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19 February 2016 @ 09:32 am
After seeing the films, I realised that there was as much chance of getting Gen in this fandom as there was in Merlin. It's there, but it's seriously difficult to find, and Sturgeon's Law means there's very little to go on. Instead, as in Merlin, I've been skimming everything, looking for stories that focus on character and plot rather than romance. And there's not a bad number of these.

Also, while I came to X-men in the first place because of Gambit, I am definitely staying because of Charles. A main character who's British and a telepath? Be still my heart. Although at some point, I will write a long ranty post about how higher education in Oxford doesn't work like that. A good amount of handwavium is required to get me through those parts of the film.

Anyway, while I've read more than this, and have more bookmarked at AO3, these are the fics that have stayed with me:

So much to read, so little time...Collapse )
12 August 2014 @ 10:12 am
My brain has been like a faulty radio over the last few weeks - when it's on, it's a nice clear signal and I know what's going on, but I've had too many days when all I'm getting is static.

So I completely forgot to post about the Marvel POC exchange - reveals went up at the weekend and the masterlist is here

I got podfic! Susan_voight recorded two lovely Trip fics for me:

Rally point by michelleSorta and The synthesis of Agent Antoine Triplett by qwanderer. Both are great readings of lovely fics <3

After going round in circles for a while, I settled on writing something about Sam meeting Heimdall in Asgard. In my head, it was something fairly light and fluffy, but as it unfolded, it turned out to be a little more sinister than expected. It takes me a few years to get perspective on my stories,* but I've been immensely grateful for some lovely comments that suggest I hit on something interesting. And more than that, there have been comments! I love the Kudos system in AO3, and the notification emails cheer my day immensely, but there's something about a well thought-out comment that is just...warming. Okay, I'm fragile at the moment anyway, but I hadn't realised how much I used to appreciate really talking and thinking about writing.

Enough wallowing, have fic!

Words Unsaid (5968 words) by Jadesfire
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thor (Movies), Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Heimdall (Marvel), Hogun (Marvel), Sif (Marvel), Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Steve & Sam Friendship, something rotten in the state of asgard, Tag to The Dark World, Tag to The Winter Soldier, Everyone talks to Sam, Whether he wants them to or not

Sam's mother always said he had one of those faces, where people would look at him and start blurting out their innermost secrets. It's always been a bit of a blessing and curse until Sam takes a trip to Asgard, at which point it mostly gets kind of weird. Just what exactly are these people trying to tell him?

Incidentally, the thing about having 'one of those faces'? Totally based on personal experience. My mother has it even worse. I thought she was exaggerating, until I went to the supermarket with her late one night. She said 'hello' and 'it's a late working night for you' to the cashier, at which point the poor girl burst into tears and told my mother how she didn't mind working because her boyfriend was being horrible to her and she was thinking of leaving him.

This was not an isolated incident, and worse, I'm starting to inherit the 'please, tell me your life story' gene. Maybe I should consider plastic surgery...

*There's an odd, egotistical kick to reading old fic and comments. But it did make me realise wow, I really do like to really just write two things over and over - character studies and fight scenes. And apparently I would rather hit characters with big sticks than have them talk about their feelings**. Oddly enough, I'm okay with that.

**Which is possibly why I enjoy Supernatural so much.
07 August 2014 @ 05:03 pm
I can't get any work done at the moment because I'm up and down to the printer every 2 minutes (long story) so here, have some happy!fic recs. They're mostly podfic, because I don't have the concentration span for reading at the moment.


Infrangible Road
Written by Dayspring, Podfic by Greeniron
infrangible \in-FRAN-juh-bul\ adjective -- not capable of being broken. Although the scenery changes, the path winds onward and detours always lead back to the main road. A Supernatural AU in which John raises his sons in Lawrence.
Okay, where to start? I'm pretty sure this fic is not everyone's cup of tea. It's very much a novella, and the pacing and structure read that way - it's not all action, action, action, and in many ways is a family drama without the usual pangs and angst that come with a Supernatural fic. But for all that, I found myself really, really enjoying it. I found the directions for both Sam and Dean believable, and liked how the author wove parallels into their AU lives from canon.

But more than anything, I LOVED the Podfic. Greeniron not only reads with spot-on tone, I think I would nominate this for 'best use of music in a podfic', without hesitation. Podfic is, of course, fic read aloud. But the way the music and words are woven together in this creates something that only podfic can do, and makes it more than just the words of the story. It's great stuff, and I really recommend it.

