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.
spatz: cartoon bunnies on stilts with caption "dramatic character-driven stories... or stilts?" (Bunnies stories or stilts?)
Dear Yuletide Author,

I am SO sorry for putting this up late! You are clearly an awesome person who shares the same love for the same tiny fandom(s) as me, so I'm extra embarrassed. Hopefully this letter will be helpful to you, however belated!

General )

Requested fandoms )

Good luck, author anon! Thank you for writing for me, and have fun!
spatz: Thor in silhouette inside whirlwind (Thor storm)
So I finally saw the Back to the Future trilogy (I know, I know -- all thanks go to the Paramount for showing them as a marathon today), which was delightful and funny and clearly the master of recycling in-jokes in a way that all subsequent franchises have failed to replicate.

But also about halfway through the first movie I just went, Wow, John Sheppard suddenly makes so much more sense. Because *really*.
spatz: red dirt road stretching to vanishing point, bordered by trees (red dirt road)
So I’ve been mildly obsessed since my second viewing of Mad Max with Toast’s hair. She’s the only one of the Wives with short hair, and it’s ragged as fuck, like she did it herself without a mirror, and possible with a butter knife or something.

And then I also got to wondering about why there were only three things written in the vault when Immortan Joe came in, and who wrote what.

And then I wrote a thing.

those were her words
Mad Max: Fury Road
gen, warnings for a brief description of past rape/noncon
The night before they leave, Angharad pulls out a tub of white paint, the kind the War Boys use on their skin.

"We don’t have to be silent anymore,” she says, pushing the tin into the middle of their circle.
spatz: Napoleon Solo headtilting, caption "FLIRT" (MFU flirty Napoleon)
*cackles madly* I'd forgotten how much it fun it was to be actively writing in a fandom with ridiculous spy organizations, where Lindsey and I can legitimately brainstorm shit like 'attack cheetahs' and 'flirting with your rescuer whilst high on interrogation drugs' and 'our heroes steal part of a moving train' and 'the secret bad-guy base is at Disneyworld'.

Plus, we realized that all of Lindsey's most recent stories featured either detectives or spies or both. With The Man From UNCLE and the next Mission: Impossible movies coming out this summer, I anticipate this trend continuing. :)
spatz: overhead shot of Steve surrounded by unconscious men in an elevator (Cap 2 elevator)
I've been terribly distractible lately, and keep dumping myself into new fandoms despite it being a really unwise idea. I did fail to do my usual SXSW marathon -- I only saw 3 films this year, being sadly curtailed by me starting a new job (yay) + not being able to take any more time off after my surgery (boo).

So far this month, I have spent way too much mental energy bouncing between:
Check, Please! (this is the closest I am ever getting to hockey fandom, though)
The 100 - EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE and I love it
World War Z (wow the book is nothing like the movie, the zombies don't even work the same. glad I read the book second, so I didn't have any expectations for the film, which a totally solid and completely unrelated Hollywood zombie thrillfest)
Foxglove Summer/rereading the series via Kobna Holbrook-Smith's magical audiobook readings (re-listening?)
return of The Walking Dead -- CAROL OMG

Also, I can't believe I didn't realize that 616 Bucky Barnes has the same birthday as me and [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits. Like, 91 years apart, but who's counting?

Coming not-very-soon-but-eventually by popular request: a photo documentation of my healing incision. And by 'popular request', I mean [livejournal.com profile] katieupsidedown. :D

update

Mar. 1st, 2015 12:22 pm
spatz: Clint and Natasha sitting shoulder to shoulder, looking at each other (spy BFFs)
Hey everyone! I'm alive, the surgery went well, I'm healing, etc. I'm still sleeping more hours than I'm awake and feeling pretty fuzzy -- it's a little disconcerting how tired I get at the drop of a hat -- so I don't know how much I'll be around for the next while. The stitches are coming out on Tuesday, so maybe after that.

Thanks to everyone who sent me well-wishes -- I really appreciated them all. ♥
spatz: x-ray of ribs with Enochian symbols carved on them (SPN xray ribs)
Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you a heads-up that I'm going to have surgery tomorrow, so I'll be out of touch for a few days. If anyone wants to gory details, feel free to ask. The surgery should be fairly minor, but I'll be off work for a bit so I'd be happy for recs or links to anything interesting I miss while I'm out.

