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1. Have a tagset review period for your exchanges. Trust me on this. (Also, Morbane is amazing.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now I'm going to go read about the time when the Seine rose 8m62 (23'3") and Paris flooded. AND THEN IT FROZE OVER. Good times.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I got two fics for the Star Wars Rare Pairs treat run! Both femslash. (For those keeping track, that means I got six fics in this exchange, all of which were femslash.)

Presented here in alphabetical order.

And Tomorrow Lives in Her (1045 words) by Merfilly
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steela Gerrera/Ahsoka Tano
Characters: Steela Gerrera, Ahsoka Tano, Lux Bonteri, Saw Gerrera
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Open Relationships, Background Relationships

Ahsoka doesn't fall back or lose focus. Steela survives.

FUCK IT I'm considering this canon now. I DO WHAT I WANT.

Things Unknown But Longed For Still (3683 words) by celeste9
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phasma/Rey
Characters: Phasma (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: First Meetings, Pre-Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Trapped, Storms
Summary: It’s possible that any number of things could have happened. The data could never have been here in the first place; Hux could have been given bad intel. Anyone could have stolen it over the years, not knowing the value of what they had.
Or Phasma was simply minutes too late and the data stick is now in the hands of the girl scavenger.
You know what? I'm also going to consider this one canon.

Speaking of Star Wars! I still haven't seen Rogue One.

Tbh, right now, between wanting to avoid spoilers and also wanting to WRITE ALL THE YULETIDE*, I'm staying away from the internet for the next while.

* I claimed a pinch-hit and also I have like five fics I want to finish and post so it is A LOT of yuletide.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
As previously said, I wrote four fics for this exchange! My fellow mod wrote 23 because they're fucking amazing.

alloy & nomenclature (1211 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: CC-2224 | Cody/Obi-Wan Kenobi/CT-7567 | Rex
Characters: CT-7567 | Rex, CC-2224 | Cody, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Summary: The galaxy was a different place after Clone Order 66.

This was my assignment. It was a pain to write. My recipient, Mithrigil, gave a single prompt for this pairing and it was a smut prompt. Now, I can't fucking write smut, so I had to try and figure out how to write something they might like. Which, when all you have is a smut prompt to go on is not easy. Hopefully I succeeded.

This fic is also part of the reason I've been pretty silent on reading Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa lately. The title comes from 'Here, the old masters of Shock and Awe' from said poem anthology and I figured that there probably weren't many people currently reading said book in fandom and what if someone guessed it was me writing the fic WHAT THEN

(Fellow veterans of Hetalia fandom might remember Mithrigil as one third of mithpuelinden. In case you wanted that blast from the past.)

Rendezvous (1269 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Poe Dameron (Comics)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Terex
Characters: Poe Dameron, Terex (Star Wars)
Summary: Poe goes on an impromptu extraction mission.

So because we'd set the collection to needing approval, I was in charge of vetting the fics [personal profile] spookykingdomstarlight would getand that's how I found myself reading [archiveofourown.org profile] celeste9 's The Game. As it turns out, Poe/Terex is very good to my ~worthy enemies~ loving heart, so I went out, read the canon (the Poe Dameron comic series) and wrote some fic.

Strange Bedfellows (2087 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Asajj Ventress/Rey (Star Wars)
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Asajj Ventress
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: Palpatine died in a ship crash. Sixty years later, Rey had to put the War on hold and go rescue her master.
One of the things I wanted to do with this exchange was to treat at least one of: femslash, hero/villain and crosstime ship. At one point I decided to see if there were any requested relationships that fit all three and there was! So I wrote Rey/Asajj Ventress femslash.

I'd originally come up with the idea of Palpatine dying in the crash early in Revenge of the Sith causing Grievous to be in charge of the Separatists and that causing the war to last for decades in order to write Rey/Rex and/or any clone/TFA person pairings, but there weren't any. Rex still gets to be around because I say so, that's why. This is a fun verse and I may end up writing more in it. (In case you're curious: yes, the clones still have the chip for Order 66 implanted.)

Making Rey Anakin's padawan was a given and I loved getting the opportunity to write her as a more traditional kind of Jedi, if not a totally traditional one. My favourite passage I wrote for this exchange in fact relates to Rey, the Jedi and meditation: To Rey, the edge of meditation always felt like being back on Jakku, standing at the top of a dune, nothing to see but endless sand and the unforgiving horizon. It wasn't the vastness of the space between stars that reminded her of her place in the universe -- it was a favoured metaphor of some Jedi, that every Jedi was a star and the Force the galaxy -- it was the desert, immortal and infinite. Every Jedi a grain of sand, the Force the desert.

Evergreen (577 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Riyo Chuchi/Ahsoka Tano
Characters: Riyo Chuchi, Ahsoka Tano
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence

Ahsoka came back in early winter.

A last minute treat. I think I submitted this five hours before the stories went live or something. I've low-key shipped this ever since those two referred to each other as "good friends" on screen. They're really cute and also Riyo's got blue skin to Ahsoka orange so they're complimentary.

So there you go. 2 slash fics (alloy & nomenclature, Rendezvous), two femslash fics (Strange Bedfellows, Evergreen). If I ever start complaining that I didn't write much this yuletide, point me towards this post, please.

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I got four (4!) fics for [community profile] swrarepairs ! And they're all femslash.

