open! I'm still dithering between this and Smut Swap, to the point that I went to sleep thinking about Rey/Kylo Ren mpreg and had a very plotty Reylo dream where they were engaged, both he AND his parents (not Han or Leia) were secretly evil, and also there was a lot of talk about chestnuts. Seriously, like, whole discussions about candied chestnuts and recipes therefor.

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watch Dylan O'Brien kiss a guy

Weird City 1.01 "The One". Do you want a sci-fi anthology show that's described as "a goofier, lighter-hearted Black Mirror"? Do you want it created by Jordan Peele and available free on YouTube?

Most importantly, do you want the first ep to be about Dylan O'Brien in a May-December m/m soulmate romance? I think you will find that you do!!!

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this feels very 2010 LJ

But not in a bad way. Signal boosting some events going on elsewhere on DW!

[personal profile] firstaudrina is hosting a multifandom friending meme. It's a very different mix of questions from the one I did a few months ago. I enjoyed using them to procrastinate on Chocolate Box treats filling them out.

[personal profile] girljustdied is hosting a Porn Battle-style porny comment ficathon. Go forth and prompt/fill!

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Fanfic Trope Showdown

(Nabbed from a bunch of people!) Go here and you too can express all your trope opinions. Or almost all; I feel like the last time I did one of these, it had an mpreg option? And this has none, woe. However, on the whole my top 12 are correct, except I wasn't aware of being that attached to selfcest. I think I only got one question on it! And I put in a lot of work to get all those non-canon AUs at the bottom.

Rank Name
1 Royals/Political Marriage Turns Into Feelings
1 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
1 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
1 A/B/O
1 Loyalty Kink
1 Selfcest (possibly due to time travel)
1 Supernatural Creature/Human Romance
1 Magical Connection (Telepathy, etc)
9 Fairy Tale/Mythology AU
9 They Break Up (but then They Get Back Together)
9 Amnesia Fic
9 Hurt/Comfort
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Give us some recs for gen, het, or f/f fic focused one of the cosmic MCU's many great female characters. Or art! Or vids! Or whatever medium you like. :D

EDIT: lol I posted this to my personal blog instead of the comm. /o\ Please direct all future cosmic female character recs here.

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a smattering of things

* I'm having a really great time talking to people about horror, and I have gotten so many great-looking recs. I feel like I could happily spend the next two months doing nothing but hunting down recs from that post and watching them.

* I'm contemplating [community profile] smutswap (multi-fandom porn exchange) and [community profile] unusual_bearings (multi-fandom exchange for non-PIV pregnancies). I definitely should not do both. I've already nominated a bunch of stuff for Smut Swap because I can't help myself, but I do also have a bunch of canons I want mpreg for, so an all-mpreg signfup for Unusual Bearings is extremely appealing. Meanwhile I'm seeing talk for [community profile] fandom5k, which I've always been intrigued by but too busy for. HMM.

* I bought Sunless Sea in the Steam sale, so I guess I will finally give that a shot. However, I gather that it actually requires a certain degree of skill, and one of the things I've always liked about Fallen London is that it requires ZERO skills. So we will see.

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SPN recs #15

Just a handful this time.

Horse Skull by [archiveofourown.org profile] story_monger
Jo+Ellen casefic, 13k. FRIENDS. This is the Jo+Ellen complicated familial relationship casefic I have been wanting FOR YEARS and here it is!! I love how it explores all the ways Jo and Ellen don't fit and yet keep trying anyway, and the case itself is suitably weird and creepy, with that great sense of place that's so integral to SPN. The desert setting is great. HIGHLY recommended.

History/Entertainment/Sports and Leisure by de_nugis
Sam/Castiel, one-shot. Angsty and great. All Sam's dysfunction is on display, sexual and otherwise, and these points of human connection, and then into the angst there are these startling, perfect injections of humor.

Four People Ruby Seduced & One She Actually Fell For (Or: Ruby's Epic Love Affair with Humanity in General and Sam in Specific) by [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesday
Ruby/many, 4k. In which Ruby has a lot of sex, is not any kind of therapist that would be legal, and helps a few people out for her own reasons. This has multiple pairings (Ruby/Castiel! Ruby/Jo!) that I've kept an eye out for for years. The Jo/Ruby in particular was delicious. A fun character study of a complicated character. Delightful.

So how did Sam ingest ALL that demon blood in 5.22? by anon
Sam+Dean, one-shot. Ummm this is a kinky little belly-inflation commentfic someone wrote many moons ago on the SPN anon meme, and I hunted it down again because I still think about it all these years later. *__* If you are into that sort of thing, then you absolutely should read this fic.

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(this counts as shitposting, right?)

I think Envies are my new favorite kind of apple. It's been Honeycrisps for a long time, but the Envy is a little less overwhelmingly sweet and has a milder flavor, and the flesh is nicely firm.

