Recent fic on a general theme

Apr. 21st, 2019 03:52 pm
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But first, a very important question: This Ward gifset - which Iron Fist episode is that from? It's gotta be season one, but I can't figure out who he's talking to. That smile tho'.

ETA: Figured it out based on the visitor badge! It's from 1x08 in the boardroom scene (and yes, it's Joy he's talking to.)

It looks like the poll leaned overwhelmingly towards linking and/or crossposting fic, so I will start doing that again! I don't even remember why I (mostly) stopped. I think it was just pure laziness.

So here is a roundup of the recent Iron Fist hurt/comfort ficpocalypse, which is mainly the result of me finishing up several fics I was writing for various prompts/requests. Posted in the last week or so:

So Little Space, So Much Time (3000 words, gen)
Tumblr prompt fic, for the request "Ward and Danny, restraints and bad memories." Set post-S2.

Breathe In, Breathe Out (4100 words, Danny/Colleen + Ward)
Danny mistakenly thinks Colleen is dead. Set post-S2.

Truth or Consequences (3400 words, Danny/Colleen)
Danny on truth serum is pretty much normal Danny, just chattier. Set between seasons 1 & 2, after Defenders.

Postcards from Asia (2300 words, Danny/Colleen + Misty)
Danny's sprawling handwriting sent a jolt of familiar bittersweet pain through her chest, the way so many things around the former dojo did these days.

Takes Its Course (9500 words, Danny + Ward)
After escaping from imprisonment, Danny goes through drug withdrawals; Ward is along for the ride, and forced to deal with certain aspects of his past.

Dear Not Prime Time writer

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:04 am
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Not Prime Time is taking signups 'til the 30th if you want to join in! Details at the link.

Dear writer: thank you for writing for me! I love all these canons and if you loved writing it, I'm sure I'll love reading it. All my prompts are merely suggestions; if you have a different idea, go for it.

General likes: hurt/comfort (tropey or understated, both are good!), fluff, angst with a happy or at least hopeful ending, found family, curtainfic/domesticity, characters hanging out together (getting drinks, playing games, etc), casefic/action, presumed dead, missing scenes, futurefic, loyalty, enemies to friends, bickering/banter, AUs, ultra tropey tropes (e.g. bodyswap, soulmates, amnesia, etc)

DNWs: character death (death fakeouts are great, though), incest, unrequested non-canon pairings (including canon pairings is always fine), A/B/O, tragic or hopeless endings.


Iron Fist )

Defenders )

Agent Carter )

Punisher )

On the Magicians season finale

Apr. 20th, 2019 06:42 pm
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So, the show that I vagueblogged a couple of weeks ago about following via reviews/reactions when I haven't actually watched the show is The Magicians. The season finale aired this week, and basically blew up the fandom a la that Tumblr gif of Troy on Community going for pizza and coming back to find everyone running around screaming and the room on fire. I now have way more thoughts and opinions than I ought to, considering that I've never seen even an episode of this show.

It's also led me to a lot of thinky thoughts about storytelling and how we engage with fictional characters, so I'm going to natter about that under the cut. Loads of spoilers for the current season of The Magicians. Warning for (not personal) discussion of suicide. Also, this post is LONG.

The spoiler-laden background info )

The actual thinky bits )

Fandom things

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:33 pm
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1. The Spring Equinox Vidding Exchange archive is now open. Their theme: "Sources from the 90s." (I had other things I was going to do with my afternoon than watch vids, but you know how it goes ...)

2. The Space Swap archive is also open for reading! I have a fic in there, because I picked up a pinch hit for it awhile back.

3. Signups for Not Prime Time, a midsized-fandom exchange, are open. I am probably going to sign up for it, but haven't gotten there quite yet. All the Netflix Marvel shows, Agent Carter, Stranger Things, Umbrella Academy, and Schitt's Creek are all eligible and have tags in the tagset, just to name a few.

