dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Colby - Fingers by emily_reich)
10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I am almost infinitely persuadable when it comes to pairings, provided they involve one or more characters I care about, so this question almost doesn't compute at all for me.

I have a distinct memory of this WRT to reading fic: not long after I got into Buffy fandom it occurred to me that someone, somewhere, must be writing Giles/Buffy. Age differences and power dynamics and Giles are all relevant to my interests--surely this would make for kinkywrongfun reading experiences!

Yeah, I have never been squicked harder in my life except for that one time I tried to read Steve Yzerman slash and my eyes actually filled with tears to spare me the sight.

I did do something kind of similar once--similar to my Giles/Buffy experience, not, thankfully, similar to ill-fated excursions into NHL RPS--in my own writing. I tried to write Don Eppes/Colby Granger. Powerplay, age difference, secrecy but not as much secrecy as Don/Charlie! In principle, I find this pairing intriguing! In practice, I wrote something like ten thousand words of fic which kept falling further into some hideous and incoherent rabbit hole, located an ending of sorts, sent it off to beta, revised, sent it off again, attempted to revise, realized that these problems were in fact really, really fundamental and also I was starting to hate the fic a lot, and finally declared defeat and went home. I think it's the only fic I've ever written to something like completion and then stuffed into a drawer; certainly it's the longest. I simply could not make the fascinating dynamic that worked in my head work on paper. Among other things, there was no way to make a roughly canonical Colby that crazy without doing a lot of setup I didn't want to do. (I was, at the time, about halfway through doing all the setup in the world to make Don and Charlie crazy enough for each other. I did not need another crazyfication epic.)

I eventually did succeed in writing Don/Colby a couple of times after that, by the expedients of not actually exploring the relationship dynamics at all and sticking to drabble length. So possibly Don/Colby doesn't count, but that one awful story is my one big failure to write a pairing I set out to write--getting distracted by something shiny and wandering off before I finished that Clone!Ten/Rose epic, or the Bones love triangle with Sully, hardly counts.

As for writing a pairing I didn't like but found I could write anyway, uh, hm. As I said, I'm vastly persuadable, so by the time I've worked my way around to writing, like, The Doctor's daughter and a Dalek, I'm convinced that they're MFEO anyway. I guess Red John/Patrick Jane was probably the most self-consciously sincerely wrong pairing I've ever successfully written.

(The most self-consciously wrong pairing that I was never able to write--both because I was forbidden by everyone I told about the bunny and because I myself couldn't really bear to have it in my head enough to properly write it--was Gerard and Mikey Way, bodyswapped into each other. For whatever that's worth.)

All 30 questions, under the cut. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Patrick Jane)
...Is that I'm not really sure anyone will remember the thing I am outraged about.

But anyway, for the last few days I have been catching up on the latter half of the second season of The Mentalist. In nine episodes Jane has gotten punched once, slapped once, had a saucer thrown at his head, been fined for contempt of court repeatedly, charged with assault once, been locked in a storage container, has had Lisbon's career explicitly made hostage to his good behavior, and has interacted with two babies and one small child. In case you were curious about the highlights. Oh, also Jane agreed with the assertion that he is a "mean, irresponsible sadist," and what no I am not writing fic about that. Yet.

And then there was episode 5x22, "Red Letter." Spoilers and discussion of a plotline involving human trafficking and prostitution. A plotline made of fail. As if you couldn't have guessed. )

I have thoughts about Jane and Kristina, but ... they do not even begin to belong in the same post with the rest of this.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Star Trek - Kind of Epic)
Approximately a year ago in internet time I posted a meme. And now I post the answers!

My list of ten characters )

And the questions:

From [livejournal.com profile] meritjubet: 7 and 5 are in a cell together. How did they get there?

Vala Mal Doran and Leonard McCoy are in a cell together. )

From [livejournal.com profile] audrarose: 9 and 2 are fighting over a cab and finally agree to share. What do they talk about?

Teresa Lisbon and Kate Beckett are fighting over a cab and finally agree to share. )

From [personal profile] ellen_fremedon: 9 is interviewing 2, 4, and 6 for a job. What's the job, and who does 9 hire?

Teresa Lisbon is interviewing Kate Beckett, Sam Carter, and Rick Castle for a job. )

From [personal profile] jamjar: 4 and 8 are secretly related! How do they find this out? What happens after?

Sam Carter and Patrick Jane are secretly related! )

From [livejournal.com profile] pocketmouse: 6 is kidnapped by 9 and 4 is hired to rescue hir. Does zie succeed? How is 2 involved?

Oh my God, this shit has developed a narrative thread. Ahem.

Rick Castle is kidnapped by Teresa Lisbon and Sam Carter is hired to rescue him. I think we all know how Kate Beckett is involved. )

1 gets temporary amnesia and has to be cared for by 5.

Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan gets temporary amnesia and has to be cared by Leonard McCoy. )

Postapocalyptica with 8, 3, 7, and 10.

