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Dear Yulewriter!

Hi there! I am DELIGHTED that you love one of these things I love! Please, please remember that optional details are optional and write what makes you happy!

Some things I like, not necessarily all in the same story:
-Hurt/comfort, heavy on the comfort, recovery from past/canonical Bad Things
-Domesticity, quiet moments
-Porn (where appropriate & illustrative of character/relationship, NOT REQUIRED AT ALL!)
-Kink & kink negotiation (as above, NOT REQUIRED PLEASE DON'T BE ALARMED IF IT'S NOT YOUR THING!)
-Cuddles, blankets, coziness, etc.
-Characters being smart and perceptive

For any of these characters, I would totally love to read anything from a quiet moment together to a wildly kinky PWP (erm, within the constraints of the characters' histories...) so, really, write the story of your heart, and thank you in advance!

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask [personal profile] iulia (iuliamentis on twitter and tumblr). She knows what I like and she's good at keeping secrets from me!

My specific requests:

Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold (Penric kin Jurald, Desdemona) )

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Guinevere Pettigrew, Joe Bloomfield) )

Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat (Damen, Laurent) )

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Phryne Fisher, Jack Robinson) )

The Shawshank Redemption (Andy Dufresne, Ellis Boyd (Red) Redding) )
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Holy crap I got FIVE STORIES FOR YULETIDE!!!!!

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Three Stories for The Martian! )

And two Raven Cycle stories!!!! )

And in other news I just watched (and wept through) Inside Out with my dad so the Christmas tradition of crying in front of Pixar movies with him remains intact.

ETA: Oh man, SIX stories! A madness Martian story tooooo!


Lifehack (429 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Martian (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mark Watney, Melissa Lewis (The Martian)
Summary:

Mark enjoys finding interesting solutions to everyday problems. Even if he doesn't really need to.



OH MARK. HONEY. :D D:
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Dear Yulewriter!

Hi there! I am DELIGHTED that you love one of these things I love, and please by all means remember optional details are optional and write what makes you happy!

Some things I like, not necessarily all in the same story:
-Hurt/comfort, heavy on the comfort
-Domesticity
-Porn (where appropriate & illustrative of character/relationship, NOT REQUIRED AT ALL!)
-Kink & kink negotiation (as above, NOT REQUIRED PLEASE DON'T BE ALARMED IF IT'S NOT YOUR THING!)
-Polyamory & poly negotiation
-Cuddles, blankets, etc.
-Family feels
-Characters being smart and perceptive

Tropes I love, if you see a way to fit them into the fandom/characters in the question: kidfic, deaged characters, amnesia, woke up married, pretend relationship, marriage of convenience/arranged marriage, BDSM AU. (Uh, looking at my requests, I really don't know how some of these would work, but, you know, if you have a brilliant/irresistible idea, run with it! :D)

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask [personal profile] iulia (iuliamentis on twitter and tumblr). She knows what I like!

The Martian (book or movie), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater )
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(WATCH IT IN FULL SCREEN THERE ARE TWEETS AND CREW FACTS YOU CAN'T READ OTHERWISE)

(OH MY GOD THIS IS SO PERFECT INCLUDING THE FACT THAT THEY HAD A REAL ASTRONAUT ANNOUNCE IT)

(AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OH MY GOD THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE SO GREATTTTTTTTTT)
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You know that scene in The West Wing with Danny and CJ where... here, this bit:

Danny : CJ, I'm not staying in the penalty box forever. I have covered the White House for
eight years and I've done it with the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time
Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News! And I'm telling you you can't mess me around like
this!
CJ : Danny, I just gotta tell you, that was - seriously - that was a turn-on when you said
that, though I don't know why you decided to be your most haughty on the Dallas Morning
News in that sentence.

...Yeah, that's me and Brubaker in this post. I REALLY LOVED BRUBAKER YOU GUYS. IT'S OKAY IF YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF IT. I DON'T CARE. IT WAS GREAT.

