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First, ha, OMG, I know I'm the worst because I left my OD empty because I intended to edit the sign-up an then failed due to work etc. which is such an embarassing mistake to make. If I'm lucky, you checked for my LJ/tumblr and are reading this because you are great. Greater even than just the usual greatness that comes with doing Yuletide. So, thank you thank you thank you. I’m sure that anything you put together in one of my chosen fandoms will be thrilling.

Even if you are reading, obviously ODAO and I am happy to be surprised, but I do have this relatively short list of no-gos:

  • A/B/O-verses

  • mpreg

  • D/s

  • non-con

  • dub-con in the clearer sense of 1 party is clearly being manipulated/pushed into something or sex-pollen tropes, not in a much broader interpretation where consent might not be explicity stated in all cases if it's still clearly a mutual thing - e.g., I am fine with drunk sex if everyone's okay with it after

  • non-canon addiction or abuse stories

For those looking for a bit more guidance, likes across all fandoms are noted below:

  • Friendship - genuine affection between the characters or grudging respect-turned-to-friendship.

  • Stories that fill in gaps - pre-canon stories or slices of lives and stories that the canon didn’t tell

  • Stories that go beyond the canon - futurefic or characters/events that got dropped revisited.

  • Comedy and banter

  • Amnesia (I will always read every fic tagged with this in any new fandom I find) or anything related to memory

  • I don’t need a happy ending as long as whatever the ending is fits the story

  • I love case fic or day in the life stories or whatever version of that fits the fandom

  • There is no road trip in the history of time which I have not loved

Specific to ship fic (which I am absolutely in favor of):

  • Okay with slash, femslash, or het - if there's a pairing I cannot abide, I didn't request the relevant characters so all are welcome within my requests

  • I love romcoms and all the traditional tropes that come with that

  • "I hate you; let's fall in love later" is at the heart of many of my strongest OTPs

  • When it comes to angst, I'm always ready to indulge in a bit of hurt/comfort or long-term pining

  • Characters oblivious to their mutual attraction

  • Fake-marriage/relationship trope

  • That thing where someone thinks they're in a love triangle, but the 2 people they're into are actually the same person - like one IRL friend and someone else online. Damn, is there a succinct description of that trope that I just don't know? because I would like to make sense here and also be able to tag search. Anyway, if you know what I mean, cool, if not, ignore me.

  • Body-swap (I think I watched too many of those body-swap movies in the 80s and it really imprinted on me)

  • I prefer getting-together or falling apart fic to established-relationship domesticity

  • In general, I'm not a huge fan of hate-sex pairings unless it really fits the fandom/character


Okay, request-specific DNWs/likes/prompts.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries )

Archer )

iZombie )
Hamilton )

And that's a wrap. Hope some of this babble was helpful to you. I truly believe in ODAO and I have faith that you are likely better able to come up with something cool than I am, so please again, do not feel constrained by any of this. If it doesn't help, ignore everything and do not fear.

Happy Yuletide!

gift-ed

Dec. 25th, 2014 12:28 pm
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Merry Yuletide to me! I recieved an amazing gift AND a perfect treat. I do this mostly to write something once a year, so a good gift is a bonus and these are a BIG bonus.

[Time Bring Back to Time]
How to Get Away with Murder, Connor/Oliver
It seems a shame I have no recollection of what was clearly the zenith of my ability to have any game whatsoever.

As I texted before even reading this last night, THIS IS CONNOR/OLIVER AND IT IS TAGGED AMNESIA. It also has rom-com moments and some light h/c. My author clearly thought about how to tailor this to my list of likes SO well and gave me great Connor as well. I mean AMNESIA is my everything and the way she balances the sweet rom-com domestic stuff with the tension set up by the situation is impressive and perfect. Such a delight!

AND

[White Line Fever]
Archer, Archer/Pam
"Don’t worry, I’ve got this,” he said. Then he proceeded to call Woodhouse on his car phone and demand he show up to change the tire.