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I guess I'm a horror fan?

At some point in the past five years or so I've taken a hard swerve into horror as a genre. I've sought out more horror canons than in the rest of my life combined. And I... am not sure why? I've found myself craving stories about fucked-up people in fucked-up situations. Maybe too much tropey hockey RPF romance? I'm not sure that can explain all of it, though. I've always been a late bloomer, so maybe now in my mid-30s I'm hitting my edgy teen phase.

Now, consuming a lot of horror doesn't mean I LIKE that much of it, and a lot of what I do like might better be categorized as horror-adjacent. A non-exhaustive list of stuff I've loved recently:
* The Magnus Archives
* The Terror (TV)
* The Awakening (2011)
* I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
* The Quiet Place (2018)
* The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson (although I've loved this for longer than five years)
* The Haunting of Hill House (TV)
* Castle Rock (TV)
* The Elementals - Michael McDowell
* Fallen London (some people count this as horror? the horror elements are my favorite parts, anyway)
* The Innsmouth Legacy - Ruthanna Emrys (again, is this even horror at all? IDK but I adore the melancholy and the worldbuilding, especially in the first book - there's something incredibly soothing about the timescales on which Aphra's people are accustomed to thinking)

Stuff I have tried and not loved, but found interesting:
* The Babadook (2014)
* The Descent (2005)
* Teeth (2007)
* Sleepaway Camp (1983)
* It Follows (2014)
* Ravenous (1999)
* The Witch (2015)
* Bird Box (2018)
* Get Out (2018)
* Annihilation (2018)
* Ginger Snaps (2000)
* Tag (2015)
* Alien, Aliens, and Alien: Resurrection
* The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor Lavelle
* The Winter People - Jennifer McMahon (this actually was fucking awesome except for all the racism!!)
* The Southern Reach trilogy (tbh I kind of hated this, but at least now I know what's in it)

I've never called myself a horror fan before, though, because I'm so incredibly picky about it. I have no interest in gore, torture-porn, or slasher, and I also don't like jump moments very much, which really cuts out a lot of the genre!

I do like horror comedy (which Ravenous kind of is, and older favorites like The Frighteners and Black Sheep definitely are). I like horror focused on women. I like historical horror and horror that has a really strong sense of place and setting. I love body horror, although that generally seems to be more an element than a genre of its own. I love horror where the horror is in the ideas as much as or more than the execution; I'm more interested in horror that follows you to the fridge than horror that's solely an experience in the moment. I love stories with horror elements that are less about those elements than about the characters they impact (see: the Haunting of Hill House show). I prefer horror that has some kind of speculative element in it, which to me is a key difference between horror and thrillers.

On the whole I think prose is a better medium for horror for me than movies, but I haven't had a ton of luck actually finding prose horror I want. OTOH I love horror takes on my non-horror fandoms and wish there was more fic like that out there. Being invested in the characters before the horror begins goes a long way, for me.

I don't really have a conclusion here. Taste in fiction - how does it work?

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fic recs: original works

This is an oddball array of recs. Most posted to AO3, but one not.

SCP-1733 - The SCP is a wiki-like horror fiction project where people write "articles" describing strange and eerie objects in the possession of an archive and research institute. This one's a personal fav - a very nifty twist on the time-honored Groundhog Day/time loop trope, with bonus sports.

The Course of Honour by [archiveofourown.org profile] Avoliot
117k, m/m, political marriage fic in space with a charming party boy, a serious-minded woobie, and all the pining the heart could want. Also plot! I got to read this as a WIP, and man it was so much fun. (CW for significant focus on the woobie's history of emotional abuse.)

Blackbird Claw, Raven Wing by [archiveofourown.org profile] Violsva
3.6, f/f, political marriage. Princess Catarina is dismissed to rural seclusion, and makes it her own. I especially enjoy femslash that's a bit more on the melancholy side, and I really enjoy how this one balances the melancholy with the romance with Catarina coming into her own.

the only game in town by [archiveofourown.org profile] thisbluespirit
16k, m/f, snowed in, hurt/comfort. A gentle romance centered around two strangers trying to be kind to each other. I loved the retro feel of it - it's set in 1960s England, and it very much feels like a novel from that era or perhaps slightly earlier.

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comm links

There's a variety of reccing comms around DW. Here are a couple that I would like to make an effort to post to once in a while:

[community profile] bestthingever: For reccing your new favorite recently-posted fanwork. Open reccing. Fanwork should be three months old or less.

[community profile] fancake: Themed recs, with the new theme posted at the beginning of the month. Open reccing. January's month is Five Things Fics (and other fanworks, I guess - usually the themes are a little less tied to a specific medium).

