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( Pinch Hit #1: Bates Motel (2013), Bloodline (TV 2015), Better Call Saul (TV) )
WIPs currently active: 5, because I bumped All Eternals Deck #2 off the list until I figure out what happens after the beginning.
Words written this week: 4,041
WIPs that got no words this week: 0
WIPs that did get words this week:
Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 883, and I started writing Chapter 47 and then abruptly discovered where the floating point on the outline labeled [particular sex act redacted]? should go in the story, so. Whee!
Born in the Blood: 276, chugging along toward [more sex acts redacted]!!
Slavefic #6: 104. Okay, that looks bad? I’m at the point where I outlined things for this part of the series literally almost two years ago and now have to figure out how to hook them up with the stories that I’ve actually written, so there’s a bit of frantically-jury-rigging-a-round-CO2-
Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 661
Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 2,117
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• First things first: my grandmother continues the worst! :") Shocking news. She's gotten way, way worse healthwise; she was way more of a terror before because she could enforce her nonsense dictates and follow us around the house, and she was strong and mentally present enough that we were pretty much obligated to spend time with her. Now, though, she walks with a walker and pretty much lies in bed all day and barely even talks-- when she does it's still terrible, ha, but it's basically a million times easier to ignore and move on with your life. I don't really feel anything for her anymore, either in the realms of hatred or love, so that also makes it much easier to ignore! >_> But she's had a couple screaming matches with my mom and the women who take care of her, and she's incredibly obnoxious and whiny and unable to stand things not being her way, so... the status, it is quo.
• The first ~three days we were here it was SO hot-- highs around 100, relentlessly sunny, and it's a former-socialist brutalist city with lots of concrete, lmao, so when it's hot it's REAL hot. So we pretty much just sat inside with the a/c running, I got writing done and applied to jobs, unbothered by anyone-- bliss! :") Friday morning we went to see my cousin, who lives in what used to be my paternal grandparents' house; he has a three-year-old son who is PRECIOUS and ridiculous, and his wife is pregnant again, which is v exciting! He's about ten years older than me and we don't have a lot in common, but his dad and my dad grew up like siblings (they're technically first cousins, but bc Serbs refer to cousins as "brothers/sisters of [specific familial relation], I just save time and refer to them as uncles/aunts lmao :")) and I'm really fond of him and his wife and kids (and their hella spoiled basset hound, lmao). So it was nice seeing them!
• Last weekend, we went on a tour of a bunch of cool shit in eastern Serbia!! We saw an ~ethno-village (basically leveled-up glamping; authentic cabins taken from rural areas of Serbia, each hooked up with a/c, wifi, and satellite TV, spa and three pools on the premises), the ruins of the palace of a Roman emperor (Serbia's only UNESCO heritage site!), a couple of assorted heritage museums, a monastery, a village famous for its wine cellars (we sampled... so much wine lmao), and the cave of a historic outlaw! It was SO much fun-- my mom had never even been to all of these places, so it was just this great adventure, seeing things we'd never seen and learning a ton. We almost never get to do touristy stuff even in the city, let alone outside of it, when we visit, since we're so busy seeing family and friends and two weeks is barely enough to fit even MOST of them in, lmao, so this was such a pleasant change of pace!!
• What else have we been up to? Ordered new prespcription sunglasses for me, met my godbrother's girlfriend and hung out with them and my godmother, went out to a v trendy cafe with my other godfamily, went out into the city for my mom to meet an old friend, went along with my mom to see another friend because her daughter had a cat (a good little buddy!), hung out with a cousin at his country house (he ALSO has cats, FOUR OF THEM) and caught up with his art (he's a p successful painter, as is his mom), and wandered around the city a little before meeting up with a cousin and his gf for lunch (would have been way more fun if it hadn't gotten SO GODDAMN HOT again sob!!). So, lots of good stuff! Mostly seeing people, as per usual, but a little city exploration, too. I wish I'd gotten to a little more of the latter, but... WEATHER. One day I'll be able to be here during a non-impossible season!!
