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If these are the sorts of things that you like.

Teen Wolf - gen!

we've been lonely too long by [archiveofourown.org profile] dogeared - Derek and Cora after the finale, and Derek learning again how to be a brother.

Walking by [archiveofourown.org profile] basingstoke - Derek and Laura after the fire, a really interestingly different take than I've seen before.

the comfort of home by [archiveofourown.org profile] pollitt - The Stilinskis after the finale. ♥

Teen Wolf - Derek/Stiles

Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset by [archiveofourown.org profile] scoutshonor - sneakily optimistic post-S3 fic, with Nemeton fuckery and pack-building and magic and Derek and Stiles. ♥

The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Nokomis - I have seen this episode of Buffy before, and so has Stiles. It's the one where a spell goes awry and everyone falls in love with Stiles--except Derek, who is curiously immune to the effects.

The Gloryhole Incident by [archiveofourown.org profile] ingberry - Total PWP. What is says on the tin: there's a glory hole at The Jungle. :D
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1. I went and ran by the Lake this morning--my new stretch of lakeshore, adjacent to my new part of the city. It's hillier than my old Lake route, but also intermittently shady, which was lovely today.

2. Richard Armitage Story Time! I listened to a good hour of Richard Armitage reading (sadly, only an abridged edition of) Georgette Heyer's Sylvester. Mmmmmm Richard Armitage in my ears. ♥

3. Quality time with [personal profile] renenet! :D

4. I cracked and started reading [archiveofourown.org profile] KouriArashi's ongoing Derek/Stiles mates WIP, Divided We Stand. There's already 20 chapters and over 105,000 words, and although it's a super slow build it has definitely already gone some satisfying places in the part I've read, so I am not (yet) regretting the WIP-ness. Although I also haven't gotten to the end of Chapter 20 yet, so that could change.

5. [archiveofourown.org profile] aethel made podfic of my Derek/Stiles story "Dream a Little Bigger (Darling)"! Candy-sweet fluff for your ears. ETA: I definitely recommend the with-music version. Because I totally cracked up at the music. ♥
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A random assortment of recs for things I've read recently:

Welcome to Night Vale

let the rain kiss you by [archiveofourown.org profile] singlecrow - Carlos gets back to the university from that remote research station where he was doing research for a year, and gets on with things while hanging out with his trusty grad student, Dana, a lot.

When They Said Repent (I Wonder What They Meant) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lannamichaels - Carlos and Cecil have a talk about repentance. Cecil maybe does not quite get the idea.

Requisition 128-3C: Intent to Initiate Sexual Intimacy by [archiveofourown.org profile] dee - Tentacle porn, oh yes. :D

Pacific Rim

big teeth small kiss by [archiveofourown.org profile] magneticwave - IT IS THE FLUFFY COLLEGE AU MAKO/RALEIGH FIC YOU SURELY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, WHETHER YOU KNEW IT OR NOT.

Teen Wolf

to be with those I like by [archiveofourown.org profile] sheafrotherdon - kiiiiiidfiiiiiiic! It's sheafrotherdon writing kidfic with Derek minding Stiles's toddler, what more do you need to know?

que tu m’aimais encore by [archiveofourown.org profile] magneticwave - a fascinatingly weird and ultimately lovely story, and also a Live Hales AU!
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I did good things a week ago, and it comes a little easier tonight, which is surely a good thing all by itself, but here are some other good things about today:

1. Reading Blood of Tyrants. OH MY GOD I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BOOK. Especially people calling each other by their first names, OH MY GOD I LOVE THEM THE MOST. I have sixty pages to go DON'T SPOIL THE ENDING IN THE COMMENTS. YET.

2. Snyder's Butter Snap pretzels WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN EATING THESE ALL MY LIFE.

3. Singing along with If I Had a Rocket Launcher. Whatever's going wrong in your life, singing the line If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a bitch would die cannot help but be a satisfying answer, right?

4. Helping a kid who couldn't tell me his address, just the street he lived on and a nearby store, figure out the nearest library where he could get some Geronimo Stilton.

5. Realizing that, hell yes, the time has come: my niece is old enough for me to give her Baby Island and Misty of Chincoteague for her birthday!