These are both the kinds of communities that work the best if a lot of people make a little contribution each. Maybe you can think of a fic or piece of fanart from the past three months that you'd like to tell people about?

Also, [personal profile] melannen in her post about comms (which inspired this post) mentioned a comm I wasn't familiar with, [community profile] fanart_recs. You sign up to rec four pieces of fanart for a fandom of your choice over the space of a month. I might do this one soon.

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old-fashion comment meme

Love to see these happening again. This one's for dark femslash, which is soooo rtmi. And perhaps some of yours?

banner for the dark femslash ficathon
Comment meme here!

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belated BtVS opinion

Buffy 2.18 "Killed by Death" is a Supernatural episode starring Buffy Summers, before Supernatural existed. Same horror vibe, fairy-tale worldbuilding, genuine sense of peril, iddy woobieness.

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Posting Meme: top 5 movies

Oh look, at long last I'm responding to these again!

I'd like to hear about your top five films. for [personal profile] ever_neutral
If we're talking "best" then I have absolutely no idea how to answer this question, and even "favorite" is really pushing it, so instead I have a list of my five most rewatchable movies:

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - I started with (IMO) the most accessible of the Coen Brothers movies and spent the next fifteen years searching for another I liked half so well, although True Grit did come pretty close. Anyway: endlessly quotable, great music, George Clooney doing comedy. A modern classic.

Ocean's 11 (2001) - I'm not actually a huge Clooney fan, just somehow these are both on the list. This is so stylish, moderately clever, a great cast with great chemistry, great soundtrack, everyone looking very good in very expensive-looking clothes. I've seen the Rat Pack original, and IMO it doesn't hold a candle to the remake.

LoTR: The Two Towers (2002) - I feel like this trio of movies defined my young adulthood like the original Star Wars trilogy did for a lot of people a generation before. Nothing else will ever measure up. I like the feeling of middle-ness about TTT, how it feels like you've always been in the middle of this struggle, the beginning far behind us and no end in sight, and the battle of Helm's Deep is my favorite big action set piece of the whole trilogy. It also has my favorite score of the three, maybe because of that same feeling of middle-ness.

Hot Fuzz (2007) - A DELIGHT. Love the genre sendup, love Frost and Pegg, love the slashy dynamic that doesn't even feel like subtext.

Pacific Rim (2013) - del Toro's films always feel a little lacking in substance for me, no matter how gorgeous, but if you add GIANT MONSTERS fighting GIANT ROBOTS it turns out I don't even need substance. Visually stunning and the score is composed by Ramin Djawadi, who has sneakily become my favorite film/TV composer.

This list is awfully dude-heavy. Give me another three years and Mad Max: Fury Road or Thor: Ragnarok might displace one of these, but it's too early to tell right now. Other honorable mentions are The Matrix, Men in Black, Newsies, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

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hockey fic recs #25

Wow, twenty-five of these posts. Welp, I'm still working on clearing out the Pinboard "to rec" tag, so here's seven more.

Trespass by [archiveofourown.org profile] Maur
Sid/Geno, 13k. Geno dreamwalks, and Sid's kind of an anglerfish (but also kind of a Lovecraftian horror). Ultimately a romance, but with a lot of inventive worldbuilding and deliciously dark undertones that I really enjoyed.

Untitled S/G mpreg watersports by anon
Sid/Geno, one-shot. I enjoyed a lot of the fics for [tumblr.com profile] zhenyabest's Kinktober project, but this was probably my fav. Mpreg, bodily betrayal, and watersports, three of my favorite things.

and you're a strike of lightning by [archiveofourown.org profile] dadvans
Sid/Geno, 3.5k, Nightmare Before Christmas fusion. Geno moves to Chrismastown to play hockey, but sometimes it's a rough transition. I DO NOT EVEN LIKE THAT MOVIE, and this was still the fucking best. I love all the little worldbuilding details.

Art: sharp and sweet by [archiveofourown.org profile] flamingo_sex
Sid/Geno, bloodplay, borderline nsfw? Sweet and hot.

A Battle, a War by [archiveofourown.org profile] reginalds
Guentzel/OMC, Sid/Geno, 9k. Jake works through some personal identity stuff, and Sid helps. Kind of. I'm a huge sucker for stories about queer people in different stages of life helping each other figure their shit out, and this was a lovely example. <3

Just to see you smile by [archiveofourown.org profile] neveranygoodupthere
Dumoulin/Letang, 1k. Lemon ice and summertime and flirtiness. Very sweet fic for one of my favorite rarepairs.