And now I'm heading home tomorrow! It'll be weird but good for sure-- I've got SO much to get to (diss proposal rewrites! Continuing the ol' job hunt! Unpacking and organizing! Planning how to start other stuff! Hanging out with my sister before she heads back to college! Cooking and cleaning while it's just me and my dad till my mom gets home!), and it'll be good to get started. :3
With His Need Laid Bare (nsfw), Fire Emblem Fates, Leo/Niles kidnapping roleplay. My recipient had a very open-ended signup, so I figured I would write a story that had themes that were fun for me to work on, and that seemed to go pretty well.
Eyes in the Dark (not explicit), The Magnus Archives, Jonathan Sims/Gerard Kaey. I love the mysterious feel of this canon and the strong sense of voice we get for the characters (as well we should, given the medium!) and Gerard is such a fascinating enigma. So I wrote something in the style of the canon's first-person statements about supernatural encounters. No spoilers for the series, though it's definitely inspired heavily by Episode 12, "First Aid."
Second, I'm dithering over signing up for femslashex -- I'm fairly sure I do want to sign up, but I have eight fandoms in mind and only six request slots, so I'm hesitating. I thiiiink I'm leaning toward using the final slot for Devil Survivor 2; all the options I have in mind are long shots, but I think that's the one I have the most unsatisfied feelings about. Girls surviving the demon apocalypse together, man. It's a thing.
Third: it's really rare for me to watch live action TV but the household has consumed the first four episodes of Wynonna Earp recently and I love it. It's not Quality Entertainment by any discerning measure but it's so much fun, this paranormal romp made of violence and sass, and the actors are having a good time and playing off each other really enjoyably. Dolls is my fave, I think, but the competition is fierce. (Please don't spoil me for future episodes; I've done pretty well at not learning what's up with these characters and I want to find out through watching.)
ETA Fourth, I forgot earlier: I've been playing Fate/Grand Order since it released in NA and I'm having a lot of fun with it, ridiculous history and all. My user ID is 161,219,808 if any of you are playing and would like to add me. I just equipped the Moonlight Festival CE on my Archer Support for grinding purposes.
What are you doing for fun these days?
Books finished: I just finished rereading Persuasion and IT CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST OF THE TWO JANE AUSTEN NOVELS I HAVE EVER ACTUALLY READ.
To the surprise of no one, I did in fact mentally work out the AU where Bitty is Anne, and then staranise lured me into joining her contemplation of the AU where JACK is Anne and in conclusion I am definitely not writing any Persuasion AUs ever.
...Because I am totally onto "what if Jack hadn't gotten an NCAA waiver to play at Samwell after playing in the QMJHL" AUs now.
Ahem. Where was I. READING THINGS, RIGHT.
Fic: Still 15 WIPs bookmarked! maculategiraffe's Fallout 4 series updated today and IT IS GREAT AND MIGHT EAT YOUR LIFE!! I've managed to get my Marked for Later list on AO3 down to... 99! Although my "To reread" bookmark tag is up to 39.
(A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently--you can see all my bookmarks at http://archiveofourown.org/users/
the black lake by alcibiades (Bucky/Steve, T, 9k) Ohhh boy I hadn't had my heart shredded by a recovering!Bucky story in a while, so this was. OH BUCKY HONEY. PLEASE KEEP GETTING BETTER.
In So Many Words by alocalband (Nursey/Dex, M, 17k) In which Nurse writes stories that... all... seem... to be... the same... story. And they're all about him and Dex even when they're NOT ABOUT HIM AND DEX. <3
Short Circuit by Chiyume (Bucky/Steve, E, 20k) Bucky's arm gets damaged and starts giving him an... unusual... variety of sensory feedback every time it's touched. Which would be a lot easier for him to explain to Steve if he and Steve weren't both firmly convinced that the other isn't interested in him like that. (I would love about a million more stories about Bucky's arm getting cross-wired like this, but this one was definitely A GREAT START. :D)
You Make Me Look Legitimate. by Lanna Michaels (Bitty/Jack, G, 3k) LANNA WROTE FIC FOR MEEEEE ABOUT BITTY GOING TO THE 2018 OLYMPICS AND IT IS ADORABLE AND GREAT!!! <3 <3 <3
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Pinch Hit 4 - Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Crossover Fandom, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Chicago Justice (TV)
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WIPs currently active: 6, because, oops, I started writing kidfic in a new fandom, WHO COULD HAVE FORESEEN.