Rising Tide
Written by reapertownusa, read by applegeuse
While their dad is away on a hunt, the boys stay in an ocean side town and enjoy some fun in the sun until Dean stumbles onto a hunt of his own and is unable to get a hold of his father.
This was a Pod_Together work, so the story was written with the podficcer in mind. Even if it wasn't a great podfic, I would love this story. The Dean-POV is great, and every time I thought the story was going to fall into cliche, it wrong-footed me again, which I loved. It's bitter-sweet, unsentimental and heart-warming.

Five times Dean tied Sammy's shoes
Written by bythedamned, Podfic read by Colls
Just what it says on the tin, five times throughout Sam's life Dean ended up tying his shoes. A mix of angst, humor and h/c.
I can't top the summary - really does do what it says on the tin.

8 early drafts of Sam Winchester's college application essay and the one he sent to Stanford (the sweet little blonde jam)
Written by nwhepcat, Podfic read by Nickelmountain and nwhepcat
Sam thinks no one knows what he's scrawling in his wire-bound notebook at odd times during the days and nights. He would be wrong.
More than anything, I liked the tone of this, and the reality of it. Sam having to wrestle with just how difficult getting into college is going to be for him, and Dean having to do that right alongside him. I love this sort of fic anyway, but something about the structure of this really worked for me.

Written by Bellatemple, Podfic read by Colls
John takes care of Dean and Sam. Dean takes care of Sam and John. All Sam wants is something that he gets to take care of. A Winchester history, as told through pets.
I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of John Winchester normally, but his voice worked in this story for me. The episodes themselves aren't exactly happy-making, but they are sweet, and I liked how the author kept the balance between 'John is ruining his children's lives' and 'John is trying to be a good father'. I surprised myself with how much I liked it.

The Avengers

Our bruises are coming but we will never fold
Written by Liveonthesun, Podfic by exmanhater
Peggy is twenty-eight years old, hasn't found her first wrinkle or gray hair, feels infinite and unbreakable.

"This is going to hurt," Howard says. "And I'm going to remind you one more time that god knows what this black market shit might end up doing to you and ask you one last time if you've changed your mind."

In which Peggy has the serum, and everything is different, and she is just the same. Peggy's POV in this is wonderful, wistful and hard-edged all at once. She is awesome, and this fic lets her show it.

#girlavenger or How Natasha trended on Twitter and saved the world
Written by EmmyPenny, Art http://archiveofourown.org/works/940424 by Inkvoices, Podfic by reena_jenkins and sisi_rambles
Natasha becomes an internet phenomenon. It's nothing that she was ever trained for.
I love how this fic takes the idea that The Avengers are superheroes in 'the real world', and pushes it to see what happens. The results are clever, fun and left me with a huge grin on my face.

There is not enough Sharon Carter fic out there. After ploughing through the tag on AO3, I only found 2 that were really what I was looking for. The first is a more hard-edged one, I think, looking at what it must have been like, watching over Steve from the next apartment. The second is a character study, roaming through Sharon's life, and focusing more on her relationship with Peggy.

Men do not live only by fighting evils by acaramelmacchiato
Agent 13's first year with SHIELD involves a lot of laundry and lying.

Depends on where you're standing by dirgewithoutmusic
Sharon Carter expected to pull a gun in the line of duty. She didn’t expect to pull it here. SHIELD was her holy ground.
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13 June 2014 @ 03:10 pm
There are days when my job is basically sitting alone at my desk with my computer. Those are not good days.

Then there are days when I get 4 boxes of books for the second day in a row and kind of run out of room to store them all so they just get lined up along the windowsil.

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That's a better day (even if I did have to take the picture with my ipad because I left my phone at home.)
04 June 2014 @ 04:51 pm
A Linguist on the story of gendered pronouns

Including: Why It's Okay To Use 'They' for one person.

My linguistics is nowhere near good enough to critique this article (and there's good stuff in the comments that expands on it, thereby breaking the First Law of the Internet), but it makes really, really interesting reading, even if you only understand every other paragraph.
03 June 2014 @ 02:58 pm
Good lord, I wrote something. I mean, an actual something. With a beginning, a middle and an end. Which is good, because I just got my Star Spangled fic exchange assignment, and need to get back in the habit of, you know, writing.

