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OH HEY SO I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP ON THE SHOWS I'M WATCHING


CURRENTLY AIRING SHOWS

Star Wars Rebels
: S03E06:

FINALLY A SABINE AND MANDALORE EPISODE I AM HERE FOR THIS

I appreciated getting the glimpses we got into Fenn Rau's captivity: play space!chess with Sabine and hahaha Kanan's "More like a cranky guest". I feel bad for Fenn Rau. He wanted to do what was right for his people.

Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo as Mandalorians!

So Sabine's mom is maybe working for the Empire?! WHAT

SABINE GOT A JETPACK! :D She's been wanting one for ages.

I'm hoping this episode means we'll get more Sabine content for the rest of the season.


Lucifer: S02E06, S02E07 and S02E08: Trixie accepting Maze's real face is my favourite scene, but it's very very closely followed by Maze and Dr Linda. "He's not dead, but trust me, he's going" places quite honourably -- I needed that, thank you, show.

CANNOT BELIEVE LUCIFER BROKE DR LINDA but thankfully she got over it.

I'm really enjoying Ella. Chloe and Maze roomates hijinks are amazing. Mum is up to no good, but frankly what I want most right now is for Azrael to show up about her knife.


Legends of Tomorrow: S02E03, S02E04 and S02E05: YES FINALLY WE ARE DONE WITH THE NAZIS

This show remains ridiculous, yet entertaining. I quite like Amara, but I'm meh on Nate, as far as new additions go. Still don't really care about Ray, either and the whole ~am I a hero without my suit~ thing isn't helping.

REALLY enjoying Sara as captain, though. I also continue to enjoy Jax and Stein -- especially totally rational fear of zombies. Poor dude.


Class: S01E03, S01E04 and S01E05: April continues to be my favourite -- I have A Thing for characters who tell the world "you will not break me and you will not take my kindness from me" -- but poor Tanya! I feel so bad for her! And the intro with her dad was really well done. Matteusz's "I don't like guns" is probably the hardest I've laughed at this show. Idk, something about the delivery really got to me.


NOT CURRENTLY AIRING


Luke Cage: S1E08: I feel like I should be more invested in this. It's entertaining, but I don't care about Diamondback and him being Luke's secret brother (?) so it makes the show lackluster for me. Less of that, more of Misty, Claire and Shades, please.

Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: Have made no progress.

dhampyresa: (that's high profile)
I made two works for Trick or Treat! And I was very careful about not referring to them as fics, because one of them's only half fic.

The Revolution Will Be Illustrated (956 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sabine Wren
Additional Tags: Mixed Media, Fanart, Fanfiction, Backstory, Character Study, Traditional Media, Digital Art
Summary: Sabine changes and her art changes with her.

According to the wishes of the artist, every piece is presented as it might have been at the time of its inception.

My assignment was [archiveofourown.org profile] shiningstar who requested both fic and art and ALL OF THE STAR WARS. I'm not sure which of the Star Wars we matched on, but it wasn't Rebels since I don't offer what I request.

Anyhow, my first thought was to write Sabine/Numa crackship femslash (although they have actually met and talked in canon so it's not that much of a crackship). I couldn't figure out how to make it work in the time that I had -- but now I know how to do it -- so I went with an idea I'd been vaguely thinking of before assignments went out.

Sabine is, canonically, an artist, so I wanted to do a character study through her art.

So I did! It's a combination of backstory (+ futurefic) and character study, with art. Sabine's an Imperial cadet turned bounty hunter turned Rebel by the time we meet her in canon. The fic is split in three parts: one at the Imperial Academy on Mandalore, another while she's a bounty hunter and one last one set after Return of the Jedi.

Fic-wise, I tried to reflect the dehumanising effect of the Empire by having names creep into the narrative as Sabine spends time away: first part has no names, second part has other people's names and last part has her name. You can see that in the in-story titling of the artwork too.

I mirrored that in the art by having colour creep into the pictures. First one's black and white (+ red), second one is blue monochrome (+ red) and the last one is in full colour. And now I'm going to talk more about said art.

Art babble + 3 pictures )

The title of the work is a reference to Gil Scott-Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

It was really, really hard for me to give someone art as a gift, even with fic associated with it. I kept having to talk myself into it -- "It's not good enough!" "Self, the writing part alone is three times the minimum requirement! POST THE THING."

