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August 8th, 2015 02:50 pm
The next thing I need to review for the LT Early Reviewers program is a book on space ethics and my problem is I want my review to basically say, "You silly, we already know the basic ethical principles we need for a functional interstellar society, and they go like this:

In Life's name and for Life's sake, I assert that I will employ the Art which is its gift in Life's service alone, rejecting all other usages. I will guard growth and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened."

Like there's a whole section about when it is and isn't ethical to introduce change to a previously mostly-isolated system and he never once uses the phrase "troptic stipulation" (or even prime directive, heh.) Also he never once uses the word "entropy" in an ethical sense at any point in the book and like. why bother?

...somehow I feel like that's a review that would be useful to only a few people, though. help.


In a possibly related note, I finished the Silmarillion awhile back and tbh most of it either actively annoyed me or made very little impression, but the one thing that stuck with me was the idea that the world of the Silmarillion is the universe that was created at the end of The Wounded Sky (it all fits!!!! I mean they start the book with an attempt to recreate the gardens of Lorien...)

which logically means that Ungoliant, who came from Outside to bring entropy and darkness, is the avatar of K't'lk.

Who wants to play "find the other Wounded Sky characters in Middle-Earth"?

who wants to write me the fic


Also we need to get enough of a Tale of the Five fandom together that we can finally do the thing, okay.

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December 8th, 2014 01:37 pm - Can everything be a YW crossover?
[personal profile] sineala asked: Young Wizards crossovers! Why are they awesome? Can everything be a YW crossover? Discuss.

These are both excellent questions. I am going to answer the first one via answering the second one, otherwise this will get even more too long than it is.

The answer to the second question is, of course, simultaneously yes, everything, and no, nothing at all. For if you define a 'crossover' as a story that combines several different, unconnected universes, nothing can be a YW crossover, because the story of Young Wizards canonically encompasses all other universes that there are, and therefore, no matter what you are writing, whether you know it or not, you are writing a YW crossover.

...but if you define "crossover" more broadly as entangling two pieces of story that previously didn't formally coincide, then everything can indeed be a Young Wizards crossover! After all, canonically, the YW multiverse includes them all, so there must be a way to cross them over.

That said, some universes are harder than others. And it is curious, given that all stories flow to Timeheart one way or another, that relatively few of our other canons acknowledge the presence of wizardry outright, even those set on worlds that ought to be astafrith. But I suppose that's part of keeping Earth's dominant colonialist/capitalist culture safely sevarfrith, for now.

It is tricky to find the wizards who serve the Powers in some stories, it's true, especially those which have a system of wizardry that is very definitely not the wizardry that Kit and Nita and Rhiow and Ssaash practice. And it's also true that wizardry, as we see it through Kit and Nita's eyes, is very heavily influenced by the way American Christian culture sees the world, and how it sees stories.

But we know - from canon - that the way wizardry comes out in the world can very a lot from place to place, from universe to universe. )

Basically, there are several ways to do a YW crossover: one is your basic "okay, if wizardry here works pretty much how it does for Kit and Nita, who would the wizards be, and what would they being doing?" For worlds where that doesn't work - where Kit and Nita's wizardry would not happen - you can have a character from the YW universe fall through into their world, or vice versa, and use them to figure out how wizardry in their world will work. And even without YW book characters, you can always take a world that's deep in the Lone One's power and give a few characters the Oath, so they can start to pull it out...

Although I'd also love to see more worlds that do the crossover by playing "find the wizardry" also take into account the ways in which wizardry might feel very different for those wizards, on very basic levels, even if they're on an Earth that looks like Kit and Nita's, even while following their recension of the oath. Not everybody's "growing and living well in their own way" will look like that. Of course, that's a lot harder to do! And really I just want all the YW crossovers in general.

(btw this is one of the reasons I side-eye the way AO3's tags, in practice, have been leaning toward labelling all fusion crossovers as AU. My story where Sitwell is a wizard may or may not be a crossover, but there's absolutely nothing about it that's AU. :P)

Anyway, I think it's time for another round of "Who in your fandoms is under the Oath, and how?" Who has new fandoms since last time? Who has new wizardy headcanons? Who's new here and missed the last round and wants to play?

My super-duper-new fandom is the Librarians! Because so far it's basically Leverage dropped in a blender with Stargate SG1, as you might expect, given the showrunners! And who doesn't want that, c'mon.

So. Librarian wizardry )

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November 6th, 2014 12:01 am
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January 18th, 2014 09:23 pm
There's a thing going around tumblr about posting about "Ten books that have stayed with you in some way over your life", and everybody else was sharing their shame, so I thought I'd join in.

(okay I'm not actually ashamed about any of these, sorry.)

There are many more than ten, but in no particular order, the first ten I thought of:

Mostly kids' books as one would expect. )

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November 20th, 2013 10:16 pm - "Things", said Montparnasse
1. I went to a Les Mis fan meetup in DC on Saturday! We went to the National Gallery of Art and then to dinner in Chinatown. It was fun! Since it was mostly Tumblr-only people I wrote it up on tumblr first, but reposting here for posterity, because Tumblr.