Oh, and a generally good and useful thing that I just realized maybe everyone doesn't already know about: http://pinboard.in/popular/fandom is a great source for finding new fic in popular-ish fandoms--it's where I find pretty much all the Welcome to Night Vale fic I read, and obviously there's also a strong Teen Wolf presence, but anything that gets bookmarked by a handful of pinboard users in fandom will pop up there, so there's an array of fandoms represented. It updates once a day, which makes it a pleasant relief from the pace of tumblr and twitter. (Except that tag cloud to the right which seems to have no relation to the bookmarks on the page. I don't know when that thing updates.)
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Today is one of the days I get off work comparatively early, and this morning I was looking forward to this stretch of hours and marveling at all that free time, and then I thought, quite virtuously, that I would definitely take out the trash and do some productive moving-preparation and packing things.

Yeah, so then there was an 85,000-word Teen Wolf porn stars AU (Dating Backwards by [archiveofourown.org profile] RemainNameless, A+ would ride this ride again) which in turn somehow tipped me over into downloading Candy Crush, so ... yeah, not so much with doing useful things around the place.

Other things:

[personal profile] kass posted her first Welcome to Night Vale fic! And I helped! Stardate, Cecil/Carlos, for the Idyll Challenge! ♥


[livejournal.com profile] tw_holidays is coming back! Signups start September 1, and we're almost entirely on the AO3 this year!

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Huh. Does anybody make WTNV icons? Are there comms? I only really interact with Night Vale via tumblr and the AO3.

ANYWAY.

Welcome to Night Vale! It is great! It has Cecil/Carlos in canon and also in fanworks! There is TONS OF FANART. I reblog a lot of it on Tumblr.

And there is fic!

First, fic that isn't (primarily) Cecil/Carlos:

The Untimely Disappearance of the Voice of Night Vale by [archiveofourown.org profile] Margo_Kim - Cecil has disappeared, and Head Intern Jessica (who did not survive to be Head Intern by drawing attention to herself or investigating anything ever) has to step up to the plate.

Paper or Plastic by patho - Steve Carlsberg and the feral dogs plastic bags.

How I Survived My Summer Vacation, By Tamika Flynn, Age 12 3/4 by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings - READ THIS ONE OMG. The summer reading program! The librarians! Tamika Flynn, reigning badass! ♥


Aaaand some Cecil/Carlos:

Poetry by [archiveofourown.org profile] entanglednow - Cecil offers a composition of his own for Poetry Week. It is very, very Cecil.

I Want You to Feel Familiar by [archiveofourown.org profile] scioscribe - Keep a flashlight and a photo album handy in case of power outages.

Second Date by [archiveofourown.org profile] dee - Cecil doesn't mind, but he does think Carlos is being awfully forward for a second date....

Tentacles in Fortunate Places by [archiveofourown.org profile] novembersmith - Aw yes.

you smiled (and then the spell was cast) by [archiveofourown.org profile] AugustaByron - kidfic Night Vale style. So, kind of horrifying but also lovely.
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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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A long time ago - srsly, maybe 2005? - someone, probably [livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl, referred to the way that you just keep going back to a given fandom long after you thought you were over it as fannish malaria. At the time, my malaria fandom was The Sentinel, specifically kidfic. It was never good and I could never resist reading it when I ran across it. Now it's mostly Harry Potter; every so often I lose a few days reading some ginormous epic.

This week, apparently, it's Buffy. Anybody remember Wiseacress? Is she still around? )


Speaking of things I have been reading, now in the vein of things that other people might also want to read! OMG I totally suck and forgot to link you all to the awesome awesome [livejournal.com profile] tw_holidays story I got!

these inconvenient fireworks is gorgeous gorgoues Lydia/Jackson. I think I possibly asked for Lydia topping werewolf!Jackson into the ground, and that is definitely what I got. :D :D :D


Oh, and, update for people who were super helpful with advice about clearing clogged drains a few weeks ago: the Cobra Zip-It (linked mainly for the awesomely gross user-submitted photos) is fanatastic! No more scary Dran-o for me! :D I did a bunch of shopping last night, mostly for gifts but also a slightly-alarming dollar amount of clothing, and the thing I was really excited to come home and try out was the $3 drain-clearing piece of plastic, and it was WORTH ALL THE PENNIES.
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1) I have not only lured [personal profile] kass into reading and watching Generation Kill, now she's written fic! Check out her awesome Nate/Brad combat jack porn: Fantasy.


