A meme

Oct. 24th, 2016 09:24 pm
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Via [personal profile] musesfool,

Give me a potential title and I tell you about the story I would write for it.
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You can have the fic which I beta-ed and chiiyo86 wrote:
A Tale of Earth and Fire (39298 words) by chiiyo86
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Toph Beifong & Zuko
Characters: Zuko (Avatar), Toph Beifong, Ozai (Avatar), Mai (Avatar), Azula (Avatar)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Arranged Marriage, Friendship, Action/Adventure, Minor Character Death
Summary: AU. Two years after the fall of Ba Sing Se and the capture of the Avatar, Zuko is forced by his father into marrying Toph Beifong, the blind daughter of Earth Kingdom merchants. Neither of them is very keen on the situation, but as they learn to know each other better, Zuko and Toph find that through this union they didn't want they might have gained something precious: an ally. Together, they will fight to carve their own paths and get free of the constraints that have kept them prisoners their whole lives.

Or you can have the fic I wrote and chiiyo86 beta-ed:
Out of the Cold (6290 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America: Civil War (Movie) - Fandom
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Original Female Character(s), James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Male-Female Friendship

Alina's neighbour disappeared while she was in Antarctica. He forgot his notebook.

This fic was almost about one of Anakin's illegal podracing buddies wondering wtf had happened to him -- but I didn't want her to know he was a Jedi and couldn't figure out how to make that work. So instead I took the basic concept of "bystander gets caught up in onscreen events and investigates what happened to a friend", Suoé became Alina and I wrote this. I may still keep the concept of "Star Wars fic in which everything is going great until, unfortunately Palpatine/Order 66 happens" or I may not.

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What did you finish reading


Tumulte à Rome, by Odile Weulersse: SECRET TWIN MISTAKEN IDENTITY SHENANIGANDURING THE SECOND PUNIC WAR. This is relevant to many of my interests. One of the twins (the Roman one) has the world's biggest crush on Hannibal, it's sweet. To the point where other people comment on it, even. I could have done without the weird epilogue, but other than that an enjoyable read. (It was a paper book loaned to me by a friend -- who knows me so well.)

More stuff I finished and didn't talk about )

What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier

Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa: Unpopular opinion time! Free/blank verse is not poetry. That said, I quite like the prose in this. "Sweetheart, was I talking war in my sleep / again?" OUCH.

La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière: This is a book about the Valladolid debate (aka "are Native Americans people? The Catholic Church debates"). It's a short-ish, somewhat fictionalised retelling of the debate. It's an interesting, yet infuriating book, because the question of what being human means is an interesting one but not in this context because OF COURSE THEY'RE PEOPLE FFS WHY IS THIS A DEBATE so it's infuriating. So far I have only read up to the end of the pro-people opening argument. I expect to be even more infuriated.

The author did in the opening raise the excellent point that the 'discovery' of the Americas was basically the same as a "first contact with aliens" situation, inasmuch as neither side knew anything about the other.

What are you reading next

List )
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Airing shows

Star Wars Rebels:
: It has been AGES since we got an episode where Sabine got the starring role!
She looks really good with dark hair and the dark uniform and hahaha she beat up Governor Pryce. "My clan taught me better" yesssssssss
Have Kallus and Sabine ever interacted before? Kind of sad we didn't get to see her pass his message along to Zeb Garazeb Orrelios. (Kallus is the new Fulcrum, calling it now.)

S3E04: WHOA HERA DAMN. I want the main arc of the season to be Hera vs Thrawn high stakes space chess (and for the voice acting on Thrawn to sound a little less bored).
Did not expect to feel bad for Chopper -- but then he went back to blowing shit up.
My crackship sails on! They were both on screen at the time at least once this episode; that makes it not a crackship anymore. (It's Sabine/Numa, for the curious.)

[community profile] starwarsfruitbowl is doing weekly Rebels watching posts. (Or I am, rather.)

Lucifer: S2E02: This is a stupid show and I love it so much. I am always 100% there for people getting righteously angry about stuff and boy howdy does Lucifer have stuff to be angry about. I am also always there for fish out of water situation so everything dealing with Mum is gold. I have no idea what's going on with Amenadiel, but I don't like it. I continue to love Ella as a character -- she's a great foil to Lucifer. (I continue to ship Dr Linda and Maze.)

Legends of Tomorrow: S2E01: I did not expect this show to be back so soon! It was entertaining. I could have done without the new dude being, well, a dude, but alas.
This week they did the tried and true "Timetravel vs Nazis" episode. In an unlikely twist for the genre, the Nazis didn't win WW2 in that new timeline. I know I was suprised too. I appreciated that Stein was the most affected by this. Anyway, they win against the Nazis.
Also appreciated the physics nerding out and Mileva Marić getting her due credit.
Then they get scattered in time and space. I think that was supposed to be Arthurian times? Hey, non-Breton Arthurian folks, is it reasonable to assume something set in Tintagel 831 is meant to be Arthuriana?
It's cool that they haven't forgotten Sara's bisexual.
Okay, was I supposed to know who the speedster at the end was? And Justice Society of America!

Not currently airing shows

Luke Cage: S1E07: IN YOUR FACE COTTONMOUTH and that's all I have to say.

Nirvana in Fire: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: Also no progress.


Toy Soldiers from Deirdre on Vimeo.


