genexes

Sep. 21st, 2017 08:32 pm
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
[personal profile] tielan
One assignment, one pinch-hit.

The recip for my assignment hasn't responded to any of her recent gifts, either comment or kudos, so while I think it's kind of rude not to say thank you, at least it's not personal.
Title: as the wyrm turns
Fandom
: Merlin
Characters: Merlin, Gwen
Relationships: Merlin & Gwen
Rating: G
Summary: Magic had laws. His mother had been a lecturer of physics at Oxford for years before her sciatica made the constant standing an agony. Hunith had been the one to teach Merlin that all energy came from somewhere, that there was nothing new under the sun, and that every action had an equal and opposite reaction. She’d also been the one to observe that her son’s abilities and gifts followed those rules...most of the time.
I actually wanted to write a whole lot more to this - Arthur and Morgana and Merlin and Gwen all sitting down to dinner and having a conversation about magic and what it means in the world...

My second genex was a PH I picked up because I liked the recip, and because I could. It's not as brilliant as I'd envisioned it in my head (sometimes your brain does this, you know? And then it's not quite as magnificent as you thought it would be).
Title: stars of hope in dark despair
Fandom
: Rogue One
Characters: Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus, Luke Skywalker
Relationships: Chirrut Îmwe & Luke Skywalker, Chirrut Îmwe/Baze Malbus (background)
Rating: G
Summary: There’s no palm trees, no sand, no watery inlets, no tower – not anymore. Yet Chirrut knows exactly where he is. He can feel it – hope and success in the midst of death and destruction – that this was both the ending and the beginning, like the tale of an ancient snake who endlessly swallowed its tail to represent time unending...
I've had an idea for the story from Luke's POV for some time, and after writing this, I have ides for more Chirrut-and-Baze backstory, but the issue of time and hijacked brain is big right now...

And a recent Captain Hill snippet:
Title: Office Gossip
Fandom
: MCU
Characters: Steve Rogers, Cameron Klein
Relationships: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
Rating: PG
Summary: “So, I heard that Commander Hill is seeing someone.”

Steve looks sharply up from the missions Maria gave him to sign off. Then he remembers that the person Maria is seeing is him.
This was a snippet that sprang from another fic I wrote a while back - 'go down with your shield or come back upon it' - which featured Steve and Maria negotiating their relationship.

This one was...kind of fun. And silly. But fun, too.

randomicity

Sep. 21st, 2017 08:46 am
tielan: (Sanctuary - Helen)
[personal profile] tielan
It’s kind of nice to post a humourous Captain Hill ficlet I dug up off the HD last night, forget about it, and then only remember this morning when looking at my works page to discover it has 180 hits, 40 kudos, and 4 comments already.

I am starting to think that the Marriage Equality survey here in Australia will prove to be Australian Evangelicals’ ‘Trump’ moment. The ‘no’ side will win by a narrow margin, but it will be because half the people didn’t respond to the survey, and in the process, the most vicious ‘no’ responders (the 'loud and proud no' side) will have burned bridges beyond repairing for a generation already on the verge of asking, “Where is your God of mercy? We see none of His qualities in you.”

*grieves*

How I know I’m losing weight: my bra cups suddenly don’t fit my breasts. Which makes me feel like I’m walking around with my tits hanging out, never mind that I have two or three layers of clothing over the top.

Tonight, I have a quiet night. I don't even have to cook dinner; I prepped a lamb shoulder last night and stuck it in the slow-cooker this morning. I just have to get the sister to slice the potatoes and toss them in around midday...

ah

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:52 pm
tielan: (Merlin - merlin)
[personal profile] tielan
So my Genex recip is entirely a non-commenter. That makes it better, at least.

to do: for Melb

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:43 am
tielan: (travel)
[personal profile] tielan
- book the Dior exhibit for Monday or Wednesday, work out how to get there
- see if L wants to go see Much Ado at the Melbourne Popup Globe (otherwise just arrange to meet for munchies)
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
[personal profile] tielan
My fic for Franzi and Gecko's fic exchange - a small friends-oriented exchange. You would not believe how many times I rewrote this assignment before I finally settled on this story. Apparently I have sedoretu on the brain...
The Road That Leads To Home (1595 words) by tielan
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Laura Barton, Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Sedoretu
Summary:
He surveys the land before them as the Wakandan plane hovers over the landscape, and Natasha tries to imagine it through his eyes.

“A farm?”

“A safehouse.” Somewhere to recover, with no lingering ghosts, with nothing to trigger his responses, even now the programming has been taken out.

The expression on his face is bleak. “And is it safe for them?”

7pm and I'm about falling asleep...

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:04 pm
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
[personal profile] tielan
Also, I have a headache, although that might be from consumption of too much alcohol.

We lost the grand final, but it took us half the game to find out feet and our opponents came out the gate swinging. (Plus, I'm not entirely sure they didn't stack their team with a couple of players from higher grades, but eh. What can you do? The organiser has known when the Grand final games were going to be played for at least a month now, but we only got the update for times on Wednesday.)