4. I have not yet stopped being completely gone for Iron Fist, as my latest fanfic offerings no doubt reveal.

Me in chat to [personal profile] sheron earlier: "I SWEAR the next thing I write in this fandom is a) going to have a plot other than "random goons kidnap people for h/c purposes", and b) is going to involve characters other than Danny and Ward."

... You wouldn't think getting tired of h/c would be a thing for me, but I'm really starting to get the urge to write something with an actual plot that's not just 5K of feels. That being said, I think the last fandom that made me go this head-over-heels for just writing endless words of h/c and feels was White Collar. I'm also slightly amazed that in just 6 months, or so, this fandom has jumped up to #3 on my AO3 stats page for most fics written. (Though technically it should be #4, because I haven't ever gotten most of my SGA fic onto AO3 and there is A LOT OF IT.)

Since I linked someone to this on AO3 today - for anyone who wants to be dragged kicking and screaming into this fandom join me in my current shiny place, allow me to refer you back to my so you wanna watch Iron Fist? post from last year, a.k.a. a guide to getting past the first few episodes for people who bounce off them. (I understand that not everybody likes or is going to like this show. I don't expect you to. But you know, just in case you were interested ...!)

Incidentally ... over the last year or two, I've mostly stopped crossposting fic or even fic notifications here, unless it's for an exchange, and just putting it on AO3 with notifications posted at [ profile] sholiofic. I am writing a lot more fic than you'd know from reading my journal. I think I kinda just got out of the habit during a time when I wasn't writing a whole lot, but I've been fairly prolific lately. Lately it's been largely focused on Iron Fist and/or the Marvel Defenders shows, with some Agent Carter, Stranger Things, and various other stuff I'm into. Should I start posting those here again? Actually, because everyone loves clicking little boxes ... let's do a poll.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 66

When I post a new fic on AO3, what should I do about it on my DW journal?

Crosspost the entire fic, like in the old days.
3 (4.5%)

Post a notification that links to AO3, but not the whole fic.
43 (65.2%)

I would feel a bit spammed, honestly. I can follow you on AO3 if I want the fic.
1 (1.5%)

It's your journal; do what you like!
18 (27.3%)

My answer cannot be contained in a mere radio button! See comments.
1 (1.5%)

There are no right or wrong answers here, and I'm not going to feel bound by the poll results. I'm just curious if there is still interest in reading fic here or not.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 11:32 pm
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I have the sort of completely bonkers writing question that is incredibly hard to google for: would cell towers in 2001 or 2002 work with a modern smartphone? Assuming you went back in time to 2002. Which is what has happened to this character in the thing I'm writing. That is, would your modern smartphone have bars and be able to place calls, or would it just act like there were no cell towers around?

Or would it depend on whether your service provider was compatible with the local companies providing towers?

Or is that a total "WTF, just make something up" kind of question?

Ideally, I would prefer it to not work, but this character is in New York City, so if it's going to work at all, it would probably work here.

ETA: I have a number of great answers and I think I'm set; see comments for details! General consensus seems to be that the phone would technically be able to use the network but wouldn't be able to authenticate without a local SIM card/service plan, which sounds good to me and I'm going with it.

Is there a TV Trope for this?

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:26 pm
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Why is it so common for so many series (TV shows, books, movies) to have a strong opening installment and then put their most dismal one as the second one? Whether it's merely bland and boring, or actively offputting in some specific way, I can think of so many that do this.

I expect some of it is narrative drop from the usually higher-budget and more action-filled opening installment, and some of it is the writers wanting to try something a little more daring after a crowd-pleasing opener. BUT STILL. Maybe you might want to wait a little while before dropping the book in which everyone dies gruesomely of yellow fever (Ben January) or the episode in which your only female character is sold into sex slavery (SG-1) or the episode that is every 80s mental hospital cliche ever (Iron Fist) or just the most comparatively generic and boring episode in the entire season (White Collar and so many others).