Les Mis DC Meetup )

2. I know there are some of you who would find this relevant who wouldn't have seen it on tumblr, so I just thought you ought to know that Diane Duane wrote about marriage in the Five Kingdoms, including a tiny ficbit of Herewiss/Wyn that is ADORABLE.

(...I still want to write fic someday that covers all the sub-relationships in that marriage. Series of 128 drabbles?)

3. I got a new computer mike! It's ... much better than the inbuilt one, though not exactly a paragon of quality. Anyway, if I'm really doing this podcast thing, I should practice sound editing, so the first five people who give me a comment selecting 500 words or so of fanfic by either them or me will get a beginner's podcast of it. :D

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June 25th, 2012 12:30 pm - This post appears to be mostly about poly. HMM.
First, two general notes:
My laptop power cord/socket have reached the point of non-working that it's generating more heat than power, so in the interest of not setting another motherboard on fire, I am going to be opening it up this afternoon and attempting to replace the parts. I have never sucessfully soldered on a motherboard before, so if I unexpectedly go silent, it is probably because I have melted my laptop, jsyk.

Also, I will be going to Boston at the end of this week, and then bringing [personal profile] stellar_dust and her cats (and all of her stuff) back to Maryland after. Any Boston people want to hang out or go see Avengers again or anything? :P I'll be free... um, Friday. I will even have a car and everything this time!

Five slightly more interesting things:

1. I fixed my radio yesterday (the power of rubber bands!) and turned it on just in time to discover that Jim Packard had died. ): The world of radio quiz comedy shows has lost a luminary. (I had to change the channel while I was waiting for the radio to wind down, I couldn't take listening to Michael Feldman trying not to cry anymore.)

2. I have read Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, courtesy of a very kind person who loaned me a copy of the e-ARC! It is general, but no specific, spoilers )

3. Oh and speaking of writers who should definitely keep listening to the fans, one of the ways I know that I have assembled a very good network here is that when I go to my network page, I always find interesting things based on what you all are reading. Yesterday, I learned that [personal profile] dduane ships Nita/Kit/Ronan.

DIANE DUANE HOW ARE YOU SO AWESOME. (not going to follow her tumblr though, tumblr still scares me.)

/me continues to believe that bit at the end of Spock's World where Spock and McCoy head off to bed and ask if Kirk is joining them really was intended to be what it sounds like.

4. Speaking of poly ships, somebody at the poly panel at con.txt (I think it was [personal profile] viklikesfic) recommended the Polyamory Weekly podcast as a good source for people writing poly fic who wanted to learn more about the ways people do poly in RL, and I've started listening to it, and really enjoying it.

It's exactly what I wanted - not advice or how-tos, but a glimpse inside a wide cross-section of the poly community - because when I think about poly fic, I often want to write people who identify as poly, and not write them in ways that would make poly people cringe; but all the people whose poly lives I know anything about are in fandom, which might skew things a little. Poly Weekly give me that! And "from a kink-friendly, pansexual point of view" which is even better.

Anyway, highly recommended, and it has me thinking about poly ships in fandom, and that one of the reasons I like explicitly poly fic (and in a different way than plain OT3/OTTeam fic) is that to be good at polyamory, you are expected to communicate openly with your partners, to be self-aware and responsible for your own feelings and needs, to be adult and compassionate, to think in terms of networks of many kinds of important relationships instead of One Person Who Matters.

Because yes. Yes please to all of that. And you don't have to be poly to have that, but you have to have most of that to make poly work.

...which on the surface makes it kind of hilarious that I am having so many polyamory *feelings* about Avengers )

5. Oh and speaking of stuff from con.txt, I posted about the QUILTBAG on the new [community profile] contxt_lounge community. I was going to post a general crafting update here that included all that, but just the QUILTBAG part got way too long, so I threw it up there instead.

Also included in that post is the current draft of the Dalekling crochet pattern from two years ago, if anyone was still waiting for that. :P

Here's the photo and basic description, copied from that post:

Also here is a picture of me in the Sufferer cloak I altered for con.txt )

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May 16th, 2012 11:49 pm - Meme Fills Update
...okay, that hypothetical crossover meme has reached levels of ludicrosity previously unattained on this journal.