Friday night and Saturday were great - a weekend away with the women from church. I had some good conversations, including one with the speaker. (She's in a situation much like my mother's was thirty years ago, and I wanted to let her know that I appreciated her candour, but also to reassure her that her children are watching her, loving her, and appreciating her - that shit happens, but we grew up and deal with it (some better than others).

I got all my assignments in, now there's only [community profile] crossovering until [community profile] trickortreatex and [community profile] yuletide.

yuletide noms

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:16 am
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
[personal profile] tielan
Nominated:

nominated )

Missing:
missing )

Okay. I have to finish an exchange today, in between testing things that aren't working, fixing things that are broken, and making a list of what to pack for the weekend away... not that there has to be much - I'm only staying Saturday. And then I got to get out of here early...
tielan: (Fringe - Olivia)
[personal profile] tielan
Hello dear Trick-or-Treat author!

This is my first year in ToT, so this letter may not be what you're expecting. I've listed the fandom and characters we've matched on, then added relationships (optional), and prompts (also optional). They're really just places for you to start - something to catch your eye, perhaps, or something to challenge you.

I don't mind if it's a trick or a treat, take it light and fluffy, or take it dark - just keep in mind that while I don't mind a good dark/edgy story, I like there to be a little leavening at the end, a little hope!

In these canons, I'd prefer the story didn't have a specific Halloween slant, especially given that Rogue One, Pacific Rim, Merlin, and Stargate Atlantis happen in canon situations where Halloween would likely be less celebrated. (Also: I'm Australian: Halloween is becoming more popular here, but it's not a patch on the megaholiday status in the US.)

letter: complete )

Please note: I would also be good with any prompts from previous exchanges that match the parameters of this exchange. You can find my signups/letters at dear+fic+writer+letters if you're so inclined.

Ultimately, if none of these prompts take your fancy, then don't worry. Simply write the characters and fandom we matched on, and it's all good!

not either or but close

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:26 am
tielan: (AVG - maria)
[personal profile] tielan
I prefer [community profile] femmeremix. Should have asked whether we were going to run it earlier in the year...

Tuesday Tidbits

Sep. 12th, 2017 01:30 pm
kirasha: (Second Life - Writing)
[personal profile] kirasha
In cleaning up old blog entries, I found one called 'Tuesday Tidbits' and I liked the sound of it. So, here are your tidbits for today.



  • First and foremost: we have heard from my cousins and they are all okay and all have power. Great load of worry lifted there.

  • Apparently, according to the LA Times, we had 40,000 lightning strikes in Southern California between Sunday and Monday. The Bay Are got hit with 1,100 yesterday. That's a lot of foxtrottin' lightning!

  • Just got my hands on the new Naked Heat palette from Urban Decay a week or so ago and still haven't had a morning when I've had time enough to actually WEAR make-up since. *huffs*

  • Speaking of Urban Decay, the Naked Smoky palettes are on for $27 right now. It's normally $54 and being retired soon. So, if you want it, get it soon.

  • Been trying to catch up on news this morning. A few things that caught my eye:

Trick or Treat letter

Sep. 12th, 2017 04:40 pm
sandrine: (Eye Candy)
[personal profile] sandrine
Dear author,

hi there, and thanks for offering my fandoms (or, depending on how it goes, potentially taking this on as a pinch hit)! ♥ I really do appreciate it!

Eye Candy )

The Firm )

Kingdom )

Pawns and Symbols - Majliss Larson )


Thank you in advance and have fun writing!

Yuletide and Trick or Treat

Sep. 12th, 2017 01:13 pm
tielan: (AVG - maria)
[personal profile] tielan
More for my own assistance, since I'm pretty sure nearly everyone already inclined to write is participating in these.

[community profile] yuletide_admin community, nominations (tagset is hidden until after noms), the spreadsheet so far of nominations, we have until Saturday!

[community profile] trickortreatex community, AO3 collection for signing up, tag set for sign-ups, which run until Monday.

Genex Recs

Sep. 11th, 2017 01:05 pm
tielan: (PacRim - Mako2)
[personal profile] tielan
The [community profile] genex stories don't seem to be doing too well on the hits-and-kudos front right now, so I thought I'd start at the backend and work my way up to the front, in reverse of the usual procedure.

But there are some good stories in there - beautifully written, well-characterised, enjoyable stories for canons which I know but don't usually participate in.

Conversation on a Summer Morning (1050 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Faramir & Gilraen
Characters: Faramir (Son of Denethor II), Gilraen (Tolkien)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

The morning after Aragorn's coronation, Faramir has a chance encounter with someone he did not expect.

My note: A sweet little encounter, speaking of families and honour and relationships and connections.


When the Wheels Come Off (1519 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Angst, Teen Angst, Missing Scene, Guilt
Summary:

Misusing the suit had consequences. Both Peter and Tony reflect on whether they were warranted.