(This post brought to you by me getting so bored with the second episode of the show I'm watching as background-arting-TV on Hulu that I went and found an episode guide and skipped ahead to the next one that looked interesting. So far it's a lot better.)

Fandom: Queer Books

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:02 am
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So in an effort to reinvent goodreads/booklikes tagging since I'm off goodreads and keep forgetting booklikes exists, I made a tag for books with what I consider to be significant queer content (This is a somewhat wobbly definition, more wobbly still because I'm back tagging based on memory). Which is this: fandom: queer books.

I've gone back to about 2014 and may tag the rest at some point (ETA: I've gone back to 2006, which is when the book tag overloads. Turns out you can only do up to skip=500. I'm not sure I had any useful opinions before that anyway). My book review format wasn't as... organised back then, and got less so as I go back. (I've also blanket-flocked my DW on posts older than 2016, which I might selectively deal with at some point. I have to and manually strip out too-specific location data on a lot of it. Argh, past self! Why?)

I know everyone keeps telling me I should post reviews individually, but I don't. I like Reading Wednesday. So if there's more than one book review in a post with that tag, I put in a little rainbow heart sticker on the one that's indicated (Rainbow heart sticker) which will hopefully make finding things easier, visually anyway. For screen readers, at least it'll say "rainbow heart sticker"? I've only done this about two years back. It's a work in progress. (ETA: Which is now completed back to 2006. That was totally a good use of my time, right?)

Anyway, thoughts? Helpful? Twee? Something more useful I could do?

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:04 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer
So this is about moss. "What were you expecting?" a reader of this review might ask. Well, I didn't realise this was Kimmerer's first book, written a full ten years before Braiding Sweetgrass and only republished after that was a hit, so I was expecting it to be more like her second book. (Which deftly interweaves the author's personal life, history, her traditional knowledge as a Potawatomi woman, her scientific training as a botanist, and the life of plants. It was fascinating, inspiring, angry, and incredibly well written. If you are at all interested in natural history, do yourself a favour and get a copy of Braiding Sweetgrass.)

Gathering Moss is the book she wrote before that, and it's about moss. To be fair, only the first two thirds of it are about all the different ways moss grows and reproduces, how to study how moss grows and reproduces, things that remind her of moss (literally everything), how moss is really very cool and the author would like everyone to think moss is as cool as she does, and by the way, she spent her entire doctorate waist deep in freezing river water just to look at moss and thinks that was totally worth it. If you ever wanted to know rather a lot about this very specific topic, I would point you to this book.

The last third or so is about different cultural interactions with moss. There was a single chapter dedicated solely to traditional knowledge, and several that touched on both it and settler culture's interaction with it. (Apparently Oregon Moss products aren't sustainably harvested, and you shouldn't buy them.) I probably enjoyed this more, but mostly I was impressed by how much more engaging her second book was than this one. Unless you're really very interested in moss.

The author narrates the audiobook, and unfortunately has the kind of gentle, calming voice that used to put me straight into a deep sleep in ANTH 204.

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson
Seems to be a week for single topic natural history books. Anyway, I found this one a bit more engaging probably because I'm more interested in whales than I am in moss. Pyenson has worked in this area, and I'm somewhat familiar with his background, and with the history of whale evolution, but still learned a lot.

The first third of the book largely covers topics of whale evolution, along with stories about digs and fossils, the middle third covers, more or less, living whales, and the final third covers what might happen to whales in a changing climate. Though Pyenson is a palaeontologist by training, and much of the book is about the fossil record (and how awesome the collection at the Smithsonian is) there are some pretty graphic details of the up to your elbows in whale guts. Pyenson and his colleagues join Icelandic whaling expeditions in order to work on fresh carcasses (a concept he has ethical qualms about, but feels is worth it on the whole, as the whales are toast anyway), so if on-page whale death is going to make or break, give this one a skip. He also talks about mass stranding in the fossil record, whale fall, modern behaviour, why whales are big, why whales aren't bigger, and all kinds of cool things.