Getting a treat was so cool and seeing the fandom and pairing was exciting, but from the first line of "So, rehab." I was smiling like a dope. This was so funny and so in character and on tone to canon and it has everything I love about the Archer/Pam dynamic and it is great. Wonderful treat job!

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I am clearly facing an embarrassment of riches and cannot thank my assigned writer and treater enough. Amazing.
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First, thank you thank you thank you. I’m sure that anything you put together in one of my chosen fandoms will be thrilling.

While I tried to flesh out my sign-up info as best I could to include enough to go on, I'm using this post to expand a bit and clear up what I realized might have been unclear after sign-ups closed. Obviously ODAO and I am happy to be surprised, so don't feel at all obligagted to anything here beyond this relatively short list of no-gos or any fandom-specific DNWs I included in my sign-up:

  • A/B/O-verses

  • mpreg

  • D/s

  • non-con

  • dub-con in the clearer sense of 1 party is clearly being manipulated/pushed into something or sex-pollen tropes, not in a much broader interpretation where consent might not be explicity stated in all cases if it's still clearly a mutual thing - e.g., I am fine with drunk sex if everyone's okay with it after

  • non-canon addiction or abuse stories

For those looking for a bit more guidance, likes across all fandoms are noted below:

  • Friendship - genuine affection between the characters or grudging respect-turned-to-friendship.

  • Stories that fill in gaps - pre-canon stories or slices of lives and stories that the canon didn’t tell

  • Stories that go beyond the canon - futurefic or characters/events that got dropped revisited.

  • Comedy and banter

  • Amnesia (I will always read every fic tagged with this in any new fandom I find) or anything related to memory

  • I don’t need a happy ending as long as whatever the ending is fits the story

  • I love case fic or day in the life stories or whatever version of that fits the fandom

  • There is no road trip in the history of time which I have not loved

Specific to ship fic (which I am absolutely in favor of):

  • Okay with slash, femslash, or het - if there's a pairing I cannot abide, I didn't request the relevant characters so all are welcome within my requests

  • I love romcoms and all the traditional tropes that come with that

  • "I hate you; let's fall in love later" is at the heart of many of my strongest OTPs

  • When it comes to angst, I'm always ready to indulge in a bit of hurt/comfort or long-term pining

  • Characters oblivious to their mutual attraction

  • Fake-marriage/relationship trope

  • That thing where someone thinks they're in a love triangle, but the 2 people they're into are actually the same person - like one IRL friend and someone else online. Damn, is there a succinct description of that trope that I just don't know? because I would like to make sense here and also be able to tag search. Anyway, if you know what I mean, cool, if not, ignore me.

  • Body-swap (I think I watched too many of those body-swap movies in the 80s and it really imprinted on me)

  • I prefer getting-together or falling apart fic to established-relationship domesticity

  • In general, I'm not a huge fan of hate-sex pairings unless it really fits the fandom/character


Okay, request-specific DNWs/likes/prompts.

How to Get Away with Murder (Connor Walsh):

I didn't choose any other characters because I really want a story about Connor, but in reality, there is no male character (nommed or otherwise) I would be unhappy to see a Connor pairing with, so if there's one that you're into, feel free to give it a go. I'm not going to lie, Connor's use of sex-for-career-advancement is my fav thing about him, but that doesn't mean I'm against Connor-centric gen Essentially, I'm really open to whatever you want to do with this character because I find him fascinating and am deeply thrilled that the show feels like they can't let a week go by without a filthy Connor sex scene of some sort.

Since I know canon is ongoing as we prep for Yuletide, feel free to diverge as needed and not stress or avoid canon by doing future fic or back story or case fic that dispenses with the big story arcs and just focuses in on their work/school.

Additional thoughts/prompts


  • Future-fic that goes beyond the canon and takes us to  what happens to Connor after law school and the murder - he seems to be losing it - does he get past that and stay with law school? Or does this destroy his career ambitions and move him towards a different future?

  • I'd love an exploration of how Connor and Annalise's relationship might develop - we see her mostly with Wes at this point, but her willingness to sell out Nate makes me think she and Connor could have some commonalities.

