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 So I realize I've been terrible about updating about gifts I've received for various exchanges (sorry, [archiveofourown.org profile] pie_is_good; Gabrielle the Potential was a terrific idea!), but my Fic Corner gift's falling victim to the dreaded AO3 indexing issue, and I'd hate for it to get overlooked, because it's great:

Spaceman Spiff and the Redoubtable Scientist
, by [archiveofourown.org profile] redsnake05.  Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) and Susie Derkins gen, but shippable without too much squinting if that's your thing.  Totally quick read, and tons of fun.
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For today's recommendations by other people, I'm going to confine myself to non-Harry Potter stories not written for me or by friends.  One below, two under the cut for spoilers.  All gen (or with background pairings), and content shouldn't be problematic unless you're really just in the mood for fluff.

Chasing Normal
 by dotfic - "There was this one time I saved the world..." (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited)

I don't remember how I stumbled across this one at all, but I love it.  It's probably the most accessible of these recommendations if you're not familiar with the canon, and you don't need to have read the other stories in the series to follow along.  The plot is simple - ordinary guy gets superpowers through freak lab accident - but the "ordinary guy" is simultaneously relatable and more special than even he realizes in the way he handles the situation, and the powers are really clever, and it's just a ton of fun.

Homeward Bounders and Neverwhere recs )
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Unfashionably late, as usual.  But I'm trying.

Day 1 )

Day 2 - Fandom Communities/Fests/Resources/etc. (no idea why the cut won't work; sorry)
[insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder is my favorite fest because it simultaneously ensures that my favorite minor characters get love (literally), and forces me to consider characters even I wouldn't think of as having hidden depths in situations that I wouldn't expect to find them in.
[community profile] scans_daily has introduced me to a whole bunch of awesome comic book series and creators, while allowing me to keep up with what's currently going on in those fandoms (and warning me about what to disregard).
TV Tropes may ruin your life, but it's also a useful resource and gut check when I'm not sure whether a certain plot twist or character type has been done to death.

Will catch up on Day 3 when I have more thought to spare.
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Um, so, first of all, hi. Depression + overwork = really bad combination. I've been around; just too exhausted and uninspired to say anything, let alone do any writing. But I did manage to pull myself together for Yuletide, so here's hoping 2014 will be better.

Before I post my stuff, all due praise for my gift fic, A Night Out by Syksy, which is the sweet and funny Cats of Grand Central story I have been craving lo these many Yuletides.  No real familiarity with canon required (though you might need a glossary for some of the terms), so if you've ever wanted a cat's take on Madam Butterfly or opera in general, check it out.

My main assignment was All the Mirrored Ways, a Justice League/Justice League Unlimited story starring Shayera Hol for yhlee/etothey (who also wrote some awesome Cyteen stories that deserve a look).  It relies very heavily on a lot of moments of canon divergence, so not the most newbie-friendly story, but I loved having an excuse to write in the fandom and the conceit seems to have gone over well.

And then, because I was so freaking excited to be engaging in creative activity again, I started on the treats.  (Recipients whose other stories I haven't commented on, please don't think I don't love you; I'm just not familiar with your fandoms).

Won't Be Long Now for littledust, which by happy coincidence functions both as a post-canon stand-alone and as a sequel for my other In the Heights Yuletide fic.  I loved the prompt (Vanessa helps Nina in her foray into politics), and I love these characters, and I really wish I'd had more time for this one.  Maybe I'll finish the trilogy as a New Year's Resolution.

What We May Be for ironed_orchid, a.k.a. the other other other other Galaxy Quest fic.  Not that I'm really complaining, since it's more about character dynamics than the fandom meta-commentary that makes the source material so great, and I think it got a boost from all the other recs.  And writing dialogue for Alan Rickman characters is just fun.

This Be the Verse for hollimichele (who wrote the Galaxy Quest fic that got recced all over the place - and deservedly so - along with a Young Wizards story I really enjoyed).  Another one I wish I'd had more time to play with, since I loved the idea of Matilda meeting her brother again and then never actually got around to the meeting, but I figured I could at least give her the next best person to talk to.  And of course, since it's the story I scrambled to finish up just as Madness was closing, it's now the most popular thing I've ever written in terms of kudos and comments.  (Again, not that I'm complaining.)

So, how has everyone been?
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Hello? Anyone still out there?