See ya'll in a few days!
spatz: Dani Reese in profile against a sunlit wall (Life Dani sunlight)
So I completely failed to reveal what I wrote for Yuletide this year --

stumble to prevent a fall
Life
written for [archiveofourown.org profile] mskikiiv
gen, post-canon
2200 words

The first thing Dani says after Bodner pulls the car over is, “Crews, you're an idiot. What the hell were you thinking?”


--before posting a little something yesterday that I co-wrote with Lindsey:

see a church by daylight
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
co-written with [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits
explicit, established relationship
2300 words

Perhaps Dot’s decision to ignore Phryne’s advice to elope had a bright side after all.


...possibly my next fic should NOT be titled in five lowercase words starting with the letter 'S'. Huh. And before that it was two six-word titles starting with 'T'! o_O
spatz: elegant woman standing at a table (MVK dresses are weapons)
Hey ya'll, anyone interested in betaing a 2500 word Miss Fisher PWP for me and [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits?
spatz: Atlantis in B&W, sihouetted against the sky (SGA city b&w)
[personal profile] inmyriadbits and I wrote a little Miss Fisher trifle on Tumblr -- now on AO3 as slow as a wet week. Phryne/Jack flirting, naturally, and guest-starring Mr. Butler in all his butler glory.

*****

In other recent accomplishments, I have wrestled my inbox down to a single page for the first time in like three months. This is doomed not to last, but the satisfaction right now is excellent.

Of course, a fair number of those emails are unanswered comments.... Sorry, ya'll. /o\
spatz: frost covered red leaves on frozen grass (frost leaves)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! You share one of these tiny fandoms with me, so I already like you and will be delighted by whatever you choose to write for me -- but if you like knowing more about my tastes or the particular things I like/want for these fandoms, read on! (or, if you've hit the 'oh god what have I done' stage of getting your assignment, I've included some plot bunnies to kick your brain out of the panic zone ♥)

An incomplete list of things I like )

Banlieue 13 )


Political Animals )


Books of the Raksura )


Temeraire )


Rivers of London )


You're Next )
spatz: bare feet kicked up, beach in background (beach kicky feet)
Today, I took my 93-year-old grandmother to vote for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte. ♥ (this was actually a tad surprising, since she is *also* the kind of person who listens to Rush Limbaugh, but apparently the abortion debate cranked her off enough to take up the opposition. Atta girl, Granny.)

My other pasttimes lately have been avoiding my email and other forms of communication with people while watching the entirety of Lewis, and consequently falling prey to all the Oxford scenery and doing my annual re-read of Gaudy Night. I haven't even considered Yuletide yet. Ack.

I continued on to re-read Murder Must Advertise, which is my favorite of the non-Harriet novels, and was struck once again by how acutely, almost depressingly perceptive Dorothy Sayers was. Her cynical observations about advertising still ring true 80-odd years later, as do vast swathes of Gaudy Night -- the discussions about women and education, the scene where Annie's daughter proclaims her intention to run a garage and drive a motorcycle, Harriet's thoughts about partnership, profession, and marriage.... Aside from loving the cases and the shenanigans and Peter's piffle, I get something new out of her books every time.

Anyway. Lewis! spoilers through S7 (aka S8 US, because PBS is dumb) )
spatz: Charlie in silhouette facing away, looking at skyscrapers lit up by the sun, caption "Life" (Life Charlie skyscrapers title)
So, [personal profile] inmyriadbits managed to give herself a mild concussion this weekend! She is restricted from watching TV, reading, or computers until she’s feeling better. However, the doctor said audio stuff was fine, so if anyone has any podfic or audio fandom recs, I’d appreciate them! We’re already fans of Welcome to Night Vale, and I’ve got Cabin Pressure on the list, plus the Rivers of London audiobooks.
spatz: closeup of Ray's hand revealing detective badge hidden under his jacket, caption "Duty" (Due South RayK badge)
All of you people who talked to me about Lewis and Endeavour on my last post are on notice for not warning me about:

1) Endeavour S2 ending on a cliffhanger! With no new eps until NEXT YEAR! GRRRRR.