(Also while I was fiddling with it I managed to accidentally default on my assignment. *facepalm* I PM'd the exchange mod who gave me back the assignment -- but didn't tell me, so if I hadn't noticed will posting Out of the Cold that my assignment count had gone back up, I might have stayed defaulted.)


Filling my assignment took up a lot of time and brainspace, so I only made one treat for the exchange.

the ruin of the soul (669 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Haggar (Voltron)
Additional Tags: Mad Science, ToT: Monster Mash
Summary: A day in the life of Haggar, mad scientist of the Galra Empire.


The title comes from François Rabelais' Pantagruel: "Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul". And while "Science sans conscience n'est que ruine de l'âme" is a MASSIVELY famous quote in France, it sadly not so in English and suddenly I sound really pretentious quoting 16th century French authors? So I figured "in for a pretentious penny, in for a pretentious pound" and didn't capitalise the title at all. (*dodges pitchforks from the title police*)

I hesitated to tag Shiro in this, but Haggar doesn't consider him a person I went with not tagging him.

This fic also features all of my Voltron headcanons, except the one about Pidge being a K-drama protagonist an adult woman who is both short and can pass as a boy. To wit, it features the following: spoilers, I guess ). While writing it I also gave myself the headcanon that Haggar gave Shiro the white lock in his hair deliberately.


Idk, apparently my theme this ToT was "artists and their art". Both fics were betaed by the ever excellent chiiyo86, who I can finally credit now that author reveals are here.
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READING

What did you finish reading

2015

Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman (scenario) and J. H. Williams III (art): Well, that is certainly a published comic book. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ended up actually liking it.

I didn't care for meeting the Endless' parents -- yeah, that's a thing now apparently. /does standard comics thing of "only canon that matters is canon I like"

The plot was pretty eh, overall, I have to say. Tbh, I always considered what happened immediately before Sandman to be best left unexplained, because any explanation was (a) not needed and (b) unlikely to live up. As it turns out, I was bright on both counts. I did like the call forward with "Hope", though.

The art is very pretty. Unfortunately, sometimes it's very pretty at the expanse of legibility.

So all in all, it's okay and made disappointing by the fact that I expected better.


Stuff I read 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
La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière

I can never remember/make up my mind: do I talk about US comics as they come out in floppies here or not?


What are you reading next

To-read list )




WATCHING

Star Wars Rebels: S03E05:
THE LAST BATTLE OF THE CLONE WARS! Clone Trooper Captain Rex vs Super Tactical Droid Kalani, winner takes all.

SO I SHIP REX/KALANI NOW SORRY NOT SORRY the "old enemies who find common ground and respect each other" dynamic just hit me where I live, okay?

I am having ALL OF THE CLONE FEELINGS, seriously. Cody*! "Clone Order 66"! "A good soldier follows orders", Rex, noooooooooooooo!

I am so glad Rex didn't die. SO GLAD.

It may have been my monitor, or the lighting or whatever -- and I fully expect to be Jossed by the next episode -- but Sabine's hair looked blue and white to me in this ep and I'm going to headcanon it was because she dyed it that way to honour Rex (and if it's back to pink-ish newt ep, I may have to write fic about the fallout of Agamar, re: Rex).

* I cannot believe when the preview came out I thought "Oh hey they got Cody's voice actor back just for this scene, that's sweet". Self, Cody and Rex have THE SAME VOICE ACTOR.


Lucifer: S02E03, S02E04 and S02E05: I can't quite remember what happened when, so you get three for the price of one. I continue to enjoy this ridiculous show greatly. Character interactions are gold and I love how many of the characters are women (Dr Linda, Maze, Chloe, Ella, Mum, Trixie). Dr Linda was a phone sex operator, omg and then there was a bar fight. Lucifer and Dan geeking out over action movies were cute. I grow impatient about getting to see CHLOE AND MAZE ROOMATES HIJINKS. I'm kind of sad Uriel is gone already, for some reason I tend to like Uriel best in ~classic angelology~ and his power here was pretty cool. I do like that we got canon confirmation that angels can be female (Azrael/the angel of death is "she"). Faced with the lack of non-binary/ungendered angels, I'll take 'angels can be male or female, it's whatever'. Also, Tom Ellis does Righteous Fury really well.


