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For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I want to watch movies/shows/etc that are completely new to me. As a result, I am willing to try pretty much anything anyone is willing to tell me to watch.
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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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I forgot I should do a reading Wednesday post yesterday. Oops. To be fair, I am kind of still trying to put coherent thoughts to my feelings on Grass King's Concubine and Le Déchronologue.

Have tings I have recently watched, instead.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I have SO MUCH FEELINGS. This might be because [livejournal.com profile] lunik_the_bard and I watched the entire back half in under a day and a half. It was. Huh. IT WAS INTENSE. (And possibly I talked too much and was a terrible houseguest. I'm sorry, Lunik.)

I'd read the whole manga before, but for some reason I'd forgotten (almost) everything about the Promised Day onwards.

My favourite characters are Scar, Winry (omg the Scar & Winry relationship is my favourite thing) and Ling/Greed. Greeling? THAT GUY. You know the one.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Then I got home and basically inhaled all of the new (?) Voltron series. I need to stop watching things so fast, it's not great for me,  I can't connect to characters.

So basically my feelings right now boil down to LOOK AT THESE NERDS IN A ROBOT with bonus of Pidge, Shiro and Haggar being (unsurprisingly) my favourites. Science-y one, cyborg-y one* and witch-y one. Yup, I am predictable. I really like Allura a lot too! She tosses Shiro around like a sack of potatoes it's great.

I think I'd still rec both of those, in completely different ways. FMA is a lot darker and intense but very intricately plotted. Voltron has nerds in a castleship and Shiro's eyeliner.

Anyway. Talk to me?

* I will just say that if you want to rec me a piece of visual media and the words METAL ARM apply, use those words.

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An actual, literal, 40k+ words novel.

I am not joking. That's what I got for [community profile] jukebox_fest . A novel. A COMPLETELY AMAZING NOVEL. More specifically, this novel:

scientia lumen vitae (41127 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tu vas me manquer - Maître Gims (Music Video)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: IN SPACE!, Clones, Far Future, Worldbuilding, Science Fiction, Developing Relationship
Summary: On the Valhallan planet named Fólkvangr, the clone Loïc Treize has been working towards a cure for Thor's Virus throughout his entire life. He is not Valhallan. He was sent there to help. He was born to help, a fact of which he is acutely aware.
Eiður is Valhallan. He is a bluff, congenial military commander in the service of the Valhallan Commonwealth, and he is Treize's new custodian. His approach is wholly new, and Treize is drawn to him despite his society's strict rules. What he wants is forbidden.
From Fólkvangr to the lumenium mines of Þruðvangr and the military installations of Treize's people on the planet Nivôse, the pair have a lot of ground to cover. And when Thor's Virus strikes hard, they have no time to lose...


The canon is Tu vas me manquer - Maître Gims (Music Video). It lasts a little over four minutes.

Whoever wrote this is a genius and I love them.

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

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

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


In conclusion: go read these fics, they are the best.
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By which I mean Supergirl. I saw the pilot and while I got kind of bored in the second third, that moment when Kara flies on screen for the first time is so goddamn beautiful it brought actual tears to my eyes. I think I'll keep watching, but I may wait for a marathon opportunity.

Also, if you want to watch a (complete) webseries in which Parker from Leverage is an (ex-)assassin Amazon who lives in a flat with three other superheroes struggling to make rent so they STAGE A HEIST, Caper's got you covered.

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I've been reccing things to friends recently and I hate to let long-ish recs go unshared, so here you go.

Stargate SG1 (This is a TV show.)


One of my favourite things about SG1 is Ba'al being a dick -- he's such an asshole, but he's so entertaining to watch. I really love Vala, because she's so so great (you know how you love tricksters? Vala scratches that itch for me.) I love that they have female doctors who are fucking amazing at their jobs but allowed to have lives beyond it. (Ngl, I really enjoy when the team goes off base.)

