- female characters driving the action, doing the stuff, getting things done
- respectful romantic relationships
- slice of life, action adventure, drama
- AU fusions into Pacific Rim or Black Jewels universes
- happy or positive endings
- Christmas/Yuletide themes (unless specifically occurs in canon)
( dear author (presently just nominations and notes) )
I called out of work and went back to bed, and spent the day reading fic. And, oh yeah, got my period for the first time since May. Coincidence? I think not.
Sigh. Time to restart the menopause clock.
*as opposed to the normal level of existential dread that I've been feeling every morning since last November, which is bad, but doesn't usually prevent me from getting out of bed most days
It's Gotta Be Better Than Waiting (1378 words) by geckoholic
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
Characters: Maria Hill, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Showers, Cunnilingus, Quiet Sex, Returning Home, Coming Untouched, POV Female Character
“Welcome home,” he mumbles into her skin. Evidence for his joy at her return presses against her thigh and she reaches back, wrapping an arm around his neck to keep him close.
If you're up to reading stories about institutionalized child abuse with happy endings, this by caffeinewitchcraft and this follow-up by kelincihutan are stellar.
Read JY Yang's ~5K word story Auspicium Melioris Aevi, which they wrote about in this blog post. It's about clones and history repeating/not-repeating and the goals of a university education under capitalism and, most of all, about Singapore. Judging from the author's post about their story, clearly it was received best by people who knew Singapore well, which I don't, but I liked it a lot anyway and I think if you liked Cyteen you might well like this too. PS: I do NOT ship Clone Lee Kuan Yew and Clone Vladimir Putin, I DON'T, I REFUSE, you CAN'T MAKE ME. /o\
Read Heather Rose Jones' The Mystic Marriage, the sequel to Daughter of Mysteries. It's even less of a conventional romance genre novel than its predecessor. Where Daughter of Mysteries was in alternating third person between Margerit and Barbara, The Mystic Marriage shuttles between Antuniet and Jeanne's points of view and also Barbara's and Margerit's. Which is awesome if you prefer your romance couples to keep developing after the end of 'their' novel and not just show up briefly for a statically happy cameo in the next book to help the new couple, but a little confusing if you were expecting more of the couple you thought would be the main characters in the new novel. Not that Margerit and Barbara aren't there to help the new couple, but their stories continue too. I like this.
I also like how difficult and prickly Antuniet is, and Barbara's own flaws emerging a bit stronger than they did in the previous book (n.b. she's still awesome.) And I liked the competence porn -- Margerit's academic skills (including collegiality), Barbara's combination of court intrigue, law, and security, Antuniet's alchemy and research, and Jeanne's social engineering. That last in particular -- I don't think it's that common for books to show (rather than tell) that particular skill, not in detail. The actual work part of it, maintaining connections and introducing people and keeping track of who needs what and how that fits in with who else. Showing the role it has in Jeanne's life and how good she is at it gave a lot more force to Jeanne and Antuniet's extrovert/introvert issues, which also unusually, involved the introvert inadvertently not meeting the extrovert's needs. (The other way around gets a lot more attention in articles and books, to the point where it's become kind of a cliche.)
Read Rebecca Fraimow's fantasy novella Suradanna and the Sea, which is... bittersweet doesn't seem like the right word. Poignant, maybe. A very nice combination of sweet, charming, and ouch. With the emphasis on the sweet. Mostly. If you like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra you might like this. I kind of wish I'd read it earlier (my own damn fault -- it came out in December last year) so I could have requested it for Yuletide or Trick or Treat.
Read sadlikeknives's Stones Could Fly, which was a Yuletide fic three years ago, for 'Dixon's Girl' from Dessa's A Badly Broken Code, and is the spy/secret agent AU for that song I had no idea I needed, and the codenames are all references to the other songs by Dessa.
Rereading bessemerprocess's The 28th Amendment, a pundit and journalist RPF AU set after the 2008 US federal election which reads very, very differently in 2017. :(
TV and Movies
In honour of the Ghibli festival, went to see Kiki's Delivery Service in the cinema (in Japanese with English subtitles), which was a good way to see it for the first time (yeah, I know, absolute latest as usual.) I loved the art and story, but could have done with a lot fewer panty shots -- zero sounds about right. Also I'd have liked to hear Jiji talk one more time at the end, just to be certain Kiki could hear him again, as that was worrying me. I didn't know the story, so the bit about magic and artist's block was unexpected and hit me really hard.
Played some Pokemon Go early on in the fortnight. Beat a gym through judicious use of revives. So many revives.