I'm quite impressed the vidder managed to not jar me by switching between early Clone Wars, late Clone Wars (there's a definite shift in the animation about halfway through*) and even live action at one point.

* Late Clone Wars has my favourite animation of the Star Wars cartoons. It goes late Clone Wars > early Clone Wars > Rebels. Rebels is weirdly smoothed and streamlined, early Clone Wars is spiky. Late Clone Wars strikes a good balance. /CGI animation feelings


Oct. 13th, 2016 09:20 pm
dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
1. I am too cold and my computer is too hot. I don't understand why I'm so cold.

2. My writing program ate the entire contents of one of my WIP files. IT'S FINE IT'S NOT LIKE I WAS WRITING THAT >:[ Thankfully I am obsessive about backing up my writing (literally every time I shut off my computer, so several times a day) and so was able to recover it. Idk what that was all about.

3. What the fuck am I going to do with this moo box seriously. Why did you give me this, random person. ._. At least I also made off with a detailed breakdown of Drama At The French Lightsaber Leagues.
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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: sevenofspade) if you want to. My letters tag is here.

I have five Do Not Wants: 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. Crossovers between any of my requested fandoms are welcome.

EDIT OCTOBER 12 FOR MORE PROMPTS (Specifically, I've added "Extra prompts" and "Crossover prompts" paragraphs to every requests.)

7 Wonders (Board Game) (Any of: Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Pyramids of Giza, Temple of Artemis in Ephesus)

7Wonders )

Gwen Variants (Marvel Variant Covers) (Gwen Stacy | Gwen of Thunder (Thors #1 Gwen Variant Cover) )

Gwen Variant Covers )

Le Déchronologue - Stéphane Beauverger (Any of: Brieuc, Henri Villon, Sévère)

Le Déchronologue )

Punic Wars RPF (Hannibal Barca, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Maior)

Punic Wars RPF )

Secret Wars (Hickman/Ribić 2015 mini-series) (God Emperor Doom: Ruler of Battleworld, Valeria: Head of the Foundation)

Secret Wars )

Yoko Tsuno (Comics) (Khany)

Yoko Tsuno )

Thank you so much for writing for me!

(Comments welcome.)
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Je suis le capitaine Henri Villon et je mourrai bientôt.

Non, ne ricanez pas en lisant cette sentencieuse présentation. N’est-ce pas l’ultime privilège d’un condamné d’annoncer son trépas comme il l’entend ? C’est mon droit. Et si vous ne me l’accordez pas, alors disons que je le prends.

I am captain Henri Villon and I will die soon.

No, don't smirk when reading that pretentious opening. Isn't it the last priviledge of the condemned to proclaim their death however they wish? It is my right. And if you don't grant it to me, then let us say I'm taking it.

That's how the story starts. Or ends, rather.

Le DĂ©chronologue is the story of Henri Villon, a pirate captain in the Carabbeans of the 17th century. The story is told in non-linear order, jumping from 1653 when those first lines in the prologue are penned to 1640 when the first chapter starts. From Villon on his futuristic timeship being blown up to Villon as pirate captain investigating maravillias is quite a jump, but it's not the story's greatest jump.

Every chapter begins by telling you when and where it's set, for example "Archipel inexploré de la Baja Mar (CIRCA 1652)" ('Unexplored archipelago of the Baja Mar (circa 1652)') a chapter which immediately follows "Désert du Yucatan (FIN DU TEMPS CONNU)" ('Yucatan Desert (END OF KNOWN TIME)').

That's right. We're travelling to THE END OF TIME. #YOLO

So that's the structure of the book. A book that jumps around in time, because it's a book about timetravellers fucking with the timeline and the tenacious pirate captain who decides to fuck back.

The entire book (excepting epilogue) is told via Villon's journal of the last 13 or so years of his life, written on the eve of the last battle (where he gets blown up in the prologue). Villon is uncompromising with his faults (or other people's), a right bastard at times, an honourable man more often, utterly devoted to his quest for knowledge about what the maravillias are and what they can do, moody, tenacious, with a sharp wit and sense of irony, stingy on backstory and, very importantly, a survivor of the Siege of La Rochelle.

Villon's not just French, he's a Protestant Huguenot -- you can imagine how much that endears him to the Catholic Spaniards chasing him.

That Villon is a survivor of the Siege of La Rochelle is one of the first thing we learn about him and it informs SIGNIFICANT parts of his characters. It may not look like it at first, but Villon is deeply self-hating, bordering at times on nihilism, and has massive issues regarding women and children. In fact, his very drive to figure out the maravilias is born of what he did/was complicit in the Siege of La Rochelle.

If you don't know what happened at the Siege of La Rochelle -- or you're like me and you learned about it in school and later you forgot -- it's eventually revealed in text what happened. It comes in the book after several ominous references to it -- Villon at one point has a very bad acid rip and hallucinates the screams of the children, that sort of thing -- and in the specific scene after he's been pushed about on both the fact that he's a Huguenot and that he researches the maravilias. This is what he has to say about it:

— Moi j’y étais, au siège de La Rochelle, au nom de la Réforme et de la foi. Et je fus de ceux qui en chassèrent les plus faibles quand la famine fut sur nous, pour gagner encore un peu de temps et préserver les assiégés en état de combattre. Je les ai vus et entendus, ces malheureux, bannis sur nos ordres, errer et agoniser chaque jour un peu plus, piégés entre nos murs et les rangs de l’armée de monsieur de Richelieu qui avait refusé de les laisser passer. Et si c’est diablerie que de promouvoir des moyens de conserver boissons et aliments des années durant sans risquer de les voir se gâter, si c’est diablerie de produire de la lumière sans flamme, de soigner l’incurable et de s’efforcer de sauver son prochain, alors Satan est mon maître et je suis son serviteur, et je compisse vos gueules de rats putrides !

