Yuletide!

Jan. 2nd, 2013 06:51 pm
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RIGHT I SHOULD POST ABOUT YULETIDE instead of continuing ever farther on my fall into Les Miserables. Being easily distractible is sometimes fun and sometimes problematic....

Anyways! I wrote one fic for yuletide, and that fic was for Sarah Rees' Brennan's excellent short story Queen of Atlantis:

One Cannot Ask Loneliness (1098 words) by sophia_sol
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Queen of Atlantis - Sarah Rees Brennan
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Genia/her husband
Characters: Genia
Summary:

The night before Genia's first sacrifice it rains.



It was fun! If by fun I mean full of me tearing at my hair! This wasn't the story I intended to write -- the story I intended to write was far more epic in scope -- but I'm quite pleased with how this turned out nonetheless: a small and quiet story about who Genia is and why she made the choices she did.

I also received two fics, both for A Girl of the Limberlost, both about Edith, and VERY VERY different from each other!

My main gift was the following, a lovely sweet story that does just what I asked for and gives many warm fuzzies! Thank you, Whetherwoman!

Home Is Where the Hart Is (1090 words) by whetherwoman
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton-Porter
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edith Carr/Hart Henderson
Summary:

Edith has changed. Has Edith's relationship with Hart changed?



My other gift was from [personal profile] justice_turtle, who knows me well enough to know that I REALLY DO MEAN IT when I say I'm open to being convinced of other viewpoints -- so he wrote the following as a treat for me, a fic which is pretty much the exact opposite of what I had thought I wanted. HEY GUESS WHAT, turns out JT is really damn convincing and this story is actually ALL OF THE AMAZING AALSDSHFLKDJHFLKSDFJ

A Girl of the Social Round (1246 words) by Justice_Turtle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton-Porter
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edith Carr/Hart Henderson, Edith Carr/Philip Ammon
Characters: Edith Carr, Philip Ammon, Hart Henderson
Summary:

PHILIP AMMON IS A DICK *koff* I mean: An apologia for Edith Carr.



In conclusion: yuletide once again was EXCELLENT. I LOVE YULETIDE SO MUCH. And I mean, there is SO MUCH wonderful fic written for SO MANY glorious tiny fandoms, and it kind of feels like the entire thing is a gift -- one I am very thankful for. I'm not yet done going through all the yuletide fic I'm interested in, alas, and we'll see how far I get THIS year before I get distracted. (It'd be a first if I actually managed to get to all the fic I intend to this year!)
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How long's it been since a Things post from me?

Thing one! YULETIDE! No bears right now, because I HAVE A DRAFT DONE, MUAHAHAHAHAHA, and I actually mostly like it! Still needs betaing and editing and stuff but COMPLETED DRAFT WOOHOO! Also, on the other side of Yuletide, I saw my name come through the pinch-hit list yesterday. It rather amused me. My yuletide requests definitely tend towards the obscure; I certainly understand my assigned author's decision to default! (assigned author, if you're reading this: whoever you are, <33333 I love you anyways, take care of yourself!)

Thing two! so I was wandering the Ben Whishaw tag on tumblr at lunch today (...as one does. UGH WTF SELF, why am I so captivated by the dude? It's not even like -- I don't do celebrity crushes, okay? I actually don't particularly want to know anything about him the actual dude, because that feels invasive. I just want to, like, look at lots of wtf art photos of him and enjoy how good he is at acting and so forth) ANYWAYS like half the Ben Whishaw tag was people wailing about the season finale of The Hour. I WISH I WERE THE KIND OF PERSON WHO IS GOOD AT WATCHING TV, because I want to watch that show A LOT.

Thing three! Went to my first ever staff christmas party last night! Which, given the size of my place of employment, was really a staff christmas intimate gathering. Let me state for the record that forced social events where I have to chat companionably with people who are my bosses and also where I don't really know anybody that well and also where I am the only person of my generation? NOT FUN. Harder work than work itself, in fact. SOCIALLY AWKWARD R US here at chez Sophia, and trying to act otherwise is STRESSFUL. At least the food was good, though there wasn't enough (CURSE MY HIGH METABOLISM). Also the wine was actually legit delicious, which is something I never thought I'd say about any wine ever. Too bad it was a house wine, which makes it hard to just go into an LCBO and buy any of it myself.

