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Yesterday I saw The Winter Soldier with Illustrationcyprinella! It was fun. Cap is not really my favorite Avenger (&THOR;) but I got nothing against him, and enjoyed the first one well enough. I liked this one much more, though. Afterwards, C. and I spent a fair bit of time griping about how SHIELD's HQ placement would totally screw up our commutes. It appears to be on an island just off Rosslyn, which will probably put that big underwater helicarrier port in the path of the Orange Line, which means I am screwed all around. Then she tweeted about a post-movie fic that described the river as salty. DEAR FIC WRITERS: NO.

I also couldn't tell whether SHIELD's private bridge was a new one placed right next to Memorial Bridge, or whether they just replaced Memorial Bridge with it. I think the latter. If so, fic writers, that means that it's a very short walk from HQ to Arlington National Cemetary, if you need Steve going there and having FEELINGS during his lunch break.

We also had fun picking out the times when it would switch to Cleveland. (I believe there were a couple of shots of the city that included buildings much taller than any permitted in DC thanks to the absurd height limits in the city.) It was still vastly better, though, than the time X-Files portrayed "Occoquan" as a busy mid-sized city (LOL) and the time Hannibal had a beach in West Virginia. (IT IS A LAND-LOCKED STATE. IT IS A LAND-LOCKED STATE THAT IS FILLED WITH MOUNTAINS. Also, Wolf Trap hasn't really been that rural idyll for twenty years or so, but that's slightly easier to handwave than A BEACH IN A LAND-LOCKED STATE FILLED WITH MOUNTAINS.)

Also: the use of Marvin Gaye in a movie set primarily in DC was such a lovely touch. Well done, m...
Posted: 7 Apr 14 07:47 • More
Hey, so, if you're in the WTNV fandom, you may know of my dear friend Illustrationbranwyn-says. She was planning to move from her current home next month, and is desperately in need of a job, since she may shortly be homeless otherwise. She's also uninsured and dealing with massive dental issues. And then, a few days ago, one of her soon-to-be-ex-neighbors raped her (if you find yourself scrolling through her tumblr, be warned that the post in which she talks about that is on the second page, and is fairly graphic).

If you can kick in even a couple of dollars to help her move, and get herself situated so she doesn't end up living in her car again when she does move out, that would be incredibly helpful. She's also welcoming distractions, and you can get an idea of what she's into by reading her tumblr -- where the button to donate via paypal is also located!

Alternately, if you know of any resources in North Carolina -- she's in the Raleigh area right now, but was tentatively planning to move to Charlotte, having a possible job offer there -- that would be great (if you're not comfortable leaving them in her ask, you can let me know in the comments, which I'll screen). Leads on potential roommates and/or jobs would be great, as well; she has a strong English background, and experience working as a carer/health aide. I don't know that she's set on Charlotte, but it's the best job possibility she's got at the moment. Hell, if you have experience navigating social services in NC, or can help her find someone who does -- Medicaid, unemployment, women's shelters -- that would be helpful, too.

As she said in a post about her current job/living situation, a week or so ago (t...
Posted: 8 Feb 14 14:23 • More
Catching up, as somehow yesterday completely got away from me. Three today, probably! Possibly? Hopefully. Two, at least. Prompts are here!

Illustrationpoisontaster asked about the most comfortable thing I own, which was REALLY DIFFICULT. Comfort is a huge priority for me when I'm buying clothes, so a lot of my wardrobe is really comfortable, and picking a winner was hard! At one point I was considering cheating and doing most comfortable top, bottom, dress, shoes, etc., but I was too lazy. /o\

I think #1, though, is probably a pair of jeans I got at the thrift store a year or so ago. They're denim trousers from Express, the Editor style, but they fit SO MUCH BETTER than any version of those I've ever tried on in the store, and I don't see them on their website or anything, so I guess maybe they're a couple of years old at this point? They are so great. I love them. The fabric is really soft and smooth, and if it were just a more consistent solid blue you wouldn't be able to tell it was denim at all; they would just look like regular trousers. I come home from work and they're the first thing I put on. Well, no, it's about even whether I'll put them on first or take my bra off first, it varies. Plus, since they were from one of my favorite thrift stores in town, on one of their discount days, they cost me less than $5, which you can't beat with a stick. I'm at work, so I can't check, but I think there's less of that stretch crap to them -- you guys I hate stretch jeans so much, SO MUCH, stretch + low rise is the worst combination ever, they are impossible for me to keep up -- and they just hang so nicely. I love them. I LOVE THEM.