"I was there, me, at the siege of La Rochelle, in the name of faith and the Reformation. And I was one of those who drove out the weakest when famine was upon us, to win a little more time and keep the assieged able to fight. I saw and I heard them, those poor souls, banished on our orders, wander and die slowly every day a little more, trapped between our walls and the ranks of Richelieu's army who refused to let them through. And if it is the devil's work to promote ways to keep drink and food for years without risking that they'll rot, if it is the devil's work to produce light without flame, to heal the incurable and try to save your neighbour, then Satan is my master and I am his servant, and I piss on your stinky rat faces!

Like, wow, okay, Villon. OKAY. I understand perfectly, but at the same time, it is hilariously enough not the only time in the book where Villon calls himself Satan's servant/footman.

So that's Villon.

The book is populated with a very varied cast, from the nigh incomprehensible Féfé de Dieppe to the Baptist, who ends literally able to walk through time. Also Brieuc. I really like Brieuc, who is probably the kindest person in the entire book -- something Villon really admires (I ship them) -- and dies for his trouble. The most prominent of the secondary characters, however, are Sévère, Mendoza and Arcadio, all of whom are both interesting in their own right and have fascinating relationships to Villon.

Sévère is not her real name. She's a timetraveller who is no longer allowed to timetravel and so has to rely on Villon. Well. She doesn't HAVE to, but she does. Villon is madly in love with her, something he realises is a great weakness -- but he saved her and as I've said above, he has massive issues about not being able to sav women -- and it's something she finds... useful, I guess. She doesn't dislike him and she's not just using him, but she is using him and they both know it. She likes him, even, by her own admission but "not like that" and Villon respects that. He can't stop himself from hoping she'll love him back, but he respects that she doesn't.

Mendoza is a Spanish corsair. You can imagine how he (Catholic, Spanish, corsairr) feels towards Villon (Protestant, French, pirate) when they first meet. It does not go well! Mendoza basically tortures him and they remain hilariously polite towards each other. The next time they meet, Mendoza helps Villon escape from jail, sort of. Then Mendoza tries to go back to Spain CROSSES HIS OWN TIMESTREAM somehow survives with his sanity sort of intact and becomes Villon second-in-command as well as the owner of the journals we're reading. (I ship it.)

Arcadio is Villon's one-time cellmate who forms an unlikely friendship with him. The most important thing about Arcadio, though, is that he's a Maya. Specifically, he's an Itza from Noj Peten. As such he has a bone to pick with the Spanish Empire and the Itza having been granted, via the vagaries of timetravel bullshit affecting the world in the story, the means to fight back against the Spanish, they fight back. They fight back with gusto, because the Spanish Empire might be the Spanish Empire, but it doesn't hold a candle to machine guns and time cannons or even something as simple as easy long-distance communications via radios. The Itza are presented as entirely justified in wanting revenge from the Spanish -- by no means are Spanish atrocities glossed over, from the first chapter we are introduced to the idea that the Spanish have resorted to human experimentation to figure out the maravilias, including deliberately exposing captives to malaria -- but as time goes on Villon starts to see that the religious zeal of the Itza reminds him far too much of La Rochelle.

There is one more thing to talk about and it's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN. Spoilers, it's not actually the Flying Dutchman, it's actually AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER. Specifically, the USS George Washington.

Because see, while all the radios and boxes of quinine and machine guns and mp3 players and history books (lol forever at Villon's reaction to learning about Mary Read and Anne Bonny) and cheap IKEA furniture is being thrown back to the 17th century for anyone to grab, sell and use, so has a mysterious vessel that pirates and corsairs of the time alike decide to call the Flying Dutchman, because it is unlike anything they have ever seen both in firepower and mode of propulsion.

In the climax/end of the book, Villon and what's left of the all the fleets, pirate or not, of the time (plus some timetravelling pirates, like François le Clerc and SIR FRANCIS DRAKE, not even kidding), all go up against the Flying Dutchman. They have a plan. It's a great plan! But in the end they're 17th and 16th century pirates and they're going up against a fucking nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

They die. They all die. Including Villon, who told us so right there at the beginning and Sévère who dies in his arms before the ship gets blown up.


But Villon's ship isn't just a 17th century pirate ship, is it? It's Le DĂ©chronologue, which has been equiped with time cannons by one of the various parties of time travellers fucking with the time stream. And so in the end, in what is for me one of the most striking images in the book, a flurry of time displaced DĂ©chronologues appear and then disappear through a tear in time, taking the Flying Dutchman with them.

We're told of this by Mendoza, who had been told to stay behind. Having met the Americanos during their short-lived alliance with the Spanish, it was decided he'd be best able to save the city if all else failed.

I won't say I'm not sad Villon died, because I am, but I was a fitting end and could have ended no other way. He tried so hard to convince everyone, even himself, that he wasn't a hero, but he was, in the end. And he was never going to let an injustice stand or let predetermination win out over free will.