My note: I'd actually call this 'fathers and sons'. Some good parallels, although I don't know if they were drawn in the movie or if the author made them independently.


Ensemble Piece (1378 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Clint Barton, Nick Fury
Additional Tags: SHIELD, Slice of Life, Early Days
Summary:

Early in her time with SHIELD, Natasha gets tonsillitis, and starts figuring out her place in SHIELD.

My note: Home is where they bring you blue bunnies and icecream.


We Could Go to Mexico (3281 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Scarlett O'Hara & Melanie Wilkes
Characters: Scarlett O'Hara, Melanie Wilkes
Additional Tags: Gen Work, Female Friendship, POV Female Character, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

Scarlett is carrying the load at Tara, but she isn’t alone.

My note: I haven't read Gone With The Wind in decades, but this fic captures the hardships and pain of both Scarlett and Melanie as they stay at Tara, trying to make life for themselves.
emeraldarrows: Doctor Who - Fifth Doctor cheering while playing cricket with text "one for team doctor!" (1)
[personal profile] emeraldarrows
I saw a recommendation on tumblr for Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller and checked it out.



Summary on the back: Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map - the key to a legendary treasure trove - seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

My thoughts: This book had a slow start, and at first glance Alosa had most of the characteristics I dislike in a YA protagonist - too young, far too talented for her age, a violent, unnaturally good fighter, and annoyingly sassy - but I enjoyed the setting so I kept on reading. And before long it captured my interest. Yes, Alosa is all of the things I thought she was, and she is full of herself, but she does improve, and get layers - a tragic childhood of abuse, and a revelation as to exactly why she's so talented and unnatural - that helped change my opinion of her, and even grudgingly admit she wasn't so bad by the end. Similarly Riden starts out as relatively unlikable, but quickly grew on me, with layers of his own to uncover, and some impressive moments of self-sacrifice and honor.

The writing isn't perfect - a bit cheesy and occasionally bland - but there is some witty humor and several moments had me giggling or emotional. The darker moments don't blend well with the overall story - the writer couldn't seem to decide if she wanted a light-hearted swashbuckler or a gritty tale of a very unique girl trying to navigate a man's world - and the brief instances of torture and blood seemed entirely out of place. The real strength of the book, to me, was it's delightful concept, putting a fresh spin on the interactions of pirates and sirens. I'm actually surprised that both don't have more of a presence in YA fiction, but I'm always pleased when they appear, especially with the creativity in this plot. It was also refreshing to see a dash of the darker side of pirate and siren life, even if unpleasant - dubious consent/treatment of both women and men by the opposite gender, and violence. I did have one major issue with the way the topics were handled: while the violence/unwanted behavior of the male pirates to Alosa (and hinted at regarding other women) is rightfully and strongly condemned, the rape/murder of male sailors by female sirens is strangely romanticized as merely the way they reproduce (and one character is praised within the narrative for not trying to fight them off), which made me very uncomfortable, despite the briefness of the scene. But hopefully it's something that will addressed better in the sequel.

Despite its occasional side-eye worthy moments and imperfections, Daughter of the Pirate King was a mostly entertaining, relatively fun read that, if nothing else, left me wishing for more YA pirate books. Particularly ones with sirens.

genex and auexchange

Sep. 11th, 2017 08:31 am
tielan: (AVG - maria)
[personal profile] tielan
Honestly, I'm a little shocked. I got two Maria Hill fics! TWO OF THEM.

*stares at them like they're cute little Mogwai that someone is about to feed after midnight*

My [community profile] genex gift:
A Little Thing You Better Not Forget (1896 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter & Maria Hill, Jane Foster & Maria Hill, Maria Hill & Pepper Potts
Characters: Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, Jane Foster (Marvel), Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Female Friendship, Marvel Ladies Getting Shit Done
Summary:

Four women, one cause, and in the end they might just save the world.



My note: The best thing about this fic? Is that the women aren't girly for the sake of being girly; they're in-character, female and feminine, while being practical, frank, and a little bit wry/sarcastic. (The end exchange between Maria and Jane, where Jane modifies her answer? I love that. Because Jane so would! And I want the rest of that story where we see just what Maria and Jane went looking for...)

--

My [community profile] auexchange gift:
The Heroes We Need (1159 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Pepper Potts, Skye | Daisy Johnson, Melinda May
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe — All Female Avengers, Alternate Universe - Post-Canon, BAMF Maria Hill
Summary:

“The world needs its heroes," Fury had said, and Maria got to work.



My note: Frankly, I would give the right testicle of every man I know for this continuation of the MCU.

--

As per usual, I want MOAR FIC in these narratives... (Fic that I don't have to write myself, mind you.)

Off-hand, if anyone is inclined to Remix Madness, I've signed up here with anything and everything that isn't a remix of something else (it's always marked with 'remix' in the title).

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