Catbird by [archiveofourown.org profile] inlovewithnight
Ekblad + Panthers gen, 1k. Wingfic, preening, hurt/comfort. Just very sweet, quiet comfort during a bad season. <3

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fic and art recs: The Terror

I started my year off right by watching ten hours of ice, misery, and cannibalism, and then I went and read a bunch of fic for it. Here are the highlights so far! My biases definitely show, ie this is mostly Crozier/Fitzjames and fic about Silna, with a surprise Goodsir/Hickey rec and also some nice fanart.

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fic recs: TV canons

As I continue to clean out old bookmarks, here are some fics for assorted TV canons, all from long enough ago that I don't have any specific commentary to share, I just remember I liked them.

Wynonna Earp: Landslide by [archiveofourown.org profile] belikebumblebee - Waverly Earp, 1k. Eighteen marks the turning point of Waverly's anger.

Sense8: al mal tiempo buena cara by [archiveofourown.org profile] merle_p - Will/Wolfgang, 3k. “Jesus,” Will says. He is pacing the room, rubbing a distracted hand across his face. His cheeks are flushed, there is sweat pooling in the back of his neck, and he can’t even blame the Mexican heat for that, since the A/C in the apartment is working just fine. Wolfgang looks up from his phone with a smirk. “They are at it again, aren’t they.” It’s not a question.

Leverage: It's a Long Way to Zanzibar by [archiveofourown.org profile] facetofcathy - Hardison/Parker/Eliot, 12k. It seemed like a good idea at the time—a road trip to the Grand Canyon—although Eliot doesn't actually remember agreeing to the idea. He figures it'll be fine as long as he does most of the driving.

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mcu_cosmic still going!

My little cosmic MCU comm that could is still chugging along! I haven't mentioned it here lately, but I wanted to point out that we do weekly roundups of all our posts, if you ever want a quick snapshot of what the comm is up to. I just posted a call for vid recs this evening.

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food I have made

As I get settled into the new year and a new schedule at work and recover from the holidays, I've deliberately put aside a lot of fannish stuff for the month. Instead I've focused on yoga (I'm doing Adriene Mishler's 30-day yoga thing) and household chores and sleep AND also cooking.

For one thing, I tackled those beets I mentioned last time! It turned out I had fewer pounds than I thought, but I did make several delicious beet things. And also some other new recipes.

Beets with garlic-walnut sauce - This was not something I need on a regular basis, but as a special occasional thing, I enjoyed it. It'd make a nice cold side item to take to pot-lucks.

Borscht - I opted for [personal profile] rosefox's recipe, because beef. This was delicious! For texture, I cubed all the beets instead of shredding some. We decided almost immediately that the only thing the potatoes added was volume; I won't be bothering with those in the future. I kept forgetting to take the sour cream to work, so what I ended up with was essentially tangy beef stew with beets in, which I enjoyed very much. Will make again.

Lemon-shallot pasta - In between servings I kept thinking I probably didn't like this very much, because I'm not usually into parsley or raw tomatoes on pasta, but when it was actually on my plate I liked it a lot. I think it was definitely better the second day, after the flavors in the sauce had settled into the pasta a little. Will make again.

Cannoli pound cake - This was fine? Somehow I hoped for more from a cake with ricotta cheese in it. It's very possible that the key to my disappointment is that I just don't like cake very much most of the time. It also ended up a little crustier than I wanted, because of how long it took for the inside to finish cooking. It disappeared pretty fast when I took it in to work, though.

Spicy tuna-stuffed avocadoes - These were divine. The salt of the soy sauce, the tang of the lime juice, the avocado creaminess... MMMMM. I caught the avocado when it was exactly ripe, too. Highly recommend.

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on DW as a platform

A couple of links:
"fandom meta discussions on Mastodon" (but this is a DW post) by [personal profile] doctorsidrat
How Dreamwidth today is different from Livejournal fifteen years ago. by [personal profile] muccamukk (this one's a few weeks old, but still lots of interesting discussion in comments)

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media consumed

Bird Box: On one hand, I'm really glad Sandra Bullock is still getting interesting work, and it's interesting to compare this to A Quiet Place, which is absolutely its spiritual twin. OTOH I am so fucking pissed that the apocalypse happened and our movie is still about judging a mother for being too emotionally closed-off and not ~nurturing enough. SO. PISSED.

Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse. Okay, the story here was fine, I enjoyed it, but the animation was fucking amazing. If you think you have even the remotest interest in this movie, I strongly encourage you to go watch it in the theater on the big screen. I feel like after twenty years of animation studios trying to be Pixar, someone finally realized you can use today’s technology to do more than animate really realistic seaweed. Just incredibly gorgeous and creative.

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor Lavalle. This was sold to me as an interesting subversion on Lovecraftian horror, being about Lovecraft's horrors from the perspective of a black man. I didn't think it was very good, unfortunately. The characters all felt extremely thin. I could never get a good sense of who our protagonist was supposed to be at the beginning, so it was hard to really appreciate his transformation.