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Posted: 16 Dec 13 08:31
Ughhhh still fighting off a super-annoying cold. The best thing I can say of it is that I got my flu shot, so I can be fairly confident that it's not the flu. Hooray?

Anyhoo, yesterday was super-busy at work, so I didn't manage to get to the prompt from Illustrationpoisontaster, which was a really fun one -- my most comfortable article of clothing -- that had me going "oh, this is going to be tricky". Since I finally got my bag back from United on Wednesday night, though, and am planning a big closet clean-out and laundry party this weekend, that will fit nicely into an empty slot on Saturday, anyway, so look out for that. (Still a few days for claiming, and with my hit-or-miss rate of getting things done on time I anticipate some might end up being moved to January, so feel free to toss me suggestions.)

Today, it's going to be a fairly lovely topic from Illustrationschmerica, Fry and Tonks! Not the Futurama and Harry Potter characters, although I am pretty much always happy to yammer about Futurama and Harry Potter (I am in the middle of an HP reread right now and it was SUCH A SOLID CHOICE, Internet, let me tell you). Fry and Tonks are the names of my cats.



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Fry

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Each has been described, on separat...
Posted: 13 Dec 13 13:02 • More
Ughhhh still fighting off a super-annoying cold. The best thing I can say of it is that I got my flu shot, so I can be fairly confident that it's not the flu. Hooray?

Anyhoo, yesterday was super-busy at work, so I didn't manage to get to the prompt from Illustrationpoisontaster, which was a really fun one -- my most comfortable article of clothing -- that had me going "oh, this is going to be tricky". Since I finally got my bag back from United on Wednesday night, though, and am planning a big closet clean-out and laundry party this weekend, that will fit nicely into an empty slot on Saturday, anyway, so look out for that. (Still a few days for claiming, and with my hit-or-miss rate of getting things done on time I anticipate some might end up being moved to January, so feel free to toss me suggestions.)

Today, it's going to be a fairly lovely topic from Illustrationschmerica, Fry and Tonks! Not the Futurama and Harry Potter characters, although I am pretty much always happy to yammer about Futurama and Harry Potter (I am in the middle of an HP reread right now and it was SUCH A SOLID CHOICE, Internet, let me tell you). Fry and Tonks are the names of my cats.



Illustration
Fry

Illustration
Tonks

Each has been described, on separate occasions and by separate people, as "a...
Posted: 13 Dec 13 13:02 • More
Blerrrrrrg between traveling and the monster cold I seem to have come down with and the neverending saga of the bag United has lost (more on that later, probably), I have missed/moved a couple of these. My apologies to those whose prompts I moved -- I definitely want to get to them, and will as soon as I can!

Trying to get back on schedule, today's prompt was from Illustrationcruisedirector: the women of Arrested Development!

This may just stray into my love of that show in general, and/or the women of Archer, since that show has made a delightful game out of trying to get as many Arrested Development actors to guest as possible, besides having two main female characters voiced by AD alumnae (Jessica Walter -- Lucille -- as Mallory Archer, Judy Greer -- Kitty -- as Cheryl Tunt).

One of the things AD does so wonderfully is packing every single minute of the show with dozens of jokes. After heaven knows how many viewings at this point, I can still watch and be surprised by something I hadn't noticed the first five thousand times I watched an episode. And they're completely equal-opportunity in this: just about every character, male or female, is a pretty awful person, but in his or her own rich, densely-packed way. They're over-the-top, but without ever quite straying into cartoonish territory.

I think what I like best about the women of this show is that they are, of course, all pretty terrible people, but in their own special way. They're all varying levels of conniving, shallow, incompetent, and self-absorbed, but in different combinations and at different times. And the acting is absolutely brilliant -- I think that's probably what stops it from going too far over the top, that the cast alw...
Posted: 11 Dec 13 08:51 • More
Let's do that December meme! (Spoiler alert: I may do it for January, as well, so just consider yourselves warned.) You can check my tags or my Twitter for ideas, or just throw something completely out of your own head at me -- food, drink, tv, books, my cleaning routine, my pets, whatever. And feel free to request two or three things, if there are still a lot of open days; I don't generally get much of a response on these types of things.

December 3:
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December 11: The awesome women of Arrested Development and why we forgive Lindsay for being Lindsay, for Illustrationcruisedirector
December 12: The comfiest thing that you own and why it is awesome, for Illustrationpoisontaster
December 13: Fry and Tonks [my cats], for Illustrationschmerica
December 14:
December 15: Travel, for Illustrationishie
December 16: Why Awesome Ladies Are Important In Media, for ...
Posted: 2 Dec 13 15:13
Hello! I am in Australia, visiting my parents. It is pretty darn lovely so far. I'm mostly in Adelaide, where Mom and Dad are living, but I did spend a fabulous few days in Melbourne, with the primary goals of seeing Illustrationlizbee and watching "Day of the Doctor" in Glorious 3D at the cinema (check and check).