I'm watching a lot of Robert Redford movies because reasons. )

The last three I watched: Three Days of the Condor, All the President's Men, and BRUBAKER. )

Also I've decided, now that I'm down to seven movies on my Robert Redford list, that I should do a Meryl Streep project next. (I realized I've only seen a few of her movies despite her being, you know, Meryl Streep, and then realized that the total is, at most, five, and that's counting my quite vague memories of having seen Defending Your Life and Death Becomes Her sometime in the mid-90s. And the other three movies are Mamma Mia, Julie and Julia, and Into the Woods, soooooo. I have some catching up to do!
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I don't actually know what to say about it, even aside from not wanting to spoil anyone who's left on the internet unspoiled for a movie from 1973, because everything I've posted about watching Robert Redford movies so far has gotten the unanimous reply WHY HAVEN'T YOU WATCHED THE STING YET???

So, there you go, now I watched it.

(I mean, I liked it a lot and Robert Redford is gorgeous and Paul Newman's eyes are SO BLUE and I feel like I need to watch it about five more times to study all the looks they exchange. But mostly I feel like, OKAY, OKAY, I HAVE NOW SEEN THE STING.)
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[I wrote most of it on the train, though.]

So Amtrak has wifi now, and I still don't have a car at the moment due to the Thanksgiving Car Accident Adventure stretching on basically FOREVER (though hopefully ending tomorrow when I am at last reunited with my car, with the assistance of [personal profile] iulia). So I am on a train! Reading fic and requesting stuff from the library! And since one of the things I'm requesting is my next-but-one Robert Redford movie, I thought I'd say a bit about the two I've watched since last posting.

I'm watching a lot of Robert Redford movies because reasons. )

The last two I watched: The Hot Rock and The Way We Were )
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The meme part: When you see this, make a post in your journal or in a community. It can be anything: a crosspost something you've posted on Tumblr, a few words about the last thing you read/watched, or just a "Hi, how is everyone?" Then go read your f-list and leave at least one comment.

(I cannot now find the Tumblr post with the anti-anxiety shark, but if you feel bad about not actually doing the meme despite having seen the thing, feel free to consider that the anti-anxiety shark has swum past and relieved you of the burden to do anything about it.)


Anyway! Thanks to the #hydratrashparty chat's ongoing collective Robert Redford breakdown, I made myself a list of Robert Redford Movies I Haven't Seen Yet. I think it was a list of twelve when I started, and I have watched three and added one, so I'm still at ten. Uh, and because I am a giant nerd I am watching them in chronological order, so any recommendations for pre-1972 Robert Redford movies I haven't seen yet will have to go to the end of the line or something. Still on the list:

The Way We Were
The Sting
Three Days of the Condor
All the President's Men
Brubaker
The Natural
Out of Africa
Sneakers
Indecent Proposal
The Horse Whisperer

(Other Robert Redford movies that are not on the list because I have already seen them: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Up Close and Personal (shut up I was in high school it was super romantic), and, of course, Spy Game.) (And of course of course, CA: TWS)

Already watched: Barefoot in the Park, Jeremiah Johnson, The Candidate )
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Yesterday I saw CA:TWS again with [personal profile] iulia, and talked with her about how difficult it is to get a sense of Bucky's POV. So of course today I took a shot at writing it, and then decided that this constituted an actual story. So: story!

Daylight Breaks (638 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Amnesia, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Summary:


He knows two things without being told. There is a war. He is a soldier.

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Dear Yulewriter!

As it turns out, I find I have very little to say other than that I am DELIGHTED that you love one of these things I love, and please by all means remember optional details are optional and write what makes you happy! As a general rule I adore cuddles and hurt/comfort that is heavy on the comfort. I adore little mundane moments--for any of my requests I would love to see them doing laundry or washing dishes or buying groceries or trying to find two matching socks when they're not quite awake yet. And if you need other tips on things I enjoy, feel free to hit up [personal profile] iulia (iuliamentis on twitter and tumblr) for advice; she knows what I like and is scarily good at keeping secrets from me.