Here is a list of fills so far:

Dresden Files/Vorkosigan Saga for [personal profile] isis (consisting of some extra bits of canon for the crossover I already wrote for this.)
Temeraire/Princess Bride ideas for [personal profile] finch
Pinkwaterverse/Cthulhu mythos for [personal profile] seekingferret (in which I fail miserably; surely *somebody* can come up with a better one?)
--[personal profile] seekingferret does Major League Baseball/The pirate Rabbi and Thor/Star Trek to my prompts
White Collar/Pirates of the Caribbean and DCU/The Lone Gunmen for [personal profile] elf. (Somebody needs to write a pirates/white collar crossover actually. Desperately. Also need fic now where Frohike tangos with Barbara Gordon, but that's a given.)
some flailing as regards Temeraire/Sherlock Holmes for [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
British Comedian RPF/Vorkogisan Saga for [personal profile] marginaliana (This one got kind of out of hand after [personal profile] lannamichaels tapped in. It probably helps to note that we were borrowing some of the characterization from a previous conversation regarding Aral Vorkosigan, Epic Troll. Also: this article on how traditional Chinese stand-up has fared under communism which I incidentally already had bookmarked, yes I did background research for this bit.) [personal profile] marginaliana asked for a British Comedy RPF crossover and I'm afraid in the elaboration we focused almost entirely on the Barrayar part, but I promise if I actually wrote it there would be a bunch of scenes of David and Charlie and Jimmy and Dara and so on meeting in hidden, poorly-lit back rooms at the university and playing at revolution.
Avengers/Sesame Street for [personal profile] lannamichaels. An excuse to write fic for the Teeny Little Super Guy! Yay!
Homestuck/Colbert Report for [personal profile] erinptah, featuring unbridgeable idealogical differences. And stabs. Mostly stabs.
Homestuck/Vorkosigan Saga for [personal profile] biichan. In which there are fantrolls.
Homestuck/Ranma 1/2 for [personal profile] terajk, featuring [personal profile] brownbetty and [personal profile] biichan contributing their own versions as well, which we must encourage them to write. yes.

Unfilled, still to do (list mostly for my reminder):
Avengers/Young Wizards and Vorkosigan/Avengers (I really need to watch that movie, I guess)
Something Sutcliff/Rihannsu-ish (Every time I poke at this I just come out concluding I need to re-read Rihannsu more. Tragic!)

This is actually an interesting way to find out what fandoms my commenters care about! Avengers yes (kind of obviously) but there's lots of Vorkosigan and Homestuck and Temeraire on there too, hmm.

And yes, I will still fill prompts if people leave them. Not crossovered out yet!

And as usual, all bunnies and notfic posted by me here are completely available for other people to pick up and run with, if you should chance to be so inspired.

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September 13th, 2011 06:02 pm - Crossover Fic: Storytelling & Blood
Okay, you guys said this counted as a fic, so I bribed myself to finish and post it. (Don't worry, though, I don't actually expect you to read it just because you said I should post it! It is still an incredibly self-indulgent story.)

Title: Storytelling & Blood
Fandom: Diane Duane's Young Wizards & Highlander:The Series
Length: ~4,000 words.
Summary: Ahriman is an avatar of the Lone Power. Richie Ryan is a young wizard on Ordeal. Methos is all too familiar with how that story ends.

Notes: This story is basically a re-interpretation of the end of the Highlander: The Series episode "Archangel" re-cast through the lens of the cosmology of "Young Wizards", and focusing on Methos and Joe, mostly because I like it a lot more that way. It contains a small amount of verbatim dialogue, and, yes, the canon character death from that episode.
Notes on the crossover )


Methos was finding it difficult to look at Richie Ryan across the cafe table.  )

So, I went back and looked, and the first time I talked about wanting to write this story was July, 2007, but I had clearly been pondering it for some time before that, which kind of gives me hope about all the other stories I've been meaning to write for years and years and years. (Also, I'm still not sure about some of the plot questions in that old entry! Feel free to offer your opinions.)

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May 16th, 2011 02:48 pm - Link Housekeeping
A bunch of things going on otherwheres that I've been meaning to mention here and haven't:

  1. [personal profile] sophinisba did a podfic of that fic what I wrote where Spike and Dru make George Bailey into a vampire and they all live happily ever after. My first time being podficced, and it was awesome! I love the way she even managed to make the bits of wording that I cringe at every time I read it sound amazing.

    *snuggles it*

    (Although it is weird to be listening to that fic now, it is such a Christmas fic for me. Not because It's a Wonderful Life, but because when/where/why I wrote it. And because of the Christmassy themes of bleakness and loneliness and despair, and rebirth into death, and taking joy in the nasty and horrible, and what family is and isn't. Oh and birthday presents.)

  2. I posted something over at [community profile] starry_sea, my poor lonely Star Trek paracanon community.

    Specifically I posted the FST to Diane Duane's novel The Wounded Sky, which I've only been messing with for about a year, and which is possibly the dorkiest fanmix I have ever thrown together. (It has a track which encodes the protein structure of spider dragline silk. Yes, that dorky. And two tracks featuring the musical styling of Stephen Hawking.)

    So here it is for you guys to find too: Anentropia.

    (And I know I said something about doing longer commentary for it, but that turned in to a general 'how Melannen does fanmixes' post with special notes on those tracks, so it might be awhile.)

  3. I posted a tour of wild edibles in my yard + a plea for help with shade gardening in [community profile] common_nature (which yay for my little community which stays not-lonely even when I leave it alone for awhile! And is full of helpful people!)

  4. I posted 101 Asexy Sex Scenes to [community profile] asexual_fandom, which is just a list of 101 prompts for sex scenes involving asexual characters, and it seems to have been a hit.