Was sufficiently stressed that I reinstalled Stardew Valley on my computer. It's just turned winter in year 1, and my character is incredibly sick of cranberries.
Tried a bunch of fiction podcasts: Juno Steel, Death at a Low Price, Whatever Happened to Jonathan Green. I liked Juno Steel okay, but made the mistake of listening to one of the non-Juno standalone Penumbra Podcast episodes, and it fucked me up pretty badly. This is why I don't listen to a lot of horror. I found Death at a Low Price a bit rambling for my taste and also didn't like the sound effects. I liked Whatever Happened to Jonathan Green quite a lot (but there are only two episodes out and it's on hiatus)
Testing more of the BPAL imps from Kab. ( cut )
Got a couple of small, unexpected capiscums from the plant that's still trucking on. I haven't really been doing anything with the garden, but there it is anyway.
Painted my fingernails in Pride stripes, so anyone who couldn't already tell just by looking at me what my position on Australian marriage equality is CAN NOW.
Voted in the Non-Binding Plebiscite On Whether People Like Me Should Have Civil Rights. I voted yes, which only shows that my queerness and transness mean I'm unable to be properly objective on these issues. (That's sarcasm.) Did other activist-ish stuff on this issue (a lot, actually -- it kind of ate all the time I'd been planning to spend going to Fringe) and also went to my local branch meeting of my political party of choice.
Which just goes to show what a deleterious effect 2017 is having on my behaviour, common sense, and happiness. I dont want to go to branch meetings. I want to make vegetable/pasta stews, and eat them while reading lesbian Ruritanian romance and/or playing farming sims with retro graphics. I want to mess about rearranging deck chairs on my computer's window manager settings and not even think of politics or natural disasters or misery. But 2017 does not care what I or anyone else wants.
So to remix elstaplador's La Forza dell'Amore, an invisible fandom work about the opera that Yuri!!! on Ice's Stammi Vicino aria and duet might have come from, I wrote A Gala Performance (They're Playing Our Song Remix), in which Viktor Nikiforov buys out an entire Mariinsky Theatre box for a performance of La Forza dell'Amore and goes through an entire package of tissues almost by himself...except for the ones that Yuuri and Yuri end up using, that is.
(I have a longer story planned about the performance of Eugene Onegin briefly mentioned in the fic, but that's for another day.)
The latest trick is revising the bill to send money towards the states of potential holdouts.
plaidadder: Zombie Trumpcare 3.0 continues to stagger through the streets. It is time to call your elected representatives again.
bengaliprincess: heads up: as of right now, whip count for the graham-cassidy health care bill (trumpcare 3.0? i think it’s 3.0 honestly i’ve lost track) is split evenly at 50-50.
sashayed: Hello! Good morning! Did you know Congress is trying to kill millions of people, again? (includes script, with screaming; maybe leave out the screaming? or maybe don't?)
digoxin-purpurea: Anonymous asked: yeah that's part of the issue.... phone anxiety means i don't like to make people uncomfortable even if it's Very Worth It (contains very brief and good phone script)
WaPo current tally:
Cassidy-Graham whip count
McSweeney's: Why Won’t You Just Let Us Pass a Health Care Bill and Kill a Few Million People?
(Cross-posted to thisfinecrew.)
- complete sedoretu: definitely complicated
- finish off Fire And Ice: MCU Jaeger AU series
- finish off 30 days of Steve/Maria series
- finish off Neighbours AU series
I mean, I'd also like to write the sequels to 'Between Destiny And Love', (currently titled: 'Destiny Is Overrated' and 'Paved With Good Intentions'), write that Black Jewels AU, and finish off 'a practical acquaintance with bees', but, eh. Even I have limits to how much I can write while simultaneously holding down a job, managing a house, and having a social life...
title: My God, It's Full Of Nerds (the It's Sci-Fi All The Way Down remix)I'm pretty happy with this one.
summary:Do not argue with nerds, for you are unschooled in knowledge and taste delicious with pedantry. (Or: "Steve Rogers and the Science-Fiction of the Twenty-First Century")
characters/pairings: Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, (cameo Pepper and Tony)
tags: Humor, Geekery, Friendship, Fluff
notes: inspired by The Ultimate Question (a.k.a. Steve Really Needs New Friends) as a pinch-hit for LadyMerlin in the remixrevival.
In turn, I very much enjoyed the remix written from my own story -- Turn the Page (Don't Fear the Ending) by the always-delightful edenfalling! Based on The Monster at the End of This Book, a missing-scene fic for Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the remix does an excellent job of presenting one of the important implicit themes in the book, about the choices that people (and women in particular) make when they feel that they aren't in control of their own stories. I highly recommend both the original book and this fic!