Also, I apologize if I have totally scarred your for life with my Sound of Music request, I AM JUST SAYING THOUGH. THAT RIDING CROP.

Ahem.

Also this turned out to be a lot of canon het relationships, I don't know how that happened.

What Maisie Knew, Sound of Music, The Secret Garden, The Cutting Edge, North and South )

Whatever you're writing, thank you for it! I am excited to read what you come up with, and I'm delighted to know that you love something I love. Happy Yuletiding!
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I have been reading a lot of really awesome fic lately, to the detriment of my focus on Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth, which is also awesome but involves a lot of people dying but, thus far, no one having scorchingly hot sex on-page. (I'll let you know if that changes.)

Anyway, here, share my screwed up circadian rhythm! Read these things!

Generation Kill, Nate/Brad genderswap )

The Hobbit, Thorin/Bilbo soulmates )

Skyfall, Bond/Q action-adventure angst romp )

The Eagle, Marcus/Esca Esca-in-the-Roman-Army AU )
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YOU GUYS. NORTH & SOUTH.

So I'm at [personal profile] iulia's celebrating her birthday, and we'd agreed a while back to watch North & South at this juncture because Richard Armitage. Wikipedia informed me that his performance had been compared to Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy; otoh I had the vague impression from Tumblr or something that it was kind of grim.

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A few reaction points. )

9. So should I read the book?


And now on to today's viewing experience: the long-awaited LOTR marathon! :D :D :D
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1) Just realized the other day that I have been conflating the Lymond Chronicles and the Liaden series into some sort of sword-and-sorcery woobie-centric fantasy series for the last fifteen years. I gather that ... no.

2) Also realized today that the reason I was not especially surprised/impressed by the Avengers helicarrier wasn't because they'd already shown it in another movie or because I was spoiled for it but because of The Master's helicarrier thing. So I am retroactively surprised/impressed, SHIELD! That was pretty cool!

3) Tonight one of the members of my book group passed around the Lord of the Rings Pez dispenser set she got for Christmas. I got Aragorn! :D!

4) IS IT TIME FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS MARATHON FOR IULIA'S BIRTHDAY YET? (Signs point to no: her birthday is not until February.) BUT MAYBE IT IS TIME TO GO SEE THE HOBBIT AGAIN.

5) Having managed to write 750+ words on each of the last six days (today will make seven unless something goes bad wrong in the next three hours), I am cautiously optimistic that I have passed out of the Christmas/sick/New Year's/discombobulated three-week Slough of Writing Despond. But I am still not done with anything.

Yet.
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So I may have posted one time--or more than one time if you follow me on Tumblr--about this movie that Alexander Skarsgard made that has not been released yet, but which is already dear to my heart, called What Maisie Knew.

So--this trailer and a couple of other YouTube vids from production comprising an actual fandom for me for a while there--I went to the library and checked out the actual Victorian novel What Maisie Knew to see whether I could guess any important features of the movie plot from it (or to back up my conclusion, derived from reading a Wikipedia summary and watching the trailer a couple dozen times, that there really wouldn't be a lot of correlation).

So I think that this bit, featuring a probably nine- or ten-year-old Maisie and her frumpy-but-reliable governess Mrs. Wix discussing Sir Claude (the analog to ASkars' stepdad character in the movie, who is named Lincoln instead)... I think this bit will probably not translate very directly:
It brought them face to face with the idea of the inconvenience suffered by any lady who marries a gentleman producing on other ladies the charming effect of Sir Claude. That such ladies wouldn't be able to help falling in love with him was a reflexion naturally irritating to his wife. One day when some accident, some crash of a banged door or some scurry of a scared maid, had rendered this truth particularly vivid, Maisie, receptive and profound, suddenly said to her companion: "And you, my dear, are you in love with him too?"


Even her profundity had left a margin for a laugh; so she was a trifle startled by the solemn promptitude with which Mrs. Wix plumped out: "Over head and ears. I've never, since you ask me, been so far gone."

