spatz: woman drinking margaritas straight out of the blender pitcher (H50 Mary margaritas)
Day 7:
Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 2 might be a good place to start.)


I didn't do a new *fannish* thing, but I tried a new recipe for board game night tonight: chocolate cookies, from my aunt's recipe. Sadly, they did not turn out great - too dry, kinda bland. Even the picture I took is not very appetising. Fortunately, I made spicy potato beef soup and cheese biscuits, which are both reliable and delicious, so all was well, a good time was had by all, and much booze was had by me. :)
spatz: Arthur fighting a projection in rotating hallway (Inception antigravity hallway)
Day 6: In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

1) I've been so enjoying having icons again, but I'm feeling the lack of ones for Temeraire and Nirvana in Fire. Icons, or links to places that have icons, would be super awesome.

2) More podfic of my fic would be so cool. I've got a few already and they make me happy.

3) Uh. Um. Why is this so hard. Oh! For Naomi Novik to spontaneously decide to put her writing timeline for Temeraire up on the internet somewhere, because Crucible of Gold *must* have taken place from late 1810-early 1811 except wtf were Iskierka and Granby doing for 18 months??? (other than getting into trouble, obvs) and other questions that *can* be handwaved in my quest to write this damned Tharkay story, but which are slowly driving my curiosity mad. Fannish attempts have been made, but if we're talking pie-in-the-sky fannish wishlists, I want some word-of-god canon, pls & thx.
spatz: Brandt catching Ethan by his ankle, dangling from Burj Khalifa window (MI4 dive)
Day 5: In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

[community profile] smallfandombang - As the name suggests, a Big Bang community for creating long fic for small fandoms. I've only participated once, when [personal profile] inmyriadbits and I co-wrote thrill as only we know how (Mission Impossible) and needed a kick in the ass to finish, but I'm constantly running into stories from the challenge when I catch up on my favorite small fandoms, as I do periodically. Good comm, great output. I should play again!

[community profile] disgracetoscholars - a relatively new comm focused on Asian dramas and related media. I think I ran into it while backscrolling [personal profile] rageprufrock's Nirvana in Fire tag and trying to find another drama that would satisfy my addiction (spoilers: nothing compares to NIF). Full of hilarious and informative recaps and even more absurd 'jfc save yourself and don't watch this terrible show but I did so let me tell you why it sucked' recaps from a group of very funny ladies. I'm hoping their ongoing Guardian recap series will eventually get me past the place I dropped out due my embarassment squick (Guo Changcheng is a walking talking secondhand embarrassment, jfc).

thedragondeck - a clearinghouse for Temeraire fandom on Tumblr. Whenever I feel the urge to binge myself back into writing, I'll end up dizzily stopping myself on like the 25th page with a dozen tabs open. Good times.
spatz: Leito crouched on the hood of a car, grinning (B13 Leito grin)
Day 3 - Share a favorite piece of original canon.

I decided to go with something light today, and talk about my favorite dumb slashy action film, Banlieue 13. Set in the dystopian future of 2010 (yes, I know, shut up), where Paris has built walls around its ghettos to isolate them, a cop and a local have to team up to fight a crime lord who's stole a MacGuffin advanced bomb and then accidentally armed it in the middle of the city. TOTAL nonsense, paired with some of my favorite fight choreography ever.

The local guy, Leito, is played by David Belle aka one of the founders of parkour. The cop, Damien, is played by a professional stuntman, Cyril Raffaeli, who Americans are more likely to recognize as the French parkour mercenary from Die Hard 4. They did ALL of their own stunts in the original and most of the sequel iirc, and the movies are chock full of creative fights and chases.