We won't talk about the fact that this story hit me like a tonne of bricks (or a collapsing building: see story for reference) and kept me up half the night so that I feel like death warmed over today and just want to crawl under my desk and sleep.

Let's concentrate on the fact that I actually wrote something. Thank you, [personal profile] sholio for the perfect prompt <3 I feel like my brain just started working again for the first time in forever. The thing is, the prompt was about Natasha dealing with her fear of Hulk, which is one of the things that really, really stayed with me from the movie. So writing this came very naturally :)

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Link: Falling, with style
07 April 2014 @ 04:29 pm
Dear Internet,

I have a problem.

On Saturday, I need a film to show to a group of people with wildly differing tastes. As two of these people are my parents-in-law, I need something with no graphic sex. As one of these people is my husband, I need something with a happy ending (he won't watch anything else). As one of these people is his aunt, I need something with (more or less) no swearing or anything beyond 'cartoon' violence.

To put it a bit more in context, they like things like Toy Story, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and similar gentle, happy stories. It needs to be not too long, as we have a busy day before, and while it needs to be 'family friendly', it doesn't need to be for kids, as there won't be any present! I've come up with 4 that I think could work, which give you a flavour of the sort of thing I mean.

As you can imagine, choosing is proving challenging. Therefore, I give you a poll!

All assistance gratefully received.


PS If you don't know it, Jinni is a very cool site for film and tv recs, which I can see myself wasting far too much time on in the future!
15 January 2014 @ 04:27 pm
The thing is, I can't actually think of a good reason why someone shouldn't leave 2 punnets of mangoes in the lobby of the library.

But I'm almost dying of curiosity to know why anyone would want to.
06 January 2014 @ 12:53 pm
Tell me, oh wise and wonderful flist, do you like your computer?

I'm asking because ours went kaput last week, and to our considerable surprise, Amazon have agreed to give us our money back. The wretched thing is less than 2 years old, but we thought they'd just ignore us until we went away.

But we are now in the trying position of needing a new one. I have an iPad that is rather tempramental and likes to be synced rather than just DLing directing, and an iPod that doesn't have wifi anymore, so has to be synced. J has an iPhone and we both have Android devices as well. We buy our music on CD and rip it, generally speaking, so an optical drive of some kind is a must.

We've had PCs up to now, but are not opposed to the whole Mac idea, even if the prices are giving me the vapours.

Any thoughts/suggestions/recommendations? I understand the basics, but if you have a brand of PC you particularly like or hate, I'd appreciate hearing about it! Also, how long do Macs generally last for? Given their price, I'd be needing 5-10 years of use from one (whether an iMac, Mac Mini or MacBook). Is that realistic? Given we'll need a Superdrive as well, it's going to be quite the investment if we go for a Mac, and I jolly well want my money's worth!

Tell me all, people!
14 August 2013 @ 10:02 pm
So. If you were wondering what all the fuss over the last couple of months has been about, this is it:

Title: A Matter of Choice

Author: Jadesfire
Artist: Aaweth_edain
Pairings/characters: Gen (background Arthur/Gwen)
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~85,000
Warnings: Moderate violence, no worse than you’d see in the show.

Summary: Three years have passed since Arthur drew the sword from the stone and reclaimed his throne from Morgana, and Camelot is enjoying its golden age. Magic once again flourishes, and through his alliances with the druids, the kingdom has unrivaled peace and prosperity.

When Merlin disappears in the icy wastes of Ismere, Arthur sets out to find him. After all, he can’t leave his friend, court sorcerer and the last dragonlord as Morgana’s prisoner. But the stakes are higher than just Merlin’s life, and while Guinevere protects Camelot from a traitor at home, Arthur must prevent Morgana from finding the power she is looking for. Because if he cannot stop her, then it is not just Camelot, but the whole of Albion that will suffer.

AU of Arthur’s Bane, sequel to my story The Last Secret, but no knowledge of either is required.

Author's notes: [Below the cut. Abbreviated version at the story post]

Artist's notes: I want to thank jadesfire for allowing me to illustrate her story. She gave me a list of a few scenes she wanted photo-edited and then, after that she let me choose any other scene to illustrate. This is what I created. There are a few I particularly love, although I think they all turned out wonderfully! I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Please, feel free to ask me which ones became my favorites. Also, tell me which ones you, the reader liked and please review this lovely story!

Story link: A Matter of Choice on AO3

Art link: Art masterpost

Author's Notes: The director's cut versionCollapse )