*sound of crickets*

Yeah, yeah, I probably deserve that. And it's not like I have that many followers on this account anyway, though their numbers have somehow increased in my absence. (*waves to [personal profile] lyras*)

But for the benefit of anyone still out there, hi! Since my last post on here, I've officially earned my degree (somehow) and officially left Boston. I do not have a job yet, though I'm working on it. (If you happen to know of any mid-level fundraising positions in the greater DC or Philly area, shoot me a message and let's talk.)

Also, to maintain my sanity in the midst of the wall of spreadsheets that was my final semester, I wrote fic for [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder and [livejournal.com profile] springtime_gen. By coincidence, both my stories got posted at the same time, which allowed me to play a fun little game of "Which typically hated character are people more willing to suspend their dislike and read about: Rita Skeeter or Marietta Edgecombe?" (For the record, the comments came out about even, though more people made a point of noting they'd never expected to feel anything approaching goodwill toward Rita.) If you'd like to play along and haven't already, the stories are now up at my Ao3 account:

Between Prospects (Rita Skeeter/Mrs. Zabini, background Rita/others and Mr. Zabini/Mrs.Zabini; R for sexual situations and offscreen minor character deaths; 6333 words)
Strength in Numbers (Marietta Edgecombe, Millicent Bulstrode, Lavender Brown, background Percy Weasley/Audrey; G apart from one or two slightly naughty words; 5103 words)

Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my gifts from both exchanges: a lovely Pansy/Millicent vignette by [personal profile] musyc for Beholder, and the even more unexpected but delightful platonic pairing of Pansy and Arthur for Springtime_Gen by [personal profile] lyras.

So, anyway, I think those are the important items. I know better than to promise more regular updates from now on, but I think I can at least guarantee greater frequency.

Fic Rec

Apr. 22nd, 2010 05:02 pm
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Haven't been updating because I have very little good to say when school isn't trying to kill me (which is a big part of why I have very little good to say, come to think of it), but you have to take some time and read the fantastic [livejournal.com profile] springtime_gen gift I got. It's Amelia Bones, and there's Moody, and Umbridge being awful, and internal battles, and it's amazing. Go. Read. Love.

The Camel's Back.
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I may have gotten a tad carried away, but...it was for the cats! How can you blame me?

Anyway, here's my assigned drabble for [livejournal.com profile] pauraque, who wanted a threesome in which one participant realized s/he was the odd one out:

Generous to a Fault (Fred/Angelina, George/Angelina; R for a threesome gone wrong in a non-incesty way; 300 words)

And here are the two I decided to pinch-hit:

Wit and Learning (Gen: Hermione and Ravenclaws; G; drabble)
Annuals (Gen: Neville; G; drabble)

And here is the one written for me, which I swear the Sorting Cats hand-picked, because I can't think of anyone better suited to handle a history-themed prompt than [livejournal.com profile] a_t_rain. And she doesn't disappoint here: Wand of Elder, Never Prosper (Gen; G; 300 words)

There are still a few prompts up for grabs until about 7 pm Eastern Time, by the way, if anyone wants to jump in.
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(x-posted to Live Journal)

There's a lot of stuff I'd like to write, but I'm having trouble getting started, so I'm borrowing this challenge from [personal profile] musyc in an effort to get unblocked. Comment with a character or pairing from one of my fandoms and an object, and I'll write you a ficlet (somewhere between 100-500 words, unless I'm feeling really inspired). I won't do ASOIaF, but any of the following are fair game: Harry Potter, Discworld, Star Trek (all variations other than DS9), Shakespeare, Greek/Roman mythology, West Wing, Nolanverse Batman, Buffy, Dr. Horrible, and various other musicals. If you'd like something not on the list that you think I might know, feel free to ask, and I'll try to oblige.

Speaking of Star Trek, does anyone know of any good sources of reboot!gen fic? The various kink memes have been surprisingly enjoyable, but I guess an Andorian can't change her antennae.
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Before I get to the meme and my own work, if you are a fan of Potter rarepairs, please go show the fic I received for [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder some love. It's a short little PG-rated scene of cat and mouse between Rufus Scrimgeour and Rita Skeeter set during the First War, and it's a lot of fun. (Ignore the author's disclaimer; her Rita's just fine.)

Such Is the Flare Through.

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