(And now I shall go re-read the book in chronological order.)

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Prince of Cats, art and story by Ronald Wimberly: It's a comic that's both a retelling of Romeo and Juliet (by me mate Billy Shakes) in 80s -- I want to say Harlem, but it's been too long, definitely a big US city though -- and a PoV shift to the titular Prince of Cats, Tybalt. It was okay. Unfortunately, I think I was missing about 80% of the cultural cues I should have been getting, so I didn't get as much from it as I could have. The setting and PoV shifts didn't really bring anything new and instead made it predictable, because it's, you know, Romeo and Juliet. Also, the art didn't grab me.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v1, by Ryan North (story) and Erica Henderson (art): That is certainly a published comic book. My issue with Squirrel Girl is that it's quite good at Squirrel Girl (and assorted peeps) but quite bad at... everything else. And even when it's not bad, it falls into "so close and yet SO FAR" for me. I especially don't like that the non-Squirrel Girl/established Marvel characters are flattened into caricatures. The Doctor Doom arc could have been SO GREAT and instead it was... that. The art is nice, though.

Spider-Gwen v1, by Jason Latour (story) and Robbi Rodriguez (art): I enjoyed this greatly! The art's not really my thing, but I like Gwen A LOT (as long time readers of this blog will know, that's A Thing with me) and the reimagination of the Marvel characters in this new universe are really interesting. FELICIA, omg (and Matt Murder-dock is a hilarious pun).

List of stuff I still have to talk about:

A list )

I'm adding Infomocracy by Malka Older (via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k ) and Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan to my to-read list. But I'm not allowed to read the Riordan book until I've finished talking about the books I've already read (at least 2015), because this is ridiculous. And not until I've finished reading Le Déchronologue, because I need to finish reading it before yuletide sign-ups end and see if I still want to request it then.

To-read list )


Airing shows:

Star Wars Rebels: I was meh on the season premiere, but last week's ep gave EXCELLENT MAUL. This week's upcoming ep promises to focus on Sabine, who is my FAVOURITE and so I am looking forward to it immensely.

Lucifer: Trixie continues to be adorable, Mazikeen continues to have chemistry with everyone, Dr Linda continues to take no shit, the new girl is pretty fun so far and so's Mom. On the other hand, AMENADIEL NO.

Completed shows

Luke Cage: On episode 6 (finished 5, haven't started 6). It's okay so far, but Claire just showed up so I hope it picks up! (Also, lol at them working in the Retro Power Man look. A++ would lol again)

Nirvana in Fire: Weirdly enough I am at the exact same place in this as in Luke Cage. To wit: finished 5, haven't started 6. Am greatly enjoying this, even if I am confused by ALL THE CHARACTERS. They change costumes and/or surroundings a lot and I'm mildly faceblind, so it's not great. I can tell maybe five people apart for sure and have about three names to go around. On the other hand: Lady General/Lady Spy! I am here for this.

Miraculous Ladybug: It's cute. Superheroes in Paris! Not an all white cast, yes THANK YOU. (I cannot fucking stand Hollywood Paris -- it doesn't look like the Paris I know at all.) Have seen one episode so far. It was the English dub, I wanted the Korean one.

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What did you finish reading

I am going to go through all of these, gdit.

List of finished books I didn't talk about before )

Le Jardin des silences, by Mélanie Fazi: So I read this back in 2015. I KNOW. Anyway, I bought the book at a convention, because the author was there and seemed pretty cool -- which she is!

This book is an anthology of short stories. According to the author's website, it contains the following: Swan le bien nommé, L’arbre et les corneilles, Miroir de porcelaine, L’autre route, Les Sœurs de la Tarasque, Le pollen de minuit, L’été dans la vallée, Le jardin des silences, Née du givre, Dragon caché, Un bal d’hiver, Trois renards.

Swan le bien nommé is a retelling a fairytale. It's okay, but it didn't leave a lasting impression on me.

L’arbre et les corneilles is vaguely fairytale-esque. It was fine, but I still dunno what the fuck what up with it. Too much was left utterly unexplained.

Miroir de porcelaine was the one where I almost put the book down, because I felt like all the narrative voices were too similar. The end was rather disappointing.

L’autre route is my favourite! Some of the images from it have stuck with me all this time, as has the line (translated) "Last week they were tortoises and I didn't know how to dance" which was chilling in context. It's about a dreaming road. I've read about all sorts of dreaming things, including cities, but never about dreaming roads. It does excellent work providing an answer for a question I didn't think to ask myself before I read it: What do roads dream of?

Les Sœurs de la Tarasque is my second favourite. Or equal favourite? Anyway, it's GREAT. I have to admit that I was kind of going *headtilt* at it being set in Brittany despite all the talk of the Tarasque, because that's not even remotely Breton folklore, it's Southern France folklore. But then it was explained! And okay, so it's not ever explicitly said it's set in Brittany, so it could have been on an island off the southern coast of France, but the love interest is called Lénaïc so pfffffffft. It's 100% set in Brittany. Anyway, I was also telling myself that I was ~reading too much into things~ and no way was it going to be lesbians, but it was lesbians! Or at least one lesbian and I think Solène is meant to be bi? Also, Lénaïc turns into a dragon.

Le pollen de minuit was weird. Okay, but weird.

