A thing

Apr. 24th, 2017 11:01 pm
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I'm going to cut back on the internet for the next two weeks, because Reasons. [community profile] nightonficmountain will be unaffected.

Also I will be entirely unjoinable from April 28 to May 2.

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I wrote the starter story for [community profile] starwarsrollingremix . It was then remixed in three different directions. I originally tried to arrange the remix so it'd finish before Night on Fic Mountain started, but oops.

Between the Devil and the Dust (7296 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker
Additional Tags: Time Loop, Time Travel, The Force
Summary: Tatooine is not Jakku is not Tatooine. And yet.
In which Rey, Anakin and luke go on a roadtrip through the desert because The Force.

Origianlly I started writing this as an experiment in characterisation: "Compare and contrast the protags of the Star wars trilogies!" Specifically Anakin and Rey; they're very similar but they do have their differences. When I decided to use this as the starter for the remix, I did so because the involvement of all three of them made it easy for the fic to be remixed in a lot of directions/the remixers wouldn't be stuck in one trilogy. I deliberately left some of the Luke stuff obscure as a hook for remixes, actually -- which nobody used. Luke never says he forgot any of it!

It's an odd fic to describe.

On a surface level it is about a roadtrip and about 50% landscapeporn by volume. On a slightly deeper level, it's about all of them acting as each other's -- spirit guides isn't quite the right word -- catalyst to a shift in their connection with the Force (for Rey it's her "Awaken[ing]", for Anakin it's "the first step [he] took on the road to being Darth Vader").

On an even deeper level it's about what the Force actually is. This fic wouldn't look the way it does without Rogue One and the way everyone just starts dying as soon as their part is done -- the Force doesn't need them anymore.
Rey said, "Did you really expect the Force to be kind?"

"Does the desert care about the grain of sand? Does the ocean care about the wave? Does the night sky care about the star? No. Why then should the Force care for any individual life?" Rey spoke, and the words tumbled out of her mouth without her knowing where they came from. "Some are brighter or best beloved or chosen, but in the end the storm comes, the dawn rises and the wave must break."

I should also thank [tumblr.com profile] lunikus for letting ramble at length about this and helping me solve some of the issues with it.
dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
As I said, I wrote three fics for [community profile] worldbuildingex : an assignment, a pinch-hit and a treat.


Every Heart That Beats For Liberty (4081 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Major Character Death
Relationships: Jyn Erso & K-2SO
Characters: Jyn Erso, K-2SO (Star Wars), Ensemble (Rogue One)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, canon typical level of Rock Falls Everybody Dies
Summary: When she was seventeen, Jyn Erso came to Jedha. When she was twenty-one, she died there.

LOOK I'M NOT SAYING THIS FIC IS BASICALLY "JYN ERSO, THE CAST OF ROGUE ONE AND THE CITY OF JEDHA DO THE PARIS COMMUNE"... but this fic is basically "Jyn Erso, the cast of Rogue One and the city of Jedha do the Paris Commune".

As befits a story about both Rogue One and the Paris Commune, everybody dies -- in the same way they die in Rogue One, even.

This assignment was enormous amounts of fun to write and the entire last scene was written in a kind of fugue state. This is the fic I mean when I said one of them was "glaringly, obviously mine": Paris Commune! Super strong friendships! Doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do! Tragedy! The difference between peace and justice!


In thunder, lightning, or in rain (2391 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Secret Wars (Hickman/Ribić 2015 mini-series), Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Gwen Stacy
Additional Tags: original alternate versions of canon characters
Summary: Stormbreaker Gwen of Thunder investigated Infinity Gems for Sheriff Strange.
This was my pinch-hit. I wrote for weakinteraction in this fandom for yuletide already (Apotheosis) and I am always up for BATTLEWORLD!

The tag "original alternate versions of canon characters" is meant to indicate that the Gwen in the story is not 616!Gwen or any of the Gwen Stacy who have previousy appeared in Marvel canon, but she is still a Gwen Stacy. Comics, everybody.

Before the Gate (388 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lou Ellen
Additional Tags: Trans Female Character, Titan War
Summary:

Lou Ellen was at a crossroad.

I wrote this short treat almost last minute.


All in all a great exchange. A++, will do again next year.


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Thank you for writing for me! I'm sure whatever you write me will be wonderful.

Feel free to poke around this journal or my Ao3 account (username: [archiveofourown.org profile] sevenofspade ) if you want to. My letters tag is here.