Thing three addendum! I had to think way too hard about putting that "an in front of "LCBO"! This is because most people pronounce it as an initialism, by saying each letter, but my university friends all pronounced it "lickbo", which as a word beginning with a consonant does not get "an". I still have to work to not say "lickbo" in front of other people because it just results in confused faces..... (I suppose I should say, for all you non-Ontarians: LCBO is the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and the only place besides The Beer Store and licensed restaurants that you can buy alcohol. In case you were wondering.)

Thing four! my post title is a lie!

Thing five! I HAVE A CLEAN MOTHERFUCKING KITCHEN AND DESERVE ALL THE APPLAUSE.
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Last weekend I watched some hockey this weekend with my cousin, since I was visiting him and his family, and he's a fan of hockey. And I thought to myself, okay, I can be open-minded. I learned to like music I thought I'd never like. Maybe I can learn to like sports too! And at first I was like, I can see how this is nice. I could see myself learning to appreciate it to some extent.

And then the fighting started.

And I was like, OH RIGHT, THIS IS WHY I HATE THIS SPORT.

Seriously. Sidney Crosby, he of the awful concussion that had him out of commission for a ridiculously long period of time, got into a fight with some other dude who's ALSO been out recently with concussion -- quite a serious fight! And the crowd was cheering, and their teammates were banging their sticks on the sideboard in what my cousin tells me is respect/support, and I'm just like, SERIOUSLY THOSE DUDES CAN DO REALLY AWFUL LONG-TERM INJURY TO EACH OTHER, THAT IS NOT COOL. EPIC SADFACES FOREVER.

And some of the other stuff my cousin was telling me about fights, I was just cringing, because WHY. WHY DO THEY CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THIS SHIT?

Also, apparently European hockey plays on a differently-sized rink, a bigger one? And that makes a difference in styles of play, and makes for a game involving less physical contact, compared to North American hockey. And in international hockey apparently fights are cracked down on a lot harder, so fighting doesn't happen nearly so much. So it seems it is POSSIBLE to do hockey without the gratuitous violence! It is possible to have hockey that is about actually PLAYING THE GAME instead of pausing for regular bouts of free-form fighting, interspersed with lots of casual violent contact even between the fights! WHY CAN'T THAT BE THE KIND OF HOCKEY THAT PEOPLE CARE ABOUT?

Oh right, because people actually like the fights. :((((

*sigh*
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I am clearly a very bad match for hockey fandom, because everyone's all gung-ho about hockey the SPORT as well as writing fic about hockey players, and me? I couldn't care less. Okay I care about whether Canada wins gold in olympic hockey every four years but that is literally the only hockey I care about even a little, and I don't even care enough to actually watch the games. It is like back when I got into bandom and didn't care about the music! I SOON LEARNED OTHERWISE THERE, but that? is not a thing that will happen for me in hockey.

Besides, I can tell my hockey rpf infatuation is going to fizzle out soon, because already I am getting tired of learning about more and more new people I've never heard of. Plus the way that all the fics are about people who are SUPER INTO SPORTS gets kind of frustrating. So. I will still read the occasional fic! (like. I think I heard there's an upcoming epic-length Tazer/Kaner arranged marriage type thing? I WILL BE ALL OVER THAT.) But I am heading towards done with the bingeing.

(It is like what happened to me recently with Suits! I don't think I ever mentioned it? I was SUPER INTO Suits for a few days, but now I only read fic every now and then. Although the reason is somewhat different! With Suits I am creeped out by the dynamics in a lot of the fic. Because ABUSE OF POWER in that relationship, holy god. It is even worse than most boss/employee relationships and that is SAYING SOMETHING. I just find unequal power dynamics really skeevy unless they are very definitely consensual. I really do love reading about CONSENSUAL power dynamics! But when the one person has THAT MUCH POWER over everything about the other person's life, and the second person has no real choice about that fact? NO THANK YOU.)