  • Connor and another character forced to road trip or complete a stakeout in service of a case where we can get some personality confilicts and/or something shippy. Of the nommed characters, I do somewhat ship Connor/Wes and I think they could be a great pair in this set-up, but really, anyone could work.

  • A case that requires Connor and another character to pretend to be a couple that then evolves into a relationship (fake-relationship is a favorite trope!).

  • The true story of Connor and Michaela's fiance's boarding school fling or Connor's other HS conquests - I feel like Connor in high school was a real delight.

  • Something related to the crazy murder storyline that I cannot even remotely prompt because what the fuck is even happening with these people and will likely be Joss-ed by the time of reveals but could be so compelling and fun that it won't matter.


Hart of Dixie (Zoe Hart, Lemon Breeland, Lavon Hayes, Wade Kinsella

Not all characters have to be central or part of any pairing, but I'd like all to make an appearance in some way. The show's definitely a rom-com to me, so my preference would be for shipfic of some kind. If forced to choose, I ship Zoe/Wade, but I'm not unwilling to explore any other pairing within this 4 if there's a ship you're into. Zoe/Lavon is the one I think of as most of a stretch, but if you can make it work, I've been known to ship a lot of BFF couples in my day and you wouldn't have to work hard to convince me that literally anyone could fall for Lavon Hayes.

Open to one-time threesomes, but can't really see any long-term poly relationships for this show

IIf shipfic isn't your jam or just doesn't work for you with these characters, gen day-in-the-life of Bluebell is also totally fun. The friendships within this group are really great and I think could make a great story in any combination as well. Plus there's always a party to plan/attend and shennanigans to ensue.

For this fandom, no deathfic, please (I can't even imagine...). And I know he's not nommed, but just to be clear, I really wouldn't want any potential background Zoe/George as that pair just doesn't work for me.

Additional thoughts/prompts:

  • Any other characters are more than welcome to appear as needed.

  • I love all the ladies and their individual personalities, so a Lemon and Zoe classic rivalry or (even better) team-up in some insane scheme would be amazing. Perhaps they have to work together to put on a fund-raiser for one of Brick & Zoe's patients or are in competition for a Bluebell Woman of the Year award (they had a Man of the Year so if they don't already have one, I'm sure some wacky Bluebell organization could start one).

  • I love Lavon Hayes with all my heart and would love to see what happens if he wins Lemon back. What would finally make her choose him over George? How insanely amazing would their wedding be and what hijinks would go down with the planning? Will it be cute as he suffers in adorable exasperation while she redecorates his house and makes an amazing mess as the First Lady of Bluebell? Or will the town find out about their scandalous history and cause a bit of drama - we know the town likes to choose sides in these kind of things. If Lemon moves into Lavon's, how does she deal with seeing Zoe over breakfast?

  • Future fic where Zoe and Wade go to back to New York and how Wade adjusts (or doesn't) - could be a temporary trip or a semi-permanent move.

  • Hungover morning after fic where any combination of these 4 tries to piece together what drunken shennigans they got up to at whatever crazy Bluebell party they had the night before.

  • Angst doesn't really jump out at me for this fandom, but if you think you can do it well (outside of actual death), I wouldn't flat out refuse it


Archer (Cartoon) (Sterling Archer, Pam Poovey, Malory Archer)

The character request here can be an OR instead of an AND if you prefer. And other characters can certainly be included as needed, but please see notes below in re: ships I do not ship.

From a shipping perspective, I know we're supposed to ship Archer/Lana, but I am all about Archer/Pam. Though, if you can't fully sail that ship, a fic about their weird semi-friendship or friends-with-benefits past could work. And solo fic about either is fine, though as noted, Archer/Lana doesn't really do it for me, so I'd prefer not to have that even in the background. Alternately, any fic about Malory, especially her past, would be amazing. I love every horrible, mean-spirited, drunken, self-centered thing about that woman.

I have a slight preference for ISIS (or whatever they're calling it now...) spy style fic, but the Archer Vice stuff is also great.

Additional thoughts/prompts:


  • Something where Lana's on maternity leave and Pam and Archer have to work a mission together which can either go to the drunken amazing sex place or just be a hilarious gen romp.