I have six Do Not Wants: allegory/metaphor of real world politics, incest, rape, child abuse, character death and dysphoria. When these are canon, please don't focus on them. I would also prefer not to have to deal with people losing things important to them and toxic living arrangements, be that family or roomates. Thank you.

On the other hand, there are a lot of things I do want. Here’s a partial list. (I obviously don’t expect you to stick all of these in one story, that would be impossible.)

General likes )

Feel free to take prompts in whichever direction you like! And if none of my prompts work for you, then write whatever you want -- I'll be happy with anything.  (I request fanfiction only because while I really really love art, I don't know how to prompt for it.)


Ancient History RPF (Hannibal Barca & Scipio Africanus)

I have a MASSIVE thing for enemies who care about and respect each other and those two hit it IN SPADES. Feel free to have them meet at times they haven't (as far as we know) met, like after Cannae or Zama. Anything expanding on the meeting at Ephesus would also be brilliant. I am, always and forever, of the opinion that they both faked their own deaths to elope together. The AU in which they're both Roman! Or both Carthaginian! The AU in which they switch places. The AU in which it is a Pun-ic War (I LIKE PUNS). An AU in which the war goes differently -- maybe Rome surrenders after Cannae. Slavish devotion to historical accuracy not required! I'm looking for fic, not a research paper. (The tag for this fandom is here.)


Campaign (Podcast) (Any of: Tamlin Jorun, Bacta (Campaign), Synox, Avaa Arek, Lyntel’luroon)

I LOVE THIS DYSFUNCTIONAL SPACE FAMILY WITH ALL MY HEART (Also, when Lyn got confirmed as canonically queer I texted a friend immediately -- she is is the queer alien Indiana Jones of my heart. MORE LYN ON SPACE ARCHEOLOGY ADVENTURES!) Tamlin is THE CUTEST and the Tamlin-narrated noir episodes are probably my favourites -- I have a very real weakness for noir. Bacta is very good at giving me clone feelings (and lol forever at the "I like your voice" exchange with Zevowk). Also, the "Bacta Basics" podcast totally exists in-universe; what's not to love about a fact-based podcast ran by fugitives from the Empire. Leenik's friendship with Avaa is endlessly charming (her and Zero is also A++). I would love something about Synox and the animated program he's on -- wait. What if Tamlin's a fan? (The tag for this is my general Star Wars tag.)


Yoko Tsuno (Comics) (Yoko Tsuno/Khany)

I'd love something about how Khany and Yoko keep being ultimate-long-distance (girl)friends! Role reversal AU! Khany the human, Yoko the Vinean. A canon-divergent AU in which the Vineans didn't leave Earth and/or went public over their own existence. Fix-it for Le dragon de Hong Kong. Timetravel! 100% guaranteed Vinea has the tech somewhere and why should Yoko get all the fun? Vinea (and surrounding space) travelogue. Something about the telepathic communication headbands malfunctionning, be that losing all communication or amplifying too much communications. Vinea and Earth vs The Galactic Empire (or other bad guys). AU in which Yoko is trapped on Vinea. Also I like the robots. (My tag for this fandom is here.)


Thank you again for writing for me! (Comments welcome.)

dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
1. [community profile] starwarsrollingremix went live! 12 fics enter, one fic leaves -- wait, that's Thunderdome. Nevermind. Twelve fics, all of them remixes of another, except the first one.

2. [community profile] fanifesto is now a thing that people are posting to! YAY!

3. [community profile] nightonficmountain signups are happening! You should check it out if you like small fandoms. (I need to signup myself.)

dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)


HELA IS SUCH A BADASS and her headress looks great! Valkyrie also looks really good. I am excite.


I'm pretty sure I've made a decision about my LJ account; giving myself one more day to make sure.


I think I'm going to make a comm for ship/fandom manifestos (on DW).

dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
I got two fics!

this is the golden age (but we've lost our way) (1641 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Pidge | Katie Holt, Haggar (Voltron), Allura (Voltron)
Additional Tags: Female Pronouns for Pidge | Katie Holt
Summary:


The discovery that Haggar was apparently Altean had been mostly ignored in the wake of Shiro’s disappearance. Allura had told them in aftermath of the battle, as they all huddled exhausted and in shock in what they’d dubbed the living room. As world changing as the news might have been at any other time, it paled in comparison to the team’s current situation. There were far more immediate concerns. Yet as days turned in weeks, without any sign of Shiro, one member of Voltron couldn’t help but keep thinking about the revelation.