(I was trying to explain once why I really like slavefic, and I was all, IT IS SO GREAT WHEN THEY ARE FINALLY EQUALS AT THE END ♥__♥, and the person I was talking to was like, "you do know that's not why most people read slavefic, right???")

(But it's just so awesome! Like the one where it's a space AU and Bill is a virgin sex-slave Gabe rescues, and Gabe knows better than to have sex with newly-rescued sex slaves, no matter how tempting they are and even if they ask for it! And I'm like YES THANK YOU OMGGGGGG.)
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It is weird! I am on a hockey rpf kick right now for unknowable reasons (no, no, I definitely know: because [personal profile] thefourthvine's recs reminded me of its existence, and because hockey rpf is FULL of people who don't know how to talk about their feelings (...or even recognize their feelings) and do a hell of a lot of failboat pining. It is good times!) and yet even as I eagerly read and fall in love with awesome hockey fic I occasionally think sadly to myself, "it is too bad this fic isn't a bandom fic," or "needs moar Pete Wentz," or whatever.

Bandom, you guys! I just KEEP ON LOVING IT, even in the face of extremely attractive alternate fandoms! It is kind of bewildering to me. Bandom I wanna be your forever girl! Bandom don't ever leave me! But I won't treat you right, bandom, I'm gonna cruelly abandon you someday; you deserve better than me. But ILU bandom! You believe me, don't you?

(the weirdest thing about hockey fandom: the way everyone in it clearly has to work really hard to make sense of how Jonathan Toews' last name is pronounced. Me? It's a traditional Mennonite last name. I have met plenty of people with that name, and have always known how it's pronounced, so the idea of it being a weird last name is just so foreign to my personal experience)

(gotta admit, the one fic that made an offhand reference to the Mennonite work-ethic made me grin SO HARD. Because yes, it is a thing, and it is a thing that Tazer's clearly a product of! A fic author who knows whereof they speak with respect to Mennonites, and acknowledges it as part of Tazer's background!)
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DAY NINE: "create a fanwork."

This is a podfic that I've been meaning to make for a while, and this challenge was the impetus to finally get me off my butt to make the damn thing. I had a whole pile of fun making it; I hope you have fun listening to it too! (and even if you don't care for podfic you should still go read the original story because it is hysterical.)

If you're unfamiliar with the fandom, Ghost Soup is a hypothetical fandom [personal profile] liviapenn created once for the purpose of illustrating her points in a piece of meta about yuletide. Of course, fandom being what it is and yuletide being what it is, [archiveofourown.org profile] franzeska then went and wrote this glorious piece of fic for [personal profile] liviapenn and recruited people to engage in a mock-flamewar in the comment section. It is EPIC.

Fic: Working Title, by [archiveofourown.org profile] franzeska
Fandom: Ghost Soup Infidel Blue (reboot)
Characters and relationships: Luke/Angela's clone, Luke/Angela, Moira/Angela, Moira/Angela/Angela's Clone
Content notes: some explicit sex
Length: 16:42
Summary: "Luke makes out with Angela's clone and Angela gets mad and seduces Moira just to make Luke mad, and then Ryan and Luke duel to the death with their lightsabers and it ends up in an Angela/Angela's clone/Moira threesome. And Ryan feels really bad and flies off to Mars forever."

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Okay, I was having a conversation just the other day about the issues inherent with people fanning Michael Fassbender and declining to discuss the problems with that, given his history of domestic violence. And. AND. AND. Look what I found today!

When Fics Take on a Life of Their Own, by [archiveofourown.org profile] storiesfortravellers
"A fanfic writer and Feminist Ryan Gosling discuss celebrity culture, gender and theory, and the political perils of Fassavoy fic."