Legends of Tomorrow: S2E02: Are we done with the Nazis yet? Like. Seriously. I know Timetravel To WW2 is a well-used trope, but are we done yet? One episode is pretty the price I agree to pay when I get into a timetravel show, twice is trying my patience. At least Sara leading the crew is now oofficial.


Class: S01E01 and S01E02: Well, that was unexpectedly violent. I thought this would be a kid's show! (I did not follow the promos at all.) And yet I was really charmed by all the characters, from super-smart Tanya to Ms Quill the freedom-fighter-turned-reluctant-teacher/bodyguard to April whose bravery comes from kindness.


Luke Cage: S1E07: No progress.


Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.


Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: This show gives REALLY GOOD PARIS, I have to say. To the point that, despite the fact that I was watching the English dib (my search for the Korean dub remains fruitless), I ended up thinking "Genre la meuf va au Troca pour trouver un pigeon. Genre!" ("Like the girl goes to the Trocadéro to find a pigeon. As if!") in French, which usually never happens -- I certainly didn't think in French while watching Legends of Tomorrow, even though it was nominally set in Paris this week. So ML gives great Paris, including aaaaaaaaaaaall the subtle social clues. Yikes. I think I went to school with some of those people. Adrien's social clues are unambiguous, but Marinette's are more confused. Then again, I'm only two episodes in.







DID YOU KNOW X-23 WAS GOING TO BE IN A MOVIE



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CURRENTLY WATCHING

Airing shows

Star Wars Rebels:
S3E03
: 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.


Fanvids


Toy Soldiers from Deirdre on Vimeo.


BOOM! CLONE FEELINGS.

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
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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 )



CURRENTLY WATCHING

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.

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
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.

Phasma/Rey
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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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.


dhampyresa: (Default)
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!

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I have returned and have posted fic.

Six fics, some I posted a while back and forgot to talk about here (first two), two I posted before travelling but stuck into the Anonymous collection until now (next two) and two I just posted, because I just titled/finished them (last two).



Splinter (1440 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sara Lance
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: Sara Lance and the things that never happened to her.

The fic I wrote for this year's [community profile] everywoman. I wished I'd been able to make it as long as I wanted to, but alas I couldn't.



Light before us (555 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Livia Drusilla, Octavia Minor
Summary: Livia visits her sister-in-law.
The fic I wrote for [community profile] history_exchange . The title is the first line of Indochine's Little Dolls, translated into English. (I was kind of on a giant Indochine kick for a few months there.)



The Once and Future Camelot (The It's Only A Model Remix) (1186 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Demon Knights
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Madame Xanadu (Demon Knights), Merlin (Demon Knights), Sir Ystin | Shining Knight (Demon Knights)
Additional Tags: Future Fic, IN SPACE!
Summary:


This is a very different Camelot, with spaceships and science and technology the world has never seen.

Xanadu seeks out Merlin.
My fic for [community profile] femmeremix . By sheer coincidence, I had just found this fic a few days before assignments went out. Clearly this was A Sign. The italicised line in the summary is from the original fic and it's such a great image I had to something with it.

Demon Knights actually one of the few Anglophone canons that has a proper Merlin and the fact that he's canonically demonspawn and ages backwards in it is part of why. The bit about him not having a soul now that he's under seven is based on a sort of obscure bit of French folklore than holds the seventh birthday as when children acquire a soul.



DEFCON 3 (1530 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Natasha Romanov
Summary: Natasha hunted HYDRA to Miami. She wasn't the only one.
The fic I wrote for [personal profile] muccamukk 's MCU Rolling Remix challenge. The challenge was great fun! I wish I'd had time to go through the fics thoroughly while they were still anon, but alas.



The Crack of Ice (3046 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Wanda Maximoff
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Avatar & Benders Setting
Summary: Steve's identity as the Avatar was a closely guarded secret. Yet trouble still had a way of finding him.
True story: This fic has literally been finished since JANUARY 2016. It just took me fucking ages to find a title for it.



Five people on StarKiller Base who didn't listen to Anakin Skywalker (and one who did) (3235 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Anakin Skywalker, Ensemble (The Force Awakens), Obi-Wan Kenobi
Additional Tags: Force Ghosts
Summary: Being a ghost, Anakin thought, was very frustrating.
This fic first suffered Severe Tone Shift Syndrome when Obi-Wan showed up (did you know him and Anakin have issues?), then spent months being literally ten sentences from being done which was incredibly frustrating, but I finally made it work.