I think I might have liked it better if I hadn't kept waiting for it to live up to the tag line: People move to New York looking for magic, and nothing will convince them it isn't there. This... has nothing whatsoever to do with the book. The book is not urban fantasy, the only recent New York arrivals we encounter are beleaguered immigrants who have better things to worry about than magic, and there's magic in the book from like page three, so anyone convinced there's magic in New York would be right anyway.

The Terror: I described this to someone as "Ice and misery and a bear monster and then there's cannibalism at the end. It's great!" Honestly in all the time I've heard about this show (and the novel before it), I've always been confused by why the story needed a bear monster. The actual historical expedition died miserable deaths all by themselves, no monsters required! I do not feel like watching the show illuminated me on that point; it also seemed fairly confused about what it was try to do with the monster, at least plotwise.

On the other hand, I loved the Inuit woman who came along with the monster bear and wanted more of her. Her story was adapted from the novel in ways that left a lot of open questions and interesting thematic threads regarding her relationship to the English, on both a symbolic and personal level.

More generally, I enjoyed the whole show (it's a 10-episode miniseries) a lot. The cast was fantastic, there were lots of delightfully icy wastes, and I came out with several ships. No, not that kind of ship. I've spent the last week or so reading fic, which seemed thematically appropriate while the days are still barely eight hours long. I shall have some recs soon.

I had a kids' nonfiction book about the Franklin Expedition that fascinated me when I was about eight, so I feel like that fascination has come full circle, even if the latest research suggests that the crew did not specifically die of lead poisoning, just regular malnutrition, exposure, and illness exacerbated by a zinc deficiency. Did you know they JUST found the two ships of the Franklin expedition in 2013 and 2016? After searching for them for 150 years?!?! That is pretty fucking cool.

Round Planet: This BBC documentary series (available on US Netflix) is basically a Planet Earth parody. It is DELIGHTFUL. The voiceover is frequently hilarious and never takes itself too seriously, and meanwhile this is still a legit nature documentary with original footage that included animal behaviors that my friend, who watches a LOT of nature documentaries, had never heard of before. A++, do recommend.

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2018 fic year in review

This year I posted thirty-five pieces of fic, which has to be some kind of personal record. And only five of them were drabbles! This year saw a definite shift from hockey to the MCU, in amount of brain space dedicated if not so much in word count.

I posted 82k words total, but I wrote 110k, of which 24k is tied up in my Hockey Hols fic + two other projects that will hopefully see the light of day next year! Of those already posted, there are 13 hockey fics (54k words), 13 MCU fics (16k), 2 Fallen London fics (3k), 2 Haunting of Hill House (tv) fics (2.5k) and also one-offs for Age of Youth, Buffy, Stranger Things, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Magnus Archives.

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Yuletide fic I wrote!

For my assignment I matched on The Left Hand of Darkness, which definitely isn't intimidating or anything!! I greatly enjoyed my reread once I got into it (though that first sixty pages of politics is A SLOG), and I came out of it shipping Estraven and Genly even more than I did on the first read.

The fic that resulted is, as the summary said, three conversations in a tent. I couldn't ever get either Estraven or Genly to say anything really direct about their feelings (and Genly complains about Estraven being circuitous!), but I edged near some feelings, anyway! And it was a really fun challenge to try to match Le Guin's voice. Also there's a stray Moby Dick reference that I have no excuse for.

On the Ice (1831 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Genly Ai, Therem Harth rem ir Estraven
Additional Tags: Missing Scene

Conversations in a tent at the top of the world.

I didn't think I was going to manage any treats this year, but then on Christmas Eve I got a bunny and wrote 2k of Haunting of Hill House incest porn in the three hours before the collection opened. My takeaway from it is that I want to write more f/f porn in 2019 (incest optional).

Healthy Living (1969 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Haunting of Hill House (TV 2018)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor "Nell" Crain/Theodora "Theo" Crain
Characters: Theodora "Theo" Crain, Eleanor "Nell" Crain
Additional Tags: Grief/Mourning, Sibling Incest, Nipple Play, Cunnilingus, Yuleporn

Theo is a fuck-up in a family of fuck-ups, and she loves Nell more than anyone—yeah, even Shirley, even Luke. There’s no way to keep yourself from loving Nell. That’s probably why Theo does what she asks.

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Between traveling and holiday activities, I didn't get to read as much of the collection this year as usual, but it's all going in my Kindle for later. In the meantime, here are recs for my favorite discoveries so far. First, my gifts, which were both GREAT:

I Believe the Children Are Our Future
Ron/Flip, 1300 words. In which Ron knocks Flip up and they have to figure out what they want to do about that. First it's mpreg, which I adore, and then the writing is really fun. The character dynamic is also great, to the point that it clarified to me some of what I want for this pairing. All that, AND a waterbed. I mean.

