Rec: Acoustics by illyrias

Apr. 19th, 2019 07:00 pm
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Title: Acoustics
Author: illyrias
Canon: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./MCU
Pairing: Bobbi Morse/Jemma Simmons
Rating: General [G]
Word Count: 1,352
Summary: Jemma's held herself together fine in the middle of life and death situations, so there is absolutely no reason her brain should switch off right now, or so the rational side of it tells her. Or the 5 times Jemma Simmons was made speechless because of one Agent Morse. (Bobbi, right.)

Recommendation: I do so love a tol/smol and AoS provides both Fitzmack and now for the ladies Simmorse. I agree with Jemma's assessment, Bobbi is gorgeous. Jemma is also precious.

Recommendation #1,816

Rec: The Coalesce series by EtLaBete

Apr. 18th, 2019 07:00 pm
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Title: The Coalesce series
Author: EtLaBete
Canon: Overwatch
Pairing: Gabriel Reyes/Jack Morrison
Rating: Mature [R]
Word Count: 15,478
Summary: The vigilante known as Soldier: 76 sends messages to a number he thinks belongs to a dead man, and it does, technically, except Reaper reads them, every last one, and he can only stay a ghost for so long.

Recommendation: These two are killing me with the feels, their tension is so fraught with history, betrayal and love. I love that they get an after. I love that Jesse gets to throw in his two cents. And I love the imagery of Dia de los Muertos and what it can mean for these old soldiers.

Recommendation #1,815

The Greatest Showman

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:55 am
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Julie has been trying to get me to watch The Greatest Showman ever since it came out, and yesterday I finally acquiesced and did it, and oh my God, you guys, Zac Efron grew up hot, and I super ship his character Phillip Carlyle with Hugh Jackman’s P. T. Barnum although I also liked their canon love interests so maybe they’ll have one big poly showbiz family???

BUT SERIOUSLY THOUGH, their big number together (“The Other Side”) is such a seduction scene. Now admittedly Barnum is trying to woo Carlyle away from the hoity toity theater to the fun of the circus, not just generally wooing, but nonetheless he does so by jumping up on a table with his sleeves rolled up and dancing while Carlyle watches, legs spread, and then responds by dancing on the bar, and the tables, and then flips his red top hat on his head, and he aaaalmost walks out… and Barnum makes one last overture… and Carlyle stops, and then swings back to bargain for a percentage of the profits.

And then! And then! Near the end of the movie, when the circus catches fire, Carlyle races into the burning building to save his ladylove the acrobat Anne (don’t worry, she’s shows up fine like five seconds later), and then Barnum runs in to save him and bridal carries his prone smoke-stained body from the building right after it collapses. Yes. AFTER it collapses.

And then Anne tag-teams in to sit by his bedside while he’s recovering, because Barnum is a little busy trying to cope with the fact that his entire livelihood has just gone up in smoke. (There is no scene where Anne gently sponges the soot off his inert face, possibly ending with his eyelashes at last fluttering open and he gazes up at her in bafflement and love, which strikes me as a tragic wasted opportunity.)

But earlier on they do have a total epic duet that makes full use of the fact that Anne is an acrobat (I particularly like the bit where Phillip leaps off a balcony into her arms as she swoops around the arena on her trapeze, oh my God) so even if the filmmakers didn’t exploit the hurt/comfort possibilities to the fullest possible extent they did at least go big there.

I feel like I should have something more incisive to say, or historical criticisms or something (did anyone ever actually picket Barnum's circus in protest against the freak show?), but in fact my main takeaway from this movie was that Zac Efron could probably have sexual chemistry with a tree if he needed to.
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Having a week where words feel like pulling teeth but I DID IT ANYWAY.

Bioshock Infinite | An Attempted Murder
G | Booker, Elizabeth | 100 words | No spoilers | Written for the [community profile] drabble_zone prompt "Murder." | Once she was looking, she could see them; birds sat on branches and statues, unnaturally still.

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GIF Fun 042019

Apr. 20th, 2019 06:51 am
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John: What about the 'jumper?
Rodney: There's no lube in the 'jumper.
John: You were supposed to replace it!
Rodney: No, you were the last one that bottomed, so you were supposed to replace it!

If I Had A Heart

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:29 am
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If I Had A Heart

Summary: Glyph expected a peaceful, if lonely, few weeks of solo datalogging on a brand-new planet. Blackarachnia expected to have plenty of space to experiment—and mope—on an uninhabited planet that Cybertron wasn't using anyway. Neither set of expectations worked out.

Rating: T / PG-13
Continuity: Transformers Animated (post-canon)
Warnings: Eventual discussion of forced/nonconsensual modification, moderate (PG-13) levels of violence (neither present in chapter 1)
Notes: Written as a fill for the [community profile] tf_rare_pairing prompt "TFA Blackarachnia/Glyph, "things left behind"". I haven't ventured into TFA in forever and never considered this ship (rarest of the rarepairs, yay!), but the prompt grabbed me and wouldn't let go until I wrote something. Probably around 5-6 chapters total, but we'll see how it goes--I'm flying by the seat of my pants here, just a bit.