Words written this week: 7,066
WIPs that got no words this week: 0
WIPs that did get words this week:
Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 307, and I think I… finished… a chapter??
First line: Steve caught up with him for the last time at the Grand Canyon.
Because it is 2014 forever over here.
Born in the Blood: 115, and… possibly I also finished a chapter here, too? A short “holy shit guys it’s been three months but I swear it’s not abandoned here please have what I had outlined as the first half of this chapter” kinda chapter, but still! Updating soon, hopefully!
First line (which you may already know since it’s already posted but what the heck): With every lead on Bucky running dry before he could even chase it, one of the biggest effects the day of the helicarrier battle actually had on Steve, four months later, was the fact that Natasha had leaked SHIELD’s entire email directory and now the whole world knew his email address.
All Eternals Deck #2: 595. You know that feeling when you try and try to start a fic and you finally figure out the beginning and you’re like WOOOOO HERE WE GO and then you get to the end of the beginning and you’re like… what is this entirely featureless vista before me…?
Haha, me either.
First line: Bruce always knew, unavoidably, when he was waking up after being the Other Guy.
Slavefic #6: 474.
First line: When Steve had been lying still and quiet for a little while, he found his ears attuned to Bucky’s breathing.
…Yeah we’re picking up about five minutes after the end of “The Sacrifice Play.”
Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 2,424
First line: When it finally clicked, it felt like landing a jump combination after he’d fallen on it the first hundred times.
Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 3,151, probably would have been more if I hadn’t spent the first 24 hours after I decided to start writing it obsessively searching for the right title to put on the empty word document.
First line: On the third day of Bitty’s summer visit, Jack had to go to the rink.
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Ah well. It's a small enough fandom that it wouldn't be likely I'd get a match on it anyway.
I did at least get a start on my iddyiddybangbang fic, which is going to scratch some of that itch. I meant for it to be mostly Isabeau/Kaga with a side of Yuriko, but I'm not sure why I thought I could get away with Yuriko being anything but a galvanizing central character. I mean, she's the leader of a feminist chaos cult! Isabeau is so ready for this life-changing experience.
I'm a little afraid the story is going to come out too "babby's first feminist awakening" but fuck the police, I am writing the story my id wants for this character. And between her quietly exasperated state of "why are men like this" for so much of the early game and the fact that she builds a battle party of Pallas Athena, Jeanne d'Arc, and Valkyrie when given the chance, I kinda think Isabeau could use more unapologetic fearless lesbians in her life.
HBO’s upcoming Confederate generated some recent refs. For The New York Times, Roxane Gay wrote I Don’t Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction. Emily Yahr wrote in The Washington Post that The backlash about the idea of “slavery fan fiction” was immediate, and many wondered what HBO was thinking — particularly because “Game of Thrones” has come under fire for its portrayals of race and violence. And, For Chicago Tribune, Nina Metz noted There are a number of reasons — thoughtful, well-researched reasons — why people are objecting to a premise that sounds like slavery fan fiction.
( More Confederate-related refs )
In 'What would happen if Hamlet were a girl in the Internet age?' for The Washington Post, Celia Wren wrote that The Elsinore-prowling man in black becomes Elsie, an Internet-roaming teenage girl in black, in "To Tell My Story: A Hamlet Fan¬fic," an ingenious, if sometimes strenuously jokey, new play by Alexandra Petri. (Petri is a writer for the paper who’s produced more than her share of fanfic fanfic refs over the years.)
In a New Yorker review of Ben Blatt’s Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing, Dan Piepenbring wrote American writers of Harry Potter fan fiction are actually more liable to use “brilliant” than their British counterparts, who employ the word with native agility.