In order of longest to shortest:

On Art, Ageing, and Armed Resistance (3582 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships:Leia Organa/Sabine Wren, Past Leia Organa/Han Solo
Characters: Sabine Wren, Leia Organa, Background & Cameo Characters
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Pre-Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Old Ladies of the Resistance
Summary: Selected written communications (17-30 ABY) between Senator Leia Organa of the New Republic and Sabine Wren, prominent experimental artist of the post-Empire era.
SABINE/LEIA THROUGH THE YEARS! Epistolary fic! Did not expect epistolary fic, so this was an unexpected delight.

ingrained (1271 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phasma/Rey
Characters: Phasma (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Dark Side Rey, Kissing, Training, Extra Treat
Summary: “Tell me more about how terrible a fighter I am,” she commanded, pressing her hands against the breastplate of Phasma’s armor. If it was as easily removed as the helmet, it would be on the floor, too, Phasma suspected.
DARKSIDE!REY/PHASMA and it is lovely and sharp and I love it so.

You can sing me anything (709 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Numa/Sabine Wren
Characters: Sabine Wren, Numa (The Clone Wars)
Additional Tags: Body Paint, Sharing a Room, Extra Treat
Summary: Sabine managed to swallow her grin when Hera asked if she would mind sharing with Numa just for the one night.
SABINE/NUMA! The crackship lives on. And it's so loving and intimate.

Palette (384 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ketsu Onyo/Sabine Wren
Characters: Sabine Wren, Ketsu Onyo
Additional Tags: Inspired by Art, Extra Treat
Summary: Sabine is painting again.
ART! And Sabine and Ketsu and Sabine/Ketsu!

I am the luckiest!

(I also wrote four fics.)

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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I GOT A TRICK AND A TREAT! (I cannot believe I git two fics? I am the luckiest.)

Trick-wise, I got an FMA fic about Scar from before canon to after and it gives excellent angst, let me tell you.
For Every Kind Stranger (1392 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Manga
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Winry Rockbell & Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist), Mei Chan | May Chang & Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Characters: Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Additional Tags: Ishval Civil War, Ishbalan Character(s) | Ishvalan Character(s)
Summary: Before they called him Scar, he was a boy named Joshua. Before he hunted State Alchemists, he lived in a small village long since forgotten.
It's still out there, buried in the sands of Ishval. He's not sure he wants to find it.

And treat-wise I got a fic in which Shiro babysits Katie and tells her bedtimes stories -- with timetravel and dinosaurs!
Adventures of the Princientist & the Time-Traveling Paleontologist (2568 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Pidge | Katie Holt & Shiro
Characters: Shiro (Voltron), Pidge | Katie Holt
Additional Tags: Storytelling, Time Travel, Dinosaurs, Alternate Universe, female pronouns used for Pidge | Katie Holt
Summary: "Once upon a time," he starts, "there was a princ—" He pauses mid-word as her smile fades, his words a cloud blocking out the sun. He scrambles internally, thinking of what he knows about her, and comes up with: "—ientist. The princientist had been born into a royal family but had ambitions of her own: the project she happened to be working on just then was a time machine, for a rescue mission."

I made two things for Trick or Treat. They're both in new fandoms for me and are somewhat outside of what I usually post (for different reasons), so I'm quite curious to see if anyone can tell which ones they are.

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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?

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I'm thinking of running something similar to [personal profile] muccamukk 's MCU Rolling Remix (ie: like the 'telephone', but with fic remixes), but for Star Wars. Episode movies only, for greater accessibility. Is that something anyone would be interested in?

[community profile] swrarepairs is almost upon us! It's an exchange for Star Wars rarepairs. Come join us!

It's yuletide nominations time (somehow). As usual I am puzzled by some of the modding decisions. I'm still trying to decide if I want to make a fuss over a specific issue. In the meantime, I look forward to [community profile] trickortreatex sign-ups! (And need to do stuff for [community profile] fandomgiftbox .)
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I just saw Winter Soldier and I loved it! It was great.

I went to see it with a girl I've met once before, who is the daughter of a former roomate's of my mom's, and who is coincidentally not on the other side of the Atlantic but in Ireland this semester as well. I like her! I really like her and we're going to go to the zoo at some point in the future and I am excited (and I will buy that elephant plushie I've been wanting to buy since one of my housemates went to the zoo and bought one).

I loved it, the cinematography was awesome, there was a bunch of really cool shots, Falcon was super badass, Black Widow is THE BEST and there were appearances by characters I did not expect.

Btw, it has two credits scenes, just so you know.

We got trailers for: Gardians of the Galaxy (Gamorra is so pretty!), Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Great CGI Spider-Man! Also GWEN STACY♥), X-Men: Days of Future Past (why would you look at this storyline and think 'this could use more Wolverine'? aslo they're going to be in Paris at some point hahaha no). We also had a trailer for Giro d'Italia, because this is apparently a thing now. I feel like my brother would have enjoyed this trailer much more than me, because he's a big (big!) cycling fan and it did look kind of cool on the big screen ngl.

Spoilers on your left )

In conclusion: I loved it as the fact that is entry is 1.6k will attest, but HAHAHA QUÉBECOIS.

In other news! I am now a mod of [community profile] nightonficmountain (also on Livejournal and Archiveofourown). It's pretty much exactly like yuletide except: in June, all characters in approved fanomas are allowed and inactive fandoms can also be allowed! I've never modded an exchange before, it's exciting! (Also, I came up with the name. I'm quite proud of it.)


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