And now, sleep.
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I did my bit, everything else is out of my hands. AND NOW I CAN DO SOMETHING ELSE -- if at all possible, I am not spending (almost) every waking moment focused on a thing because then I end up dreaming of the thing at night too and NOPE.

Anyway, I have some stuff left to do before I leave for Great Britain. Like, idk, making sure I have somewhere to sleep that isn't the underside of a bridge or that I have some way to return that isn't "swim across the Channel!".

On the fandom-y side of things, I need to change the rules for History Exchange -- to my shame there is a grievous oversight there and I need to fix it and check if I need to change the rules for NoFM too -- and reveal the collection once that's done. I also have a fic I'd like to finish before I leave, which will probably be finished -- hell, maybe even two if I ever figure out how to finish that one fic about the ghost of Anakin Skywalker on Starkiller base.

Speaking of Star Wars! And Great Britain! And various other Earth-bound locations! I have decided I'll refer to places I travel to by the names of Star Wars planets, because why not. So I live in Coruscant, travel regularly to Ahch-To to Tatooine and spend several months on each of Alderaan and Pantora.

Point being. In that frame of reference, what do I call Great Britain? Or even places within Great Britain? Or any other location? (This can be very specific or vague -- I mean, Coruscant, Ahch-To and Tatooine are all in the same country.)

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
Watching the July 14 Paris fireworks on TV, I wonder if the Jedi have anything like that -- more accurately, I wonder if they have anything like the 'bal des pompiers' (firefighters' ball).

Probably not, I decide. But the clones most likely do.

Edit: I mentionned it over at [community profile] history_exchange because it'll delay reveals, but I'm out of town this week-end until Monday evening.
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Remember the time I read Tattúínárdǿla saga and basically went "I want fic"? Spoilers: I wrote the fic and it's in continuity with that.

The Tale of Lightsabre the Blue (3338 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Ensemble (The Force Awakens)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Vikings
Summary: The author posits that the Old Norse manuscript recently found in the Bay of Douarnenez belongs to the same corpus as the Icelandic Tattúínárdǿla saga.

[personal profile] dolorosa_12 was kind enough to beta for me and help me with the academical notes. I have now written fic beta-ed by someone with a more-than-semi relevant PhD.

Some kind souls helped me translate "Starkiller" into Old Norse ("Stjǫrnubani") and I used Viking Lady and Behind the Name as references for personal names. As much as possible I tried to pick names that had relevant meanings.

More notes )

And with this I qualified for "Star Wars Sequel Trilogy" for [community profile] femmeremix so I signed up for that.
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Dear [community profile] everywoman Creator,

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. 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 )

Fandoms

(All of these already have tags you can browse for previous letters and general thoughts, even if said tags might be broader than the specific subsets requested here.)

Ancient History RPF: Dido of Carthage, Cornelia Africana
Dido founding Carthage. Cornelia and her father. Dido and Cornelia meeting in the afterlife!
(Tag)

Demon Knights: Horsewoman
My favourite of Horsewoman's relationship is her being BFF with Al Jabr. I would also love to hear what she's up during the hiatus (or after, or before the series).
(Tag)

Locke & Key: Any of Erin Voss, Jackie Veda, Jordan Gates, Kinsey Locke
ANYTHING especially a happy AU in which everyone lives -- or even a not so happy AU where everyone lives but where Dodge won.
(Tag)

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Wanda Maximoff
Wanda! Post AoU/pre CACW or post CACW. Feel free to pull from the comics if you want. I'm down for every Wanda ship not covered by my DNWs, except Wanda/Vision.
(Tag)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Bianca di Angelo, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, Thalia Grace (PJO)
Bianca with the Hunters (in the afterlife or not). Rachel bonding with Hazel over art (I have not yet read Trials of Apollo, fyi, but feel free to draw on it anyway). Thalia and Luke.
(Tag)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types: Riyo Chuchi (Clone Wars)
I really like Riyo and how fierce and kind she is. I def ship her with Ahsoka, but any other ship would also be cool. The show gives me a lot of feelings about the clones so seeing Riyo involved in that could be cool. Maybe she's dating Rex, I don't know.
(Tag)

Yoko Tsuno (Comics): Group: Yoko Tsuno & Khâny
I ship it super hard, but BFFS IN SPACE is also amazing. I would love love worldbuilding about Vinean culture.
(Tag)


Thank you so much for writing for me!