    But I also made up a non-existent fandom to use in the prompts (involving asexual Ash and Alex, bisexual Bailey, pansexual Pat, etc.) and they seem to have been even more of a hit. [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has written an entire TV show, Schroedinger's Heroes about them, OMG.

    I have to say, it is so very weird to have someone take a story premise you came up with and go in entirely different directions with it than you would - weirder than I expected, maybe even weirder when it's as barebones as Alex and Bailey's story intentionally was, because there's nowhere to point and say, 'actually, this'. I have mostly been staying out of the way on that because I don't want to step on toes, and also, risk of dripping the weirdness feelings where they don't belong.

    But also, awesome! OMG I can't believe she actually wrote fanfic of my nonexistent fandom! \o/

    (I am also finding it unexpectedly difficult to take seeing people assign those characters genders and gendered pronouns. There was a story I started writing back in high school where the protagonists refused to identify with a gender (okay, two stories, but Spec eventually admitted to being what I would call trans, although he still gets squirrelly about pronouns sometimes), and I guess playing with Jamie, who won't even let me use a gender-neutral pronoun because of considering that lazy language when Jamie does just fine without any at all (even when insisting on being written in third person), has convinced me that agendered is agendered dammit even when I didn't actually mean to be writing agendered characters.

    ...someday I will actually post that epic post that is hiding on my hard drive about me and my genderqueer&trans original characters, but that will not be today.)

  5. Also [community profile] asexual_fandom ran another asexy prompt meme!

    I have two fills up there so far:

    Untitled Charlie and Roxy fic, an HP story about mentorship and family and legacy and expectations when you're asexual, which came out kind of unexpectedly personal (because my mom's family is much like the Weasleys, only larger and stranger.) I kind of want to write a bunch of sequels to this now, about Uncle Bilius and Uncle Charlie and (eventually) Aunt Roxy. And dragons.

    and Love Letter for the Truthy, which is very silly blackboard!diagram for a prompt about character!Stephen and Glenn Beck!Jon (oh Beck!Jon, why do I find you so wildly attractive?)

    There's a bunch of other great fic on there! And unfilled prompts! (Including some I still half-want to fill: there's the ace!Gregor one, dammit, and I suddenly got bunnied to write the first prompt on there as "Four and Romana visit Torchwood Three". Feel free to borrow that idea, anybody!)

  6. Also, it is the six-month-ish anniversary of the Ace Manifestos Project! Come celebrate and help us come up with more ideas for characters! (And also claim somebody - you know you want to.)

  7. And finally, [community profile] kink_bingo round three is ending; long live round four! I didn't ever actually make an amnesty post to the comm, even though I did get one fic finished during the original period, because I lived in hope of finishing something else (I did write a lot of kinky fic, but most of my energy went into prompt memes over this last year, and k_b doesn't allow stories written for other prompts, so...)

    I did do a prize though, and apparently that's enough to qualify for the next round! I don't know what k_b's policy is for linking to prizes before the official prize post is up, but if you would like to see more Captain Rachel Maddow of the U.S.S. Bill of Rights (back when she was just a lowly Ops officer on the S.S. Susanoo-no-mikoto) you could look on my AO3 account.... ;)

    Now I have to decide if I'm signing up for the next round...

    (There will probably be a large-ish AO3 update coming once 3W4DW is over, by the way, featuring the fic linked here + a bunch of anon meme stuff back to my first story on the lolitics meme a year ago today, btw. Need to decide if I'm going to backdate it all first...)

also it is my birthday and as we speak Mom is decorating a cake for me. With feathered dinosaurs on it, so I am told! I decorated one for the vaguely-birthday-ish friends gathering on Saturday that said "Ars longa, vita brevis" on it with human skeletons, because we are old and will die soon, and also if you've carefully trained your friends to expect that kind of stuff from you, you might as well take advantage.

ETA: Also, almost a year late to be relevant: I can totally remove the orangey bit intact from the middle of a Jaffa Cake. It's way easier than peeling the cream filling out of an Oreo. You British people must be spoilt.

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May 8th, 2011 08:46 pm - Fire Working
Um. You know a while back, I mentioned I was working on a Tale of the Five/Dresden Files crossover? And then later said I wanted to post more about Tale of the Five? Well. I have about 4000 words of crossover fic, and it's kind of at a stopping point, and if I go past here, it seems to want to be an epic multi-part series, so I figured I'd just post what I have for now, in the interests of getting more Herewiss & Sunspark out there.

Also, regarding me posting more of this eventually (either the Herewiss story or the rest of the five not!Harry crossovers): note the epigraph. The epigraph is very profound.

Title: Fire Working
Fandoms: Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files & Diane Duane - Tale of the Five (Middle Kingdoms/Door series)
Summary: Herewiss goes through a Door that is probably not the Door into Starlight, and meets a man who uses the Fire.
Notes: ~4000 words, canon relationships, general audiences. This should be comprehensible for people who know only one of the two series (and possibly even for people who know neither) though I'd love to know where you got lost if you do. Will be posted to AO3 after 3W4DW.