I CANNOT EVEN. How perfect is that? And it is handled beautifully and complexly and is just everything one could ever want out of a fic like this. I have no words.
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Things what I have done today:

One: YAY YULETIDE FICS. My utterly amazing author wrote me TWO utterly amazing fics about Sir Richard Francis Burton and made me ALL OF THE HAPPY with their utter amazingness. YOU GUYS. (TEI ESPECIALLY.) You know how I'm always saying how much I wish that a Richard Burton RPF fandom existed? In these two fics, my author has created EXACTLY THE FANDOM I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. There is Personal Narrative, which is about actual canonical events in actual canonical Richard Burton's life, and is AMAZING, and there is Chai! or, the Unhappy Cafe, which is a barista AU (!!!), and is ALSO AMAZING. I highly recommend that you read them, even if your only familiarity with Richard Burton is that he's that victorian dude I keep on incomprehensively going on about! Because THESE FICS ARE GREAT is what I'm saying!

The two fics are very different from each other in tone and theme and time and setting and all that, but both are PERFECT. Personal Narrative is about how Richard Burton is all....Richard Burtony: ridiculously intelligent but incapable of being obedient, prudent, sensible, focused, polite, ET CETERA. Chai! is about a different aspect of Richard Burton being all Richard Burtony: extraordinarily offensive and racist and hateful and full of many appalling opinions about many things, and yet still somehow charming and captivating and -- yes, ridiculously competent at many things. (And also, of course, about how he fits remarkably well into a barista AU. His resume is a thing of beauty. :D)

Plus my author clearly knows more about Burton than I do! (heh, that's what comes of only reading about him in the context of the Nights, and then browsing his wikipedia article) And it is GREAT, because it means the fics are bristling with details that are clearly drawn from actual history and it makes it all feel so real, like Burton exists as a part of a WORLD. The fics are not about Burton in a vacuum!

So BASICALLY these fics are about how Richard Burton is ALL OF THE FASCINATING, and a very intriguing and complicated man, and in conclusion my yuletide is the awesomest of yuletides. THE END.

(actually not the end. The other awesome thing about yuletide! My recipient really likes the fic I wrote and said many complimentary things about it! My yuletide REALLY IS the awesomest of yuletides!)

(also I was telling my sister Mara all about the wonderful amazing fics I got for yuletide, and she asked who Richard Burton was, so I started explaining, and she interrupted me to say she owns a really excellent book about Isabel Arundell, who's his wife! BRB READING FOREVER as soon as we get home again where I can borrow it!)


Two: Watched the Doctor Who christmas special! GOSH I NEED TO GO BACK AND FINISH SEASON SIX. Because ~♥~DOCTOR WHO~♥~


Three: Spent lots and lots of time with family. I am so very grateful that I like my family a whole lot as well as loving them. Not everybody has that privilege. My parents and my sister are people who I genuinely get along with really well, who I actually love spending time with, and I just -- FEELINGS. Yes. I feel so fortunate.

(my extended family I am pretty fond of too! But they are very different from me and I do not get them on a number of levels. But there is never drama between us -- on this side of the family, at least -- and spending christmas with them is something I can genuinely enjoy, though I am also always happy to go home again afterward. Again: I feel very fortunate.)



Next up in my life: lots more family stuff! But I have taken a quick peek at my flist/rlist and I WANT TO READ OTHER PEOPLE'S YULETIDE FICS TOOOOOOOOOO and I do not have the time! I am stealing the time right now to write this post after everyone's gone to bed, as my only real opportunity. Dear self: going to bed now instead of staying up EVEN LATER to read yuletide fic would be a sensible idea. Please go be sensible. Okay? Okay.
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Thing One: Why is "Ray" such a popular name among things that people get fannish over? It's not a particularly common name in real life -- at least, I've never personally met anyone named Ray -- and yet I count at least four fandoms with Rays, for a total of five Rays. Probably there are more, too, that I just haven't run across yet....

(Due South: Ray Vecchio and Ray Kowalski
Bandom: Ray Toro
Generation Kill: Ray Person
Pros: Ray Doyle
Other fandoms: ????)