L’été dans la vallée could have done more with its concept, because the ending was rather abrupt, but it was still fine.

Le jardin des silences is my third favourite. The titular "garden of silences" is a garden that appears to Séverinne when she goes walking alone at night and gives her back pieces of her past: an old hat, her former boyfriend, her younger self... The way the story is set up, you're first meant to think Luke was abusive -- she talks about how he forced her to throw away the hat -- but it turns out that the reason Luke made her throw away the hat/etc was BECAUSE THEY WERE ROBBING BANKS and then things turned to shit. I really liked the way the past is slowly uncovered and how Séverinne comes to terms with what happened.

Née du givre gave EXCELLENT CREEPY.

Dragon caché was okay -- but I really could have used some trigger warnings for it.

Un bal d’hiver was melancholy and bittersweet but utterly lovely. I got really invested in the old widow and her sort of romance with the ghost of a WW1 soldier.

Trois renards was also amazing! I think [personal profile] yhlee would really like it. It features someone making magic via music and summoning animals, including foxes. It's very eery and beautiful.

Overall, I would reccomend the book. But maybe skip the first three stories.

What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier
Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger (apparently somebody nommed it for yuletide, with Villon, Sévère and Brieuc, but not Mendoza?)

I am participating in [personal profile] yhlee's Sun Tzu Read-Along now.

Also, I went digging about for my copy of Vercors' Les Animaux Dénaturés, because sometimes a body needs to read about deeply uncomfortable arguings about what it means to be human, but I couldn't find it which is a bummer. I did find my copy of La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière which is a different flavour of deeply uncomfortable arguings about what it means to be human and so may scratch that itch. We shall see. For now it is fucking savage towards the Spanish Empire circa 16th century (for good reason).

I also found Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa which I am enjoying so far.

What are you reading next

old list )

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I had a post I've been meaning to write for a while and I thought today might be when I write it, but my war wound is acting up -- okay so it's the other knee, which it usually is, so I'm starting to think that when I busted my knee, lo these many years ago when crossing the Alps to march on Rome, I actually fixed that knee.

Have a meme I saw around tumblr instead.

Guys, I’m sure I have a reputation somewhere in this fandom: So what is it?
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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: sevenofspade) if you want to. My letters tag is here.

I have three Do Not Wants: incest, rape and child abuse. When these are canon, please don't focus on them. I'd also prefer if you didn't dwell on any suicidal ideation or prolonged descriptions of grief. 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. And no drownings, please. 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 )

Exchange specific DNWs: AUs not set in the Star Wars Universe (other times and/or places in the Star Wars universe are fine). My only exception to this are AUs set during the Second Punic War.

I'm requesting a bunch of aliens -- and human-looking people from a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, so who's to say how human they are? -- please feel free to make them as alien as you want. Alien biology! Alien psychology! Alien cultures! Alien aliens!

Go ahead and mix-n-match prompts from various pairings or use prompts from one for another or go completely off-prompt if you want!

Ahsoka Tano/Asajj Ventress
Antagonistic femslash and/or post-s5 reluctant allies femslash. AU in which Ventress is a Jedi. Role-reversal AU -- Ventress as Anakin's apprentice, Ahsoka as Dooku's. Ventress and Fulcrum against the Empire!

Bo-Katan Kryze/Ahsoka Tano
Antagonistic femslash and/or post-s5 reluctant allies femslash. Siege of Mandalore! Someting about the mutual animosity between Jedi and Mandalorian as people could be very interesting. Ahsoka's capture by Death Watch lasts longer than it did in canon.

Bo-Katan Kryze/Rey
Time-travel! Or cryo-frozen Bo-Katan on one of the downed ships of Jakku. Jedi/Mandalorian tension! Bo-Katan teaching Rey how to fly WITH A JETPACK or how to fire a blaster. Sparring that turns into something more.

CT-7567 | Rex/Rey
TRAGICALLY SEPARATED BY ONE LETTER OF THE ALPHABET! Time-travel! Freshly Knighted Jedi Rey in the Clone Wars/that one Captain under someone else's command. Jedi Rex/weird orphan from a desert planet. Cryo-frozen Rex being unfrozen by Rey the scavenger.

Hera Syndulla/Maketh Tua
Canon-divergent AU where Tua makes it to the Rebellion. Hera seducing Tua for the Rebellion. Tua seducing Hera for the Empire. Those last two AT THE SAME TIME. Role reversal -- Tua leading the Rebel cell operating out of Ryloth.

Jango Fett/Mace Windu
So I know they tried to kill each other in canon (and one of them succeeded), idc. Hatesex! Role reversal AU! Jedi/Mandalorian tension. Maybe they have to go on a roadrip! Maybe Mace went to Kamino circa AotC instead of Obi-Wan.

Ketsu Onyo/Sabine Wren
A long time ago, we used to be friends! Antagonistic femslash or something softer post-Ketsu joining the Rebellion (how'd that happen, btw?). Sabine's art ~feelings~ on any of this. Sabine painting Ketsu's armour.

Leia Organa/Sabine Wren
Young ladies of the Rebellion! Or old ladies of the Resistance. Possibly penpals, either way (with little drawings for each other). Sabine helping Leia setting up the New Republic. Senator Wren/General Organa.

