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Old favorites, childhood friends, and teddy bear books:

1. Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce. (Actually make that all of her Tortall books.)
Fantasy and YA. A friend got me Alanna: The First Adventure in high school, and I snapped up the rest. I left them behind when we migrated, then promptly bought them again.
Read more... )
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 1. Ironman/Inception crossover: Is there a story out there where Tony Stark gets incepted into thinking his father loved him? Of course, it would be terrible if he broke up Stark Industries, but it could also be the start of him doing his own thing...

2. Sentinel!AU of Teen Wolf: Stiles is obviously guide material, and he tries to be a good guide to Scott, but he's actually Derek's, except Derek refuses to need a guide.

3. Supernatural and Teen Wolf crossover: Would that be too much hotness in one story? Maybe Jo meets the Argents pre-Beacon Hills, and hits it off with Allison. Maybe Kate and Dean on a one-night stand, after which Dean walks away a little disturbed by all her crazy? Maybe the Winchesters meet the gang, and Stiles talks them out of killing them all...

100 Things

May. 13th, 2012 06:00 am
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I'm going to do my 100 favorite books, just so I can post more often. 

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So I watched it twice.

So I keep noticing Buffy parallels. 

So truthfully, the acting could be a lot smoother. Only RDJ and Jeremy Renner pulled it off without a hitch. (But then again, RDJ is Tony Stark.) 

I wish I saw more Coulson badassery. 

Hulk was great! 

Favorite lines: Shakespeare in the park... Favorite scene: when they're fighting among themselves. Best fight scene: all of Black Widow's.

Oh, and who is The Other aka Alexis Denisof?

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Hmm. Maybe it began with the horror house. It used to be a place for outsiders, started by a teacher who used to be bullied in school. But something went wrong, and a lot of kids died in the house from torture, so there were all these ghosts. And there was this one girl staring at us. I told her I'll be back to put her to rest, but she turned out to be human. And when we went to the school, they were selling horror house souvenirs. 
 
2
Either I was the little sister or the little brother (yes, gender confusion: the norm in my dreams) tagging along in the back seat of the impala. Dean found a girl who was being mind-controlled, and he removed the wooden totem stuck in the back of her head, but she collapsed, and he was going to take her somewhere else for help, but me and Sam were helping the villagers look for her, so Dean just gave her back. As we rode out of town, little kids started throwing things at us. I shouted at them angrily out the window. 
 
3
Then we got to a different place and time, and the impala turned into a stagecoach or wagon of some kind. We got out and at one point, we were holding hands like little kids. We went through a room with white people, then I got out a back door into the garden. There were black people eating together, and some of the kids were not real, because they had this curse of infertility upon them. They looked at me with flat, nut-brown eyes as if daring me to hunt them, but I just blessed them with an invocation to enrich their crops and ensure that their children grow up healthy. (Weird feeling, as I don't believe in god, so I was looking for words that didn't actually call on a god, but had to anyway.) (What's this? My inner racist revealed?) So by the time Dean and Sam got out, we were all friends, and they sent us off with a lot of fruits and vegetables in the back of our wagon. And I was thinking of making an apple pie for Dean from scratch. Yay Pioneers!Winchesters. 
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 I'm not into comics, or superhero movies, but I am into fanfic. And I'm terribly excited about this movie. And I had this brilliant idea for an AU fic. (The only kind I write.) It's called The Scavengers. And yes, it does sound weird. And it's about a group of homeless kids/adults who scavenge around for things... starring Tony the kid genius and Steve the forger.

But I haven't written fiction in a long time, so I need a kick in the pants to get moving.

Somebody kick me.
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 Spoiler alert for "So You Want to be a Wizard" by Diane Duane
Click to see. )
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1. A Farm in Iowa series by Sheafrotherdon (Fandom: SGA, Rodney/John, AU) - A quiet love story (for this pairing, especially), beautifully written, and I'm excited to discover has a lot of snippets I have yet to read. The kid in this kidfic is almost incidental, but the whole thing just makes me want to fall in love and build a family in a farm somewhere. (Which is so not me.)

2. Father to the Man by Delphi (Fandom: Harry Potter, Snape/Filch, AU) - The best part of this story is Argus Filch. I love it when he is re-envisioned. And I love how it all works out. It begs for a sequel, or at least an epilogue.

3. Getting Better by nox_candida (Fandom: BBC Sherlock, AU) - I was initially reluctant to read this because it is in the POV of an OC, Tristram, which is Sherlock's son. But it is brilliant, everyone aside from the OCs are totally in character, and you really feel for this kid. Sherlock won't win any Father of the Year awards anytime soon. It's also plotty, and hints at an entire alternate universe that the author needs to explore. Please!

My favorite fandom to read kidfic in is Supernatural, because I have this fascination with how Dean pretty much raised Sam. And we can see from canon how amazing he is with children. Favorites: Vallo Rex by Weesta and Red Beans and Rice by Janissa11.