I had a layover at Sydney airport, and on checking in for my Qantas flight to Adelaide and going past security, one of the first things that greeted me was a combination wine bar/bookstore. This country gets me.

I'm working in the mornings, which is not nearly as anxiety-inducing and frustrating as I thought it might be! This is for a few reasons:I am -- shameful to admit as a middle-class white girl and sometime blogger, but true -- not actually a great traveler! But having something familiar that could ground me and be part of a regular routine helped me a lot. And having to wake up and keep to a certain schedule, since I'd arranged it with my manager beforehand, helped me a lot with avoiding jet lag, actually.
It gives me something to do by myself, and keep me from feeling like I've had too much Family Togetherness.
It actually eases the anxiety quite a bit -- I have to work a certain number of hours in the month to keep my health plan, for one thing, and while I don't think it would've been a problem meeting the required number, it's nice to be sure. (Mom was concerned about my financial wellbeing when I mentioned I would have to work while I was there, and in fact called me to ask if I was doing all right, and I explained that it's less about the money -- although an extra few hundred never goes amiss -- than about the benefits, which she totally understood.)
My contract is also up at the end of this month/the year....
Posted: 1 Dec 13 16:16 • More
Bond/Moneypenny, rated M (Mature), for the "caning" square on my k_b card (BINGOOOOOOOO!). Now that she's out of the field, Eve can have a social life again. That's the idea, anyway. ~3000 words, no warnings. At AO3.

(Brought to you by my searching frantically for fic after finally watching that movie a couple of weeks ago and discovering that of the ~500 works in which Eve was tagged on AO3, including the 22 fics tagged for Eve/Bond, she is mostly there to be the sassy matchmaker for Bond and Q. Dear fandom, when canon sets you a low bar for treatment of women, particularly women of color -- there was friggin' brownface in the movie prior to this, come the fuck on! -- THAT DOES NOT REPRESENT AN INVITATION TO A LIMBO CONTEST.)

Also, the title is from this poem, which I wholly encourage everybody to read a million times, because ughhhhhhh I can't even with it.

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Posted: 31 Oct 13 08:13
Doctor Who, Nine/Martha. Rated M (Mature). For the "spanking/paddling" square on my Illustrationkink_bingo card. A stranger spills Martha's drink, and local custom on this planet is quite clear on how that must be dealt with. (So, sort of Aliens Make Them Do It.) No warnings. ~1600 words. At AO3.

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Posted: 30 Oct 13 18:12
HERE IS THE DEAL: I cannot get Naomie Harris as Captain Elizabeth (Beth) Sisko out of my head. Think about it. And then talk to me about how incredible it would be. Also, I recently rewatched "The Maquis" two-parter and no force on earth will convince me that Sisko and Dukat didn't sleep together. Anyway, here are ~650 words about Beth Sisko and Dukat having phone-hatesex, for the "gags/silence" square on my k_b card. Rated T (Teen); no warnings apply.

(This actually kept spiraling into a much longer story, and I was getting overwhelmed and finally just decided to write the single condensed scene for the time being and keep plugging away at the longer one rather than freaking out and giving up altogether. So look for that at some point, maybe.)

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Posted: 29 Oct 13 07:29
It would probably help if I'd included the link to the story in that fic post. /o\ This is what happens when you get out of practice posting fic, kids!

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Posted: 21 Oct 13 15:58
Game of Thrones, Sansa/Dany, ~2100 words, General Audiences, no warnings. AU; Sansa is a shapeshifter; diverges from canon after her first period in the second book. Also, there's soulbonding. For the "possession/marking" square on my Illustrationkink_bingo card.

At AO3.

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Posted: 21 Oct 13 08:39
Oh dip, I now have drafts in various stages of completeness for all five squares on a bingo???? This is a big deal for me, guys. Also they're in five different fandoms, which is also mind-blowing, if not more so, because I had not felt that connected to a lot of things, fannishly. (In case you missed it: here is the one that's really complete so far, a very silly Downton AU where Anna and Mary work at a pastry shop in space.)