Obi-Wan Kenobi/Asajj Ventress
Pretty sure the entirety of Ventress' interactions with Obi-Wan throughout Clone Wars were one very long Dathomirian courtship ritual, tbh. Clone Wars era hatesex. Post Revenge of the Sith slightly less hate-y sex. Reluctant allies having to work together (again)!

Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul
Mindgames on Mandalore! AU in which Maul is a Jedi. AU in which Obi-Wan is a Sith. Role reversal AU. Canon-divergent AU in which Obi-Wan doesn't throw Maul down a reactor in TPM and captures him for the Jedi instead. More awkward team-ups with Jedi, à la Twilight of the Apprentice.

Antagonistic femslash! Or "Rey is evil" AUs or "Phasma is a Resistance spy" AUs. Role reversal AUs -- Rey the Stormtrooper, Phasma the Jedi-in-training. Phasma finding Rey on Jakku. Phasma leading Rey's interrogation on Starkiller Base.

Rey/Aayla Secura
Time-travel! Actual Jedi KnightTM Aayla Secura teaching young upstart Rey (be that Jedi teachings or other things -- or both!). Cultural similarities and differences between Ryloth and Jakku and/or the Jedi Order and Luke's teaching.

Rey/Sabine Wren
Time-travel! Or not. No reason to assume Sabine isn't still around by Force Awakens. Rey dyeing Sabine's hair. Bonding over flying ships! AU in which they're contemporaries, either in Rey's time or Sabine's.

Riyo Chuchi/Ahsoka Tano
They are SO CUTE together, aww. More detective-y team-ups. Fall out from the bombing arc. Riyo being one of Fulcrum's contacts in the Senate -- or Fulcrum having to save the non-Human Sentors because, unfortunately, Palpatine.

Riyo Chuchi/Asajj Ventress
Kidnapping for ransom! Reluctant allies fighting against the Empire! AU in which Riyo is a Jedi! Or in which she's a Sith. Senator Asajj Ventress of Dathomir! (She would be a horrible Senator, it would be hilarious.)

Riyo Chuchi/CT-7567 | Rex
I would love something set after "Trespass" or during the Clone Wars or during the Empire era. Role-reversal in which the clone army is made of tiny Pantorans and Rex is Senator for Mandalore (or Kamino, not picky).

Slick/CT-7576 | Rex
Antagonistic clone-on-clone action (if post-betrayal reveal) or reluctant allies post Order 66 -- because what do you know, Slick made some valid points -- or even pre-betrayal (or betrayal reveal) shippy times.

Steela Gerrera/Ahsoka Tano
AU in which Steela survives. Maybe her brother dies instead, idk. Threesome resolution to the love triangle with Lux. Role reversal -- Jedi Steela helping Togruta insurgents! Secretly Force-sensitive Steela!

The Seventh Sister/Ahsoka Tano
Antagonistic femslash! The Seventh Sister seemed so happy to meet Ahsoka, it was weird. Weird/creepy Sith-> Jedi obsessive times! AU in which the Republic never fell and they're both Jedi! AU in which Maul recruits Ahsoka during the Siege of Mandalore and they're both Sith!

Thank you so much for writing for me!

(Comments welcome.)

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I consider the movies and both the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoon -- ie, the visual media -- the extent of Star Wars canon.

Not because I have anything against the wider Star Wars EU, but because the Star Wars EU has something against me. That is, I'm a completionist and if I ever was to start going down the rabbit hole of "the Star Wars EU is canon" then I'd have to consume all of it and I would get nothing else done.

I'm not saying I won't read any Star Wars EU, but it's basically fic to me. People are free to have wider or more resticted views of canon than me, so long as they let me know where they stand -- I will read movies-only-compliant fic and entire-EU-compliant fic.

Also, I don't care about Qui-Gon and as far as I can tell he plays a substantial role in more than one book. I just really really don't care about him.

Also also, I've read a fair amount of fic in which the all clones are totally onboard with/consider themselves part of Mandalorian culture and apparently that's based in the EU? Which. Hm. How do I put this. I don't think that's likely. I don't mind some of the clones -- or even most -- trying to connect to their heritage, but all of them? No. Especially since Clone Wars goes to such great lengths to make all the clones into individuals. Look. Culture and identity and how people relate to both of these is complicated and I think making all the clones react to them the same way is robbing them of their individuality. They're not numbers, they're free men! They're going to relate to Mandalore as individuals.

On a completely different note, I never get tired of explaining to people that Darth Maul is still alive! And he is so entertaining. He's such an asshole, but I love him so much.

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What did you finish reading

My old list:

A list )
I read a bunch of stuff since then, I think, but my last reading wednesday was back in July so all I know for sure is that I finished Grass King's Concubine and it was GREAT. /adds to list

Why do I still have stuff from 2015 on this list. WHY.

What are you reading now

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne: Stalled.

Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier: Reborrowed this from library!

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: I'm still a chapter and a half from the end of the book. My plans to nominate and request this for yuletide are no longer happening. I have to say that unless something completely unexpected happens I still expect to reread the book right after I'm done, except in chronological order this time. (Book is non-linear.)

Partial list of comics I am following and/or haven't caught up with, which I will add to as I remember them:
Also a list )

What are you reading next

The letters from [community profile] swrarepairs ! And not just because I am the mod* in charge of the letter spreadsheet, but also because I want to write so many treats.