I love the way it plays with myth and can get anything it want wrong because ALIENS! And I love that EVERYONE gets to be aliens: Egyptians gods? Aliens! Greek gods? Aliens! Norse gods? (Other) aliens! The Fae? (Other other) aliens! Arthuriana? (Yet another kind of) aliens! (Speaking of which, the last two seasons of SG1 is almost the entirety of English-langauge media dealing with Arthuriana that doesn't send my skin crawling.)

I love that a big theme of the series is freedom and not believeing wholesale in what religion tells you (but you can still find valid things in religion/spirituality. For example, there's a subplot at some point over Teal'c getting to practice Kelno'reem again even though he doesn't need to and how that makes him feel better. There's Tomin's entire arc. There's Daniel Ascension thing). Daniel Jackson's Revolving Door on Death and how even the characters acknowledge it is hilarious to me.

I like the sense of continuity in it. I like the feeling of found family the team gives me. I grew up on this show; it means a lot to me.

I'm not saying it doesn't have failings, I'm just saying I don't care. There 200+ episodes and although I have watched all of them at least two times, you don't have to. There's lots of lists of shortened watching order or watch-for-this-character lists. Sam, Teal'c and Vala are my favourite from the team (although Vala comes in S9/10) and I'm very fond of all the Asgards and Bra'tac outside the team. And like I said Ba'al is a very entertaining asshole.

French SFF (this wasn't so much a rec as a tangent on a point that I ended up cutting, but I do rec both of these with all my heart. Fantômette is a book series; Yoko Tsuno is a comics series.)

Fantômette is a Parisian vigilante of the no-superpowers super-detective kind. She's eighteen, her archnemesis is Le Masque d'Argent (think Doctor Doom) and she has zero patience for his bullshit. She's smart, she's kind and that one time she got TO GO TO SPACE YES. (You can tell this made a huge impression on me.) The books were for the most part published from the 60s to the 80s (a couple were published in the 2000s) and have been in print ever since. There are comics and a cartoon, too.

Yoko Tsuno is Belgian electrical engineer of Japanese-Chinese descent and she is also smart and kind and brave. Her many adventures include aliens on Earth, aliens in space, robots on Earth, robots in space, timetravel (via two different sort of means) and so much more. Growing up I was pretty sure her and Khâny were married and although they're not, as of the latest volume Khâny has confessed to Yoko that she wanted her child to look like Yoko, so make of that what you will.

Day Men (This is a comic series.)

Okay, so Day Men is about this dude David Reid, who is the Day Man for a vampire family. He's basically their enforcer during day time; he's human, so he gets to move around in daylight, which is a real good thing, because the vampires in this verse can't go out in the sun without bursting into flames (and if they fall asleep during the day, they're basically so much dead weight). Things go to hell rather rapidly, as the tenuous peace between the two vampire families in the US comes to an end and they declare war on each other. David, meanwhile, is stuck in the middle and trying to make right by everyone (even random folks caught in the crossfire) all while trying to figure out what is up with this fang trade business... (Also, I really enjoy the David and Casey friendship. There are a lot of interesting and interestingly messed-up relationships in this, but this one is not.)

A big draw of the series for me is the art. For one thing, the artist is the same throughout (and does the covers as far as I can tell) which tends to be pretty rare in North American comics. This contributes to giving the whole story an unified, coherent look. Plus, it's good art. It's clean and dynamic, while striking a good balance between realistic and stylised. I also enjoy the ligne claire aspects of it (/comics nerd). The composition is good, so is the colouring. Like, I know I've said it was pretty already, but it is pretty and I enjoy it a lot. I like that the characters have very distinctive visual identities, from Azalea's all white litheness to Lera's angry punk get-up, passing through David's sharp suits and Casey's more business casual attire. The fact that they all have different body types is also a great help with that. It doesn't hurt that a lot of the cast is attractive (and there's equal opportunity fanservice).