I mean, some of them are SUPER draft-ish, at the moment, one in particular because it started turning into a whole long STORY, and then I was psyching myself out and convinced that I was ~never~ going to finish it, so I took a break from trying to piece the scenes together and just wrote a vignette version of it, to reassure myself that I could actually complete SOMETHING. And it's very stream-of-consciousness and I was half-asleep when I wrote it so I think it needs a ton of editing, but, you know, that's doable. I think I can get everything edited and posted by the October 31 deadline.

I mean, given that the one I've posted so far has 42 hits and not so much as a kudo, let alone a comment, I am not convinced that even once I've edited them they will be any good, but I am happy with them, which I guess is the most important thing. I mean, mostly, I realize it's probably just that I posted on a Friday evening, which is not a great time for it anyway, and also it's f/f and a weird AU, but the hits going up and still seeing no feedback is a little unsettling anyway. OH WELL. The important thing is just reminding myself that I can write, I think. If what I'm writing is terrible and everyone is too embarrassed to tell me, well, I gotta start somewhere.

Anyhoo, bingos! That is new for me. Usually I just complain about not being able to get anything done, crank out 500 words within the last few weeks of amnesty, and repeat the whole cycle all over again. A bin...
Posted: 20 Oct 13 11:44 • More
I somehow have four out of five stories for a Illustrationkink_bingo line either drafted or, in this case, finished entirely? What even is that???

Anyway this is an AU where Anna and Mary have a pastry shop on a space station, because, you know, that just felt right. ~780 words, Anna/Mary, General Audiences, for "dirty talk" (a very gentle interpretation of that kink, if the rating didn't tell you that already). AO3.

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Posted: 18 Oct 13 18:04
Okay, as I've mentioned (complained about) to a couple of you (anyone who will listen), I haven't been in a particularly fiction-y mood, reading or writing, for the past few months. But this month's mini-challenge over at Illustrationkink_bingo is Tiny Bingos, which I actually feel like I am capable of doing! BUT I am a bit spoiled for choice, so I turn it over to you, Internet! Give me some pairings and I'll see if I can manage a drabble for you by the end of this month. Tall order, I know, but I feel like I might just be up to the challenge.

(Here's my card, if that gives you any ideas, although you don't have to include a kink with your prompt.)

Fandoms: Avengers (probably not good for anything with Bruce), Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, Doctor Who (2005 onwards), and of course my reliable standbys of Buffy/Giles, Buffy crossovers, and Aragorn/Boromir/Arwen. Crossovers, AUs, and threesomes welcome, multiple prompts totally welcome, and success is most likely if there's at least one female character in the mix (there are occasional exceptions, but I think Tony/Thor is pretty much the only one for any of these fandoms). Edit: Oh, also Game of Thrones!

Kinda tempted to try last year's game, of all Buffy crossovers, again, but THOR.

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Posted: 6 Jan 13 10:39
So as part of my Jewmas observance, I went to see Les Mis yesterday! It was fun. Two non-spoilery notes: First, I fucking love musicals. I want way more musicals where it's played totally straight, without a lot of ironic winking at the audience about how it's unrealistic. Second, this was one of the Jewishest crowds I've ever been in. Including High Holidays services. The family next to me were discussing their friends the Cohens. It was so much fun.

I'm supposed to think Marius is a total juicebox, right? Ughhhh Eponine, girl, he's not worth it. Can I have an AU where instead of Eponine being redeemed from her childhood awfulness (which is itself a symptom, really; I was feeling for her almost as much as I was feeling for young Cosette, because she never got rescued) by her love for Marius and her part in the uprising, she's redeemed by her part in the uprising and then she and Cosette run off together.
Russell Crowe was...okay, look, yes, he was utterly outclassed, as a singer, but I have an inexplicable fondness for him, and I found that I loved Javert as a character, raise your hand if you're surprised, yeah me neither. Also, my prior exposure to the story was my father attempting to explain the book to me when I was little and he read it, and looking up clips on YouTube when I first saw a trailer for the movie a few weeks ago, so I wasn't going in with a ton of prior knowledge, which I expect really helped for many of the same reasons I've seen it recommended that you not re-read The Hobbit before going to see the movie. So while I am completely able to understand why people didn't like Crowe's performance, I am not one of them. HE JUST PLAYS :| SO DELIGHTFULLY. *hands*

(Was I, while going about the other cleaning/laundry work I was doing yesterday, exclaiming "oh my, it is a CRIME to look this good" to myself at intervals? ENTIRELY POSSIBLE.)
Completely shallow: I found...
Posted: 26 Dec 12 10:32 • More
Posted: 7 Nov 12 08:13
Dear Yuletide Author letter will go here! \o/

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Posted: 14 Oct 12 19:11
Posted: 11 Oct 12 22:45
Oh hey look, reveals happened on Rarepair fics! Man, this was a really difficult one to write, mostly because I have a hard time getting a grasp on either of these characters, and Darcy especially can just become a caricature so easily. But if nothing else, I really needed to finish it for the sake of her Twitter username alone, because I have to say, that was fucking genius on my part.