  • A mission from Malory's youth (when she's left Archer to be cared for by Woodhouse or in her pre-Archer life) and/or what led her to building her own spy organization.

  • There is nothing you could imagine about Pam's backstory that I would not be into.

  • This fandom seems to lend itself really well to fake relationships and road trips as well as case fic

  • If you want to just write a team story in line with an episode that just centralizes one of the 3 requested characters, I'm fine with that as well


Orphan Black (Felix Dawkins, Alison Hendrix)

Felix and Alison's friendship is so amazing, ideally, I would love something that explores that. Either past where we are in current canon or missing scenes from the past. This is definitely not a shippy request, though.

If this isn't your jam, I'm also fine with a story focusing on just one of them, either in relation to another character or Sarah (I mis-typed this in my sign-up and probably made it sound like I was asking for Sarah, but I am not, I am just ok if she's in the story - sorry for the confusion). Felix shipped with other male characters is fine, but I'm not that interested in any Alison ships.

Additional thoughts/prompts:

  • As always I'm going to suggest a road trip! Alison and Felix have to get out of town for a few days for reasons (with or without her children) - where do they go, what do they argue about, what are their roadtrip games/snacks/etc.

  • Future-fic, maybe things have settled down with the clones and Felix and Alison decide to work together in some capcity.

  • How do one/both of these characters react to the end of the season? What ultimately happens to them as they're both somewhat unique players in the overall clone fights. Do they find out about the other clones and, if so, what do they do with that knowledge?

  • For something that could walk that dark/funny line, maybe Felix and Alison throw a cocktail party at Alison's and shit goes down (as it always does) and they have to keep the party on track while also fighting back the mysterious forces of evil always at play in this canon.

  • I feel like all I'm coming up with is pretty light prompts & I do admit that I generally love Felix and Alison for the dose of humor they bring to the show, but I am truly fine with darker fic in keeping with the tone of the show, so if this all seems too fluffy to you, trust that while I can't seem to prompt it, I would happily read something that gets more into the drama of the show than the comedy.


And that's a wrap. Hope some of this babble was helpful to you. I truly believe in ODAO and I have faith that you are likely better able to come up with something cool than I am, so please again, do not feel constrained by any of this. If it doesn't help, ignore everything and do not fear.

Happy Yuletide!
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First of what should be 2 posts of Yuletide recs. A-L, plus Scandal because I read that before I started going alphabetically.

11 Recs, 7 Fandoms: Almost Human, Archer, Arrested Development, Frances Ha, The Heat, The Internship, Scandal )
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I know some people really want detailed prompts to mine for inspiration, but I honestly don't have time right now to draft some and I wanted to get something up. If you'd like something more specific, maybe have the mods drop me a question or leave an anon comment on the LJ post and I can put some things together.

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First, thank you thank you thank you. I’m sure that anything you put together in one of my chosen fandoms will be thrilling. I took a bit of a Yuletide hiatus for a few years and I’m excited to be back - I was thinking about the writing and I’d sort of forgotten that the flip side is that I get a story too!

That said, since “anything is great!” is often more daunting than it would seem, here’s some thoughts on stuff I like, stuff I’m eh on, and how I feel about my requests.

General:

I love slash, het, and gen. For pairing stories, I’m a romance girl. I like beginnings and build-up, I like figuring things out, figuring people out. I on’t like when characters are demonized in order to get a pair together. I love friendship in gen or in romances - between the pair or with other characters.

I love stories that fill in gaps - pre-canon stories or slices of lives and stories that the canon didn’t tell - and stories that go beyond the canon - futurefic or characters/events that got dropped revisited.

Comedy is more my jam, but when it comes to angst, I am not going to deny that I am always ready to indulge in a bit of hurt/comfort or long-term pining. I don’t need a happy ending as long as whatever the ending is fits the story.

I love case stories or day in the life stories or whatever version of that fits the fandom - I love these worlds enough to want fic in them, so I’m always into expanding and exploring these places.