*shoves in general direction* This stuff, I like it.

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I saw Spy, the movie with Melissa McCarthy, Jason Staham and Jude Law.

I like dit a lot! It was hilarious and a way better movie than any of the recent James Bonds. I would watch a whole series of these.

There was a lot less Jude Law and Jason Staham than I expected. This is a good thing.

So many of the plot hinges on women, omg.

Also, wow a Paris in Hollywood that steps away from the Grands Boulevards? What is this madness. French that is both correct and sounds like it was spoken by native speakers? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS. I LIKE IT.

(I was totally shipping Susan and Nancy. And Susan/Rayna/Fine.)

Y'all might start getting answers to (very) old comments, fyi.
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I don't think I have, because I keep going "...No, I gotta see it one more time before I post about it". F-list, I have now seen this movie FIVE TIMES and it is still as shiny and chrome as the first time and I keep noticing new things every time.

Do you like: Explosions? Action scenes? A vast array of female characters who are all badass in there own way (and I guess Max was there also)? You will love this movie.

This movie basically answers every "why" with "WHY NOT *flamethrowing guitar riff*".

If nothing else it is utterly utterly visually gorgeous. And I love Angharad and Capable and Toast and the dag and Furiosa and Cheedo and Valkyrie and the Keeper of Seeds and all of them so much.

(Mad props to the people who did the subtitles, because they manage to sneak in EVEN MORE WORLDBUILDING. Mad props to everyone involved.)
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TOO LONG AGO, that's when. I will do dead Romans + French comics this time around (as well as miscellaneous) and dead Carthaginians + dead Ottomans/Wallachians next time. Seems reasonable enough.

What did you finish reading

A bunch of stuff, and I hope I'm not missing any. I mentionned that I'd been reading about stuff that would have made my Night on Fic Mountain fic very very obvious, so I'll start with those.

Le Troisième Testament - Julius (first three volumes), by Xavier Dorison, Alex Alice, Robin Recht, François Lapierre and Thimothée Montaigne (in various combinations of art/scenario): I was very very disappointed with this. The story was really bad (yes, of course the one Roman is better at everything that the Jewish/early Christian people. Of fucking course. *eyeroll*). That would have been bearable if I'd gotten the thing I was reading it for which is amazing colouring, which I did not get >:(. Look, I checked out those books on the basis that even if Alex Alice is not the best line-artist, he's at least very good and his colouring is AMAZEBALLS in exactly three colour schemes (ice blue + fire orange/red + balianced green) and average everywhere else. Siegfried played entirely to those colouring strengths (ice and fire are Themes in Norse myths, yo) so I thought thsi would be good! But nooooooooooo. All the colouring is muddy and terrible and bleh. (Alex Alice apparently did the scenario and NONE OF THE ART, and I am now sitting here going wtf.) I'm not sure what the fuck the story is even about. It's set during the reign of Emperor Augustus and there's this dud who is, like, Jesus' younger brother? Idk. They go on a roadtrip all the way to Mt Everest and also I think Angkor Vat? Probably not Angkor Vat, because it's waaaaay too early for that, but seriously. I've no idea what's happening here. Will not finish reading the series unless very bored, would not reccomend. (Counting this as "author famous for something other than writing" on the Random Reading Bingo card.)

Les Aigles de Rome, Tome 1, by Enrico Marini (art and scenario): It's a shame the story is terrible because the art is good. The story is really bad, though. There are two (male) main characters, who are reffered to as "lovebirds" in text, but despite that the narrative alternates wildly between NO HOMO and IT'S NOT GAY IF IT'S IN A THREEWAY and just so you know how not gay those threesomes are, there are two happening on screen. Yes, there are two threesomes in a 56 pages comic book. I thought I was going to read about Roman history, not read Roman-themed porn (it gets pretty graphic). I have nothing against Roman-themed porn, btw, but it is handled so fucking badly, seriously. And everything is handled with that level of utter unsubtly. It's okay, Marini, I swear I really didn't need that final flashback predicting Arminius inflicting a great defeat to the Romans to figure out which Arminius he was. I got it when you told us his name was Arminius and had Augustus name him so, on page, like, 5. Please stop treating your readers like idiots, thanks. I may or may not keep reading this. The art is really pretty and I particularly like the way he treats light. On the other hand, there might be too much sexism and homophobia for me. IDK. (Counting this as "book by author whose first language isn't English French (Challenge mode: self-translated book)" on the Serious card because Marini is Italian and translated the book into French, as afr as I can tell.)