(Comments welcome.)

Fic things

May. 17th, 2016 11:25 pm
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I've just realised I forgot to mention a couple of things about Five Seasons in Latveria, the Layla Miller + Doctor Doom gen fic I posted last Saturday. (Honestly, none of the notes I post on here (as opposed to Ao3) are that important, but I do like talking about my writing.)

Ilinca makes an appearance in this fic, she last appeared on Doctor Doom's staff in Retrograde (also featuring Layla Miller). I have some headcanons and backstory for her, but nothing set in stone, mostly she exists to fulfill all my non-Doombot minion related needs.

It also fulfills the "That Moment (incident / chapter / episode) in detail" prompt from this bingo card I got over two years ago you shut up I am on top of things.

Repost of said bingo card )

I'll take prompts if you have them, but no guarantees/some of these are already in progress/etc.



One of these days, I will get better at not getting anxiety about replying to comments on Ao3. Today is not this day.

(I don't know why I thought making a deal with myself about how I had to post a comment on a fic for every comment on my fic I replied to would help matters, but it kind of has? So long as I remember what fics I read when it comes down to comment time -- and I often blank. I am a failboat.)

I do read and appreciate every single comment I get and I will get back to them, even if takes me a while.



I wanted to write a fic about Teal'c watching The Force Awakens (with Vala) for [community profile] starwarsflashmeme 's prompt of "Alien" because Teal'c is canonically a giant Star Wars nerd (who likes the prequel, even) and Finn's arc would speak to him: loyal soldier of galaxy spanning colonising power (Goa'uld/First Order) rebels against said colonising power following a meeting with a scrappy underdog (SG1/Poe) and ends up joining the organisation said underdog is part of (SGC/Resistance) to fight The Good Fight TM.

Vala is there because she wants to know what the fuss is all about.

Alas, I needed to rewatch some Stargate and find a Teal'c voice and it was Eurovision, so it didn't happen. For amnesty, maybe?


dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
It was recently [community profile] maythe4thbewithyou and I wrote three fics, much like I got three fics.

I was assigned to [archiveofourown.org profile] lionessvalenti and I wrote them two fics.

Respite (954 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala & Sabé
Characters: Padmé Amidala, Sabé (Star Wars), Obi-Wan Kenobi
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Canon Divergence - Revenge of the Sith, Post-Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Summary: Sometimes the war slows down, just a little.
This is not the scene from this AU I had originally planned to write, but rereading the letter my original idea didn't fit with the optional details. I think I'll end up writing the story of this verse at some point -- I do want to write a Padmé/Obi-Wan/Anakin fic.

Also guest-starring: Sabé and Obi-Wan being sort-of friends. It is my absolute headcanon that these two are friends. I have a fic in the works to that effect. (You're very surprised I'm writing friendship fic, I can tell.)

Sea Change (3993 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Obi-Wan Kenobi
Characters: Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: Padmé Amidala is accompanied by Obi-Wan Kenobi to Naboo and Anakin Skywalker is the galaxy's worst detective.
This is the other fic I wrote [archiveofourown.org profile] lionessvalenti -- I was going to post this as my assignment, but somehow manage to run out of time and be able to finish it for the assignment deadline. I did finish it before May 4 though, so I posted it as a treat.

It's the AU in which Obi-Wan and Anakin switch places in Attack of the Clones. (Also included: Sabé and Obi-Wan being friends. Also also included, an Eurovision joke.)

The conversation with my beta about this fic included such gems as "is this slice-y-of-life-y enough?" and "I told you Anakin was my go-to guy for comedy".

Title from Shakespeare's Tempest. From Ariel's "Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange" speech in act I, scene 2. (I believe this is the third fic I've written with a title from The Tempest, but the first one posted.)


Red Land (741 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
Characters: Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Ancient Egypt
Summary: Rey finds an unlikely tomb to rob.

The third fic I wrote was for [archiveofourown.org profile] ancarett.

It was kind of last minute, because I had managed to miss that someone had requested an ANCIENT EGYPT AU until May 3, but apparently I am mad enough that I can pull off a short Ancient Egypt graverobber AU in less than a day.