I also like Harry Potter kidfics, because I like the abused!Harry tropes. (Mostly when he gets rescued.) Favorites: Stealing Harry by Sam Storyteller, Mine by Gillian, and The Best Revenge by Arsinoe de Blassenville

One of the earliest I've read is Small Fry and Son of Small Fry by Jameswalkswithwind and Mad Poetess (BtVS and AtS) and my favorite part is the latter, where kid!Wesley drags Gunn to a science museum and introduces him to people as his boyfriend.  
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 Yes, a bit late, but well I couldn't resist. I wasn't exactly familiar with the original challenge, although I have encountered some of the fics before, mostly the Oz ones, as back in 2001, I haven't even heard of Due South.

A 560-word drabble; Tony and Gibbs and a shack in Canada.

Enforced Leave )
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Why did I stop posting? Well Nanowrimo happened, and then all throughout December I was focused on other things: poetry and art and work... Which is not to say that I stopped reading fanfic. Oh no. I read a whole bunch of stuff and my Pinboard account is proof enough of that. I listened to slash report podcasts, watched all sorts of new shows, and wrote nary a word.

So I am going to give myself a deadline here. I will watch Season 1 to 3 of NCIS again, and try to write more of my ongoing story Team Gibbs. But if I don't post anything at all before the year is over, (That is, 2012) I'm going to declare it officially deceased. Same goes for the Chuck fic I'm writing that is pretty much stalled at this point. 

I like writing and I love reading, but one reason why I find myself stepping back from fandom is that I'm trying to get serious about writing poetry. In fact, I think I've forgotten how to write a story. The Nanowrimo thing I did was at the pinnacle of pathetic. (Or the opposite of pinnacle.) And then there's the resolution to read more actual books. And to make art things. I just have too much on my plate...

But I will never stop reading fanfic. 

Motto I just thought up this morning: Fanfiction: diving deep into my shallowness.
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Previous parts: 1, 2, 3

Chuck vs. the NSA Agent
by Fojee
Disclaimer in first chapter.
 

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Confession: I have only watched two episodes of Stargate Atlantis. And yet I think the fandom is the most glorious place ever. Why? Quality and quantity are the short answers. Also, I happen to love AUs, and SGA produces the best ever. Just a few favorites and recent discoveries: (Warning: mostly John/Rodney)

1. Unidentified by thedrifter - has the distinction of being the first SGA story I have ever read, which means I entered an AU world without knowing who Rodney and John were (or Teyla, Ronon, etc.) and this sort of works in the story because Rodney doesn't know who he is either, and he's still figuring it out. This story also turned me onto Glenn Gould. 

2. Know How to Fall by Auburn - I don't even like horses, but I've read Auburn's stories before and they're always universes you get lost in. Even after 84,000 words of this, I still can't get enough of John as a farm owner and Rodney as a horse trainer.

3. The Best Things in Life are Free by Smittywing - Highschool AU based on Can't Buy me Love. 

4. The Stars My Destination by Mad_Maudlin - SGA reimagined as Star Trek, which is another newish fandom I'm just starting to explore. Story still has typos and glitches, but I sped through it in a day, and left work an hour early to finish it last night. This definitely needs a sequel, or at least stories set in this universe.

SGA also has a lot of excellent crossovers, marine!fics, alien culture meets earth (gonna look for more of these), mpregs or the Atlantis tech equivalent, university-setting Rodney-as-a-teacher stories, and more. And Canada!fics. Yey.
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Previous parts: 1, 2

Chuck vs. the NSA Agent 3/? )
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I have to admit I almost always read Harry Potter fanfic for the angst. Either that or the writer's world-building, seeing as I am mostly disillusioned about the original. In fact, these days I usually go back only to revisit stories I read and loved a long time ago. So when I stumbled onto this story called Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property by Helen, I was delighted. It's like all those years of searching for the perfectly angsty story has finally come to fruition.

This Draco/Neville tale depressed me so completely I was asleep by ten. That's how powerful it is. And yet I cannot get enough of this, and must have more, more, more. The only thing that even reaches this level of angst are those poor Harry is abused fics I devour like potato chips.

I wish there's a place where I can find stories like this with the click of a button. I heard about this bookmark site called Delicious but oh wait... 
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It is hard to start an original story because even I don't care enough about my characters. It is in the process of writing that I get deeper into the nuances that flesh them out and slowly make them real. But the story I am working on right now (making tons of notes, but not actively writing) sort of mimics that process. She's a blank slate turned palimpsest who will be struggling towards her own coherent narrative/self. I have plans, big ones, but at the moment I'm not promising anything.

It's called Imprint, and it's science fiction, and in saying so, I am revealing how out of my depth I am. But, well, I'm jumping in anyway. 
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Chuck vs. the NSA Agent
by Fojee
Disclaimers in first chapter.

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cartoon about plot 
by Aquafortis, from Finding Wonderland
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Chuck vs. the NSA Agent
by Fojee
Chuck/Casey AU. Disclaimer: Sarah will not appear much in this fic. Unless she insists. Also, I don't own Chuck. Or Casey. (I wish.)

Chuck vs. the NSA Agent 1/? )

On ideas

Sep. 12th, 2011 06:16 pm
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"We add to the stretch of our brain the more we stimulate it." p. 118

"Whatever the portal to an idea is, we can only look for clues in the surrounding patterns. The moment we demand rules, the opening begins to close." p. 131

"There's a little Don Quixote in all original ideas." (ibid)

from John Hunt's "The art of the idea"

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