This Account Has Been Suspended
Avengers, PG, Darcy/Loki. With some implied Jane/Thor/Tony/Pepper, because of course there is.



Really, if you were gonna blame anyone for this, it should be Jane, since she was the one who suggested they give Darcy babysitting duty in the first place. Oh, she had a really great intro to the whole thing, because nine times out of ten when Jane thought she was being smooth it was just funny but apparently this was the tenth time because she was good. Plus she had a huge bottle of tequila that Darcy was pretty sure cost about as much as a few months' rent on her studio (admittedly, that was a low bar, but still). It was Tony's, of course, and it should've been a warning sign right there that he'd agreed to part with booze, because Jane said she hadn't even had to steal it. And then it was all blah blah blah think what an opportunity you have here, what would your adviser say if you passed up the chance to interview the disowned prince of an alien world, and Thor can't do it because it breaks his heart and/or he breaks the building, and the rest of the Avengers have other work to do, and really, someone had to do it.

"You could rationalize asking me to do pretty much anything that way!" Darcy attempted, struggling bravely against the influence of the margaritas. Extra emphasis on the brave, because it was February in New York, and thus really gross out, with sleet and everything, and the margaritas were basically summer in a glass.

"Darcy, logic is fundamental to the scien...
Posted: 18 Sep 12 18:34 • More
Whyyyyyyyyy isn't there all of the Tony/Jane. Like, set during the interval between Thor and Avengers. I mean, I could totally go for an AU where Jane has Selvig's role in the Avengers movie, but I would also completely settle for Jane/Tony sexy adventures. Possibly they build a TARDIS and challenge the Doctor to races.

And, you know, also lots of Thor/Tony, but I think I've complained to y'all about the lack of that plenty of times already. I like to keep it fresh.

(Ugh why won't this half-finished fic just write itself already???)

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Posted: 31 Jul 12 21:11
Two things, because that was amazing and you don't need yet more people telling you how amazing it was.NBC: still the absolute fucking worst. I don't even know where to start, so will spare you details, let's just say they're the worst and leave it at that. Illustrationishie retweeted someone saying that they'd been foolish enough to think NBC learned from how much everyone loathed their broadcast of the Beijing games, and I wish I could RT things a billion times, because yep.
Let's be real, any big spectacular performance that involves a simultaneous tribute to A) children's literature, Peter Pan in particular, and B) socialized healthcare could have the entirely accurate alternate title JULES'S HEART: A MULTIMEDIA INTERPRETATION.I have no real sportsy icons, so have the Doctor instead, because British.

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Posted: 28 Jul 12 09:48
doot doot doot re-watchin' Thor and drinkin' beer and workin' on my "possession/marking" square for k_bIt's not that Jane doesn't appreciate free room and board, and lab space, and millions of dollars of equipment, and everything. It's just that there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Or something along those lines.

The thing is.

The thing is --

Okay, she's not 100% sure she can explain what the thing is in words, but it definitely has something to do with the fact that half of what's around her these days has a Stark logo on it, and half of what's left is from a completely different corner of the universe.

If she's thinking of it when she leaves for the lab in the morning, she has her own coffee mug. Times she's thinking of that: maybe three out of every ten. The rest of the time, it's a Stark Industries mug, or, on one memorable occasion, a goblet Thor insisted on fetching from his room for her.

He keeps them in the cupboard with the rest, which is mostly Stark-labeled glassware.
Yep. I really got nothing else at the moment, mostly, I just have this pretty delightful outline worked out on paper, so hopefully I'll actually have it as a full fic before too long. UGHHHH THOR/JANE/TONY HOW SO GRATE.

("I made most of this equipment myself!" No seriously Internet how great would Jane and Tony yelling at each other about inventions and making out be? THINK ABOUT IT.)

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Posted: 18 Jul 12 21:17
Dear Illustrationrarepairfest Author,

Hi! I am working on my application at this very moment, and am trying not to tl;dr all over the "description" field, and kind of failing. This post is mostly a placeholder at the moment, but hopefully by the time you get your assignment there will be actual content here, or at the very least, not long after. In conclusion, watch this space!

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Posted: 10 Jul 12 17:34
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