To read list )

* What, you thought there was only one mod? "Always two there are. A master and an apprentice."

dhampyresa: (This is my life)
So today wasn't a great day and I basically did fuckall except listen to the 10th anniversary album of My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts, on repeat. And then it was basically just "Welcome to the Black Parade" on repeat.

Listen, I hear those opening notes and suddenly I'm back in time -- not that ten years ago was necessarily a good time for me to be, but it was ten years ago and I'm still here, so that's something.
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You know, I could have sworn at one point I had all the best intentions of not signing up for anymore exchanges until yuletide AND YET. (Speaking of which: Secret Wars made it in! Fannish landmark: evidence post accepted!)

I signed up for [community profile] trickortreatex (and only just today remembered to post on the letter post). I need to do canon review, but I'm excited to start on my assignment.

I'm waffling on signing up for [community profile] artfeverfest  because, as always, I have jitters about IS MY ART GOOD ENOUGH FOR A GIFT. Idk, mates. Idk.

I saw the fandom folks on Saturday. It was lovely, as always. They helped me with the resolution of a Star Wars fic I'm working on (ie: "it's Star Wars, A Wizard Did It is fine") -- and I got to explain about how the Fake Dating FOR GREAT JUSTICE fic is in fact Fake Dating for the recognition of the legal personhood of clones FOR GREAT JUSTICE and not hyperbole (aka that time I accidentally talked myself into shipping a thing and now there's a subplot about smuggling a political prisoner to safety). I learned a bunch of stuff about Dragon Age (a surprising amount of people are Secretly Elven Gods, I have to say). We did a fair amount of talking about Voltron -- accidentally gave myself a headcanon /fails. There was even bonding over Yuletide Wanks Of Yesteryear at one point, lmao. I missed these people so much.

TV-wise, Lucifer is back! I know, I was suprised too, because it's been what, six months since last season? Anyway, enjoyed S2 premiere a lot. Star Wars Rebels is also back, right after I marathoned S1 and S2 to be ready on time. I want to watch Nirvana on Fire, because several people have said it's good, but at the same time I want to watch a k-drama and/or something involving time-travel. What's everyone watching?

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Okay, I've been wanting to make that joke since forever and I keeping missing my chance, so here goes:

Get it? Because today's the twenty-second. (Possibly this is less funny if you don't have a cold.)

Cloak of Night (1988 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Leia Organa & Darth Vader
Characters: Leia Organa, Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: After the second Death Star, Leia had an unexpected visitor.

Fic I wrote for [community profile] fandomgiftbox . Probably been done a million times before, but whatever. I hope I managed to make Leia's emotional arc clear, but eeeeeeeh idunno.

I have a cold and everything sucks. (I'm hoping that's why I've been feeling so down about my writing ability these past couple days.) Normal service will resume at some point, hopefully.

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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: sevenofspade) if you want to. My letters tag is here.

I have three Do Not Wants: incest, rape and child abuse. When these are canon, please don't focus on them. I'd also prefer is you didn't dwell on any suicidal ideation or prolonged descriptions of grief. 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. And no drownings, please. 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 )

I requested both Trick and Treat for everything, so 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. Crossovers between any of my requested fandoms are welcome.

Ancient History RPF (Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus)

(Relevant tag.)

I ship them super hard, but I would also be delighted by gen about them, either together or separately. I would welcome both serious (alternate) history-based stuff and silly trope-based stuff. Maybe Hannibal takes Rome! Maybe Carthage won the First Punic War! Maybe they both fall into a dimensional rift and end up accidentally travelling through time and space! Maybe it is in fact a Pun-ic war (I LIKE PUNS)! Maybe they have to get married For Reasons!

For Hannibal-only prompts, I'd love anything about his relationship with Carthage. Anything involving female members of his family and/or Tanith and/or Dido would be amazing! I also really like his friendship with Maharbal.

Scipio wise, I would love something about his relationship with his daughter or his relationship his wife (and hey, if you want to write Aemilia/Scipio/Hannibal, I'm sure not saying no).

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Manga (Greed (Brotherhood/Manga), Scar (Brotherhood/Manga), Winry Rockbell (Brotherhood/Manga) )

I don't actually ship Ed/Winry, but other than that I don't really have any FMA ship feelings, so feel free to write whatever. Including any combination of my requested characters. Greed/Scar? Sure! Scar/Winry? Okay! Winry/Greed? Bring it on! Hell, even Greed/Scar/Winry, I'm down with.

I'm fascinated by the Greed/Ling relationship and how it poses the question of what it means to be human. So anything about that would be aces. Maybe a fix-it for the ending? That said, I also really like the first Greed and would love fic about him too. Canon-divergent AU where he becomes friends with Izumi?

The Scar + Mei + Marcoh (with occasional guest star Winry Rockbell) is my favourite part of FMA. No lie, the relationship between Scar and Winry is the most interesting one in all of FMA to me, because it's so complex and heartbreaking and yet heartwarming. But I also really like that Scar is a loner AND YET he somehow ends up with a gaggle of people following him around. I would absolutely love anything about Scar and Ishval, be that before, during or after canon.

How much do I love that Winry is a gearhead? A LOT. It's honestly my favourite thing about her. That and how kind she is. I would love stories about her and automail and I kind of low-key ship her and Paninya. Like I said above, the relationship between her and Scar is fascinating to me and anything about that would be amazing. I'd also love anything about Winry and Pinako and/or Winry and her parents' legacy. Or even her weird whatever-that-was with Kimblee or her friendship with Riza!

