[sticky entry] Sticky: Fanfic Masterlist

Dec. 31st, 2013 11:59 pm
muccamukk: text 'Writers expressed themselves with cymbals' with a picture of a set of cymbals (Politics: Writing)
Regarding content notes: I do my best to include content notes in the headers of all of my longer stories, but I may be inconsistent on drabbles. I mention content I feel is likely to upset or squick readers, such as sexual violence or character death. However, if you're concerned about the content of any given fic, please do e-mail or PM me, and I'll fill you in as best I can.

Transformative Works Policy: Anyone who wishes to is welcome to remix, podfic, translate, write meta about, make art for, or write in the same universe/fanon as any of my fanworks. Please link me to the results if you do. Please contact me for permission before you include my work in a 'zine or other printed resource.

A note on organisation: The various "Marvel" categories include comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Netflix, and the X-Men films, all roughly sorted by title and universe. Cap/Iron Man fic is together, regardless of universe.

Crossovers are largely listed twice, once under each relevant fandom.

The A-Team (2010) ) * Babylon 5 ) * Battlestar Galactica (2003) ) * Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV) ) * DC Comics ) * DC's Legends of Tomorrow ) * Doctor Who ) * Firefly (TV) ) * Hawaii Five-0 (2010) ) * Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ) * Highlander (TV) ) * Horatio Hornblower (TV) ) * Jane Austen (Novels) ) * King Arthur (2004) ) * The Lord of the Rings (Books & Films) ) * Marvel: Avengers Comics (616) ) * Marvel: Captain Britain and MI:13 ) * Marvel: Heroes for Hire Comics ) * Marvel: MCU & Netflix ) * Marvel: Steve/Tony ) * Marvel: X-Men (Films) ) * Master and Commander ) * Les Misérables (2012) ) * Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV) ) * The Musketeers (2014) ) * Pacific Rim (2013) ) * The Pirates of the Caribbean ) * Psych ) * Quantum Leap ) * Reign of Fire (2002) ) * Rivers of London ) * Sherlock Holmes (Books) ) * Sinbad (Sky1) ) * Sleepy Hollow (TV) ) * Star Trek: The Next Generation ) * Star Trek (2009) ) * Star Wars ) * Stargate: Atlantis ) * Stargate: SG-1 ) * Supernatural ) * Ultraviolet (UK TV) )
muccamukk: Gunnar pointing and saying, "but life's a bitch, and you're cursed." (Sinbad: Life's a Bitch)
[personal profile] sholio asked: Do you have any character types you tend to like, across different fandoms? Talk about one of them!

I think there are a couple big ones for me.

Women who think they are broken by go on anyway, even though the world will never give them any peace, and they don't think they deserve it, because fuck if the world will beat them, and what's the other choice? Susan Ivanova, Laura Kinney, Rina (Sinbad), Natasha Romanoff, Sara Lance, to some extent Peggy Carter (mostly season one), Kira Nyres, Jessica Jones. It's usually expressed via anger and defence mechanisms that would make Vauban jealous, and I just want them to get hugs.

People with low expectations of themselves who are leaning so hard on their coping mechanisms that they don't see the world of possibilities. People who have tried and failed and have given up on trying to be better, even though they very, very secretly wish it was possible. Gunnar (Sinbad), Mick Rory, Vala Mal Doran, Booster Gold, Milady. Usually expressed by cynicism and violence, and ditto on the hugs.

People who have every reason in the world to be a dick, but are still just really nice and kind to everyone. Kara Danvers, Lacey Thornfield, Jax Jackson, Harry Kim, Geordie LaForge, Dottie Williams, most John Watsons, to some extent Luke Cage and Thor. HUGS! They did a good job and should feel good.

Man who are trapped in their own broken code of ethics while their own toxic masculinity slowly poisons them, and they can't find a way out because changing who they are is too difficult even as they're drowning. Chakotay, Denethor, Jack Thompson, Athos, too some extent Jack Robinson. This is a tricky balance, and I only like it sometimes.

Stoic woobies. J'onn, Nala (Sinbad), Misty Knight, Steve Rogers, Teyla, Teal'c, Porthos (The Musketeers).

Captain Dad. Picard (ish), Pellew, Treville.
muccamukk: Peggy holds a pencil between her teeth and studies a clipboard. (Cap: Preoccupied)
Current:
[tumblr.com profile] boostle-giftathon: due 27 January
[livejournal.com profile] babylon5_love: due 17 February

Perspective:
[community profile] fandom5k: sign ups February, due April
[community profile] ssrconfidential: sign ups March, due June (ish)
[community profile] remix_me: sign ups June, due August (if it runs again)
[livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman TRB: July-August (ish)
[community profile] fandom_stocking: December
Holiday exchange, tbd

Modding:
MCU Rolling Remix: sign ups March, reveals July (ish)
[community profile] femslashex: sign ups August, due October
muccamukk: Jeff and Delenn sitting quietly together, background of starcharts. (B5: Constellations)
[personal profile] tielan asked: The one story of your heart that you would desperately like to read before you die. Fanfic, profic, real-life story...whatever.