Overall, I'd rec it if you think whales are cool, and don't mind some blood and guts along the way. Pyenson also narrates the book, which is really seeming like a trend these days.

What I'm Reading Now

Audio: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder By David J. Morris, narrated by Mike Chamberlain. Very interesting overview, as of about 3/4 in.

Library: Still My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman, translated by Henning Koch. Progress continues.

What I'm Reading Next

Audio: Not sure, going to be travelling, so maybe just podcasts. Library: The Raven Tower if I have time.

Phoenix (Taltos book 5)

Apr. 16th, 2019 09:15 pm
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You know how sometimes a book just makes you clutch your heart and go "ohhhhhh"?

Spoilers for Phoenix )

p.s. I looked up Vlad's comment to Loiosh in the previous book that "You're not expendable, you're not stupid, and you're not going", because it was so damn familiar that I was sure I'd heard it somewhere before, and aha, it's a Blake's 7 quote. I am amused that I wasn't wrong, and also amused at the hat tip. Well played, Brust.

Vlad Taltos

Apr. 15th, 2019 05:06 pm
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Speaking as someone who was an utterly voracious reader as a kid, it's pretty rare for me to run into a fairly well-known fantasy series from the 80s that a) I've never read, and b) still holds up really well today. The Taltos books by Steven Brust are that. I had kind of vaguely heard of them, think I might have tried to read one of the later ones about 20 years ago and bounced off it, but that was all I knew until I borrowed the first one, Jhereg, from [personal profile] rachelmanija when I visited her at the end of March to read on the plane. I devoured it. I wanted more. I just got done with book 4, Taltos, today. And there are so many more of them to read! They're great! I love everybody in this (weird, jhereg-and-assassin-filled) bar.

Based on what I knew about the series, I was expecting "snarky asshole loner hero"; what I was not expecting was a snarky asshole who claims to be a loner while absolutely tripping over himself at every turn to do everything he can for his friends, right up to dying for them (repeatedly). And his friends are just that loyal to him, too. The narrative voice is delightful -- it's very contemporary urban fantasy; the books themselves are a sort of weirdo SFF/high-fantasy/urban-fantasy mashup. The worldbuilding is strange and original and fun. And (not at all a given in a 1980s fantasy series) the books do great with women, both in the way that individual female characters are written, and the worldbuilding in which it is perfectly unremarkable to encounter female mooks, guards, businesspeople, farmers, ship captains, and the like.

Spoilery comments on individual books follow.

Under the cut )

Anyway, I am head over heels for this series right now and will be running off to start reading PHOENIX shortly.

From Gay New York by George Chauncey

Apr. 13th, 2019 11:10 am
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As Will Finch, who came out into the gay world of Times Square in the 1930s, noted in his diary in 1951, "The word 'queer' is becoming more and more derogatory and less and less used by hustlers and trade and the homosexual, especially the younger ones, and the term 'gay' taking its place. I loathe the word, and stick to 'queer,' but am constantly being reproved, especially in so denominating myself."

In related news:
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Like I was trying to see if I mentioned when I got an AO3 account, and this was in a comment about what I was thinking of writing for Cap/IM secret santa that year: involves Steve and Bucky in wartime and Midway Atoll. Obviously that is not the story I wrote, but I also have no memory whatsoever of what that story might have entailed. I have a very vague memory of researching Midway for something at one point.

I'm so curious now.

In the same post, I'm looking for recs about the history of space flight. Related? Who can say!
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Well, not entirely true actually. I'm visiting Elaine, and the usual things have ensued. A bit of shopping, a bit of walking in new environs, a bit of eating out, a lot of tv watching.