TREK: Antares-Cerberus Reach?

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:10 am
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Something else that Star Trek: Star Charts has inspired me about...and I don't think I want to discuss it on TrekBBS, because "story idea" prohibitions.

Looking at the Known Space map in the second fold-out at the back of that book...we see a 750-lightyear "sphere" with breakout "bubbles" around several stars. We are not focusing on them, but upon the coreward Beta Quadrant side, where the furthest-coreward systems tagged as Federation-affiliated are Antares - see also Memory Alpha - and Eta Lupi AKA Cerberus.

Looking back to the "core" spaces of the Federation, we see the following systems marked out along its coreward fringes:

Rhaandar/Alpha Indi
Ivor/Eta Scorpii
Norkan/Pi Hydrae
Caldos/Beta Octantis

First reasonable assumption to propose: there should be networks of routes connecting Antares and Eta Lupi to each other.

Second reasonable assumption: there should be networks of routes connecting those two systems to each of the latter group of seven systems as well.

Third reasonable assumption: along those routes established in assumptions one and two, there will be outposts, colonies, starbases, full-member worlds and their holdings, and independent star-nations and their holdings. Yet to have been documented on any official Trek series.

I don't yet know if any of the fan fictions - text, podcast, video - have covered that part of the Orion Arm. There could be stuff hidden in Archive of Our Own, whose creators have reached these same assumptions.

Anniversary, Cecilia Woloch

Apr. 20th, 2019 06:54 pm
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Didn’t I stand there once,
white-knuckled, gripping the just-lit taper,
swearing I’d never go back?
And hadn’t you kissed the rain from my mouth?
And weren’t we gentle and awed and afraid,
knowing we’d stepped from the room of desire
into the further room of love?
And wasn’t it sacred, the sweetness
we licked from each other’s hands?
And were we not lovely, then, were we not
as lovely as thunder, and damp grass, and flame?

Weekend Cheering

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:16 am
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Holidays occurring for some this weekend; is that influencing your cleaning plans? What are your goals, if any? Comment and we'll cheer each other along!

I want to:

- wash the dishes
- clean the bathroom
- organize and put away yarn and supplies from recent projects

Along with setting goals, how are you going to break up your tasks and/or make them more do-able?

I will listen to an audiobook while cleaning, and plan to spread out my tasks over the day today, with time for some tv-watching and catching up on emails.

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Apr. 20th, 2019 09:13 am
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Seven miles in half an hour.  

Fic Round Up Friday April 19

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:07 am
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This weekly roundup includes fics written (at least in part) during the 1k1h sprints and/or the Weekend Writing Marathon events.

Fics are ordered first by fandom, then by word count from smallest to largest.


we’ll never be loved right by gunsnships

House MD || Greg House/James Wilson || Mature || No major warnings apply || 5,059 words || Complete

Summary: “Just for tonight” and an assortment of other lies.

Other tags: Season/Series 02, One Night Stands, Non-Explicit Sex,  Arguing, Eavesdropping, Dreams, Unrequited Love, Hinted at internalized homophobia, Angst, Ambiguous/Open Ending


Head and Heart by tellthenight

The Magicians || Quentin/Eliot || Teen & up || No major warnings apply || 335 words || Complete

Summary: Q saves Eliot from the Monster.

Other tags: 4.12 coda, queliot


Awww, Budapest, No…. by pherryt

Marvel || none || General || No major warnings apply || 2,169 words || Complete

Summary: Budapest was a bogeyman.
No one knew what had happened in Budapest. All anyone knew for sure was that it was a highly classified mission both Natasha and Clint went on and that it nearly went belly up.
That didn’t stop anyone from speculating of course.

Other tags: Budapest, Angst, Clint helps, Heart to Hearts, clint can’t keep secrets, implied future tony/steve, Secrets


Soldier’s Heart by dafan7711

Mass Effect || Vega x Shepard (Shega) || Teen & up || No major warnings apply || 9,015 words || WIP

Summary: After his deadly decision at Fehl Prime, Lieutenant James Vega runs off to a shady bar in Omega to numb his sorrows. But a personal request from Admiral Anderson has him swallowing his pride–hiding his pain–and running security for Commander Shepard’s house arrest. When the Reapers hit Earth and they escape together, he learns every heroic thing he’s heard about Jane Shepard is true, and they share more in common than the grim heart of a soldier.

Other tags: Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect romances, BioWare romances, femshep, James Vega, Commander Shepard


To Love is to Trust by FormidablePassion

Supernatural || Claire Novak/Kaia Nieves || General || No major warnings apply || 500 words || Complete

Summary: With their relationship still so fresh, Claire knows exactly how much it means for Kaia to allow her to take her on this ride.

Other tags: Claire Novak, Kaia Nieves, Alternate Universe - Fantasy, Alternate Universe - Witchcraft, Witch Claire, Beginnings of a relationship, Dreamhunter


It’s Nearly Morning by FormidablePassion

Supernatural || Amanda Walker/Julia Wright || General || Author chooses not to give major warnings || 685 words || Complete

Summary: Amanda still has nightmares. When she wakes to find her wife isn’t in bed she goes to search for her.
It makes Amanda wish all nightmares were only when you were sleeping.