2) Hathaway. OMG HATHAWAY. Please lean on things and furtively smoke cigarettes and deadpan snark a little harder while making delighted hearteyes at Lewis and magically getting him to laugh at your nerd jokes. ♥ We're only through 2x05 but Linds has mildly spoiled herself by reading fic, and she tells me he has EVEN MORE tragic backstory lurking in the wings! :D

([personal profile] philomytha, please also join me in convincing Linds to write a Lewis/RoL crossover, because Peter + Hathaway being lanky nerds and atypical coppers at each other would be hilarious.)

I am slightly disappointed but not surprised that Lewis is too big to be a Yuletide fandom this year. I am *slightly* behind the curve on this one, I'm afraid.

However, I did get my YT nominations in early this year, prompted by an anon plea on Tumblr:
-B13 (as usual; also the subject of said anon plea)
-Political Animals (I NEED fix-it fic for TJ's...entire life, basically), and
-the Mission Impossible movies
Although no one has nominated Books of the Raksura yet, so I may change that last one. (hint hint)
spatz: miniseries Alice approaches a vial of red liquid (Alice curiosity killed the cat)
Doing this a little early today, since we're throwing a party later and I fully expect to be drunk until the wee hours:

1) Picked up my pull-list at the local comics store. My favorite cashier was sadly not there to check me out -- she is an adorable gawky button of a human being -- but another lady with purple hair took care of me. We agreed that Kamala Khan is The Best, and pondered the question of why Wolverine is always teamed up with teenaged girls. If you're not reading Ms. Marvel, YOU REALLY SHOULD because spoilers for Ms. Marvel #6-8 ) The art is amazing all around, especially the tiny background text jokes: just in #8, there was the Pedantic Monthly article they get assigned for homework, a "Blerf Alley Boxes" logo on a box in an alley, "Beware of Racoons" sign, a hilariously mislabeled classroom map, and a shirt that reads "Keep Calm, I am Persian Like The Cat". And that's in addition to the fabulous character work. ♥

Which reminds me, is anyone else reading She-Hulk? I was trepidatious when Javier Pulido took over as series artist because I hated his work on Hawkeye, but his style works really well on She-Hulk. Bizarre! And I find it interesting to see the contrast between Clint and Jennifer's approaches to their non-superhero work: where Clint is pathologically incapable of asking for help, Jennifer is constantly networking and calling in old friends and doing favors. At first I thought it was just making for some great cameos, but a few have turned plot-relevant and it looks to be a series trend. spoilers for She-Hulk #8 )

2) Lindsey's Miss Fisher Blu-rays came in the mail today. Everyone's faces in extreme high-def! :D

3) Om nom nom half-birthday cake made of deliciousness and fudge. I've managed to resist eating any before the party, but it sure *smells* good....
spatz: sundial with fall leaves (sundial)
Ahem. Continuing the positivity meme:

1) I get a free facial earlier today! I've never had one before; it was nice.

2) Can You Slash Green Eggs and Ham? made me LOL.

3) Today I did my weekly shiatsu session/studying, vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, organized my closet, did dishes, made meatloaf, and did laundry. My feet kinda hurt, but my virtue level is sky high.
spatz: Charlie in silhouette facing away, looking at skyscrapers lit up by the sun, caption "Life" (Life Charlie skyscrapers title)
1. Treated myself to breakfast today, since it's my day off. A local diner with strong notes of hippie has this dish called the Paris, Texas platter (after the town), which consists of french toast and migas. Om nom nom, and there's always leftovers.

2. Went to see Maleficent finally - not a great movie by any standard, but Angelina Jolie with wings was *very* good for me. I stifled the urge to rewrite the entire narrative to make the pacing not suck. Upon checking AO3, I was happy to see that half of the fandom *also* ships Maleficent and her oddly-hot shapeshifting raven servant, and this modern magic AU was quite darling. ([livejournal.com profile] arsenicjade, I think you'd like it once the series is finished - all about a couple of emotionally fucked-up people becoming friends and rescuing each other in quiet ways and falling in love. Plus, the raven shapeshifter fellow likes to feed Maleficent, because raven courtship is the best. :D)

3. ...helped my friend with her migraine? We have a standing practice session to help me learn shiatsu, but she couldn't drive today so I went over to her and tried out a few migraine techniques to help. I guess it's a positive thing that she felt better when I left, but I just don't like seeing my friends in pain.

I have to stop posting these after midnight. Maybe tomorrow-- Today! I mean today. *facepalm*

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