2)

Oh yeah, that's the 750words.com Nano badge and it is MINE. I wrote 50,000 words in 27 days, writing at least 750 words every single day. \o/


...I am still not even close to being done with ANYTHING. /o\
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I like Tumblr to the extent that it's a venue for completely ephemeral interaction that consists of showing each other gifs and having feels about them. But some people post fic to it, apparently, which I find alternately puzzling and grumpy-making. And yet, I have enjoyed some of that fic! And yet I refuse to reblog it because no. So I shall now perform the Doing It Wrong performance art piece that is Reccing Tumblr Fic on Dreamwidth/LiveJournal:

Now You're Standing in a Big Disaster by [tumblr.com profile] gyzym. Derek is doomed, and Stiles doesn't intend to have any regrets when he's gone.

[Untitled] by [tumblr.com profile] saucefactory. In which Dr. Deaton helps Stiles even the playing field.

In Which Derek Has a Nice Month and Gets Thoroughly Freaked Out By It by [tumblr.com profile] jebiwonkenobi. What it says on the tin, with bonus excellent Stiles. ♥

[Untitled Kidfic] by [tumblr.com profile] nightrevelations. In which Derek's niece needs Stiles-cuddles.
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I have been reading things!

Two of them I read on my phone before getting out of bed this morning, because I like to start my day off right:

Lullaby (1186 words) by faviconPhilomytha
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ludmilla "Drou" Droushnakovi, Kareen Vorbarra, Gregor Vorbarra, Steggie the stegosaurus, Serg Vorbarra
Summary:

Steggie is having trouble sleeping.



This is my brand new instant head-canon for Drou, and a painfully gorgeous look at her and Gregor and Kareen in the last days of Serg's presence in their lives. And I got about halfway through it before I was thinking, "Awww, I want to write Vorkosigans."


A New Dance (859 words) by faviconPhilomytha
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Alys Vorpatril
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril
Summary:

The first time Aral and Alys kiss. A Reconstruction 'verse fic.



This one will not make sense if you haven't read Reconstruction first and, note pairing, it's a 'verse where Cordelia died in the rescue mission to get Miles during the Pretendership. It left me thinking "Aww, I want to write Vorksoigans in hideously dire circumstances." But that is probably a rabbit hole I should not venture down, with the wolves breathing down my neck.




Today I also finished reading a book to fulfill my self-assigned quota of Books That Are Not SF or Fantasy and Are Popular Among My Library's Readers And/Or Books Clubs at My Local Bookstore, which I more pithily describe as "Oughta" books in my booklist. (Previous books read for this category include Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Room, all of which I have quite liked.)

This past week I read Paula MacLain's The Paris Wife, which I found fascinating but don't quite know how to talk about, which is a peril of reading and being fascinated by books about how the other half lives.

The book is about Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley Richardson, and as the title suggests it follows the arc of their marriage, much of which was spent in Paris. But what it's really about is a non-writer in love with a writer, following him into a circle of friends who are all writers or artists or critics or otherwise creative people (and ultimately losing him to one of them). It's a beautiful book, and it's impossible not to feel for Hadley, but I kept having this disconnect whenever I tried to put myself in her shoes as she felt increasingly isolated and marginalized--because in the same circumstances I know I would have my own work to turn to. It's a weird kind of, idk, certainty privilege, and I don't know that I've ever read anything else that pointed it up so sharply.

On a much shallower note, more or less my entire knowledge of the creative expat scene in Paris in the Twenties comes from watching Midnight in Paris, so I spent this whole book picturing Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein and Tom Hiddleston as Scott Fitzgerald and Corey Stoll as Hemingway, which did not at all detract from my enjoyment. *g*
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[personal profile] minutia_r has at long last filled the void that surely existed in all our hearts ever since reading that reference, waiting for someone to actually write Aral drunkenly declaiming revolution. In iambic pentameter.

Aral! Declaiming revolution! IN THE FORM OF A SONNET.

