Wednesday Reading Meme

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:45 pm
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What I've just finished reading

Some haikus by a famous Edo poet Matsuo Basho, which were lovely: a respite and rearrangement of usual thought.

under the cherry -
blossom soup,
blossom salad.

Also, Suradanna and the Sea, a short story by Rebecca Fraimlow that is available online and was recommended by [personal profile] isis: a charming fantasy about spoilers ). It's very pleasant, and also f/f with a happy ending.

What I'm reading right now

Like I planned last week, I ploughed through some of Virgil's The Eclogues in Guy Lee's 1980 translation, and it has been rough because I lacked the background knowledge and contextual information to appreciate the glory of the bucolic idylls, if that's what you're going to call them... there's angst and hurt/comfort and Greek canon-typical violence, you know. Most of the meta- and para-textual stuff either went over my head or I sloughed it off, like so much half-baked comprehension. One thing is certain: in Eclogue 5, two shepherds, Menalcas and Mopsus, "sit down together where hazels mix with elms" and talk up their dead shepherd BFF Daphnis to the point of deification, something that Daphnis, who may have been a swell guy indeed, explicitly wanted when alive? Menalcas and Mopsus are kind of shippable, though. There's something intimate about two guys making a mound and singing praises to a tragically dead handsome oxherd, in verse. #justgreekthings ?

What I plan to read next

More D.H.Lawrence poems. Some sort of mystery would be nice as well, something pleasant.

Dear Trick or Treat-er!

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:50 pm
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Dear Creator, thank you very much in advance for making something for me. This is my first time participating in this fest and I am brimming with excitement. I am sure I will love everything that you generously choose to make. Thank you so much for offering to write/draw something in one of these fandoms.

I have made some prompts & suggestions, but please feel free to take things in whatever direction you like and/or include other characters. My strict DNWs are gratuitous violence, abuse and lack of consent (physical, social, sexual, etc.), any sexual situations for characters not of age, on or off-screen. Realism, magical realism & surrealism are all fine. I strongly prefer art with lower ratings; as for fic, wherever the muse takes you.

I like: historical (if appropriate) and worldbuildy detail, scenery porn, what-if AUs, original characters, time travel, ghost/afterlife stories, mythological and supernatural elements, and magical realism. I like gen, het, slash, and femslash. In general I'm not a fan of AU that completely changes the setting, but if you have a brilliant idea, go for it; I would prefer "interesting" to "mundane" AUs, e.g., in SPAAAACE yes, coffeeshop no. (Coffeeshop in SPAAAACE, okay!).

In fic: Themes like quests, journeys, transition, and liminal spaces; reflection, self-improvement, love, generosity, symbols; visual art and statues, micro and macro spaces, and tactile exploration. If you want to create WHAT-IF, go for it! Kudos to human-dolphin joint societies, atavistic tails, shark meritocracy, journeys to the bowels of the earth, inner demons made flesh and taking over, in short, any sort of soft sci-fi philosophical extravaganza.

In art: I like both serious portraits and funny little cartoons, as well as landscapes that tell a story (with maybe a hint of the characters' presence). I love interesting and experimental compositions, unusual perspectives, emphasis on textures such as hair and clothing, and scenery porn (Mountains! Trees! Cliffs with water crashing on them! Brooding ruins of an ancient castle!) and I like line drawings as well as full color. I like historical detail and obscure trivia, nature and architecture, water bodies and forests, colours. I also like woolly mammoths, dinosaurs, and space, so if in doubt, just throw in a velociraptor on a spaceship.

Tricks I would like: ghost stories, supernatural elements, afterlife stories, relationships between living characters and ghosts/spirits/supernatural entities, meddling deities, magical objects that do surprising things. Mildly spooky things. In general I prefer happy endings, but bleak for the purpose of narrative cohesion works, too.