More importantly, the fight choreography is beautifully character driven. Damien is very straightforward, grounded, highly trained, and Lawful Good; Leito is improvisational and anti-authoritarian and thinks laterally. Once they team up and start fighting *together* instead of against each other, they'll have these amazing broccoli moments where they move or fight at the same time, but the choreography still underscores how they're different. For example, when they get spotted on a staircase and have to fight their way up, Damien starts bulling his way straight up the stairs, taking out a ton of guys on the way with his superior martial arts skills. Leito, on the other hand, climbs over banister and parkours across the stairwell and around, tipping out a handful of dudes trying to stop him down the well along the way. They meet at the landing at the same time, like badasses.

I'm not remotely doing them justice, but I do highly recommend the movies -- as long as you're aware going in that these movies are definitely problematic (I can explain how in the comments if you need trigger warnings or squick avoidance) and you're willing to ignore that shit in favor of the awesome action and INCREDIBLY slashy main pair.

I can't find any videos of the two of them fighting together, but the opening parkour chase with Leito evading a gang whose drugs he's just stolen and destroyed (while inexplicably but delightfully shirtless) is justly famous:

spatz: cartoon bunnies on stilts with caption "dramatic character-driven stories... or stilts?" (Bunnies stories or stilts?)
Day 2: Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

I just want to say that, as someone with almost 3500 bookmarks on Pinboard, asking me to freeform rec a small number, much less *three*, is just plain mean. :P

Let's go with the theme of "crossovers that should not work as well as they do, and yet are awesome" since I got [personal profile] tassosss talking about the subject the other day. Also, I love crossovers and have an enormous stash of them saved - uh, jesus, almost 10% of my bookmarks, now that I look at the numbers.

Five stories under 5K )

Three stories 5 to 20K )

Three stories 20 to 60K )

Two stories over 100K )
spatz: darkfield photograph of a nematode, caption "Unleash the nematodes of war!" (nematodes of war)
Day 1: In your own space, talk about your Happy Place — the thing(s) that gives you joy, calms you or keeps you sane.

Physically, my living room is incredibly cozy and soothing. I have a couch -- it's technically a "chair and a half" -- that was promptly dubbed The Nap Couch after on multiple occasions [personal profile] inmyriadbits and I fell asleep on it. I have another massive comfy armchair from my aunt and uncle, and I spend most of my time at home on one of them.

Mentally, stories are always my Happy Place: fic, books, TV and film, comics, all sorts of stuff.

Emotionally, I have a chat with [personal profile] leupagus, [personal profile] inmyriadbits, and a cluster of other fangirls that is funny and lovely and full of awesome, supportive ladies.

I'm gonna leave it at that for today -- I just finished reorganizing all of my closets in a fit of New Year's cleaning, which went surprisingly easily (probably because I moved in just over a year ago) but still was a few hours of shuffling things around. Time for leftover cake and fic!
spatz: bare feet kicked up, beach in background (beach kicky feet)
This was an excellent Yuletide for me!!!

First of all, my story: the Yuletide algorithms in their infinite wisdom matched me with [personal profile] philomytha for Nirvana in Fire, which I got her into in the first place! It was really lovely writing for someone whose taste I knew well, and her prompt for a Temeraire crossover was very inspiring.

Seed (2815 words) by Spatz
Fandom: 琅琊榜 | Nirvana in Fire (TV), Temeraire - Naomi Novik
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lin Shu | Mei Changsu | Su Zhe/Mu Nihuang, Lin Shu & Xiao Jingyan & Mu Nihuang
Characters: Lin Shu | Mei Changsu | Su Zhe, Lin Chen, Xiao Jing Yan, Mu Ni Huang
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Temeraire Fusion, Fix-It, Fantasy Medicine, Crack Treated Seriously, more secret identities, Hugs

He listened also with a wistful air to the story of Xiao Sheng, the emperor's minister, who swallowed a pearl from a dragon's treasury and became a dragon himself; Laurence did not understand his attitude, until Temeraire said, "I do not suppose that is real? There is no way that people can become dragons, or the reverse?"
-His Majesty's Dragon, Chapter 8


I'd say it's very accessible if you've seen NIF but don't know Temeraire at all, since you basically just need to know that a few characters are dragons now, but not at all accessible the other way around. Sorry, fellow Temeraire fans. You should watch NIF? :D

I received THREE gifts this year, which was really exciting! Two were for The Breakfast Club, based on my prompt about the gang quietly keeping in touch via notes in each other's lockers, and one was for my NIF prompt about Jingyan meeting Shen Zhui in a restaurant on MCS's hint. I loved them all, and I'm really touched that three separate people wrote me stories - the Yuletide spirit is strong this year!