The Scar – China Mieville
Bellis Coldwine/Carrianne, 2700 words. Post-book fic, rebuilding and tending to wounds both literal and figurative. This is one of my favorite novels, and this does such a great job balancing all the logistical details of Armada after the end of the book with the personal interaction between Carrianne and Bellis, who finds she appreciates Carrianne more than she thought. Just really lovely.

More recs for Crimson Peak, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Haunting of Hill House (both novel and show), Sunless Sea, VenomCollapse )

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Does anyone have a non-fannish set of year-in-review questions that they like? I might just end up rambling a bunch, but some structure might be nice.

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So if YOU suddenly acquired 15 lbs of home-grown beets, what would YOU do with them?

Asking for a me.

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100 SFF books

Nabbed from [personal profile] makamu. I gather this list originated at Tor.com, and from the selection of authors I conclude it's a list of women and queer men (I guess? at a glance I only saw two men, surely there are more non-straight dudes in the SFF field than that???). Anyway, I plan to grab some reading ideas from it in the new year!

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My big takeaways are a) I have zero interest in manga, b) mostly I've read other works by the authors on this list, rather than the works listed, and c) there are surprisingly few stars for the ones I have read. Also kind of surprised to see no Elizabeth Bear on this list, considering how prolific she is.

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Dear Chocolate Box Author

Dear Chocolatier, thank you so much for creating a gift for me! I had a great time with this exchange last year and am excited to get to do it again. I’ve written this letter by stealing from other letters written in a variety of formats, so if one section seems wordier than another or just organized slightly different, that’s probably why.

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the state of Snick's hockey

First, look at this adorable t-shirt that is coming to my mailbox.

Second, my Penguins seem to finally be getting on track? It doesn't hurt that most of the Metro is terrible, but also we're 7-2-1 in the last ten, which is a HUGE IMPROVEMENT over October and November. Keep it up, Pens, I know you can do it.

Most importantly: BRYAN RUST. ;______; Went 29 games without a goal, then scored eight goals in nine days. Not games, DAYS. And game winners on back to back nights! Somehow out of that group of indistinguishable forwards we called the WBS kids, he has become by far my favorite (which is good, because he's the only one left). He's gained a lot of confidence in the last two years and change - it's really obvious in his interviews - but he still seems so easy-going, without much ego. Anyway I am just so happy for him.

ALSO I am very happy for Murray, who is back from injury and won a close game against the Caps!! I have fallen head over heels for Muzz in the last year or so. Partly it was his struggles last season, because truly is there anything to pull the heart strings like a struggling goalie? In the year since Flower left, Muzz has been not-so-subtly romancing Pittsburgh via his instagram, telling the city how much he loves it. He's the team's goalie now between injuries, for good or ill, which raises all sorts of delicious narrative possibilities in terms of a goalie taking ownership of a team. And then he's just such a big old hipster, with his skinny jeans and black turtlenecks and enormous plaid shirts. And his guitar! And his two enormous Newfoundlands. I want all the good things in the world for him.

(On a semi-related note, [archiveofourown.org profile] downjune just finished her Murray/Rust soulmark fic and IT'S SO GOOD. So good.)

I watched a bunch of Pens video things today, including
* their silly holiday video. This was cute! I didn't expire of secondhand embarrassment twenty seconds in, as has happened the last two years!

* their even sillier holiday video bloopers. GENO IS THE BEST, you guys. He is just such an enormous ham, I love him. ;_; Meanwhile Matt Murray is sticking a bow on Rusty's head, and apparently Dumo, Guentzy, and Schultzy actually did make cookies? I am v charmed of course. And then you have Tanger pretending he's salt bae and making faces like these:
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* the latest In the Room episode. Mostly I'm here for Rusty saying Sully is going easy on him because he hasn't scored in like a year (SOON, RUSTY) and for Sid, telling Hornqvist "You smoked me on that celly," by which he means Horny HUGGED HIM REALLY HARD. Which Sid is delighted by! Look at how delighted he is!Collapse ) Also, here's Guentzel looking like a gremlin, as usual, but kind of a cute gremlin this time?? gremlinCollapse )

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Oodles of Femslash Recs :D

With the DW resurgence, I'm seeing some talk about femslash and how much or little variety there is in femslash. I'll say I'd love if there were more iddy, tropey, messy femslash than there is now, for sure. However, there's still lots of good femslash out there, not just fluff. So how to find it?

[personal profile] sylvaine's Don't Have to Know Canon Femslash Recs Fest is a great place to start! There's an AO3 collection attached to it now with 125 recs as of this writing, across a broad range of genres and tones, it looks like.