It's not even a generic Ancient Egypt AU! It is set in a very specific time period -- could those end notes have been even longer? You bet your ass they could have been. But I figured that a) nobody reads Star wars fic for in-depth explanation of royal titulary in Ancient Egypt and b) for the most part my knowledge of Ancient Egypt is filtered through French, which can make it very frustrating as not every term that is translated nor every name transliterated the same way (Moyen Empire != Middle Empire, Moyen Empire = Middle Kingdom, Akhénaton = Akhenaten, etc). Special shout out to the non-Horus/Horus of Gold names, you suck, I hate you, please pick one translation, thanks.


Tomorrow marks the start of Eurovision, so that's what I'm doing this week. Eurovision.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
If you've been wondering where I've been the past few days, the answer is: desperately scrambling to write treats for [community profile] maythe4thbewithyou.

I got three fics!

Family Romance (2187 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Padmé Amidala & Rey
Characters: Padmé Amidala, Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: In a house on the edge of a lake in Naboo lived an old woman and a little girl.


It's the REY AND PADME ON NABOO fic I never thought anyone would write! And it's got lovely imagery and a great twist. I would read many, many more words in this verse.


Then I got two treats! (Listed in the order I got the reveal emails.)

The Cursed Sword (1690 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, Lightsabers, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

Five ways that were not the way Rey accepted Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber for the first time, and one that was.

Please note: major character death warning is not for Rey.



A glimpse into five different AUs, all more fascinating than the last. I want to know everything about these Reys and these worlds! I love the Rey characterisation in this one.


of deserts and droids (3955 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rey & Anakin Skywalker
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Anakin Skywalker
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Timey-Wimey, Crack Treated Seriously, Aliases, Secret Identity, Worldbuilding, Bonding
Summary:

Rey accidentally time-travels, and realizes that Jedi are even more weird than she had ever imagined.



THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF BITTERSWEET HEARTBREAK I COME TO STAR WARS FOR! And it's genuinely hilarious and sweet to boot.


In conclusion: go read these fics, they are the best.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
Swimming: 50 laps! Go me. Today: 50 * 25 = 1 250. Total before today: 1 600. Total today: 2 850 / 590 000.


I got to talking with [livejournal.com profile] bunn about pastels, so here's my current pastel project. I need to work on: realism, expressions, shadows, wavy hair and contrast. I picked a still from Revenge of the Sith, because I really hate copying, so if I'm going to copy a thing, I am going to copy something I am interested in, ie Star Wars (and the lighting on Mustaphar is amazing and super interesting to work with).

I picked pastels as a medium because I rarely do pastels on account of how it's hard to do fiddly details in pastels, but I am also trying to stop focusing on details so much so here I am PRACTICING EVERYTHING AT ONCE.

Fyi, would not reccoment anyone actually do this. It's the art equivalent of someone taking away your floaters, throwing you into a river and going "now you swim back to shore".

Picture + reference )

The line-art's not detailed because I am hoping to be working solely with colour to make it work. We shall see.

Guess what, it's also in a colour scheme I don't use a lot.


I am quite tempted to sign-up for [community profile] femmeremix . I enjoyed the remixing part of the Remix challenge I did last year -- but that was the only part I enjoyed. I hear this one is much better run!


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I spent a lot of time this past week dealing with [community profile] nightonficmountain related stuff. There were several issues, some of which I was responsible for, some of which I was not. At one point I was both "comes back with pizza to find everything on fire" and "mod laughing alone with salad" making me "mod with salad on fire" -- this metaphor got away from me. Anyway, [personal profile] morbane is amazing and a lifesaver. You're the best, Morbane.


READING

Finished reading

Continuing me making my way down the list of stuff I read in 2015. (I know. Shut up.)

Books read )

Chats d'oeuvre, by Susan Herbert (read in 2015): It's a book redoing classic works of art and movie posters with cats as the stars. It's cute, but that's it.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: One more chapter. Everything still batshit and amazing. Villon (our narrator) experiences first hand the effect of time canons and some of his crew get really fucking creepy after catching a case of the oraculars -- I'm being glib, there's no such thing as the oracular, but that one guy does say something to the effect of "the Oracle of Deplhi saw the paths of the future, I walk its crossroads" and given this book it could be totally literal!


Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


AND fannishly I am reading the fancomic Star Wars Destinies and it is very good!


Reading next

idk.

To read list )


WATCHING

This is as far along in these shows that I have watched. I would love to talk about any of these. No spoilers for currently airing shows, please, but I don't care about shows that are complete.

I'm going to try and move this to another post at some point (Telly Tuesday?).