Alix Senator 3 . La Conjuration des rapaces, by Valérie Mangin (scenario) and Thierry Démarez (art): SO ALIX SENATOR, HEH? It's about this Gaul, called Alix, who is a Senator at the time of Augustus. That's the story in-universe. out-universe, Alix Senator is a sequel to the (still ongoing) classic comic series Alix. I'll confess upfront that I haven't read a whole lot of Alix, mostly because they use a weirdass italic font that makes all the words run together and I can't read it. Alix Senator uses readable font! Which is a good thing, because the story is FUCKING AMAZING.
Art and story are both top-notch (one picture under the cut) )


(Counting this as "Graphic novel" on the Serious card.)

Yoko Tsuno 27: Le Secret de Khâny, by Roger Leloup (art and scenario): I technically read this before Alix Senator, but I thought I'd group all three comics set in the time of Augustus together, for the sake of convenience.

That said, there's a link between Alix Senator and Yoko Tsuno, which is that APPARENTLY IT WAS "QUEER CLASSIC CHILDREN COMICS CHARACTERS WEEK" AND NO ONE TOLD ME????? Because yeah, Yoko/Khany is about as canon as Alix/Enak above, in that Khany's titular secret is that she's raising a child. Unlike Vineans (Khany's alien race) the child doesn't have blue skin, but a skin tone that matches Yoko's. This is, were told, because "[Khany] wanted her to look like [Yoko]".

I pretty much stared at the page in mute shock for a full minute when I read that. Look, there's always been Yoko/Khany subtext and Yoko/female characters subtext in general (you can't convince me that the following exchange from L'Or du Rhin is platonic: Yoko: "When you return to Russia, please send me a small bottle of your perfume." / Olga: "Why, do you wish to wear it?" / Yoko: "No, I'll just smell it from time to time and think of it as the perfume of a friend." / Olga: "I will send you a big bottle.". You just can't, okay.). Like I said, there's always been Yoko/female characters subtext, in particular because about 80+% of the cast is made of female characters, but there's never been something so blatant as Khany raising a child who she wnated to look like Yoko.

I confess I foisted the book off onto someone (who still hasn't given it back, hence the lack of photographic evidence) as soon as I could just so I could be sure I wasn't making shit up. Because I wasn't sure. That sort of thing just doesn't happen. I don't get to see this part of myself in things I grew up with. I didn't grow up with Alix (see above re: unreadable font), bt I did grow up with Yoko Tsuno. I wanted to be her when I grew up! (Still do!)

So right now I exist in a state of being both utterly giddy with joy and not knowing if this is the real life or just fantasy. (I am not too proud to say that having read both Yoko Tsuno and Alix Senator on following days, I then spend a while in a complete daze and on the verge of tears.)

It feels so fucking unreal.

(Counting this as "book with a protagonist of colour" on the Serious card, as Yoko is of Japanese and Chinese descent.)

Other stuff I have read and finished that I can remember and will talk about next time because it's getting late here and I have now just been punched in the feelings again: Thor and the Warriors Four, La croisade des Carpathes (hence this post on the Ottoman Empire and Wallachia in the 15th century) and Beyond Cannae. I feel like I read more, but I can't remember :(.

This makes 0/25 on the Mix'n'Match Card, 21/25 on the Random Card and 8/25 on the Serious Card for [personal profile] hamsterwoman 's reading bingo.