Thing Two: ...so I now have a new winner in kudos out of fics I have written. The Swoodilypooper fic finally beat out the Inception fic. DUDE. The Inception fic? Is of a reasonable length, fits relatively well with fandom's usual interests, and is, I believe, one of my better-written fics. The Swoodilypoopers fic? I dashed it off in, like, half an hour. But now it has more kudos, and a FAR better hits-to-kudos ratio. A testament to the powers of nerdfighteria? A testament to the degree that John Green himself is invested in the marriage of Bald John Green and Other John Green? Both? :D


Thing Three: You know what is always weird? When there is a song you sang in choir ages ago and you've never heard it outside of choir so the only part you're really familiar with is your part. So when you hear the melody on its own years later you think to yourself, "The tune is ALL WRONG." Because CLEARLY the tenor part is the tune, amirite? *headdesk*

(Yes, I am a lady and I sing tenor, SO THERE.)

(well actually sometimes I'm alto and sometimes I'm tenor, because tenor goes just a little too low for me to sing comfortably, and alto goes just a little too high. My voice does not map onto the traditional parts-divisions. It is kind of annoying. I just wanna sing in choirs!)

(all else aside though, I am glad I do not sing soprano, because hearing how harmonies fit in is just really cool and I get to do much more of that as a non-soprano because sopranos almost always get the melodies. Harmonizing is exciting!)

(now I'm trying to think of what song it was that PROMPTED me to think of this all, and I cannot remember it for the life of me. All I can remember is that the tune did something complicated across the first page-turn and we spent AGES hashing it out.)
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Because [personal profile] calvinahobbes expressed some slightly worried interest in maybe reading more bandom as a result of my recent bandom barista AU, here is a post of bandom barista AUs!

Actually I think I will start with bandom barista AUs and then move on to barista AUs in general because barista AUs are awesome and you know it.

(oh god. Somehow this turned into a post with SIXTEEN fics in it, which is RIDICULOUS. I don't even want to think about how much time it took me to compile this, especially since I kept getting distracted to reread. OH WELL. ENJOY.)

(a note: I'm not always good at balancing my squee levels between different recs in a rec post. Assume that if I posted a link to a fic in here, it is great and I liked it a whole lot, even if I don't actually say anything to that effect in the rec itself....)

Bandom barista AUs! Featuring Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance, The Academy Is..., and Cobra Starship! But mostly Panic, tbh )

AND NOW non-bandom time, for those of you who are sick of hearing me natter on about bandom but still want your barista-AU fix!

Featuring Star Trek, Social Network RPF, Supernatural RPF, Inception, and Dresden Files! )
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(Okay I think I will call this post complete. I'll try not to poke at it anymore, at any rate! PS, dear author, just because I rambled at far greater length about my first request doesn't mean I wouldn't be equally thrilled by the others. Seriously, whenever I even try to think about which of these I would like the most, my brain goes DOES NOT COMPUTE, because I am desperately in love with the idea of getting fic for any of these things. :D)

Dear Yuletide Writer,

I am so thrilled and happy and excited to know that you are going to be writing me a shiny fic in one of my fandoms! I already know you have excellent taste, since you offered to write one of these fandoms, so have no fear that I will adore whatever it is you write for me.

Also, feel free to stalk the rest of my DW or LJ for further details about me if you feel so inclined; none of it is locked! But also feel free to not do that, or to not even read this post if you don't want to; I totally understand that different people have different approaches to this kind of thing!

But if you DO want to see me rambling happily (and hopefully usefully) about myself and my fandoms, read on! :D

yay yuletide! )

And that is all, O Wondrous Author! I look forward with great anticipation to see what you will come up with for me! I hope you have fun with this.

With much love,
Sophia
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I think this year I need to write a pimp post for the things I am going to be requesting for Yuletide. Because none of them have any fannish activity to speak of. I have no experience writing pimp posts, so we'll see how this goes!