This boldness had none the less no effect of deterrence for her when, a few days later—it was because several had elapsed without a visit from Sir Claude—her governess turned the tables. "May I ask you, miss, if you are?" Mrs. Wix brought it out, she could see, with hesitation, but clearly intending a joke. "Why rather!" the child made answer, as if in surprise at not having long ago seemed sufficiently to commit herself; on which her friend gave a sigh of apparent satisfaction. It might in fact have expressed positive relief. Everything was as it should be.


...Not least because movie!Maisie probably stays six the whole time and I don't think the governess character exists as such. But maybe also because it would be a tiiiiiny bit weird for her to be proclaiming herself in love with her stepfather.

Although, now that I think of it, there is that bit in the trailer where Maisie's mother says something dismissive to Lincoln about how he doesn't need to make Maisie fall in love with him, so I guess it's there in a way.

Okay, so maybe it winds up in the movie in a way--but really the thing that struck me about that bit was the delightful (if, you know, a bit weird when addressed to one's stepfather or employer) fangirlishness of Mrs. Wix and Maisie's relationships with Sir Claude--in an earlier scene they have this little spat over who gets to keep a photograph of him, which is happily settled when they're once again in the same household and can keep it on the mantelpiece in the schoolroom where they can both admire it. ♥
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So [personal profile] iulia and her husband and I went and saw Prometheus. I was a little nervous going into it because a) I've never seen any of the Alien movies and b) I don't like scary movies.

Spoilers for everything. )
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Look, there is a totally reasonable explanation for this.

I was talking to [personal profile] petra about Hulk porn and the dangers thereof, and I opined that there should be fic that is just a parade of injuries sustained during sexytimes with the Hulk, which led to contemplating which sexy Hulk activities are okay for metahumans only, and therefore Hulk/Loki, and then I thought, "Man, they would have really fucked up monster babies--AWWW."

Yep. That's what it's like in my brain ALL THE TIME.

So, with much credit and gratitude (but not blame at all, that is all me) to [personal profile] petra and [personal profile] iulia and everyone else who made encouraging noises instead of running away screaming, here is my entry for the [community profile] fan_flashworks Breakfast challenge:

Hulk/Loki implied, babyfic. Not explicit. 1200 words.

"Well, Bruce," Tony said. "When a crazy Frost Giant demi-god and a big green rage monster hate each other enough to have frankly alarming penetrative sex...."

Breakfast of Discordians
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I took a day off work today to spend with [personal profile] iulia, who was off work for a health thing (mostly fine now, hopefully) and thus needed to be taken to see The Avengers again. I have a few Avengers-y thoughts:

Spoilery thoughts under the cut (Spoiler: they're not actually very spoilery) )

And here is some fic that may be relevant to your interests!

Domestication (100 words) by faviconPetra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Steve Rogers
Summary:

Introducing the Hulk to kinder, gentler sensations has side-effects.



Zen and the Art of Anger Maintenance (12838 words) by faviconPetra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bruce Banner/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts
Summary:

Bruce doesn't trust himself as far as an unenhanced human could throw him, but his new employers, or rather teammates, or--possibly--friends want to help him work on that.

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Post-movie Avengers gen fic, because I woke up this morning after seeing it last night and felt compelled to write this. Many thanks to [personal profile] celli for beta!

All else under the cut to avoid spoiling.

Luceat )
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For [personal profile] iulia's birthday earlier this month, I got her tickets to the marathon version of AMC's Best Picture Showcase (they run all nine Best Picture nominees inside of twenty-four hours), which was this weekend. Because we are old--and because Iulia is never, ever, ever allowed to see War Horse and we'd already seen Moneyball and weren't about to skip two movies and somehow still stay up until six AM to see Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close--we merely watched six movies in a row yesterday and called it a night.