Other tags: Julia Wright, Amanda Walker, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Nightmares, Song fic, Canon Compliant, Song Lyrics


Tea & Sympathy by Tryslora

Welcome to PHU (Original Fiction) || Gen (Nate & Cass) || Teen & up || No major warnings apply || ~3200 words || Complete

Summary: Cass is starting at her phone like she’s ready to kill and about to die. Nate provides tea and food, and tries to provide a listening ear.


Have you posted a fic recently?  Any active WWM participant can Submit your fic here by midnight EST Wednesday and it will be included on next Friday’s WWM Fic Roundup post. 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized Friday that he is "still in charge" of the diplomatic team running negotiations with North Korea and made it clear that he plans to continue serving in that capacity despite a blistering rebuke by Pyongyang earlier this week that called for the top US diplomat to be removed from denuclearization talks.

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The internet won't let me copy-and-paste, but today I'd like to mention The Duck Hunt by mrspencil. It's an epic of Holmes visiting Trevor and going duck hunting and it's brilliant. Whenever I sit down to write a poem about Sherlock Holmes, I ask myself if my friend has already written an epic on the subject I'm considering and in at least two cases, I've been correct.

And the most famous of Holmesian verse.

221B by Vincent Starrett

Here dwell together still two men of note
Who never lived and so can never die:
How very near they seem, yet how remote
That age before the world went all awry.
But still the game's afoot for those with ears
Attuned to catch the distant view-halloo:
England is England yet, for all our fears-
Only those things the heart believes are true.

A yellow fog swirls past the window-pane
As night descends upon this fabled street:
A lonely hansom splashes through the rain,
The ghostly gas lamps fail at twenty feet.
Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
And it is always eighteen ninety-five.

Tarot: moon in Libra reading

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:40 am
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From [personal profile] elf 

Tarot layout: Moon in Libra reading

The topic of specialized readings came up on a Discord channel, so I made a layout for the full moon in Libra (that's today, technically in about 5 hours; the next day and a half or so are still considered "full moon" for magical workings). 

9-card tarot reading layout
1. The Past: What you leave behind
2. The Burden: What you still carry
3. The Link: Connects your past to your future
4. Hope: What you aspire to
5. The Balance: Call on this to avoid being overwhelmed
6. Fate: What lies before you
7. Plans: Your intentions and motives
8. Influence: Other people and forces in your life
9. The Gift: What you receive today
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Title: Unequal Exchange
Fandom: The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen)
Length: 100
Content notes: choose not to warn
Rating: G
Author note: also a fill for the Scales square on my bingo card
Summary: In the cave of the sea witch you sign away your voice in pursuit of a vision.

Unequal Exchange )
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Title: Uber Mood Board
Artist: MistressKat / [personal profile] kat_lair
Author: [personal profile] rokhal 
Fandom: All-New Ghost Rider
Characters: Robbie Reyes, Eli Morrow, Gabe Reyes
Rating/Category: PG-13 for the art (NC-17 for the fic)
Warnings: For art: some blood splatter, some rude words. For fic: way more than that!

Story Summary:

Link to fic master post: Fic on AO3 tbc

Artist notes: This year's smallfandom bang marks a first for me: a comics fandom! Despite the story being not my usual thing at all, I enjoyed it immensely, which is all down to the author's skill. A++ would heartily recommend this read! Unusually for me, there is also only one piece of art. Except, of course, this consists of several different pieces all related to the story... I had such fun doing this and also figured out some new ways of putting stuff together. Thank you to my author rokhal for encouragement and scans! Resource credits here.

Full image and rambling under the cut )

Reading and Watching

Apr. 20th, 2019 07:19 am
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Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so good. It's about the intersecting lives of three women--a peasant, Wanda; the daughter of a moneylender, Miryem; and Irina, a woman forced to marry the tsar. Novik plays with fairytale elements: the power of a name, spinning straw into gold, magic, transformation. She also gives Miryem and her family a rich Jewish history and community that play a profound role in the story.

This book brought me to tears multiple times, and it made me smile, and it made me jealous of all the beautifully crafted sentences.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. I thoroughly enjoyed Uprooted, but Spinning Silver is an order of magnitude better.

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Diana & PersisDiana & Persis by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an unfinished manuscript of four chapters plus an introductory note with some biographical details about Alcott that help contextualize the manuscript (such as her sister May's career as an artist). The first chapter is almost entirely dialogue, the second is epistolary, and the final two chapters are traditional prose. I really like what's there, but it's very clear that the manuscript is unfinished. Chapter 3 is a thread left dangling, and chapter 4 comes out of nowhere with whatever would have segued from 3 to 4 missing. It's worth a read, though, especially for Alcott's ideas about women and art and female communities of artists.

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Spoilers for penultimate episode of Gotham )
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The first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was OK'd Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration. Designated for children ages 7 to 12 who are not currently on medication for the disorder, the device delivers a low-level electrical pulse to the parts of the brain responsible for ADHD symptoms.


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