Speaking of which we watched The Crystal Skulls, because Richard Burgi was in it. (On a legally sourced product even.) I was also delighted to discover David Rintoul too, who I'd last seen in thirty year old roles in Poirot and Alleyn mysteries. We've been having a bit of a binge on classic crime Chez Mab.

These were the only delightful things about the movie, which was silly and flat, alas. But it was nice to see Richard in action. Elaine and I played a game - how many echoes of The Sentinel could our fangirl selves find in the current role? RB's character is in a helicopter crash? Check. Has Daddy issues? Check. Says 'can you see that?' Check. Has a love interest in her late twenties/early thirties? Sadly, check.

Home again later today, and then I will see the lad next week. He has been away studying, but we've all missed each other, so it will be good to see him back in the bosom of the family.

Rosa Parks By Nikki Giovanni (2002)

Apr. 11th, 2019 09:31 am
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This is for the Pullman Porters who organized when people said
they couldn’t. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago
Defender to the Black Americans in the South so they would
know they were not alone. This is for the Pullman Porters who
helped Thurgood Marshall go south and come back north to fight
the fight that resulted in Brown v. Board of Education because
even though Kansas is west and even though Topeka is the birth-
place of Gwendolyn Brooks, who wrote the powerful “The
Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock,” it was the
Pullman Porters who whispered to the traveling men both
the Blues Men and the “Race” Men so that they both would
know what was going on. This is for the Pullman Porters who
smiled as if they were happy and laughed like they were tickled
when some folks were around and who silently rejoiced in 1954
when the Supreme Court announced its 9—0 decision that “sepa-
rate is inherently unequal.” This is for the Pullman Porters who
smiled and welcomed a fourteen-year-old boy onto their train in
1955. They noticed his slight limp that he tried to disguise with a
doo-wop walk; they noticed his stutter and probably understood
why his mother wanted him out of Chicago during the summer
when school was out. Fourteen-year-old Black boys with limps
and stutters are apt to try to prove themselves in dangerous ways
when mothers aren’t around to look after them. So this is for the
Pullman Porters who looked over that fourteen-year-old while
the train rolled the reverse of the Blues Highway from Chicago to
St. Louis to Memphis to Mississippi. This is for the men who kept
him safe; and if Emmett Till had been able to stay on a train all
summer he would have maybe grown a bit of a paunch, certainly
lost his hair, probably have worn bifocals and bounced his grand-
children on his knee telling them about his summer riding the
rails. But he had to get off the train. And ended up in Money,
Mississippi. And was horribly, brutally, inexcusably, and unac-
ceptably murdered. This is for the Pullman Porters who, when the
sheriff was trying to get the body secretly buried, got Emmett’s
body on the northbound train, got his body home to Chicago,
where his mother said: I want the world to see what they did
to my boy. And this is for all the mothers who cried. And this is
for all the people who said Never Again. And this is about Rosa
Parks whose feet were not so tired, it had been, after all, an ordi-
nary day, until the bus driver gave her the opportunity to make
history. This is about Mrs. Rosa Parks from Tuskegee, Alabama,
who was also the field secretary of the NAACP. This is about the
moment Rosa Parks shouldered her cross, put her worldly goods
aside, was willing to sacrifice her life, so that that young man in
Money, Mississippi, who had been so well protected by the
Pullman Porters, would not have died in vain. When Mrs. Parks
said “NO” a passionate movement was begun. No longer would
there be a reliance on the law; there was a higher law. When Mrs.
Parks brought that light of hers to expose the evil of the system,
the sun came and rested on her shoulders bringing the heat and
the light of truth. Others would follow Mrs. Parks. Four young
men in Greensboro, North Carolina, would also say No. Great
voices would be raised singing the praises of God and exhorting
us “to forgive those who trespass against us.” But it was the
Pullman Porters who safely got Emmett to his granduncle and it
was Mrs. Rosa Parks who could not stand that death. And in not
being able to stand it. She sat back down.
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