Yesterday, I started watching s1 of Wynonna Earp, as recommended by some of you, and I'm enjoying it so far, though it is also making me miss the first two seasons of Supernatural, or more accurately, Dean Winchester. This show is sisters fighting demons, and while writing-wise it's about the same level as SPN (though nothing quite sticks in my head like, "We were raised like warriors, Dean!" there have been a couple of moments where something happens, and then the rest of the episode acts like it didn't happen? And I don't mean lingering plot threads for later. I mean, like, the writers forgot what just happened previously?), but it has a lot fewer dead ladies so far ( spoiler ), and also Waverly, who is THE BEST NO LIE. ( is this a spoiler? ) The special effects are kind of 90s syndication terrible, but I don't mind that much. I don't even mind the love triangle that much, because Wynonna is just going to do what she wants, instead of being torn between the two choices, both of whom are interesting int heir own ways (though I personally would choose Dolls, despite whatever secrets he's been keeping; at least you know he didn't sleep with your great-great-grandfather).
I guess I'll finish season 1 tonight, and then see if I can track down where season 2 is streaming. (as an aside, I started watching this because Killjoys - also recommended by many of you - is still not on Netflix. Why?)
Now I have a terrible headache, which is not being helped by the Giants being terrible. Sigh. At least hockey starts soon?
eta: I guess I shouldn't complain too much - the Giants have just stormed back with 3 TDs in the 4th to take the lead.
eta 2: I take it back. I was right the first time.
amindamazed remixed my Elementary story, "Cabin Fever" (which oddly enough is not a Canadian shack story, but the proposition that it's Watson who goes quietly mad when there's not enough crime), and used it as a launching-point for a character study of Joan Watson:
Driven to Distraction (The Thingness of the Thing Remix) (1442 words) by amindamazed
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson
Characters: Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Additional Tags: Boredom
I wrote Cabin Fever as a quick prompt fill during the midst of S3; I mostly just threw some ideas at the wall, hit 'publish,' and never looked back. amindamazed, on the other hand, sat down and looked at what my character choices meant, both in the context of what we know about Joan Watson, and against the backstory that's been revealed in the two-and-a-bit seasons since I wrote it.
btw, it was lovely to learn that it was amindamazed in particular who wrote this one! It's been a couple of years since I've written much for Elementary, but back when I was producing regularly in that fandom, she and I back-and-forthed fairly frequently with prequels, sequels, and remixes of each other's stories. So yay, the connection continues!
Stitch you up (the silver linings remix) (1250 words) byReceiving the remix notification was a delightful surprise: "Lined With Love" never really had much readership, neither in its original exchange nor afterwards, and it was a delight to discover that someone enjoyed it enough to spin up 1200 words of backstory. :-)
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
Additional Tags: Remix
Poe and Rey didn't get off to the best start.
For my own contribution to the festivities, I remixed Mayarene Rose's Yuri!!! on Ice x Doctor Who crossover, "places to go, sights to see":
Bellies to Scritch, Ice to Skate (The Poodles on Ice Remix) (10332 words) by sanguinity
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime), Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Victor Nikiforov, Katsuki Yuuri, Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, Makkachin (Yuri!!! on Ice)
Additional Tags: Humor, Crack Treated Seriously, Smitten Victor Nikiforov, Post-Season/Series 01, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Developing Relationship
Staging a comeback in two weeks is difficult enough without running into a kaiju on the ice. Fortunately, Viktor has the most beautiful boy in the world -- and a trio of strangers in a mysterious blue box -- to help him.
btw, someone bookmarked this one, "in which poodles beat out yuuri's butt though only by a very small margin," which is a delightful and entirely accurate summary. :-D
( Poodles on Ice )
Vanity Fair: Mike Flynn’s Nuclear Side-Hustle Gets Even Shadier
Vanity Fair: Did Jared Kushner’s Data Operation Help Select Facebook Targets for the Russians?
Talking Points Memo: Report: Trump Using RNC, Campaign Funds For Russia Probe Legal Bills
Huffington Post: The blow-it-all-up billionaires
Mother Jones: How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner
Salon: How Trump followed a Russian map straight to Paul Manafort
Deadspin: Teresa Kaepernick On Trump Calling Injustice Protesters Sons Of Bitches: “It’s What Most Of Us Have Come To Expect From Him” (her magnificent Twitter response: "Guess that makes me a proud bitch!")
Vanity Fair: Has Milo Yiannopoulos’s Berkeley Troll Circus Become a Fyre Festival for the Right? (answer: looks like it, and it's glorious)