Nirvana in Fire
An interlude at Jiyun restaurant by [archiveofourown.org profile] Melody_Jade
The first meeting between Jingyan and Shen Zhui.

The Breakfast Club
Bender's Spring Cleaning by [archiveofourown.org profile] rhys_brad_fan
It was that time of year again. The birds were singing. The flowers were blooming. Kids were finally getting ready to say goodbye to school and hello to summer vacation, which meant as such it was time for John Bender to clean out his cesspool of a locker.

Freeze Tag by [archiveofourown.org profile] Missy
A single note ping-pongs its way throughout Shermer High throughout the course of a single day.

Thank you all once again!!!

I've got a stash of recs, but I was so busy over the break that I think I'll wait for another day so I can accumulate some more. Yuletide! \o/ And happy New Year, everyone!
spatz: Mr Tumnus and a probe at the lamp post, from <a href="http://xk3d.xkcd.com/665/">this XKCD comic</a> (winter lamppost)


I'm gonna do it this year! I really am!

And while I'm at it, I think I'll fill out the back half of January with that question meme that's been going around. I am as always late to the party, but I was out of town visiting [personal profile] leupagus when the Tumblr news hit, so I have a decent excuse? Maybe? I have some new people who friended me that I haven't said hello to yet, sorry?

Anyway, give me questions or topics that you'd like to hear me ramble about. My interests list is always a good source of ideas, if you're looking.

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Unrequested days will be filled with that Temeraire 30 Day Challenge that I've been meaning to do for ages. ALL THE MEMES. ALL THE POSTING. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED.
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Default)
I've been making monthly rec posts on Tumblr for awhile now, and I'm backing them up here, since the Tumblrpocalypse is upon us.
here be ficcage )
spatz: Leito crouched on the hood of a car, grinning (B13 Leito grin)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much in advance for writing me a story! I love that we both share one of these tiny, beloved fandoms, and I'm excited to read what you come up with for me.

General likes/dislikes )


Fandoms: The Breakfast Club, Nirvana in Fire, Murderbot, B13 )


Thank you again, and good luck with your writing! If there's anything that's really confusing or stymying you about my prompts, or you have a thrilling plot bunny that really inspires you but you're not sure I'll like or not, or whatever, please feel free to get in touch with inmyriadbits (DW, Tumblr). She's my twin sister, so she knows all my preferences and all of these fandoms and can guide you - and will probably be delighted to keep the secret from me and then tell me all about it after reveals ;)
spatz: sundial with fall leaves (sundial)
I wrote Books of the Raksura fic for Nestra, featuring confused but curious Chime and teenaged Thorn and gender norms.

branching out
Books of the Raksura
gen, Chime & Thorn

“I want to go on the trip to see the Hassi,” Thorn said.

I was gifted a completely darling and hilarious Temeraire fic by brutti_ma_buoni, First Blood, in which Lady Allandale and Jane Roland plan a society event, and Laurence's poor mother is appalled and steely in turns, just like her son.

...also I am horrified/ashamed to realize that I didn't crosspost ANY of my 2017 fic over here? *facepalm* Starting with LAST year's Yuletide fic.

tête-à-tête
Temeraire
gen, post-canon, Tharkay & Lady Allandale

When her son returns from breakfasting in town and tells her that he plans to move to Scotland to stay with his friend Mr. Tharkay, and that Temeraire will be taking one of the new seats in Parliament, Diana says only, “Well, dear, you must bring Mr. Tharkay to tea, then. Tomorrow?”