Second, I thought I'd rec some of my own favorites, to help get people started who are looking for femslash in my fandoms. I have way more femslash recs where these came from! Since people seem to be having trouble finding non-fluff, that's the direction I leaned in selecting these fics.

SPN: Touched by [archiveofourown.org profile] story_monger - Lily Baker/OFC. Hope is something Lily Baker discarded years ago. She's not supposed to find it in the dead of winter, in a small Alaskan town besieged by demon activity. AU where Lily escapes from Cold Oak, unaware that the Winchesters have beaten Azazel.

MCU: the valiant never taste of death but once.</b> by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ias - Valkyrie/Hela, Valkyrie/Blonde Valkyrie. It is the days of Asgard's greatest glory. In the building of an empire, no one's hands are clean. Fricking awesome backstory and character exploration of Valkyrie; really adds depth to the character we see in canon.

MCU: what spring is like on jupiter (and mars) by [archiveofourown.org profile] paperclipbitch - Sharon Carter/Gamora. Gamora is probably the least easy person to get a handle on here, and Sharon is including the sentient tree who can’t say more than three words in that assessment. Delightful outsider POV of the Guardians, and a quiet romance.

MCU: gather your skeletons far inside by [archiveofourown.org profile] heroisms - Jane Foster/Gamora. Jane and Gamora, learning to speak and learning what to say. In which Jane and Gamora both have issues, and learn to work through some of them together. I love the contrast in strengths.

MCU: and the sun just goes on rising by [archiveofourown.org profile] apatternedfever - Peggy/Natasha. On a routine SHIELD extraction job, Peggy gets stuck in a time loop with the woman guarding the man she's come for. It turns out there are worse people to be stuck with. Time loop! Spy problems! Fraternizing with the enemy!

MCU: Steel Heart, Sister of Stone by [archiveofourown.org profile] scioscribe - Nebula/Gamora. Gamora looks for her sister. Nebula looks for a weapon to kill their father. In a reality-bending pavilion at the far end of a world, they both get what they want. This is the kind of fic I've wanted for this pairing ever since the first movie came out, and would like five hundred more fics of. FWIW, I could have filled this entire list just with scioscribe's stuff; she writes femslash across a ton of fandoms, large and small, and it's ALL GOOD.

Marvel 616: calm me down, get it out by [archiveofourown.org profile] defcontwo - Natasha/Yelena. Natasha and Yelena go undercover. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Fake marriage, except it's all knives and sharp edges. Fucking delightful.

Dune: Serendipity by [archiveofourown.org profile] Tamoline - Chani/Irulen. Duke Leto survives his arrival on Arrakis, allies with the Fremen and forces a compromise with the Padishah Emperor. Five years later, Irulan - still unmarried - is summoned from her near exile on Dune as Imperial Observer to testify before the High Council of the Landsraad. Naturally, not all is as it seems. But the actions of the right woman in the right place at the right time can make all the difference. Incredibly satisfying, full of plotty politics.

A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs - Aimee Picchi: An Argument For The Preservation Of The Self In Cases of Mermaid Transformation by [archiveofourown.org profile] Bakcheia - Miss Mori/Miss Holst. A long, hard road to a happy ending. Epistolary, alternating between somber Miss Holst's journal entries and the cheerful letters of a school girl boarding with her over the holidays, who reminds me very much of an L.M. Montgomery heroine.

Age of Youth: Haunting Without A License by [archiveofourown.org profile] saiditallbefore. Yoon Jin Myung is a talented Hunter, who only needs to be matched with a Communicator. Kang Yi Na is a reluctant Communicator, who doesn’t want to be in the program at all. This is a State-Mandated Ghost Hunter AU, which it turns out is the PERFECT AU for this canon and these characters.

Grace and Frankie: you will continue to need by [archiveofourown.org profile] kathrye - Grace/Frankie. After bragging about how well she sleeps alone, Frankie finds herself unable to cope with nighttime solitude. And though they're not that close – yet – Grace wants to help Frankie overcome her difficulties, despite the... unorthodox... methods involved. It's what friends do, right? // A s1 bedsharing AU. 28k of bedsharing, slow burn, and explicit sex between women of a certain age. Be still my heart.

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Sid/Olli: a brief manifesto

First, a story: When I started writing Nineteen in the summer of 2014, my entire thought process for choosing Sid/Olli as the ship was, "Who would be THE MOST awkward person to find Sid in great heat-related distress in a department store? Oh, Olli, obviously." And then of course I spent two years writing my way around to shipping the characters in that particular fic for real.

HOWEVER. In the time it took me to finish that fic, real life conspired to make Sid/Olli... not a crack ship? This bewilders and delights me to this day. So, here is a small primer on why you too should ship Sid and Olli for totally evidence-based reasons. Yes. (Backed up from Tumblr, with some corrections and additions.)