Treats I would like: strong, heartfelt relationships, love for friends, family, life companions, romantic or otherwise, taking care of other people (when one is in charge of them, dependent on them, or in some relationship), loyalty, kindness, doing the good thing and/or the right thing, etc. My all-time favourite is the baroque theatre invisible mistress trope, which is basically Eros & Psyche – one falls for the other while their face & identity are concealed by a mask or disguised in the dark. As the fandom jargon goes, identity porn FTW. Please don't add in any unrequested background non-canonical relationship. Explicit sex okay, non-explicit sex is okay, no sex is okay, but any sex should be in believable language for that era or fandom. UST, gen, all good. I like sex in fic, but I prefer more focus on the emotions than the physical mechanics, and no BSDM or bloodplay or watersports or anything that might get a special tag.

I would prefer not to receive explicit horror (fic or art), any kink you'd specifically tag, or artwork that depicts explicit sex (NSFW R-rated is fine, NC17 showing genitals is not). I do not want any fic focusing on pregnancy, children, or with the A/B/O trope.

Now onto the specific fandoms. (If none of my vague ideas appeal to you, I assure you that as long as you incorporate things I have said I like, and avoid things I have listed as dislikes, I will be happy with whatever you choose to create.)

Frontier Wolf (Sutcliff) )

The Eagle (of the Ninth) (Sutcliff) )

DCU (Movies) )

Burnt (2015) )

John Wick (Movies) )

Person of Interest (TV) )

Spooks (TV) )

Aubrey-Maturin (O'Brian) )

Hannibal (TV) )

Southland (TV) )
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Remix Revival went live today, and I was fortunate enough to receive two gifts in the main collection. Behold the haul:

Sunset (The Tequila Sunrise Remix) (1220 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Rose Weasley
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Rose Weasley
Additional Tags: Age Difference
Summary:Rose grows up hating Draco Malfoy. Then she meets him.

This is a remix of Tequila Sunrise, my vaguely identity shenanigans story about Draco Malfoy and Rose Weasley (mostly Draco's bleak despair, his midlife crisis and low-key femdom needs), and I was super thrilled when I realised it was remixed during the un-revealed period (I skim-read the tags and they pointed pretty clearly to which fic of mine was remixed, you see). The lovely creator made a Rose POV-remix, very tender and Harlequin. You like HP and melodrama? This is your jam.

Pity No More (The Closed Doors Remix) (1140 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin, Gaby Teller
Additional Tags: challenge: remix revival, Period-Typical Homophobia, No Dialogue, Remix, Soulmate-Identifying Marks, Soulmates
Summary: It hadn’t been an easy thing, growing up with a man’s name tattooed inside his wrist, even if it was in English. Too many people knew English, were learning English -- it wasn’t safe. He faked an accident. Deliberately threw himself off-balance and burned his wrist, alongside a good portion of his arm, in the fire from the stovetop. The words weren’t just unreadable, after that. They were gone.

This is a remix of Pity No More, my second most-popular Man from UNCLE soulmates AU, and YAY lovely, it manages to be even more bleak and claustrophobic. You like soulmate-identifying marks and attraction against the odds? No sweet endings? This is your jam.

Wednesday Reading Meme

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:40 pm
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I've been meaning to start this meme for years. What's the point in waiting? The time is now!

What I've just finished reading

I read Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling, a short story collection from Penguin's Little Black Classics series. This is an author (born in 1640 and died in 1715 in Zibo, China) who wrote miniature tales of soft horror, Classical China-style. There are magic tricks and cryptic events, macabre events, unexpected hauntings, monsters, and Taoist monks ex machina. These are quite delightful - they have very particular structure and style, and what is considered narratively satisfying. The tales are a mix of the mundane and the supernatural, and often have a sort of 'moral' or 'takeaway message' in the end, often unexpected - so it's like a true novella in this respect, the final bit bearing the element of surprise and maybe rearranging the story. And they have such cute titles, like 'The Monster in the Buckwheat' or 'Scorched Moth the Taoist'.