Jessica Jones (s1e2 00:00)
Supergirl (s1e3 00:00)
Agent Carter (s2e3)
Lucifer (s1e13 00:00)
Legends of Tomorrow (s1e12 00:00)
Clone Wars (s3e16 00:00)
Underground (s1e7 00:00)
Shannara (s1e6 00:00)
Daredevil (s2e1 00:00)


Lucifer: OMG WHAT WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT WHAT I thought this would be the last episode, but there's one more. (13 episodes, it's pretty fitting.) I am both excited and apprehensive. Please everyone be okay.

Also, I love the friendship between Chloe and Lucifer -- even though she doesn't believe he's THE Lucifer, she does believes he believes it, so when it matters she'll play along. Also also OMG MAZE IS AMAZING OMG. Some brilliant acting from all three of the supernatural trio and I really enjoyed that fight scene.

Also also also, I love that the show sticks to its guns with regards to Lucifer only ever wanting "to be [his] own man" and with regards to the philosophy of Lucifer is a giant dork, humans are the real evil.


Legends of Tomorrow: I loved this episode. It had all the Western tropes I love. It reminded me of the third Back to the Future movie, but in a good way. KENDRA AND SARA ON A ROADTRIP I loved it and mostly got two things out of that scene: aw, past!Carter was called Hannibal (this show knows me too well) and the obvious loophole to "loving non!Carter dudes doesn't work" is LOVE A LADY Sara is right there (also, I wouldn't exactly call whatever happens when you love Carter working, old!Kendra) I really loved Captain Cold this epsiode, but then I always love Captain Cold. I am forever entertained by Wentworth Miller on this show and this episode's black ensemble looked really good on him. And I like that he got to bond with Stein. The Jonah Hex/Rip Hunter vibes were massive. All this said, I would have liked slightly less Ray and slightly more Jax.


Underground: I feel like every week I praise the twists on this show, but guys IT HAS THE BEST TWISTS but they are so good and I don't wanna spoil them but I wanna talk about them but... also I am now shipping all combinations of Rosalee/Noah/Cato, idc.


Clone Wars: I don't even know what is going on with this fucking show anymore.



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Apr. 13th, 2016 11:54 pm
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I've been writing a lot of Star Wars fic lately and have come to the conclusion that I structure them slightly differently than I do the rest of my writing. It's not anything obvious or that anyone but me would notice, but it is there.

It's a bit more circular, a bit more mirrored and relies a lot on tripled patterns.

It's also more visual, but I think that's a consequence of me having fallen back into the tried-and-true (for me) habit of visualising things like comic pages. It's a thought pattern I occasionally fall back into, not least because I do a lot of drawings of whatever I'm writing at any given time (one sketch a day is hard to come up with ideas for, just saying) so the combination of words and ideas lends itself logically to switching to comics mode.

I like comics mode, don't get me wrong. It allows me to see things from a different angle and that can be very useful.

It's just that comics and plain text are not the same medium, and sometimes I run into problems like trying to translate "this scene is a double-page spread" into prose.

I think I have something that might work, though. It's a difference of emphasis.

The difference between a single panel in the right uppermost corner of the right-hand page (right-up-right and left-down-left tend to be the most overlooked areas of a double page spread when reading left-to-right) and a double-page spread is not the difference between:
His lightsaber flew into the girl's hand.
and
The Force sang like it had not sang in years; it was a deep, resounding note that dug into your bones and echoed there.

It reminded Anakin of Mustafar, the perfect clarity of it.

Out there in the forest, out there in the snow, his ancient lightsaber, the accursed, bloodied thing, had flown through the air into the girl's hand and the Force sang.
but it's pretty similar.

The actual, physical ACTION is exactly the same (and it's also exactly the same as what happens in the movie, starting at 00:56). What's different is the emphasis put on this moment.

In movie form, that emphasis takes the form of a wide-shot and a swelling soundtrack. In comics form, it's a one-panel double-page spread. In written form, it's -- more words, basically.

Not just any words either, but extended metaphor. Here it's the-Force-as-music, which is how I tend to write the-Force-as-perceived-by-Anakin but it doesn't have to be. A bit of repetition on occasions doesn't hurt and it's no coincidence it both starts and ends with "the Force sang". (I'm also really fond of "the accursed, bloodied thing" for reasons.)

Watch me have to cut this because it doesn't fit the tone of the rest of the fic, lmao.

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