Locke & Key (Dodge (Locke & Key), Kinsey Locke)

(Relevant tag.)

I kind of ship these two in a fucked up way, but also I kind of ship Zack/Tyler and Kinsey/Jackie. Okay, I really ship Kinsey/Jackie. Anyway, I think the relationship between Kinsey and Dodge is amazingly twisted and super interesting.

I will forever find it hilarious that Dodge is AN ELDRITCH ABOMINATION FROM BEYOND LOVECRAFT. And yet his ultimate goal is to get a family of sorts? Poor Dodge. (Poor Luke, too.) I would totally be up for an AU in which Dodge won. Or an AU in which he got therapy.

Kinsey is THE BEST. I really love her adventures with Jackie, Jamal and Scot, so if you want to write an AU where they're deep-space explorers or something, go for it! (I'd prefer no focus on her relationship with her mother. Thank you.) Also, I would really love the AU where she allies with/befriends Jordan (do I ship them? Hell yes). ALSO therapy. So much therapy. Possibly with the help of the Head Key.

Star Wars: Rebels (Sabine Wren)

I love how important to Sabine art is and would love something about that. In the episode with Lando, they both recognise that her work has specific influences and I would love to hear about how she picked those and how she feels about those artists. I ship her with Ketsu, but not Ezra or Hera -- speaking of which, I see them as having more of a younger sister/older sister relationship, not daughter/mother. I would also love to see Sabine and Rex interact, maybe they bond over art or Mandalore or EXPLOSIONS! (Also, I love her -explosions-are-art attitude.) In the S1 finale, I really liked the glimpse of the relationship she has with the Lothal Stormtroopers -- they call her 'Artist'! How cute is that? And that one Stormtrooper liking her TIE paint job, aw.

EDIT: I will most likely be up-to-date on Rebels S3 by reveals, but even if not I have already sean all of seasons 1 and 2 and don't mind spoilers. That said, also feel free to set your fic pre-S3 or in the far fututr or in a canon-divergent AU.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Ahsoka Tano (Clone Wars), CT-7567 | Rex (Clone Wars), Riyo Chuchi (The Clone Wars) )

Ship-wise, I'm cool with any combination of the above, as long as Ahsoka is no longer underage. I don't ship mentor/mentee ships, but aside from that, go wild! But I would also love any of those as a platonic relationship.

Ahoska and Ventress interacting is a joy to me so anything with those two would be great. I also really enjoy Ahsoka and Riyo's friendship and her relationship with Anakin and Rex (together and separately). I would 100% love the fic about Ahsoka's roadtrip post-leaving the Jedi, including potentially awkward team-ups, like Maul or Bo-Katan.

Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeex. I feel so bad for him and all the clones for, like, everything. Somebody give this man a hug. Especially post-Umbara, because man it is a crying shame we never saw any fall out from that. Or a post-Kadavo hug. Just. Basically all the hugs? Or something where he gets to be happy, because he smiles like TWICE in the entire show.

Riyo is my favourite minor character from Clone Wars. She's only got speaking parts in two episodes, but I really like her character arc and her friendship with Ahsoka and how kind she is. I also happen to enjoy the politics of Star Wars, so if you want to have her team-up with Padmé and/or Satine and/or Mon Mothma FOR GREAT JUSTICE, I am entirely up for that.

Voltron: Legendary Defender (Haggar (Legendary Defender), Pidge | Katie Holt, Shiro (Legendary Defender) )

I am totally down with any ship combination of these three, as long as no one's underage. Gen is of course always welcome.

Haggar is basically a mad scientist IN SPACE. WITH MAGIC. Which is totally my jam. I have a real thing for the intersection of magic and science. I'd also love to hear more about her relationship with Zarkon and/or Shiro. There's great hilarious mileage to be had out of Haggar having to master shape-shifting into Shiro (for... reasons...?).

Speaking of mad scientists! PIdge is basically one step away from being a mad scientist herself. I would love anything about her and SCIENCE. Maybe her and Shiro bonding while she tries to fix his metal arm? Or her and Hunk being Science Bros! Or her trying to explain peanut butter to Allura. Also, as a short person, I like to think Pidge is an adult who just happens to be short.

Shiro! Poor dude! He also needs a hug. I really like the metal arm and I would love fic where it develops weirder and weirder powers. Also, I would love to know how he manages to keep his eyeliner so on point all the fucking time. Like. HOW. How did he escape the Galra? What about a canon-divergent AU where he didn't? Shiro/evil!Shiro would be fascinating.

Thank you again for writing for me! I'm sure any you write will be wonderful and I look forward to reading it.

Comments welcome!

dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
I've never actually had to post an evidence post for a fandom in yuletide, but this year I'm posting two! Tagging this 'fannish landmark' and using my Gwen Stacy icon, idc.

Gwen Variants (Marvel Comics Covers) )

Secret Wars (Hickman/Ribić 2015 mini-series) )

You will be very surprised to learn that my third nom is Hannibal Barca and Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Maior, under "Punic Wars RPF".
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
Via [personal profile] muccamukk .

(My fic is over here on archiveofourown.)

1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?
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For Reasons Not Worth Explaining At This Juncture, I would like to be able to vid. Except I have no idea how to start :(

Can anyone help?


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