Declaiming Revolution
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So I have two tiny nieces and one somewhat less tiny nephew, and because I am doing my part to bring them up right, they LOVE VIDS. Specifically they really, really love Charmax's Mr. Blue Sky WALL-E vid and [livejournal.com profile] gwyn_r's Hold on Tight Rataouille vid and [personal profile] kuwdora's Love Letter Lilo & Stitch vid.

And those are all AWESOME, FANTASTIC VIDS that I and the other adults in their lives have now seen WAY TOO MANY TIMES. So now we need help, internets. Please, please rec more vids for the six-and-under set.

They get pretty bored by anything that doesn't come from a source they're familiar with, or doesn't at least look like a source they're familiar with--they were reasonably receptive to watching YouTube clips of Fantasia the last time I got tired of replaying the same few vids over and over. (Sadly they were not so into the awesome Gene Kelly vid, although I think I could have Stockholmed them into it if the family reunion had lasted another day or two.)

OTOH, they are young enough that the scary parts of Fantasia are too scary for them, so, for instance, the recent very cool vid by ... somebody ... to Tragic Kingdom, with all the scary/depressing parts of Disney Movies, would not help. They were somewhat upset even by the alligators being sinister in the direction of the hippos.

Please? Internets? Save my brother's sanity and give him some new vids for the next generation of fans to watch? :D
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First, an awesome, AWESOME thing: [personal profile] missmollyetc has made fanart for the Generation Kill wolf-verse and it is the single greatest thing I have ever seen, and obviously I have no bias here whatsoever. :D

We were talking about what happens when a human Marine and his wolf brother or sister leave the Corps, and I mentioned that there must be all-day briefings about adjusting to civilian life with, of course, power point. A few hours later....

Lupine Civilian Integration: Transition Challenges and Responsibilities

:D :D :D

I have it downloaded on my desktop and I still giggle every time I see it sitting there. Molly made me a POWERPOINT, you guys. <3_____<3


Secondly I am thiiiiiiiiisclose to finishing this GK story I'm working on--it's not quite 17,000 words, and I'm still pretty sure I can bring it home in under 20--but I'm kind of ... stuck? Apparently I don't know what to do with these guys when they're not as miserable as humanly possible. It's so weird.


Thirdly I may or may not have said something completely disastrous to [personal profile] iulia this weekend along the lines of "Man, I want to make a contribution to the genre of Erik/Charles fixit fic where there's no beach divorce, but what would I write?" and then we sat there for hours and hashed out exactly what I should write and figured out how to solve several of the obvious logistical problems and when I woke up this morning the last scene unfolded in my brain and ... this was not on my list of things to write, dammit.
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Yesterday I drove down to [personal profile] iulia's and we wound up watching three movies together.

First we went out with her husband to see Cowboys and Aliens, which I adored, for lo, my needs are simple: Daniel Craig wore chaps and had a blaster gun and was a morally ambiguous badass woobie. The dog didn't die. SOLD.

The hilarious part of going to see Cowboys and Aliens was this: I have a full-body startle reflex that kicks in when I'm watching movies. I think it mostly only happens in the theater, where I get sufficiently immersed in what I'm watching. When there is OMG UNEXPECTED ALIEN, I jump in my seat and throw both arms up to face-height. The hilarious part is this: I also had that exact same physical reaction during the previews, when there was OMG UNEXPECTED ALEXANDER SKARSGARD in the trailer for Battleship.

(Nice, lovely, Navy guy OMG YAY unexpected Alexander Skarsgard, just so we're clear. But I had exactly the same startle reaction anyway.)

(Also amusing, I think there were True Blood fans sitting a little way behind us, because toward the end of the trailer I heard "It looks like him. But isn't he Swedish?")



Secondly we went back to Iulia's and watched a DVD I had checked out of the library and must remember to return tomorrow: I Love You Phillip Morris.

a) This is a scrweball comedy (based on true events) about the epic gay love of Jim Carrey's character for Ewan McGregor's character. THEY FALL IN LOVE WHEN THEY MEET IN PRISON. THEY WRITE EACH OTHER LETTERS. THERE IS RUNNING ALONG A FENCE YELLING AT THE PRISON BUS. THERE ARE LOVELY GUYS DOING STUPID, STUPID THINGS FOR LOVE. EWAN MCGREGOR DOES AN ADORABLE SOUTHERN ACCENT. THERE IS SOMETHING SORT OF FASCINATING GOING ON WITH THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EX-WIFE, I MIGHT EVENTUALLY HAVE THINKY THOUGHTS WHEN I STOP CAPSLOCKING.

b) WHY IS THERE NO FIC FOR THIS MOVIE ON THE AO3 YET. WHYYYYYYYYY.

c) Due to a certain affinity of tone, Iulia and I have already plotted out a crossover with The Big Lebowski.