Details )

What are you reading now

Made marginal progress on The Art of War, The Kick-Ass Writer, La véritable histoire de Carthage et de Hannibal, Les Fleurs du Mal, Métronome, Ghosts of Cannae and Rome's Revolution.

Have gotten into the hype/hype avoidance cycle with The Grass-King's Concubine because it is amazing and I am an idiot. Shall endeavour to talk more about it soon.

Le Jardin des silences, by Mélanie Fazi: A book of short stories in French.

Beyond Cannae, by Jenny Dolfen et al: Have read most of this, am waiting until I'm done to talk about it and each bit separately.

Tumulte à Rome, by Odile Weurlesse: It's a YA book set during the Second Punic War, in which there is SECRET TWINS and mistaken identity shenanigans. What's not to like?

(With any luck, I'll be done with both this and Beyond Cannae and we can have an orgy of Carthaginians next time.)

What are you reading next

I think I'm going to read the next book by Sen (L'Homme Noyé) and the rest of the fanzines I bought at JapanExpo this year.

The old list )

Additions to the list: Le Graal de l'Inframonde (the sequel to La croisade des Carpathes mentionned above, which I enjoyed greatly), Judith Tarr's novel Lord of the two Lands (on a rec by[livejournal.com profile] la_marquise_de_ ), Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde (because [livejournal.com profile] lunik_the_bard recently reminded me I'd told her I'd read it) and probably some other stuff I forgot. If you've recced me something and don't see it on this list, please rec it again?

ALSO! I will be doing Read a Book in One Sitting Day this saturday. Don't know what with yet, only that it'll be a novel.

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Still too hot to do anything tht involves braining in anyway. Have some videos, of varying age.

Upcoming stuff I'm interested in: Hunger Games, The Martian, Lucifer (TV) )

Happy-making fanvids (Multifandom, SG1) )

Anyway, what upcoming things are you interested in/what vids do you like right now?
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I saw the Shaun the Sheep movie today. IT WAS AN UTTER DELIGHT AND A JOY FOREVER.

It made me so happy. I'm not going to say I laughed the whole way through, because I did tear up a couple of times, but it was pretty damn close.

It hit all of my found family buttons and it's just a brilliant, brilliant movie in general. A++ would reccommend. (Seriously. Watch it.)
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Most of you probably know by now that I have a lot of feelings about Dead Romans and the dead Carthaginians who love them. The rest of you probably already have your eyes glaeing over by now, which fair enough. I have several RL friends who have a dedicated "you and your Ancient Dead People" face* for me. Doesn't mean I love them any less. (The friends or the Anceint Dead People.)

For the last couple of days I've been having trouble writing fic because I apparently feel like I should be working on my original fiction instead and having trouble writing original fiction because the novel is almost over aaaaaaaaaaah (*runs arpund with head on fire*), so of course I have been procrastinating like crazy.

Over the course of procrastinating, I came across The Dead Romans Society which is a delightful webcomic (unfortunately hosted on Tumblr, which is not the best site for hosting webcomics) about Dante going on another otherworldly roadtrip, this time with a bunch of dead Romans to show him towards Vergil.

There isn't a lot of it, but what there is of it is absolutely delightful. It manages to pack an amazing of (accurate, as far as I can tell) characterisation, humour and emotional gutpunches in a very small space. Also, the art is great and the character design is amazing.

Dead Romans Society title page

Do you know how hard it is to give people recognisable designs when they're all wearing the same thing, espceially when that thing is A FUCKING TOGA? Very.

So yeah, if you are at all interested in Dead Romans, you should totally read it.

As a closing thought, here's Catullus being a total Sappho fanboy. (Can you blame him? It's Sappho.)