Post-apoc with Patrick Jane, Jack O'Neill, Vala Mal Doran, and Jim Kirk. )

From [livejournal.com profile] reginagiraffe: 2, 7 and 10 go on a road trip. Where do they go? Who drives? Who gets control of the radio? Do they end up having sex in a motel room?

Kate Beckett, Vala Mal Doran, and Jim Kirk go on a road trip. )

From [livejournal.com profile] trcunning: It's time for 2's high school reunion, what happens when s/he finds 9 there as someone's guest?


Kate Beckett is going to her high school reunion--against her better judgment--and then finds Teresa Lisbon there as someone's guest! )

3, 5 and 7. Marry, fuck, kill?

Jack O'Neill, Leonard McCoy, Vala Mal Doran. Fuck, marry, kill. )

From [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits: 9 and 2 are held hostage in a bank that is being robbed. What happens?


Teresa Lisbon and Kate Beckett are held hostage in a bank that is being robbed. )

From [livejournal.com profile] elbomac: 3 & 6 meet for the first time the night before their arranged marriage is set to take place. What happens next?

Jack O'Neill and Rick Castle meet for the first time the night before their arranged marriage is set to take place. )

From [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc: 5, 7, and 1 fight crime together! What wacky hijinks ensue?

Leonard McCoy, Vala Mal Doran, and Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan fight crime together. )

From [livejournal.com profile] rubynye: #8 gets sick. How does #2 take care of them? #5?

Patrick Jane gets sick. How do Kate Beckett and Leonard McCoy respectively take care of him? )

#4 gets deaged into a screaming toddler. How does #1 deal? How does #9? How does #3 fix it?

Sam Carter gets deaged into a screaming toddler. How does Cordelia deal? How does Lisbon? How does Jack O'Neill fix it? )

#7 makes dinner for #6 and #10. What is cooked? What is eaten?

Vala Mal Doran makes dinner for Rick Castle and Jim Kirk. )

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/546021.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Patrick Jane)
Words cannot express my totally unhealthy love of this story, which I wrote over Christmas after having lovingly plotted it out weeks earlier. Killing Patrick Jane six times = happiness! Um. For me. Everyone else may find it kind of creepifying and/or depressing.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc for her enthusiasm and beta assistance!

Gen. Explicit violence. 4400 words.
Warnings: Murder, Suicide

A good performer knows that how he gets off the stage is as important as everything he does on it.

Five Ways Patrick Jane Hasn't Died Yet (And One Way He Never Will) )

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/541955.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Van Pelt and Rigsby - Not a Kiss)
Okay, so there is a Mentalist Kink Meme, and I enjoy the Mentalist quite a bit, so I thought, hey! I will participate!

And then it turns out I kind of fail at kink memes so this took me three weeks and it's seven thousand words long and I can't even fit it into comment boxes back at the meme. But here it is! The original prompt, from an anon-commenter, was Jane/anyone; sex with Patrick is a one-way street (he gives but won't receive).

I think my version is slightly kinkier than that but I have long since lost the ability to tell.

It is het, though.

Jane/Van Pelt. NC-17. 7,000 words. post-"Bloodshot".
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc for beta!
It's nice having Jane all to herself.

Love and Affection and Respect for Personal Boundaries )

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/539996.html.
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1) Since I have reason to suspect that angels in showers are relevant to the interests of many of you, you may want to go read [livejournal.com profile] cristalia's The Parable of the Shower.

The angel of the LORD cometh upon you in the shower at the worst possible moment: one hand placed upon thy right buttock and the other bearing soap, radio blaring, humming a heathen song of sin.

Fear not! he proclaimeth from the vicinity of the shampoo caddy, and the soap falleth from thy hand.

2) Last night I actually got to watch The Mentalist when it was actually on television, for the very first time! A Price Above Rubies )

3) So hey, Criminal Minds on Wednesday. Team! And a slightly grumpy thought. )

4) I am going to see The Nutcracker tomorrow. It will be the first time I've ever seen a ballet other than, you know, Center Stage. I still haven't decided what to wear.
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I am only posting this because--honest to God, first one I got:

You don't have to put on the red dira.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I have spent exponentially more time figuring out how to introduce this than I did writing it, and if I actually try to explain it the notes will be longer than the story, so: without further ado. But for the record, the title is as in ...you don't have to sell your body to the night.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc, [personal profile] iulia, and [personal profile] frostfire for instigating, encouraging, and assisting.

Red John/Patrick Jane. Underage prostitution. Not explicit.
400 words.
This is the thing Patrick Jane cannot--can never--tell anyone.

Those Days Are Over )

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/535445.html.
dira: John McClane in the ductwork.  (McClane - Have a few laughs)
1. I have a Christmas tree! Getting up in the dark is not nearly as depressing when you go and sit and check your email by the light of the Christmas tree.