Fandom One: Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream, by James Alan Gardner )


Fandom Two: Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe )


Fandom Three: Sir Richard Francis Burton RPF )
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Oh my god what is this even. So John Green (aka author of such YA works as Looking For Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines) is also part of a vlogging duo with his brother Hank. And on Hank's Hankgames channel, John Green has been posting videos of him playing some FIFA video game while telling stories about his life among other things, and the characters in his FIFA team have developed more and more personality and backstory as time goes on. And in a recent video it was revealed that two of the players, Bald John Green and Other John Green, have been married for two years and have finally decided to come out. Clearly fanfic needed to exist. Especially since John Green had said in an earlier video that slash fic for them totally already existed, but no matter how hard I googled I could not find it. OKAY. I FIXED THAT.

Title: Worth It
Fandom: Swindon Town Swoodilypoopers
Pairing: Bald John Green/Other John Green
Length: ~600 words
Content Notes: non-graphic discussion of leg injury
Summary: Now John visits his husband every day at the hospital, talks to him, kisses him, holds his hand, and worries.

Read it on AO3

Read it here )
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Thing One:I had this really great dream last night about discovering an amazing tv show with an awesome woman as the main character. I discovered it via reading someone's squee post about it, and was reading down the excited explanations of all that was awesome about her, and then I got to the line, "And best of all, she's ace," and I went ALKDHFSLKDHJLD and then my alarm went off. I was pretty upset at my alarm, let me tell you! And also pretty upset at the world that this tv show with an asexual woman as the main character doesn't exist. I WANT THIS TV SHOW.

Thing Two: Have seen more Buffy. SPOILERS )

Thing Three: An enjoyable yet unproductive use of an evening: to sit around and listen to two comic nerds nerd out over comics. I know bits and pieces through having known [personal profile] sentientcitizen for nearing on a decade, but the sheer volume of canon that got referenced in that conversation was incredible. And every other thing made me burst out into laughter because, oh, comics. They are so cracky. I love them so much.

(you get exchanges like, "is she dead right now?" "No, she's stuck inside a bullet in space." Which. OH COMICS.)

I think if I were an actual reader of comics, a lot of things about them would frustrate me. But hearing about them from an outside source? So much fun!
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I have a thing about William Carlos Williams. That is to say, I have an issue with him and his poems. So much so that I, um, have one of them memorized. In my defense it's really short and I didn't mean to? *headdesk*

So yeah.

"So much depends upon the red wheelbarrow glazed with rainwater beside the white chickens." Whatever, William Squared.

As a result I have been working on a collection of fannish poetry that has been written as a pastiche of or reaction to him, usually of the one about the plums. They are AWESOME. And here they are, as recs. If you know of any others, PLEASE do share! They make me strangely joyful, despite my antipathy towards William Carlos Williams himself.


This Is Just To Say, by [personal profile] toft. A Mythbusters version!
(ETA: And in the comments of the LJ version of Toft's, as a sort of sequel, a Mythbusters version of the wheelbarrow poem too, by [livejournal.com profile] shimere277!)

FORGIVE ME, WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS, by [livejournal.com profile] asimaiyat. A series of White Collar versions, that together form a fic!

An experiment in translation, by [livejournal.com profile] skalja. A lolcat translation!

With All Apologies To William Carlos Williams, by [archiveofourown.org profile] lannamichaels. A fandom version! Of both the plum poem and the wheelbarrow poem!
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Thing One: I really need to not read Kane/Toews hockey rpf. Because, dude, Toews is a totally mennonite name. And I know people named Toews. It is WEIRD seeing that name in fanfiction. But -- I was seduced by a soulbonding fic, okay? It is not my fault!

(yes, I know, soulbonding. I REALLY LIKE THE CLICHES, OKAY. I AM NOT ASHAMED.)


Thing Two: I really ought to write up a post on What Being Mennonite Means To Me. Since it does keep on cropping up here occasionally.