I feel like I've been making backwards progress. )

(Here are some things that might or might not happen in continuations I may or may not write: Hope vs. HarrowHeart; experimental Sharing of souls [and other bits]; Bob saying, 'See? 1500 years and Sunspark's still a sore loser; you have to let me out for a rematch, boss;' Harry playing Ring of Fire on a lute; Uriel.)

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Current Music:: Adam Lambert - Ring of Fire

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March 29th, 2011 01:37 pm - This is what the inside of my head is like all the time.
List of fic I am not currently writing, no, absolutely not:

"Four times it wasn't Harry, and one time it was":
1. Wherein Herewiss s'Hearn and Sunspark go through a Door looking for other men who have the Fire, and meet Harry Dresden and Bob the Air Elemental instead, and there is a lot of playing around with Soulfire/Flame and annoying of Wardens and Wardresses (and possibly setting buildings on fire. Or sex.)
2. Wherein Howell Jenkins is trying to visit Wales but winds up somewhere under Edinburgh instead, and gets help from a certain Warden in staying under the Council's radar.
3. Wherein Har of Osterland, searching for a rumor of a shadow of Suth, instead meets a strange wizard of winter's ice in the Northern Wastes and plays a riddle-game with him.
4. Wherein the enchanter Sir Harold Shea is visiting Queen Mab and Queen Titania as an emissary of Queen Gloriana, and provides a much-needed dose of scientific rationality and clinical psychiatry to everyone involved.
5. Wherein Harry Callahan is never letting Dairine do a transit spell for him ever again, Ways are walked, and parenting advice is exchanged.

"Five More Days In Paradise"
1. In which Kincaid and Murphy visit Hawaii on a working holiday, and bring Ivy along this time. Lots of things blow up, Detective Kelly remembers their last visit all too well, and Ivy makes a new friend and gets to swim with the dolphins.
2. In which Joe Dawson and Adam Pierson came to Hawaii for a quiet retirement, which seems slightly at odds with the mysterious headless bodies and localized lightning storms that 5-0 keeps hearing reported on their private beach.
3. In which Danny Williams refuses to believe there is a full-rigged pirate ship just offshore, even after Captain Jack Sparrow shanghais him onboard. (Well, for definitions of "shanghai" that involve Steve, flirting and a lot of rum.)
4. In which Danny is uncertain why it is 5-0 who are explaining why they're in Hawaii to a couple of Canadian cops, but the phrase "killers of his father" gets bandied around a lot.
5. In which Superboy meets Steve McGarrett. And territorial displays happen.

...on the plus side, I seem to be mostly out of my all-RPF phase for now.

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January 16th, 2011 02:56 pm - Top Gear Big Bang Poll
So, the old truism about how if you look for answers, you'll find them - just possibly to a different question - is proven once again. I went and finally read The Big Meow in order to "research" hardboiled fiction, and instead, I realized who I needed for my next ace manifesto: Rhiow, the ffeih manager of all the New York City worldgates.

The Big Meow, by the way, is not nearly as noir as that title implies, at least not so far, although their are hints it may move in that direction. The Big Meow is the third book in the Cat Wizards series, themed around '40s Hollywood and experimentally being written as a professional online serial, and it got as far as Chapter Eight before life happened to the author and it hasn't been updated in several years now, which leaves YW fandom in the interesting place of having an abandoned online WIP in their canon. And I know I have no right to talk about people leaving WIPs hanging, but I really really want it to be finished. Especially if she's going where it seems like she's going with ace Rhiow/Hwaith, within a noir context (Although more than I want it finished I just want some sign that dduane still knows where the internets is. :/ I never thought I'd see the day where Le Guin had a bigger online fandom presence than Duane.)

Speaking of leaving WIPS hanging! There's that Top Gear Big Bang I unwisely signed up for that I really do need to get moving on at this point. I'm only signed up for 10,000 words, and I've done 10,000 words before - in fact I have 10,000 of Top Gear WIP sitting on my hard drive right now - and yet I still am not holding my breath, because I have not *finished* anything over 10,000 words.

But I'm going to try anyway! I have started a thing of putting on Write or Die for 1,000 words every night before bed, and even if so far all I've written is Dresden Files idfic, who knows, I may actually manage some longer finished fiction this year.

I need to pick an idea to write for the Big Bang, though. So I'm putting it up for a vote. Feel free to vote for whichever one, even if a) I don't know you; b) you don't know me; c) you don't know Top Gear, or d) you have no intention of reading it regardless. I do not promise to abide by the poll numbers anyway ^_^

Poll #5644 Top Gear Big Bang Bunnies
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16

Which one?

View Answers

Continue "A Very Nice Shade of Blue," the Doctor Who crossover of doom.
8 (50.0%)

Finish the crossover prequel to VNSoB, "The Special Edition ATMOS Compilation DVD".
3 (18.8%)

Write the sequel to the James/Oz vampire AU crackfic.
2 (12.5%)

"The Secret Garage", the Secret Garden/Top Gear remix/fusion/AU/crossover thingy.
10 (62.5%)

Write the crack slavefic OT3 AU.
4 (25.0%)

Write the sequel to the d/S fic with Richard's collar from the anon meme.
1 (6.2%)

Finish the OT3 sexswap story from the other anon meme.
3 (18.8%)

Here are some more details about each story to help you make up your mind (and to help me get my thoughts straight.)