Personal highlight: there was trivia between movies, and I managed to win a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo knit hat for knowing who Alan Smithee is. \o/ I'm pretty sure I owe my ability to pop that answer out on command entirely to recently watching a lot of QI, so. Thanks, Stephen Fry.

Things learned for next time:

1) Get there early. Really early. The fourth row is not where you want to be stuck all day, and you will in fact be staying in the same seats pretty much all day. Although after the first two movies were over we got kind of Stockholmed into thinking those seats were just fine.

2) Maybe bring like a pillow and/or an eyemask to help you with any decisions to give up on a movie and go to sleep. Tree of Life, I'm looking at you. Trying not to, but looking at you anyway. Dammit.

3) Smuggle in some kind of snacks that are not movie theater food. Possibly because we are too old for this shit, after about ten or twelve hours of nothing but movie theater food we were both feeling pretty ill and longing for fruit like sailors coming down with scurvy.

4) You can in fact have faith in your fellow moviegoers. There's a very communal atmosphere to the whole thing: you're all in it together for the entire today. No one poached a seat that was marked with so much as a drink left in the cupholder, and it was a lot of fun discussing movies with random people around me. (Or bitching about them. Still looking at you, Tree of Life.)

Thoughts about movies, in the order we saw them:

1. Hugo. Awww, Hugo. ♥ We'd seen the movie before and I liked it but was by no means eager to see it again ASAP, so I was kind of expecting to be bored. But in fact it was still lovely and charming and enchanting and totally drew me in. 3D effects are way more "whoa that's going to hit me" from the fourth row, but I also got shadows/halos/doubling in a lot of places, so: those seats were not optimal.

2. Tree of Life. I did not enjoy this movie.

But I feel compelled to say stuff about it. Possibly a lot of stuff. )

Also also, I'm trying to remember if I have seen something with whispered voiceover that wasn't maddeningly twee. I feel like I have, but I can't place it. Thoughts?

3. The Help. Partly I loved this because, hey, steady camera shots and a linear narrative! It was a massive relief fifteen minutes after Tree of Life. But it was also an interesting story, and a lot more nuanced than I expected from the pithy criticisms I had heard of it and of the book. Still not at all sure I want to read the book, but I really liked the movie and I'm rooting like hell for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

4. The Artist. I made a lot of heart-hands at the screen. I don't know whether I love Uggie or Jean Dujardin more, but it was fantastic and a really fun/heart-clenchy throwback. In a lot of ways it's kind of a grownup Hugo, a similar kind of homage to the early days of moviemaking and just gorgeously done.

5. The Descendants. I am kind of embarrassed by the extent to which my baseline knowledge of Hawaii is based on the five episodes of H50 I've seen and the significantly-more-than-five-episodes'-worth of fic I've read, but there you have it: this movie dealt with the sociopolitics of Hawaii in a way that, based on what I know from H50 fandom, felt really thoughtful and well-done. (Which is to say that my favorite line in the movie is Clooney's character, one of several cousins who have mutually inherited land through a great-great-grandmother who was a Hawaiian princess, saying, "We're haole as shit.")

Anyway: this was the first movie all day to make me cry, because I am a sucker for dads and daughters. It was a lot less goofy than the one promo I had seen led me to believe, but still definitely had its moments of loopy comedy, in a way that felt very real to the situation.

6. Midnight in Paris. I had never seen a Woody Allen movie before, and I feel like I picked the right one for me to start with. Also, I knew nothing about the premise, which made for a really fun surprise. Cutting for anyone else who doesn't know what it's about and might have the chance to be surprised )

So: I kind of have a movie-watching hangover, or possibly just the tireds from not getting in until 2:30 last night, but I am looking forward to the Oscars more than I can ever remember doing. I'm invested! I have opinions about stuff! It is totally possible that I will fall asleep at nine o'clock and miss a lot of it!

And despite my determination to critique thoughtfully, I am still going to be irritated if Tree of Life wins, even for Cinematography, because that was seriously a lot of time spent wanting to escape the theater and I will hold a grudge if I want to.

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