Notes on what I love about the canon/fandom for each here:

Scandal I love the strong female characters, I love the fast pace, I love the complicated unnpleasant twistedness of these people. I love the friendships. NOTE - if you cannot include all characters, that is fine. Feel free to drop one or more if necessary. I understand that in particular Jake and Mellie could be difficult to combine and I would love a story about/including either even if it means the others can't be included.

Hart of Dixie I love all the ladies and their individual personalities. I love Lavon Hayes with all my heart. I love the celebrations and the weird Southern traditions. I love a bad boy with a heart of gold.

Greek myth: I love the women of Greek myth. I love Odysseus. I love the crazy stories. I love re-tellings and revisions and the way the stories are always changing. I am more interested in the heroes and the mortals than the gods. NOTE - if you cannot include all characters, that is fine. Feel free to drop one or more if necessary.

There is nothing I don’t love about Happy Endings except that it was cancelled.

Okay, so I haven’t re-read The Secret Circle in a while, but I am into it. Anything about it really. But as noted, my younger self was all about Nick. See earlier re: bad boy with a heart of gold.

Deadwood I love the rawness of it, the uncivilized attempting to make something work in the wilderness. I love the language. I love Trixie and Al and everyone who comes in and out of their orbit.

I made a lot of requests to give a lot of options, so I hope there’s something here that you’re excited to write and I can’t wait to read the story. I hope you also get exactly what you want and again, thanks for participating in Yuletide - I’m sure the story will be amazing.
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this was totally supposed to be funnier than it ended up being. and also, you know, not written, probably. but.


[you know how they say], Buffy and Harry Potter (AU post HBP) crossover, Willow and Hermione.
"Willow, you tried to end the world." It sounds somehow smaller when Hermione says it. Not that anyone else really says it, but Willow can practically hear them all think it. "What, exactly, is the step after that?"


This is completely the fault of [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky, [livejournal.com profile] kyrafic, and [livejournal.com profile] throughadoor (who, like in days of yore, also beta-ed and consulted). Thanks to all of you, I guess? Title from a British Sea Power song.
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I was going to do my year-end lists, etc, but then OMG, "Abyssinia, Henry" was on and so OBV, I had to stop, drop and weep like a small girl, OMG. Seriously, I have seen that ep MANY MANY MANY times and it never stops being the SADDEST thing in the entire known universe. For reals, yo. Radar's little face! And Hawkeye and Trapper just working and Father Mulcahey clutching at his chest and OMG, RADAR. Ahem.

So, that took away the half hour I had blocked out for lj. I will do the damn lists though, this weekend, even if it is too late. Screw time, it's not the boss of me anyway.

Now it's time to watch my stories sitcoms about sensitive men and the workplaces that love them. Or something.
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[livejournal.com profile] yuletide recs, A-D (though I didn't finish 'D,' so there will eventually be more there, I assume)

+Agatha Christie: [Coffee and Cognac], Poirot/Hastings
He was ahead of me in so many ways that I almost despaired of everknowing what it was that he understood so quickly; but, as I thoughtover that evening in Brussels and this morning's exchange that hadmirrored it, I felt another blush begin to creep across my face.

+Almost Famous: [Love Comes and Goes], Penny Lane
Her mother doesn't understand when she says she needs to go to Morocco, but she gives her the money nonetheless.

+Askewniverse: [Banky Knows What it is All About], Banky/Hooper
Panels, he saw the panels of the art as the angles tilted. Banky snorted and giggled. It looked like he was in a comic.

+Boy Meets World: [if all the world and love were young], Cory/Shawn
"You can't actually unmarry a person," Cory said after she left andShawn sat down on the clean expensive leather of the new couch andnodded, accepting.

+Clue: the Movie: [Miss Manners Would Not Approve], Wadsworth
"And I'd wager Miss Manners would have something to say on the heading of `blackmail', when it comes right down to it."

+The Chronicles of Narnia: [Lives by Breaking], Pevensies gen
Lucy turns her face to him. She says, "I remember you."

+Deadwood: [between hay and grass], Joanie (w/ a brilliant allusion to Jae's Deadwood/pop xover)
The blonde whore sets down the glasses with a pepperbox crack for eachone; some of the liquor slops out across her hand and she raises it toher mouth without a thought.