( 1D, Star Wars, Dah Bears, Wattpad )
Cosmoploitan’s Lilian Min wrote that This Jeopardy Love Story Is The Stuff of Fan Fiction.
From Ashley Eady for The Wrap: Bruce Willis ‘Death Wish’ Trailer Blasted as ‘Alt-Right Fan Fiction’.
Finally, The Macalope produced Wishful thinking: Alexa fan fiction for Macworld.
Books: I just in the last five minutes finally decided to stop reading Firestorm at Peshtigo, which is great but also, you know, about a whole lot of people dying horribly, and go reread Persuasion in which, afaik, no one burns to death at all. Hopefully I can make it through that without actually plotting a Check, Please! Persuasion AU but that New Fandom Energy is strong so I'm not exactly holding my breath. I also just started reading Priest by Sierra Simone, which had been kicking around my Kindle TBR collection for a year or so. I was kinda dubious about it and then read the author's note re: being brought up Catholic and still having a lot of feelings about Catholicism and spirituality and was like OH MY GOD, YOU'RE ME, so. Chapter 1 was good! :D
Books finished: ...Okay not QUITE during the past week, but the last book I finished reading was His Missing Pieces by M. A. Innes. It's M/M ageplay romance, as in one of the heroes knows at the start of the book that what he's really looking for in a relationship is someone who won't be freaked out by him e.g. wearing a diaper during sex--and since he's a college student carrying a torch for his gay-but-presumed-vanilla best friend, this all seems pretty insurmountable. (SPOILER: NOT INSURMOUNTABLE AFTER ALL.)
I was kind of ???? at a few points--Bryan's MOM knowing about his super-duper-secret kink came the closest to convincing me to stop reading--but the author seems to know what she's doing here (the mom thing is a result of overly-helpful internet-monitoring software when Bryan was a young teen, as it turns out, and his mom doing her best to be accepting and supportive). This is book one of a three-book arc in which, I'm guessing, the boys figure out how exactly to conduct a kinky relationship or indeed any relationship, but the first book was a delightful start and I'm looking forward to the second.
Fic: I have 15 WIPs bookmarked, so technically I guess I am in the middle of reading... at least 15 things? I also have 108 stories Marked for Later at the AO3, plus 29 bookmarked with the To Reread tag.
(A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently--you can see all my bookmarks at http://archiveofourown.org/users/
Braced Myself by PorcupineGirl (Bitty/Jack, T). Ahhhhhh delicious extra-canonical angst!! Jack's anxiety being CORRECT and Jack RUSHING TO GEORGIA to see Bitty after a horrible Christmas Eve car accident, complete with beside vigil + coming out to Bitty's parents. SO DELICIOUS AND LOVELY AND GOOD YES I WOULD LIKE TEN MORE PLEASE. :D
Tony Stark and the Mysterious Marksman by Sineala (Tony/Bucky, T). Ohhh boy. Noir!Tony meets Comics-verse hot-pants wearing (nineteen-year-old SAS-trained sharpshooter) Bucky, and secret-identity hijinks and competence porn ensue. :D :D :D Plus it was written for CapRBB, so there's lovely fanart!! :D
Anywhere on This Road by Sineala (Marcus/Esca, E) Hi, it is possible I am reading, like, all of Sineala's fic this summer, and relatedly having a The Eagle renaissance?? <3__________<3 MARCUS AND ESCA ILU oh god this is so great. Esca! All suspicious and wary and angry!! Marcus! All big and Roman and trying to be kind and determinedly shameless about what he wants! ...So like basically canon but with the porn bits written out so you don't have to imagine them?? UGH, SO GREAT. (Oh man maybe I should reread Passion & Profession????)
Does Abe know that Mastema is there in Ashura-Kai HQ?
Does Mastema know who Abe really is?
Are they having a secret supernatural douchebag war for the soul of the demon-wielding yakuza?
I kinda ship it spades now.