Story details & summaries )

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November 24th, 2010 04:45 pm - Five things make a post?
1. I am going through today and subscribing back to a bunch of people who've been subscribed to me for a while; I've been letting my reading list sit, partly because I'm lazy, partly because my reading list is already very close to Dunbar's number*, and partly because quite a few of the people who subscribed to me recently are folks who I've gotten used to thinking of as way out of my league, too smart and too popular for me. But I have got to the point again where I am spending time reloading my list saying "why are there no new posts?" (I realize the answer is 'holiday weekend already' but I am ignoring that.) So. Um. Hi?

*I have issues with Dunbar's number as a hard limit, but for a single network, it does seem to make sense. And to be about where I settle naturally when it comes to active posters on a reading list.

2. Three fics which I recently found which I must share! And one of them isn't even my fault in any way!
  • Sherlock Holmes, Petticoat Detective by [personal profile] verity, which I linked in my yuletide letter, but deserves to be seen above a cut. Remember how back when BBC Sherlock was first gaining steam, I posted about how my issue with a modern!Holmes AU is that without Victorian!Holmes, modern culture would be very, very different?

    Apparently while I was off ignoring the fandom for my own sanity, some of them decided that the answer to that problem was that, instead of Holmes being the trope maker and archetype of the genius detective, in that universe, Madelyn Mack was. THIS IS BRILLIANT AND MAKES MY HEART SING.

    And [personal profile] verity has actually writ fic about it! Linked above is just a short ficlet, but what she manages to cram into the ficlet about what this means for Holmes - that the archetype he's built his self-image onto is one that pop culture thinks is a girl's - is amazing and I am in love with it. And [personal profile] verity tells me that more is coming, yay!

  • The Lambda Quadrant by [profile] peapods24. I repeat my comment to the author: OMG Bill of Rights fic! With Rachel/Ana! Luring Keith into a gay bar of shiny! !!!! This is sheer beauty! ...and I love particularly (well, after Keith getting pinched by the bouncer. And Anderson's drooping anntenae.) the commentary you've worked in here on what being gay means on this Earth. I think it's a bit fluffier than I would have written it, but it's definitely the way things *should* be on TOS!Eearth. Proving that Earth understands IDIC better than Surak does, one glittery gay bar at a time. :D

  • The World That You Need by [personal profile] dira. This is a Vorkosigan-verse series, up to about 50,000 words total, set during the first half of Vor Game, about how Cordelia Vorkosigan talked her husband into seducing his (male) secretary, because his happiness delights her. It is the best exploration of what it means to be homosexual on Barrayar that has ever been written; it is one of the best stories about poly relationships that I have seen in fandom, period; it is just a really good story about Cordelia and Aral and their marriage, and about Jole, the minor canon character that Dira has given amazing depths to; and it is just full of joy and love, even as it delves into some really dark and painful things on the way to happy-ever-after. This fic is now canon to me, but I really recommend it even to people who aren't Bujold fans, if you like reading fic that addresses LGBT themes deeply - it's just that good, and I want it to go on forever. I have read it about six times since it was posted.

3. The other day I went to The Star Toys Museum and donated five boxes of Star Wars crap to them, in exchange for a tour )

4. I finally finished listening to the audiobook of A Wizard Of Mars, after being unable to acquire a copy of the written book without using money. I was... kind of disappointed in it? Maybe it's partly because it was on audiobook, which meant that when I came to the bits I disliked, I had to just slog through, instead of skimming or skipping, so they seemed even longer. But the reason it took so long was that there was a long section in the middle where Nita and Kit aren't telling each other, or their supervisors, things that they really should, by their established character from previous books, be telling them. It is one of those annoying "if they talked to each other there would be no narrative tension, so they are just going to keep secrets for no reason other than angst" things. DD seemed to expect people to buy it just because Nita and Kit and proper teenagers now, and hormones do strange things? Maybe it's just that I was never a proper teenager, maybe it was hitting my embarrassment squick a bit, but I didn't buy it at all, even though spoiler cut )

5. Last night, seeking to prove that there really *wasn't* anything good on any of her hundreds of FIOS channels (she was wrong from the outset, 'cause there was a Top Gear rerun on BBCA, but still), Mom put on an episode of the old live-action Hulk TV series. It was - bizarrely - not terrible. It was actually really fun, in that seventies-TV way. And I am thinking of submitting Dr. David Banner to the crushes of shame on [journalfen.net profile] hot_daily, because wow, if there was ever a character designed to appeal to little fangirl hearts! And I love love love the oldschool special effects, too. Where is the fic for this?