Another Chance at Bliss
Voltron: Legendary Defender
university AU, PWP, Shiro/Allura

Shiro wasn’t really sure how he’d gotten here, exactly, with a student sitting on his desk with her foot in his lap, but he does know he needs to figure it out in a hurry, or things are going to happen that he can’t ever take back.


one drop at a time
Star Wars
gen, Luke & Rey
(obviously this has been grossly jossed in the meantime)

The first time it rained after Rey came to Ahch-To, the raindrops came down so suddenly and so heavily that she thought something had gone terribly wrong.


Trust Fall
Mad Max: Fury Road
gen, ensemble, long-in-progress and now completed

Seven conversations on the Fury Road.
spatz: Leito and Damien animated fistbumping in vent (B13 Leito-Damien fistbump)
Dear Yuletide Author,

OMG YULETIDE IS HEEEERE!!! Thank you, fellow fan, for loving one of these little fandoms enough to write me fic for it. ♥ You are welcome to ignore my optional details, of course, but if you like having some hints and prompts and guidelines, read on!

General preferences )

Fandom specifics )

If there's anything that's really confusing or stymying you about my prompts, please feel free to PM inmyriadbits (DW, Tumblr). She's my twin sister, so she knows all my preferences and can guide you - and will probably be delighted to keep the secret from me and then tell me all about it after reveals ;)

LJ deletion

Apr. 4th, 2017 02:21 pm
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Default)
Just a heads up to everyone that I deleted my LJ, so those old crosspost links are now defunct! Presumably there's some way to remove them, but I'm gonna give myself some time before investigating, since I just erased 14 years of my fannish history (even it is all backed up here).

If anyone wants to know why, I reblogged details about LJ's new bullshit TOS over on Tumblr.
spatz: frost covered red leaves on frozen grass (frost leaves)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you for writing fic in this tiny fandom for me! Here's some information about me, my general likes/dislikes, and specific ramblings and prompts for my requested fandoms if that will help you.

General )


Requested fandoms )

London

Aug. 1st, 2016 02:25 am
spatz: drawing of birds in flight, silhouetted against an orange-gold sunset (sunset birds)
I am leaving for two weeks to visit [livejournal.com profile] rainy_day in London! Mind the store, no fires (the usual trashfires of fannish consumption excepted, of course), etc. If I am on top of shit, I may attempt to post pictures while I’m across the pond, but no promises!
spatz: an AT-AT crashed face-down on Hoth with caption *headdesk* (SW headdesk)
Swear to god, I didn't think I was gonna be fannish about the new Star Wars movie, but I've already posted two stories, aided and abetted [personal profile] leupagus's 81K Poe Dameron backstory epic (which is amazing, you should all go read it, shh don't look at the pairing, just trust me on this), and have a bunch more in progress.

shock and awe
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
threesome, Rey/Finn/Poe, humor/crack

An alternate take on leupagus's Space Princess Poe story.


Crosswind
Star Wars: A New Hope + The Force Awakens
gen, written for the 'Strange New World' challenge at [community profile] starwarsflashmeme

Two planetary landings, two desert planet teenagers, and one Han Solo.


Apparently my inner 10-year-old -- who got hooked when the re-releases came out back in 1997 and read alllll the EU books before she learned about fandom and fic a few years later -- woke back up and feels like writing.
spatz: overhead shot of Steve surrounded by unconscious men in an elevator (Cap 2 elevator)
Whoops, I once again totally forgot to post my Yuletide story here!

At Play
Banlieue 13
for [personal profile] thedeadparrot
Damien/Leïto, outsider POV
Jean stuck his head inside the station break room just as Luc was laying out his lunch. “The Captain is sparring with Leïto!” he said breathlessly, and ducked back into the hallway.
I love this fandom, so it was really fun to match on it finally and get to play with the sparring plotbunny I've had for ages, with an actual impetus to finish.

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