+Deadwood: [Chance Favors the Mind], Doc, Jane
The whiskey burned going down, and smelled predictably of turpentine, but it wasn't the worst he'd ever tasted.

+Deadwood: [My hands remember hers], Jane/Joanie
The graveyard's silent, like the birds all went inside too, and Janefinds a snort of laughter bubbling up through her nose at the thought.

+Dexter: [Use Your Illusion, Too], Deb
Her therapist suggested no new men for six months.

+Dexter: [The Great Unifier], Dexter, Brian (wicked spoilery)
"Dexter! Where is Dexter? I need to see Dexter!"

+Dexter: [Love in Prompts: Dexter Theatre], Dexter/Rita
I feel a sense of obligation to her, and maybe that's what love is.


And between the computer and the wine, I totally have a headache. Ugh.
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Because whenever I make myself icons, I somehow always end up with more than I need, office icons, quotes and ryan/kelly from branch closing )
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Two ficlets:

For [livejournal.com profile] la_cspan because some things are AS BAD AS NO. Veronica Mars, Veronica/Logan, spoilers through 3.08
two truths and a lie )


For [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky because her icons conspire against me. The Office, Ryan/Kelly, no real spoilers
i will probably break up with you )

I don't know, man. That's where we're at. And now I need to sleep so I can get up bright and early and hit the Whole Foods. Fun times.
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Two ficlety things. Snape says, "these are for [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky, babe."

The Office, Ryan/Pam
an inauspicious beginning )

The Office, Toby/Meredith
unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature )


Today was strange. The AL was on the verge of losing it all day, I couldn't use my cube for half the day, and while he didn't do anything in particular, I have never quite had such a strong urge to just sit and stare longingly at WC so much as I did today. [sigh] Also, I am tired like whoa.

But, tomorrow I get paid, I am planning on getting very drunk to celebrate. And also do laundry, but that's less about celebrating and more about the fact that I wore a skirt today. Which, now that I think about it, that might be what was weird. Hmmm...

Most importantly, I've FINALLY hit the part of s3 Gilmore Girls where Jess and Rory are together, so it takes me about an extra twenty minutes to watch each ep because I OBVIOUSLY have to watch each R/J scene at least three times. And sometimes six. Or seven, if it's the "I've got something to take care of" scene. Oh, or the gas-station kiss. ...What?

Project Runway now, I think.
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I wasn't going to do this because I feel like I didn't write anything this year, but thinking about it, I didn't write a lot, but it was enough to take a look at, if only to remind myself what I like about this whole writing fic thing anyway. So, 2005 Fic in Review )

And now, shower, OJ, SPADER. Mmmm...SPADER.
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Having the alien death flu had really fucked up my NYE. Ah, well. As long as it's not an indicator of things to come this year.

And now that it's Jan. 1, authors on all these secret santa exchanges are revealed, so:

[on a mission now], HP, Remus/Sirius
So the whole war thing, it's not good, but as Sirius pulls Remus along toward the portkey three blocks away, he can't help but think it has its merits.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] shackinup_sesa for [livejournal.com profile] yeats. Thanks to kel. and k8 for beta work and to [livejournal.com profile] musesfool for organizing.


[can nature change the seasons of the years], Rome, Octavian with hints of Octavian/Octavia
"Senators," Octavia's voice was quiet, but from Octavian's angle it seemed to rend the entire crowd into three pieces, all moving away from her as she moved towards him.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide for [livejournal.com profile] pearl_o. Thanks to the organizers.


Back to the coughing and the sleeping. Bleh.
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I've been waiting for both to be assigned before doing this, so.