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an administrative note

Okay friends, I have two exchanges fics due in the next eight days, and for the sake of my sanity, I'm postponing the rest of posting meme (and my posting streak of 18 days) until January. I'll still be around! I will continue to shepherd [community profile] mcu_cosmic along (come join us!), and I'll probably post some unscheduled fannish thoughts, because now that I'm getting back in the blogging groove, it's going to be hard to stop.

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a philosophical question

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come rec your work at mcu_cosmic!

[community profile] mcu_cosmic is hosting a rec yo self party, where you can rec your own MCU fanworks - fic, art, whatever. So if you've written any GotG, Thor, or IW fic you're proud of, please go rec it to break the ice so I don't have to. >.>

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Posting meme: an interesting object I own

Show and tell time! Tell the story of some interesting object you have in your possession. for [personal profile] melannen

I don't really tend to be a very object-oriented person. The closest I come to souvenirs is a pretty casual and indifferently-stored collection of pressed pennies.

All of which is to say I had to think for a while before coming up with an object of interest to anyone, but then I remembered the vintage knit dress I have in my closet, which I stumbled across at a thrift store.

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The label says Saba JRS California; I assume the JRS means "juniors," but I don't know for sure. Per google, this company apparently existed in the 50s through the 80s, going by how are people advertising other clothing by them on ebay. The dress is still in quite good shape! One of the inset skirt pieces has a seam coming apart, which I need to repair, and half the clasp at the back of the neck has been replaced with thread, but it's entirely wearable.

This raises the question of why I have literally never worn it in the ~five years I've had it, and I don't know why! I think I just have never been sure how to accessorize it, what shoes to wear with it, etc. As you can see, I have some tights to match, although I worry that they might match a little too well and that maybe I need some with a little more contrast. I think definitely boots are the answer to the footwear problem - probably brown? And some big clunky gold-colored earrings? I am extremely open to suggestions.

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Fave Thor: Ragnarok character and why? (ditto for ship(s)) for [personal profile] lucifuge5
YOU HAVE SET ME AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK. I have been trying to come up with a rationale and a definition of “favorite” that will let me choose between Thor, Loki, Heimdall, and Valkyrie, and I can’t do it. I love everyone in this movie. ;___;

Ships are a tiny bit easier, if I narrow down to “ships that have actual significant fodder in the movie” as opposed to all the ships composed of two or more characters in the movie whose issues and general hotness I want to mash together in fic. So my fave ship in the fandom, hands down, is the Thor+Loki brothers relationship. As I’ve talked about before, I don’t ship it in a sexual way, for a lot of reasons but fundamentally because sex doesn’t typically add anything to their dynamic that I find interesting. However, at this point they are absolutely the most important people in each others’ lives, and I can’t handle fic that tries to characterize either of them in any other way. And they got SUCH GOOD development in this! Thor has reached a point where he can recognize Loki for who he is (while still loving him and wanting better from him), and Loki has maybe admitted to himself just how important Thor and his regard is to him. Who would have watched Thor: The Dark World and thought we could get here!! ;_;

That said, if we want to talk about actual shippy ships, then the other one that is just right there on the screen as far as I’m concerned is Val/Loki. It is a rare day when I get shippy feelings from fight scenes, but their fight on Sakaar is so fucking hot, and I am so fucking here for it. I love that they’re fairly evenly matched at first but she eventually gets the better of him, and you know what, I think Loki does too. Also they both have five million issues that intersect in really interesting ways. What Heroes Do by [archiveofourown.org profile] AliceInKinkland captures some of the potential I see for them in a post-movie context.

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Posting meme: unwanted chores

is there a chore or household task that you especially hate and would go to great lengths to avoid? What makes you dislike it so much? for [personal profile] monksandbones

As an adult there are a bunch of household chores and tasks that I feel like I'm supposed to know how to do efficiently and with minimum waste, but in practice I feel like I barely manage to do at all, wastefully, and having achieved only a minimal level of cleanliness. The one of these I hate the most and put off for the longest is cleaning the shower and bathtub. I literally only do this when I have a guest coming to stay who will want to use the shower; otherwise the shower curtain just stays closed when people come over so they don't see the orangey film left by the water, which is fairly high in minerals.

However, I DID have a guest to stay recently. This time I took someone's advice and sprayed all the soap scum with vinegar and then put paper towels on top, to keep the soap scum damp, and then came back a while later with a washcloth. It came off pretty well! Certainly it's cleaner now than it's been in uhhhh quite a long time. >.>

I also hate vacuuming, just because it's loud and annoying, but I made a New Year's resolution at the beginning of 2018 to vacuum once a week (much needed, with the two cats), and while I have not quite managed that, I have still vacuumed MUCH more in 2018 than I have probably any year in my life, so I'm calling it a success.

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