Catullus and Sappho

PSA TOTALLY UNRELATED TO ROMANS AS FAR AS I KNOW: THIS SATURDAY IS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! IT DOES NOT HAPPEN ONLY IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES! You too could soon be reading free comics! Free stuff is amazing! Comics are amazing! Free comics are therefore double plus amazing! Exclamation points are also amazing!

*It is not always the same face, even on the same friend. I may talk a lot about Ancient Dead People. Ask me about that time I texted my brother about cycling in togas!
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Day 6

In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I made someone else ship Powell/Donovan from the Asimov short stories, does that count? No? Oh.

Okay, fine, have a reclist of my favourite audiofic, from the time a while ago where I listened to a lot more audiofic than I do now (and was also a massive lurker).

Campfire Tale for the End of Days (writer: stultiloquentia, reader: quinara, fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer) I've never watched more than a handful of episodes from BtVS, for various reasons, but I greatly enjoyed this anyway. It's a a fairytale like kind of thing about the creation of the Slayer line. The reader really makes the text stand out.

A Summer Day So Late In Coming (writer: helens78, reader: reena_jenkins, fandom: x-men movies) I have seen the X-Men movies and I thought this was a really nice and sweet exploration of the Xavier/Magneto relationship. The effect used to convey telepathy is interesting.

Dust In the Wind (writer: lyra, reader: twilight, fandom: Supernatural/American Gods) I listened to this before I'd seen anything of Supernatural but just after I'd read the American Gods book. It's essentially a fic about Sam and Dean becoming gods, the way that happens in the Amercian Gods universe. It's an interesting reflection on the world of both series.

Model Protectorate (writer: (anonymous), reader: hiding_places, fandom: Hetalia) This is a fic about the German occupation of Denmark during WW2. Despite this, it manages to be uplifting. The central concept of Hetalia, for those who don't know, is that countries have a human shape. The Denmark, Germany and Sweden referred to in the fic thus look like people are really, really not.

The Undiscovered Country (writer: roga, reader: blienky27, fandom: House, MD/Discworld) Ngl, I first checked this out based purely on the crossover and was not disappointed. It works surprisingly well! And everyone is in character. Spoilers for House, though. (And I guess Reaper Man, given that the Death of Rats is around, but that's not really a spoiler, is it? Ah, well.)

The Care and Feeding of Tiny Humans (and slightly larger Time Lords) (writer: netgirl_y2k, reader: via ostiense, fandom: Doctor Who (2005)) It's a fic in which Eleven manages to come back within twelve and so picks up Amelia Pond (age 7) as his companion instead of Amy. It's utterly adorable.

Four Times Hardison Told His Nana He Was Sorry, And One Time He Said He Was (But Totally Wasn't) (writer: ljc, reader: lunate8, fandom: Leverage) This is a fic about Hardison being a geek. Much like canon, it's written with love and respect towards both the idea of being a geek and the things that are being geeked at. Headcanon accepted.

And bonus, a filk for Due South, The Mountie and the Skogsrå (writer/reader: luzula). I've not seen Due South, but I really like the folksong/fairytale aspect of it and some of the lines are really striking.

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Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

In reverse chronological order of writing.

Seas Would Rise (1253 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary: Dead, mortal and gone, the gods went and left behind the world.
It's the only fic I wrote this yuletide that only the recip commented on. Also, I'm proud of the fact I managed to rewrite 2/3 of it after losing the first draft entirely, because the last time something like that happened (years and years ago) I didn't pick up the story again and stopped writing entirely for months. Progress.

Two for Joy (3389 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Loki: Agent of Asgard, Journey into Mystery
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Loki (Marvel), Verity Willis
Summary: This is a story about Loki. It doesn't feature quite as much lying as you might expect based on that. Verity won't let it.
Because I'm proud of this fic, dammit. (Also, I wrote it for the exchange I accidentally ended up modding. [community profile] nightonficmountain will run in 2015 too, btw, with noms beginning in April and stories revealed around the June solstice.)