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October 29th, 2010 08:59 pm - RALLY
Here is the list of things I need to do before leaving for the Rally in DC tomorrow:

list )

Sorry about that, but I was working at church for most of the day today, so I know I will be up until all hours getting ready for tomorrow, and at that point I need to make a very detailed list of things while my brain is still working, so I thought I'd share the joy with you.

Also while I am doing all that, I will be listening to the rest of the A Wizard on Mars audiobook I got from the library when it became clear they were never going to order a paper version. I'm about halfway through, and all I've got so far is Do I still need a spoiler cut for AWoM? )

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September 2nd, 2010 09:55 pm - Another thing
4. [personal profile] staranise gave me that "explain five icons" meme. Here are the five icons she chose These may contain major spoilers for some of the small fandoms my icons are from. )

If anybody want me to pick five icons for them, I suppose I could. :D

(look at me showing off my l33t new css skills, too!)

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June 2nd, 2010 01:16 pm - Kink bingo! (Just like everybody else!)
I signed up for [community profile] kink_bingo this year! I love how accessible they're making it: low pressure, the minimum is one 500-word story in a year, and they've emphasized that you don't have to be able to write explicit sex or sexual characters in order to play, so I'm fairly sure I can do it. My card:
My Card )
So everybody's going on and on about their kink_bingo cards, and how lucky they are, and I looked at mine and went "huh."

I don't think *any* of the kinks I was really excited about ended up on it, and the two stories-in-progess I'd been planning to use at cheats - each of which have so many kinks they could conceivably blackout a card on their own, with no overlap - are barely represented on the card at all.

I guess that serves me right! Anyway it'll be fun, even if I only end up managing one meta post or something.

I would like to note that as I was going through the kink_wiki yesterday, exploring my options, the questions I was coming up with were things like "Would a story about someone whose erogenous zones are primarily tactile negotiating a scene with someone whose erogenous zones are primarily aural (involving sonics that person A can't produce) work for the 'silence' square?" and "does crossdressing have to involve gender, or can it involve someone whose species doesn't wear clothing dressing up as a human?" and "is 'accidental soulbond with a mechanical life-form due to shoddy safety measures during repair work' suitable for the 'electricity' square?" and "Can I do 'wrist/ankle restraints' on somebody whose limbs don't exactly fit those categories?"

... which just goes to show what pairings I have been getting bunnies for lately. Actually, having gone down the entire kink list, there are only four kinks which require somebody to have a humanoid or vaguely humanoid body (five, if you count 'shaving', which requires a mammalian one at least) and I got three of them...

I also went out to work last night without actually remembering what was on my card, and I ended up plotting out in my head an amazing story - for a kink that's not on my card. But now I really, really want to write "How Bran Tse-Mallory and Truzenzuzex Invented Strip Personality Chess, And What Happened Afterward." (Does kink_bingo give out prizes for "most stories written for the wrong card"?)

...I may at least have to write a Bran/Tru 'ship manifesto, since Mymy/Vyssu/Mav has been such a hit. :D ...and I'm so tempted to try for a bingo with all non-human or cross-species pairings.

Anyway I was going to try to make this short, but this *is* me, and it's an excuse to talk about kink and about ideas for stories I'll probably never write, so here's some brainstorming for every square )

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May 21st, 2009 04:41 pm - Fic: Star Trek Reboot, "Singer of the Deep"
Title: Singer of the Deep
Summary: Spock, Uhura, Amanda, fear, grief, love and an a'kweth.
Warnings: ~1000 words, gen, movie spoilers, crossover elements.
Notes: Wow, it's been so long since I've posted actual real fic that I've forgotten *how*. The story of Surak and the a'kweth is from Diane Duane's novel Spock's World. Also, this whole thing is an excuse for Uhura (and Amanda) to fail to explain what's so funny to their Vulcans. Just so you're warned.

It was good to see Spock sitting intensely at the computer console again, after months of frantic motion. )

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May 11th, 2009 12:29 am - Mother's Day!
Hello to new subscribers! And everybody else! I will getting to all the online stuff I need to be doing soon, I swear. I've been offline all weekend, more than I was planning to be, and I am *so* behind.

By which I mean, [personal profile] stellar_dust and I went to see the new Star Trek movie with Mom yesterday!

From here on in, there may be spoilers in cuts and comments on this entry. !! I haven't been reading anyone elses' reaction posts, but if you posted it in the last two days, chances are I have it open it a tab to read as soon as this goes up.

To start with, I liked the movie. It was a good movie! It was fun! It was laugh-out-loud funny in many places! The characters were great, the characterization was great, the actors all did either a great job mimicking the originals or a better job than the originals. It was deeply geeky and full of glee and was clearly made by somebody who loved Star Trek and thinks Kirk and Spock are doing it.

And now I am going to be one of the people in that Onion video and list all the things that were wrong with it. )

Also, Spock is still totally a mind-slut.