Thirdly we watched X-Men: First Class in an unspecified but totally not illegal way.

ERIK LEHNSHERR ILU. WHAT WAS I JUST SAYING ABOUT MANPAIN AND HOT HOT COMPETENCE.

Then this morning I read my first piece of XMFC fic, What Not to Expect When You're Not Expecting and now I fear I have been ruined for all other fic, in this fandom or possibly all fandoms ever. <3________<3

But, you know. Feel free to rec me things that will prove me wrong.
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1. An unexpectedly lovely meditation on Han/Luke cuddles, interspersed with pictures of adorable children in snow: Watching The Empire Strikes Back for the first time in ten years with your kids.

2. Via [personal profile] copperbadge, What happens when you put a camera on the end of a sword and swing it around. Less motion-sickness-inducing than I'd have expected and really pretty cool. (Iulia says: still pretty motion-sickness-inducing.)

3. For [personal profile] iulia, the only review of A Single Man a dog-lover needs: A Single Man. Two Excellent Terriers.

ETA: Herself links to a podcast discussion of the Vorkosigan books, and goes on to wonder why there is no sane-sounding way to describe them to people who haven't read them yet, which is certainly a problem relevant to many fangirls' interests....
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I am supposed to be writing something other than this post right now, so here! Have a post.

Save the princess, save the world. Or, well, play more video games to save the world. A TED Talk by Jane McGonigal, who is totally not just trying to secure her job by getting us all to septuple our playing of online games. (Although I think you could argue that fandom serves the same functions for many of us, actually. Hmm.)



Unrelatedly: remember how one time I was all excited because I had had the idea of a Stargate SG-1/I Spy fusion where the CIA sent covert agents through the gate to other worlds to quietly and deniably foment rebellions against the Go'auld and get in adventures and stuff?

So today I started reading a book all about how in 1963 the United States opened the first "Turing gate" to an alternate reality, and immediately started sending CIA operatives through to alternate Americas to quietly and deniably foment rebellions in universes where the communists or fascists or etc. had taken over. <3_____<3

(A Turing gate is totally not a Stargate because when it activates there is a red mirror instead of a blue wormhole! And also it has a different name. That is how you can tell.)

It is Paul McAuley's Cowboy Angels (you can read the first three chapters online at that link) and while I'm only about 30-some pages in I am REALLY EXCITED. And so far I think the hero is a little more Jack O'Neill than Kelly Robinson, but I am actually pretty okay with that.
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If you, too, had been wondering why the internet had yet to produce any Cordelia/Aral pegging fic, wonder no more! It is here! Or rather, it is over somewhere else, written by the wonderful [personal profile] petra:

Better Stimuli

♥♥♥


If you had instead been wondering how that poll about crying about stuff turned out, it's up over 125 responses, which is practically enough for statistical significance in DW poll terms, and you can see it here: Towards a Taxonomy of Crying About Stuff.
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I got a wonderful story for Yuletide, and then just now I got a bonus Yuletide Madness gift!

My first story was Benediction, the first piece of fic I've ever seen for Susan R. Matthews' Under Jurisdiction books, and I am thrilled that fic for this fandom is starting off on a note of awesomeness! It's Andrej and Robert, one year after Prisoner of Conscience, sharing the kind of comfort that's available for them to share. ♥♥♥

(I'm not sure that it makes very much sense if you haven't read the books, but if you have--it's the best parts of everything between Andrej and Robert. And if you haven't read the books, um, they're terribly out of print, but I hear the author is working on getting an ebook deal for her backlist!)

My Yuletide Madness story was untitled, a wonderful glimpse at Eileen after All Clear.

This is the first time I've ever gotten two stories in a year, and I am thrilled to have received a second one this year! Thank you, Treat writer!

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