Thing Three: You know what I really like? Fic about HUGS and ADORABLENESS. I have recently decided that hugs are something that I need to be tagging for on Delicious, so now I have started doing it, but now that I've started I want ALL THE HUG!FIC. Which means: recs pls? Any fandom! Any characters! As long as it involves hugs and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Actually I'm not picky; fic about any physical affection that is not sex and not sexual would be really awesome, ngl. So. Help a girl out?

(I will start!

Citizens of Amity, a Community fic rated H for hugs, by [personal profile] thingswithwings
How Steve got his hug and kept it, a Hawaii Five-0 fic about Steve needing a hug, by [archiveofourown.org profile] sirona
Hug, a Hawaii Five-0 fic about Danny wanting a hug, by [archiveofourown.org profile] somehowunbroken

Your turn!)


Thing Four: I am a terrible person. I had this idea for a vid that would be hilarious and slightly horrifying and probably also blasphemous. You know the movie O Brother Where Art Thou? And you know the bit where the two little girls sing the song "In the Highways" and it's really kind of an obnoxious song but you feel bad for thinking so because they're kids? I kind of want a vid about Voldemort and the Death Eaters to that song.

"In the highways in the hedges, in the highways in the hedges
In the highways in my hedges I'll be somewhere working for my Lord

I'll be somewhere working, I'll be somewhere working
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord
I'll be somewhere working, I'll be somewhere working
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord

When he calls me I will answer, when he calls me I will answer
When he calls me I will answer I'll be somewhere working for my Lord

I'll be somewhere working..."

I just had to share this thought with you, because I'm certainly never going to vid it, but I figured I shouldn't be the only person with this image in mind. (I totally would have linked you to a youtube video of the little girls singing that song, but it DOESN'T EXIST on youtube, unless you want to hear them singing it as adults and it just doesn't have that same obnoxious quality then. So you should just go watch the movie. Because it is great.)
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Thing One: Dear Jim Butcher: Please to stop having characters use the phrase "let me get this straight" and variations thereof. It is a super-obvious and super-annoying way of outlining the meaning of a conversation that two characters just had, and it never actually says anything that the reader wouldn't have been able to pick up from paying attention to said conversation. SO STOP IT. THANK YOU. That is all.

Thing Two: Wait, I haven't already posted about the trailer for the upcoming fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie? I have distinct memories of writing such a post! But it's not in my journal archive and it's not in my "to post" doc so apparently not? Anyways, it looks good fun and I'm very much looking forward to it. Captain Jack Sparrow being his usual inimitable self? Yes please! I'll be happy to watch it for that if nothing else. And I have high tolerance for the ridiculous, which this film is sure to have much of, so that's okay. And if the movie just happens to be, you know, good, that'll just be a bonus!

Thing Three: Apparently the Old Spice commercials are a big enough thing that they have a TRAILER for an upcoming series of commercials? And they're an awesome enough thing that this trailer makes me EXCITED FOR A SERIES OF COMMERCIALS? What. This is craziness!

Thing Four: I look at my master list of fic and podfic, and I just have to laugh and laugh and laugh, because -- LOOK AT HOW MANY FANDOMS ARE REPRESENTED. It's a rather ridiculous ridiculous ratio of fandoms to fanworks. 27 fanworks, 14 fandoms. That's an average of approximately two fanworks per fandom! It makes for a very odd-looking master list, I tell you what.

Thing Five: So you know I'm fannish magpie to a totally ridiculous level, right? Right. And I go into fandoms, and I devour as much fic as I possibly can, and then I get abruptly distracted by something else shiny. But the thing is, my fic-devouring process is so wide-ranging that when I've been distracted from the fandom for a while I will start to believe that I have in fact read All The Fic. And then I come across references to Really Good Fics in that fandom and I assume I've read them, because -- the name sounds familiar! So of course I've read it! Except then I will realize that in fact I merely bookmarked the fic to read later -- or perhaps have never even run across the fic before -- and never actually read it. And then I feel all discombobulated. (this is especially the case when there are some Really Good Authors in a particular fandom, so OF COURSE I will have read all the fic they ever wrote. Only -- sometimes I haven't. WEIRD.)

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