What I'm reading right now

A collection of poems by D.H. Lawrence - it's huge and it will probably take me a while. I love poetry, and I like that this is the complete works collection - not just the good bits or the trendy bits or the highlights. This way you can get a better idea of how the author's style and artistic and/or existential concerns evolved.

what is chaos, my love?
It is not freedom.
A disarray of falling stars coming to nought.

(I have to say, Lawrence's poetry is frequently more readable than his prose. Some of the poems so far are excellent, either in form or function or message.)

What I plan to read next

I feel like Virgil, to be honest. I read a lot of The Georgics back when I wrote my Lucius/Hilarion fic in Frontier Wolf fandom, and now I'm thinking about The Eclogues. I am unable to finish a proper book lately, which is why I am more focussed on poetry and short stories. But some of The Eclogues sounds like a reasonable goal!

Road of Ruins

Sep. 11th, 2017 07:08 pm
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Title: Road of Ruins
Author: [personal profile] momo
Artist: [personal profile] whimsycatcher
Pairings/Characters: Merlin/Arthur ; Gwaine/Lancelot/Leon ; other minor pairings
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 72,377

Warnings: All of them. Violence, references to sexual abuse of children/minors/adults, suicidial thoughts (not acted on, not glorified), blood, gore (relatively mild, all things considered), racism, ableism, murder, slavery (incl. sexual slavery)

Disclaimer: Merlin and Arthur are characters of legend and thus free to play with. However, in this particular incarnation, and with this particular supporting cast, they're property of the BBC and Freemantle Media. The concept of Mad Max: Fury Road belongs to its respective writers, producers, directors, etc. I'm playing in these two sandboxes, shamelessly putting all the Merlin characters in the dystopian world of Fury Road. I'm not making any money with this story.

Author's notes: Phew. Another tiny monster for ACBB. I've been thinking about this story for at least a year, and writing it took more than half of one. Fusing characters from one franchise with the plot/setting of another is always a challenge, but given that this is my third (well, sort of fourth, if you count the fairy tale) time doing this, you'd think it'd be easier. It's not XD The cast of characters just sort of kept growing, and with them the plot had to adapt, change, and grow to accommodate all of them. I could've used fewer characters, but then where would the fun be, right? (Note how I'm able to laugh about it now that it's done and I've stopped crying and tearing my hair out...)

I have more stuff to say, including a large host of THANK YOUs in the notes on AO3, so I'll cut it short(ish) now.

Artist's notes: It was beyond fantastic to work alongside Momotastic this year! I couldn’t help but want to prematch after hearing that her concept was inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road! Coincidentally, I had just purchased the concept art book for the film, so I was already inspired by the aesthetics of the setting and characters. Combine that with my Merlin obsession, and I was revving to go! I loved getting to read drafts throughout Momo’s bountiful progress, and I enjoyed the opportunity to provide some input for how the plot developed! I loved that, despite the obvious references to the film, she wrote something very unique to suit this fandom’s beloved characters… Well, early on, there was already so much material for me to get ideas from, and it was super hard to settle on just a few scenes to draw! I initially had a list of 30+ scenes, and it took some help from Momo to really cut that down, ahh… I decided on a style more realistic than I’ve done for previous Big Bangs, so I knew that would take me more time, but I still wanted to do so much! I’m pretty happy I managed 8 illustrated scenes, along with some additional graphics (divider, poster, album) though stay tuned for a couple more scenes that I had sketched out but have to save for later! All my pieces were challenging in their own ways, but I had so much fun with the gritty textures, various palettes… and skin and scruff, galore! ;) I hope everyone enjoys looking at my art as they go through this epic fic!

And as always, many MANY thanks to the mods who keep our fandom alive by running this fest so wonderfully!

❤ Whimsy


Emrys, he whose power is greater than any before him, shall return magic to its rightful place. At his side will fight a man born from pain, raised in blood, then cast away. With hair as bright as gold, and an arm like a forged weapon the likes of which haven’t been seen in centuries, the Mother will have a warrior to fight for her life’s blood. Together they shall bring peace and prosperity to Gaia once more.