Dear [livejournal.com profile] shackinup_sesa writer,

I pretty much got to specify everything I wanted in my sign-up, but in case you're looking for more, I'll see what I can do. Just click )

Mostly, though, as long as it's Remus/Sirius and it's set at least no later than the end of OotP, I'll be happy. Because hey, story! For me! eeep!

much love,
K

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Dear [livejournal.com profile] yuletide writer,

Mmmm...obscure. I truly love all the fandoms I chose, so whichever one matches your offer will be absolutely wonderful. Overall, I'm looking for a story that suits the fandom, either happy or not as needed. I'm very invested in the characters above all and I do appreciate the humor, even in the darker situations. I would prefer gen to porn in all cases, but do love the slash when it fits the story. So as not to bore the world (though I kind of love reading everyone's letters), click the cut for more specifics )

Anyway, no matter what you pick, I'm pretty pumped to get a story in all of these fandoms, so no worries. I'm sure it'll be excellent.

*mwah*
K (kat)

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Today was a lovely day. Everyone was all chipper and enthusiastic. I mean, Work Crush asked me how my weekend was. That NEVER happens. I was so confused I didn't manage to actually answer like a normal person, but whatever.

Gingerbread lattes are back! This happened several days ago and I cheered at Starbucks like the wretch that I am, but I had one this morning and I'm sure this is what made the morning so awesome, so. Yes.

This Bill Simmons column mounting a defense of Terrell Owens is so the best thing I've ever read because even though I do believe that T.O. is crazy and an idiot and a jerk, it's nice to see all the other people who can be held accountable. Especially this:
3. White peopleIf Drew Bennett were pulling this crap, would you be this angry? It's like the old Chris Rock joke, "I haven't seen white people this angry since they canceled M*A*S*H." Maybe you white people need to look in the mirror and think about the real reason you hate Terrell Owens. Asalamalakum, my brother.


And I'm gonna go right ahead and use my M*A*S*H icon in honor of the anger of white people everywhere. Also 'cause I [heart] Alan Alda.

Now, CSPAN and I have a high-impact date with the TiVo that includes PTI, Rome, Smallville and maybe TWW. Mmmmmm...T.V.
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Who could have known that lo, these twenty-seven years, all I've wanted was [a guy dating his best friend's ex], [a badass visit to the Dairy State], [some carnies in loooooove], [bitchy gay men in something that definitely isn't love].

Which is to say, people who are awesome wrote me birthday stories and here are the proper links/title/fandom/author info:

Walking Off Your Blues -- [livejournal.com profile] callmesandy
Everwood, Bright/Madison

Burn This -- [livejournal.com profile] imogennegomi
Alias, Jack, Will

scenes from a swindle -- [livejournal.com profile] throughadoor
LotRPS, Billy/Dom (AU)

This Is No Modern Romance -- [livejournal.com profile] circusgirl
QaF (US), Brian/Emmett

4 fandoms represented, man. That's class. And, all awesome stories that you should read and shower with praise. Thanks to all of them and to everyone else who sent good wishes. *mwah*
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So, sometimes I decide to make myself crazy and try to work out the timeline on QAF. Can someone tell me why I do this? I'm not allowed to do this anymore. It makes me INSANE. Especially when you realize that based on lesbian anniversaries, there has to be two full years between the s.3 opener and the s.5 opener, but based on lesbian babies, there can only be nine months between 3.05 and 4.14. And the fact that Jason Kemp was apparently murdered in April of '02. And that it's ALWAYS WINTER.

Since nobody ever reminds me that I'm not allowed to think about this, behind the cut tag, I've noted some major milestones )

The info for 5.01 is only very minorly spoilery, but if you're nervous, just don't look.

DO YOU SEE HOW THIS COULD MAKE SOMEONE CRAZY? OMG. I am impressed, however, that I actually get to use this mood accurately. OMG.
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[same time next thursday], QAF (US), Brian/Justin
Didn't you evaporate into thin air like a good little plot device?

[livejournal.com profile] burnitbackwards held a challenge to write our dream ending for QAF, it being the last season and all (weep). [livejournal.com profile] throughadoor and I essentially wanted to write the same story and since (through no use of influence or anything) we were assigned the same day to post, we decided to collaborate. This was the end result. It quite truly might only be funny to us, but whatever. No spoilers for s.5, but for all seasons before that.