In an abstract sort of fashion, Pidge had always been fascinated by Haggar from the moment she’d learned about her. Sure, she was a crazy space witch. A psychotic alien who had tortured Shiro and who knew how many others. She’d created the Robobeasts that they’d fought multiple times. Logically, Pidge shouldn’t want to know anything more about her than she absolutely had to.

Pidge can't resist the opportunity to find out more about Haggar. She's not sure about what she finds.

Pidge investigates Haggar! With special guest Altean tabloids.


The Vessel and the Visionary (718 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: May Castellan/Hermes
Characters: May Castellan, Hermes, Luke Castellan, Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe - Role Reversal, Alternate Universe - Gender Changes
Summary: May's child is born with green eyes.

Rachel's father makes a deal.

Ngl, as soon as I read Did someone say Luke & Rachel role swap? in the author's note I went HELL YEAH I DID.


I wrote three fics: an assignment, a pinch-hit and a treat. Feel free to guess which fic(s) are mine! (I feel like one of them is glaringly, obviously mine.)

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I haven't decided what I'm going to do with LJ yet. Also it would be nice if my internet would behave itself, ffs.
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1. Have a tagset review period for your exchanges. Trust me on this. (Also, Morbane is amazing.)


2. Sometimes I am irrational about things and don't know how to explain without sounding bonkers if I even know why, but apparently I react really badly to being told "good luck" and to the existence of lovememes (people are free to take part in lovememes all they want, I just don't want to hear about them, ever). I need some sort of blocker for these things.


3. I can swim 2.5k in one go! (Past total: 25 350 / 585 689. Current total: 27 850 / 585 689.)
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Some time last night I made the apparently colossal mistake of trying to boot my computer in safe mode. Reader, that did not work out.

I was unable to even access my password screen. After hours of fruitless frantic rebooting and phone-searching for a solution (it's no use telling me how to solve the issue from the troubleshoot menu if I can't access the troubleshoot menu) I gave up and went to bed past my bedtime. Then I woke up before my alarm (bleh) spent some more time fruitlessly trying to fix it to no avail. Then I took a shower and ate breakfast and when I tried again I could suddenly access the troubleshoot menu! So I fixed my computer, copied some important files I hadn't backed up yet and checked if it booted properly now. It did.

I don't even know. But hey! I have my computer back!


Exchange news: Self, you need to stop claiming pinch-hits and being an idiot. You're not even in that exchange! WHY

Other Exchange news: Night on Fic Mountain progressing as it should. Worldbuilding exchange fast approaching (eep!).


And now I'm going to go read about the time when the Seine rose 8m62 (23'3") and Paris flooded. AND THEN IT FROZE OVER. Good times.
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.It's that time of the year again! As readers of this journal may know, I mod several fanwork exchanges. The biggest of those, [community profile] nightonficmountain , just opened nominations. There may be venting (most likely under-lock) because let me tell you, I have not missed the ao3 nomination approval interface and especially not its tendency to throw 404s at me when I've just validated a bunch of noms, aaaaaaaargh. /the glamorous life of a fandom mod



I've seen a bunch of movies lately I haven't talked about on here -- and should -- Arrival (Hollywood scifi), Patients (French slice-of-life/biography) and Hidden Figures/Les Figures de l'ombre (US Historical) all of which were good.

I also saw Logan. Look. I have been for X-23 on the big screen for literally over a decade. I cannot overstate this: the very first time X-23 appeared, in a season 3 episode of X-Men:Evolution, I was sitting in front of my TV going "SHE IS THE GREATEST AND HER FEET CLAWS ARE THE COOLEST". Based on that, you'd think I would have had high expectations for this movie, but the thing is, I didn't, mostly because I didn't believe it was actually real. Like. There's an X-23 movie????? Is this the real life? But I have to say this was an awesome X-23 movie. Also SHE IS THE GREATEST AND HER FEET CLAWS ARE THE COOLEST.




Sleeping Beauty and the Black Mercy (1507 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Finn/Rey (Star Wars)
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Finn (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Black Mercy, Changing Tenses
Summary:

Finn dreams.

Rey investigated.