Punica Fides (3681 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Gender Changes, Alternate History, Yuletide Treat

Ten conversations Hannibal Barca and Scipio Africanus never had.

Hannibal/Scipio is pretty much the pairing of my heart, for various reasons. (It edges out Yoko/Khäny because it has enemies-to-friends, which is one of my favourite tropes. And because both "write fic in ENglish for canon in French" and "write fic in French" do my head in to think about.) This fic was the first one I wrote for it and as far as I know, it was the first fic written for that pairing ever. I did that. Me. *waves tiny flag*
dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)
So I went to see Thor 2 in VOSTFR 3D.

In a non-spoilery way here's what I thought: It was great! The images are really pretty and well worth the big screen (but maybe not the 3D).

Also, I think "Le Soldat d'Hiver" sounds better and is a better French translation of "Winter Soldier" than "Le Soldat de l'Hiver". Maybe that's just me though, because they're using "Le Soldat de l'Hiver" as the French title of Captain America 2. The trailer we got was slightly different than this one, in that Black Widow's "Too shy or too scared?" line was shortened to "Too shy?".

Props to the subtitles team, they had a few goofs, but that was okay because they had correct use of tu/vous through-out the movie (and the trailer). FUCKING FINALLY. Ill-use of tu/vous is one of the reasons I watch things in vostfr instead of vf. It's less jarring to read than hear. And okay, I'll be the first to admit that the tu/vous distinction is a very cultural and/or personal and/or context-specific thing and that it's definitely hard to pin-point the point where tu shifts into vous and vice versa, but come on, those guys are paid proffessionals, they shouldn't have people say 'tu' to their commanding officers! (Looking at you, Stargate SG1 dub, looking at you and judging.) /end rant

Here's the spoilery version, kept as vague as possible )

In other news, I've joined [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu and have written 2K+ (including this post and some computer code) today and 1957 words of story + notes. I'm quite happy with myself!
dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
First of all, thank you for writing for me. Second, I will probably be away from the computer over the Christmas-to-New Year period, so don't worry if I don't comment on your story right away. Thirdly, I'm kind of terrible at coming up with prompts, so this letter will mostly be reposting my Ao3 sign-up and gushing about the canons and why I love them so much.

This is my first year doing Yuletide so if I do something wrong, like not having enough prompts or something, feel free to drop me a line.

Feel free to poke around my LJ. My Ao3 account is sevenofspade. It's not very up to date.

In general, I like plot over introspection. I would also prefer something happy, but do what you want. Porn tends to bore on its own, but I don't mind it as part of a story. I love love love anything pertaining to mythology and folklore, so if you want to write me a fic that reads like a fairytale? That would be awesome. I'm a big fan of canon-divergent/what-if AUs so that would also be cool. I also tend to be more of a gen person, but if you want to write me femslash (or het or slash or relationships involving non-gendered people or more than one person)? I would be totally cool with that.

Actually, you can take this as a rec for all of those canons. Also, here be spoilers.

Dogma (1999) )

X-Club )

Wind on Fire - William Nicholson )

Choice of Broadsides )

Everything in this letter is optional, write whatever you want and I will gladly read it. It should be apparent that I really really love those canons and so, I will read anything.
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I recently started watching that series. And... well, the fact I watched 2 and a half seasons of it in just about as many weeks should tell you something about how muchI like it.

So, yes. Very much so. Yes Yes YES!

Having finished watching both parts of "The Boiling Rock", I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I am nearing the conclusion which is great because it is going to be EPIC, but on the other hand, I am nearing the conclusion which is not so great because it means it'll all be over soon which kinda sucks.

I have questions and issues with it still, and theories to solve some of them. And many comments. I write that up when I'm done watching it entirely. In the meantime, don't spoil it for me.

(By the way, I'd like to thank [livejournal.com profile] meltedpeep for convincing me to check out this show. (Here or more precisely, there) Thanks, peep, I owe you one.)


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