Also, I MADE A GARTH VIDEO APPEAR BY SHEER FORCE OF WILL!! It was a feat like none known to mankind before. I can only thank Bono and accept what I have done for the miracle it is.
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In our latest adventures in cracked-out AUs ('cause you know how we do) kel. and I came up with the Alias AU of our dreams. Just imagine it: Sark and Bristow Bristow and Sark Investigations.

For reasons not fully worked out but which are-- let me assure you-- extremely logical, former CIA agent Jack Bristow has started a private investigations firm. He has taken on as his partner former master criminal Julian Sark, a man who is putting his shady past to good use in pursuit of the more legitimate dollar. The men have a tentative trust and bicker a lot, but they're the best if you've got a problem you just can't take to the cops. The story would, of course, feature much in the way of post noir-ish narration courtesy Mr. Bristow and would probably start a little like:

It was another Tuesday. We hadn't had a case in three days and Sark was alternating between amusing himself by terrorizing our assistant with a loaded weapon and whining because the coffee from across the street tasted like swill and I was wondering what bitch I was going to have to choke. Then the door opened and everything changed.

Everything changed, of course, because a client walked in. A suave, rodent-like little man in round glasses and an expensive suit with a Mao-collar. Arvin Sloane. As fascinating as he is deadly. He would be bringing them a case. A problem involving three beautiful but deadly Russian women and a mysterious artifact. There might be a prophecy. But then, there might not, because Jack doesn't have a lot of time for bullshit. Sloane would need Bristow and Sark's help tracking the women down and recovering the artifact. Because kel. is partially in charge here and because there are conventions to be followed even in a cracked-out pseudo Sam Spade rip-off, Jack and Sloane would fall desperately in love, but resist and, of course, Sloane would betray Jack in the end, anyway.

Along the way, we'd meet Marcus Dixon, Jack's contact in the intelligence world and Marshall, their source for all things technological, weapon-like and cool. Jack and Sark would, of course, have a pleasant, straight-forward and witty assistant, Eric Weiss (yes, like Houdini). He'd always be trying to be more involved in their work and while a bright guy, he just wouldn't have the moral flexibility and ingenuity to be on Jack or Sark's level. But, (since I too have a wacky Alias OTP), Sark keeps him around because he's pretty and also fun to wave a gun at when he's bored. Throughout our story, we'd also come to find that Jack had a child from his mysterious marriage-- Sydney, a French caberet singer who works at a local bar. Sydney would visit the office occasionally on the way home from work in the morning and bring donuts and coffee from the shop across the street. Of course, this would all be a translucent excuse to spend time with the donut-boy, Michael Vaughn who is desperately in love with Sydney.

And so it goes in the world of wacky OTP-tastic AUs that our brains churn out like so much sawdust. Also, since I haven't posted in awhile, I feel that this is an opportunity to note that [livejournal.com profile] peter_and_fran (aka the wacky OTP-tastic AU that we're actually writing) was updated on Wednesday with a part that I like to refer to as "the weeping". I always cackle after this. Because I like to make people cry. Or something. It will, as usual, also be updated later today, but kel.'s on top of that and she's been galivanting around the NY, so I am unsure on the time. Still, watch out for that.

Quick Long, rambling and possibly overly defensive thoughts about Lost are also in order )

Now I have one more task and then I watch Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Mmmmm...relaxing day.

ALSO! imogen and I watched QAF 312-314 last night and they showed a new promo for the season 5 premiere. Want now, please and thank you. May 22, nownownownownownownow. Ahem.
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#1. I participated in the [livejournal.com profile] comica_obscura challenge and the stories are up! The fantastic
en haut was written for me about Lady Shiva with some absolutely fantastic support from the less obscure characters. Absolutely wonderful gift.

#2. There was new [livejournal.com profile] peter_and_fran posted on Sunday. And I got a piece of cake out of the deal.

I spent the last three days watching more Food Network and TLC than anyone has a right to and oh! it was glorious. But, I'm also now sick, so there is no cooking in my future. I sigh. Heavily.

Also, since k8 and I discussed at length (while watching Jesus Christ Superstar) my favorite pieces of musical theater:
Cabaret
Into the Woods
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Music Man

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