(I mean, and you woke up in the first place to your Sunrise alarm clock, that helps too. IDK if I have mentioned how life-alteringly I love that thing, but OH MY GOD BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER. SUNRISE ALARM CLOCK NEVER LEAVE ME.)

2. I remembered a little while ago that, hey! I have an account on the Archive of Our Own! And maybe I should post my stories there. And after posting a handful of short ones with the handy-dandy importer, I got it into my head that I should post Missing Persons.

And so I did, and it's a good thing We Own the Servers, because I am NEVER POSTING THAT THING ANYWHERE ELSE EVER AGAIN.

(It's also still up on my site, now with shiny clean new formatting.)

3. I am feeling unusually unpanicked about Yuletide, and will say nothing further on the matter lest I jinx myself.

4. Holy crap, I didn't know that Peter on White Collar = Tim DeKay = JONESY!

I may have capslocked about my love of Jonesy KIND OF A LOT last night. And also tonight. So I guess that's going to be my next new show!

5. ...As soon as I manage to catch up a bit on everything else I'm in the middle of writing. I keep going to write emails to [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc and realizing halfway through that they are, in fact, fic.

Apparently I have reached optional Step 6F of a New Fandom: underage hookerfic. Sorry, Jane. It had to be done.

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/534661.html.
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Dira's Advanced Stages of Shiny New Fandom:

[Optional Step 6. Deathfic. Patrick Jane is asking for it, look at the way he's... look at the way he is.]
7. Sex pollen. Lots of sex pollen.
8. Amnesia.
9. Age regression.
10. Inadvisable late-night trips to IMDB, tracking down of actor's other work.

Which is to say I totally did not just watch the first episode of The Guardian. At all.


Seriously, though, Patrick Jane + Steps 7-9 = progressively more ridiculous :D faces all night.

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/534035.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Dira's Stages of a New Fandom

0. Something intriguing. (In this case it was actually the premise of the actual show! More often it's fic or art or a vid.)
1. Rapid canon immersion.
2. Song lyrics. (No, but seriously, "Romans 10:9" by the Mountain Goats is totally Patrick Jane's theme song. The chorus is ironic.)
3. Slash someone with Jack Harkness. (Jack likes men in suits!)
4. Ridiculous and/or bizarre AUs not covered in step 3.
5. Kidfic.

Tonight has included at least parts of steps 1-4 (I just now finished season one). It is possible that this is one of the rare fandoms that skips step 5 and moves directly to the optional step 6, deathfic. (Did I mention I just now finished season one? !!!!)

Only moderately related: in this recent TV Guide interview of Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman, Amanda relates that CBS did an internet poll asking whether people wanted to see Rigsby and Van Pelt or Jane and Lisbon get together, and Rigsby/Van Pelt won.

Owain chimes in [the scan is small, so a word or two might be off, but this is the gist]: But they give all four of us those horrible love abbreviations! We're RigsPelt, which is bad enough, but they're Jisbon, which sounds like something you might have to go to the dry cleaner to deal with.

Ever since I squinted my way through that, I have been giggling over it.


(RigsPelt, though, seriously? Vansby would be kinda cute, if you have to have one, but RigsPelt?)

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/533550.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
* I'm Sorry, Ma'am, I Don't Speak Korean

Yeah, yeah, look who pimped herself into a brand new fandom after signing up for Yuletide.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] missmollyetc for her help with this story, and for generally enabling my magpie fannish habits.

Disclaimer (1/2/2011): It has been made increasingly apparent to me over time that not only the title but everything else in this story relating to the Korean language is incorrect. Apologies for those who have the story ruined by those inaccuracies, and everyone else, please do not take this story as fact on those points!

Cho/Jane. PG-13. 1,312 words.
Cho was freaking out about taking Jane to meet his parents, in the most entertainingly overt manner yet.

Mian He, Ahjuma, Hangul Mal Mullayo )

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/533272.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
- I'm going back to work tomorrow! I am a little scared of what I will find there! I've been away for three days before, but this whole flu thing is weird and disorienting.

- YULETIDE!!! I think this year was the fastest ever turnaround from Yuleterror to knowing what to write and being really, really excited about it! And now, canon review and the slow mutation from the original idea to whatever I end up actually writing. This should be fun.

Yulewriter, if you have come to stalk me, my hopefully not totally unhelpful letter is here. Have fun! Everything will be fine!

- So on Thursday I pimped myself into Castle through the power of low-grade fever and contrarianism. Yesterday I ran out of Castle episodes to watch. So this morning I started on The Mentalist.

JANE ♥♥♥

Fic recs - Castle or The Mentalist - gladly accepted.

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/533126.html.
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Not crossposted because it seems like an inordinate amount of work right now.

Poll #1693 What should I stare blankly at in my sickbed?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 53

Here are some shows I have been Meaning to Watch but haven't yet. Which do you think would make good sickbed entertainment for me?

View Answers

33 (62.3%)

19 (35.8%)

The Mentalist
7 (13.2%)

White Collar
21 (39.6%)


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