Arthur has no doubt that he's the Warrior from the prophecy. With the help of Uther's prized wives, he ventures North to find Emrys, and to return magic to the land that his father killed.

Story link: AO3
Art link: AO3

sci-fi stucky

Sep. 11th, 2017 12:34 pm
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Cross-posting the comments I left @ [community profile] stuckyanonymous. :)

- Connectivity Error by bopeep, illustrated by curious_werewolf (Androids AU, Cyberpunk AU, Hackers AU)
Steve Rogers is falling apart, and together with best friend and fellow freelance hacker Bucky Barnes he intends to fight the injustices of the cyber plane and make a little money doing it in order to fix up the literal and figurative broken pieces that make up their lives. When solicited by SHIELD to take on a dangerous mission, Steve and Bucky find the hard way that they don't exactly have nothing to lose.

- Into That Good Night by Nonymos (Interstellar AU)
Steve Rogers has lived for entirely too long—long enough to see the world's end. The heroes are gone, and the Earth is pushing what's left of mankind towards the exit.
But when a makeshift team rises from the ashes, when a mysterious presence all but drags Steve there, he begins to think there may be hope yet. As they shoot for the stars one last time, Steve will get proof yet again that the future is nothing if not an echo of the past.

- Poppies in the Field by kaasknot (Androids AU, Cyberpunk AU)
Wherein Bucky is a severely agoraphobic combat veteran, and Steve is the android he buys out of loneliness.

- The Future Started Yesterday by monicawoe (Dystopia AU)
In 2011, the final S.H.I.E.L.D expedition searching for Steve Rogers found nothing.
In 2014, Hydra completed Project Insight and launched three armed helicarriers, killing millions.
In 2028, Tony Stark was killed *
In 2043, the Winter Soldier was decommissioned after 157 successful missions.
In 2111, Steve Rogers was found.

- for the ashes of his fathers (and the kingdoms of his gods) by LadyNimrodel, graphics by noncorporealform (Post-Apocalypse AU - Oblivion AU)
Steve and Natasha are an effective team. They work for Shield's Control Station, built after the planet was destroyed in the war with the Scavs. They are left on a broken and barren planet to keep the drones running that protect the hydra rigs, which collect precious water for what's left of humanity, now living in a colony on one of Saturn's moons.
What Steve knows is this: the Scav attacks are getting worse, even though they lost the war nearly fifty years ago. In two weeks he and Natasha are leaving to join the rest of humanity. And that neither of them want to leave earth.
What he doesn't know is why the Scavs are attacking again, why everything Control tells them feels wrong, and why he keeps dreaming of a man with grey-blue eyes and a familiar smile and who Steve doesn't remember.

- Summer Don't Own Me No More by Nonymos, illustrated by alby_mangroves (Solarpunk AU - Dystopia AU)
Bucky Barnes, weary soldier, illegal immigrant, sarcastic sex worker. Steve Rogers, miracle of science, lonely man, disillusioned cop. Both of them on a collision course in this brave new world, like that's not gonna end in sex and explosions.

- From Tralfamadore, With Love by newsbypostcard, illustrated by icoulddothisallday (Time Travel AU)
In 2018, Steve, Sam, and Bucky embark on a mission to explore a Hydra-owned warehouse when a kid with mutant powers sends Steve 18 years into the future. After figuring out where (and when) he is, Steve tracks Bucky down in 2036 to find he's become a successful business owner and an impassioned advocate for mutant rights. Steve's just as in love with Bucky as he was when he left, but for Bucky it's been a long 18 years. It's hard to accept when Bucky keeps him at arm's length... but Steve's never met a challenge that he didn't take.
As he gets used to life in 2036 and the flaws in Bucky's idyllic life expose themselves, Steve also has to manage a suspiciously ubiquitous security force, a Brotherhood of Mutants, and old competing loyalties among his aged friends. There's a Bucky in 2018 waiting for him to come home, but if he does that, it means leaving this Bucky behind for a third, unforgivable time. How can he choose?
What's Bucky not saying?
How can he face losing everything -- again?
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