Finally wrote a thing for [community profile] starwarsflashmeme ! The prompt was "Love" and I started thinking about real love's kiss and Sleeping Beauty!Finn, but couldn't figure out how to make sense of the vines and then boom! Of course! The Black Mercy!
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
Annual celebration of the day Caesar got stabbed!


dhampyresa: (MY BIRTHDAY HAS SQUID)
My dream last night consisted entirely of me finding out the last book of a series I've been following was out, acquiring said book from my comicshop and then reading said comic book for the rest of the dream (90+%). It was a damn good comic book, I have to say, and I enjoyed it greatly. It did have some issues though, and I'm glad to say the actual series is still going in real life (the dream!last book's number actually came out several years/books ago).

It's not even the first time I've had a dream consisting almost entirely of me reading a comicbook. They're good comics, every time, so I can't complain, really.

Art prompts

Mar. 3rd, 2017 10:24 pm
dhampyresa: (MY BIRTHDAY HAS SQUID)
I've brainstormed many ways to start this post, but in the end decided nobody gave a fuck, so I'll skip right ahead to the bottom line.

Please give me drawing prompts!

I'll draw fandom and original stuff. Please provide a reference and/or description, if I'm unfamiliar with the character(s). Can also be objects and/or landscapes -- the point is to stretch myself and draw new stuff.

Restriction: There is a non-zero chance various people will see what I'm drawing. Don't make me explain oviposition to my mom, please.

Aside from that, I'll give anything my best go. I'll most likely be working in pencil + coloured pencils and/or markers (at least one colour). I can't promise it'll be a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, but it should at least be decent on a technical level.
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Things I've finished watching recently

The Librarians S3: CASSANDRA KISSED A GIRL. Yep. That's basically my main take-away of this season.


Things I finished reading a while ago

2016 & 2017 )

I read too many comics.
dhampyresa: (SCIENCE SMASH)
I'm tired of having to defend enjoying the things I enjoy. As I just told my dad when he disparaged my desire to see Logan, "Look, I have been waiting for this movie* for over a decade. You will not take this from me." And he didn't.


*X-23 IS GOING TO BE IN A MOVIE OMG OMG OMG (been waiting for this since she first showed up in X-Men:Evolution -- OMG SHE'S GOING TO BE IN A MOVIE)

dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
Things I didn't want to do today: go to the pool straight from work, do not pass 'go', do not collect 200€
Things I did today: go to the pool straight from work

Today total: 1 700m. Past total: 19 550 / 585 689, Current total: 21 250 / 585 689

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It's apparently been two months and a half since I did one of those. Oops.

I had last watched Star Wars Rebels: S03E10, The Librarians: S03E04, Lucifer: S02E11, Legends of Tomorrow: S02E07, Luke Cage: S1E010, Miraculous Ladybug: S01E18 and Nirvana in Fire: E06. I've watched more episodes of most of these shows and picked up some new ones since then: Powerless, Queen In Hyun's Man and Westworld.

I finished watching Luke Cage S1 and I don't think I'll be watching S2. Look, I just aggressively DO NOT CARE about Diamondback. And there wasn't even a single Jacob and Esau reference >:[ Some preacher's sons those two are. (There was at least one Cain and Abel reference, but that's a gimme.) Tbh, I love Claire and Misty and a lot of the other characters, but Diamondback sucks the fun right out of everything. My favourite scene was the one where the radio dude raps over images of regular people standing up for Luke and justice. More of this, less of Diamondback, please.

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I wrote one fic for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm 
Rebirth (2331 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Manga
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Winry Rockbell, Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist), Ling Yao
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary:

Winry went to help with the Ishvalan reconstruction.


(Also, on the original fiction front, I finished the outline for the current novel today.)
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I'm becoming increasingly convinced that everything that goes wrong in Star Wars can be summed up as "Unfortunately, Palpatine.". Yes, that's the whole explanation.

Dath Maul? Unfortunately, Palpatine.
Dooku? Unfortunately, Palpatine.
Darth Vader? Unfortunately, Palpatine.
Death Star blows up Alderaan? Unfortunately, Palpatine.
First Order blowing up Hosnian Prime? Unfortunately, Palpatine.

This realisation brought to you by the realisation that it's pretty much how I plan my Star Wars fic: how's Palpatine going to fuck shit up this time? Even when he's not there on-screen, he's always there in the background, lurking. /is currently in the Unfortunately, Palpatine part of the Fake Dating FOR GREAT JUSTICE fic

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