ANYWAY. It was a fun movie. If you have any interest in Star Trek, or SF action flicks, or both, it's probably worth seeing. It has a lot more Leonard Nimoy in it than I was expecting, and plenty of old!Trek outtakes, and a lot of fun non-ST-specific sci-fi summer movie stuff. They considerately made it officially AU, so I don't have to be angry about the way it ruined canon. And it has rekindled my love of the real Star Trek.

... by which I mean the fanfic and the early Bantam and Pocket Books novels. If you know them at all, you may have noticed up in the cut there that I kind of live in the world of the books (and the animated series). C'thia! Rihannsu! Klingon Chess! Captain April's cardigans! The clone of Captain Kirk who the female Romulan Commander won in a duel and dragged off to dress up as her frilly delicate boytoy! That one where they all turn into mermaids! That one where they all get genderswapped and girl!Kirk is totally about two seconds from sleeping with Captain Kang before Spock interrupts! The fact that T'hy'la totally means 'soulbond', no, Jim, I don't care how many footnotes you write denying it.

You know what I'm talkin' about.

Anyway, now I'm working on putting together a packet of e-books that people who like the new movie should read. You know, 'Star Trek the Gay High School AU: the Original Version'. Here's my preliminary list, any suggestions to add? )

Am tempted to make a Dreamwidth community [community profile] starry_sea, specifically for the sort of Star Trek fans who know what "Starry Sea" is a quotation from. To which I could upload e-books and host discussions about things like the Ruling Queen and T'hy'la and Spockanalia and David Gerrold and stuff.
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Should I do it?

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I have no idea what you're talking about. But it sounds fascinating.
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Spockanalia had ticky boxes.
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(Wow, there's like twelve new DW communites with "Star Trek" in their interests since Thursday.)

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April 21st, 2009 12:25 am - Some things.
1. I posted a tutorial on how to set up an OpenID account on Journalfen to [community profile] getting_started, so if anyone has JF comments importd here that they'd like to eventually claim, they should mark it. ([community profile] metafandom is still linking to the draft version of the tutorial, but hopefully that will change.)

/me officially washes her hands of S2 forever.

2. /me has sauntered vaugely downward into the #dw irc channel. Curse you, Opera, why did you make that so easy?

If previous experience with IRC stands, I will stay in channel for about a week, and then get behind and never go back. But hEll bot is adorable.

3. [personal profile] damned_colonial posted this meme:
Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.
...and I told myself that the next time somebody I read posted it, I would do it. So:
local politics, regional soft drinks, spike jones, the primordial ass, crossovers, fleegix, and oracular pigs )

PS: Is anyone else getting an occasionally-recurring error when they try to preview from the web interface? I keep getting: [Error: Can't call method "imgtag" on unblessed reference at '/home/dw/current/htdocs/preview/entry.bml' line 106. @ dfw-web02]

Unblessed indeed, DW. Unblessed indeed.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] accomplished

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May 2nd, 2008 10:35 pm - wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey stuff
Some thoughts about Dr. Who:

1. Jack Harkness has stated that he used to spend a lot of time in Pompeii, in the days right before its destruction, doing his Galactic Con Man bit. That means, in Pompeii, in the days right before the volcano went off, there was a) Captain Jack Harkness (possibly several times over) and b) various time agents Captain Jack Harkness was swindling. Which begs several questions: Shouldn't one of the above have *noticed* the alien influence all over the bloody place? In that case, was whole thing in fact actually the unintended consequence of Jack's meddling? And given that the Doctor knew Jack had been there, why did the TARDIS end up in that particular time and place anyway, hmmm?

2. I've been re-reading "The Tale of the Five" by Diane Duane ('cause there are a few bits of it I don't have memorized yet) and Hasai's story is really making me think about the Doctor. Hasai, see, is a member of a long-lived, space-faring race that has a... complicated relationship with linear time, and spoiler cut ) But I really, really want to read fic that sees the Doctor's timeline through the lens of what happened to Hasai.

Actually, I really just want to see fic where the Doctor and Hasai hang out and comisserate. And all the Doctor's mdeihei get to come out, too. :D "Tale of the Five" is tangentially part of Young Wizards canon, and so is Dr. Who, so by the Transitive Law of Tommy Westphall, they are part of the same universe; I ought to be able to get them to meet; I just can't figure out *how*.

3. Speaking of crossovers, Jamie MacCrimmon is awesome. He also happens to be from a clan closely associated with the MacLeods, and fought for the Jacobites at Culloden despite the leadership of the MacLeods being Hanoverian.

Duncan MacLeod and Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod also fought for the Jacobites at Culloden.

All of the above were presumed dead after the battle, but later turned up in rather suprising times and places.

Incidentally, Highlander and Dr. Who are the two most crossovered fandoms *ever*, and mesh seamlessly.

SO WHY HAS NOBODY WRITTEN THE STORY WHERE MAC RUNS INTO JAMIE, in, say, the 28th century in a mall on Titan, while they're both on secret missions, and they get roaring drunk reminiscing together and then save the universe (while Two and Methos get bored and wander off to take naps)? THIS IS A TRAVESTY AND FAILURE OF THE INTERNETS. INTERNETS, YOU HAVE FAILED ME.

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