I think it's easy to imagine the real life story I want to read this week, so I'll set that aside.

This is a difficult question for me though, as I tend to run into this kind of story after the fact more in the awesome story I didn't know I wanted but here it is line, than thinking I want something and not being able to find it.

I think, hypothetically, it would be something that has the emotional impact of The Lord of the Rings or Babylon 5, like a sprawling, unapologeticly epic fantasy/space opera, but with more democracy, and the main characters are mostly gay. Bi default, poly is very common, with no tragic gays, except the kind that come from being involved in a space opera. Some of the antagonists are clear, and some of them are differing opinions, and are less clear.

Lots of side characters with their own stories, and the PoV character isn't a military person, but may have been in the past, and is Very Sad, but not because of a dead wife. They have to reconcile depression, inherent violence, and come into their power. They get married early in the plot possibly to more than one person, and the relationship stays together until the end.

There's science and people are excited about it. There is religion and it is not set in opposition to science.

The non-human cultures are valuable, varied internally and interesting. They interact with each other, and not just the humans. The humans special power is not "heart." No one is told they should be more human. There are NO artificial life forms that just want to be human. Sad robots are right out. The heroes don't torture anyone. Ever.

I'd like it to be on TV or a movie series, and to have a really great sound track.

Music Meme

Jan. 17th, 2017 08:11 am
muccamukk: Jason Mamoa playing the guitar. (SGA: Guitar)
Tagged by [personal profile] garrideb

Rules: You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to. Put your music on shuffle and list the first ten songs, then tag 10 people. 

1. P!nk - Eventually
2. Hilary Hahn - Bach’s Sonata #3 in C - 4. Allegro Assai
3. Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces
4. Daughter - Tomorrow
5. E.S. Posthumus - Nara
6. Howard Shore and Ben del Maestro - Minas Tirith
7. Bing Crosby - All of My Life
8. The New Pornographers - Challengers
9. k.d. lang & Siss Boom Bang - Hungry Bird
10. La Roux - Bulletproof

Tagging: whoever wants to do it.

And this, folks, is why I don’t push shuffle all very much.
muccamukk: Natalie and Pepper look on sceptically. (IM: "Natalie"/Pepper)
(According to my stats page, what the people want is epistolary femslash rarepairs. Go figure.)

(LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS ART! AND THIS ART!)

There was an interesting discussion elsewhere about established relationship fic v. first time fic. I was wondering where the suspension of disbelief begins and ends for people (and how much of it just depends on the quality of the writing).

As a writer, there are only so many times I'm going to find getting some pairings together in various ways interesting (some pairings apparently not so much), but as a reader, I often want some feeling for why a non-canon pairing is together, especially if they're antagonistic in canon, or one of them is dead, or they're a rarepair and I haven't read as much first time fic for them. "Summary: Last issue they were trying to kill each other, but have an established relationship fic about them cooking dinner for each other." can feel a bit jarring, but so can, "It'd been two months since Paul and Diane realised that their antagonism was actually barely-suppressed lust, and one month since Diane had mysteriously returned from the dead." There are variously more and less awkward ways to put that, but it can come across as a little self-justifying. But putting everything in a series doesn't really work a lot of the time either. IDK, maybe an author's note?

I'm overthinking this.
muccamukk: Captain America reading a book. Text: "Modly Cap." (Marvel: Modly Cap)
[personal profile] garrideb asked: I'm curious about your experiences running exchanges/fests... anything really: a notable anecdote, a lesson learned, smoothest/least smooth, that kind of thing.

I learned most of my fest modding by starting out as a team mod with the above lovely soul and [personal profile] valtyr on [livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman. We sort of figured out a lot of it together, and I did eventually branched out to leading on projects. I think I did the first RBB? I definitely did the third holiday exchange, but by that point Valtyr had already been lead on the first two, so we had the system pretty well worked out. (In retrospect, a lot of the event-focus on that comm is our fault. We're sorry, current mods. We know it's a lot of work.)

I've also participated in a lot of fests, especially multi-fandom, AO3-based fests, so I haven benefitted hugely by having a lot of templates to copy off of, and seen how well things work, or don't work. Plus I spend a lot of time hanging out on the F_FA exchange threads, and seeing other mods and participants argue endlessly about the virtues of different systems.

Things people want in a fest:
  • Clear communication. It doesn't have to be immediate answers to every question. You can say "I need to consider this (with the other mod)," but answering all comments in a timely fashion, and promptly posting schedule changes is a must. If people don't understand the rules, explain them more clearly. If Team Mod is going to be off line for a couple days, it's good to mention it.

  • Consistant modding. The mod's friends don't get a break, for one, but also the rules have to be universally applied and easy to understand. A default is a default, and it doesn't matter who or why. Fandoms should be treated fairly, without the mod's favourite fandoms getting rules exemptions or more room in the spotlight. Conversely, thine enemies may participate. Don't be an ass to them. (In reality, thine enemies are mostly not likely to touch anything thou moddest with a barge pole, which is nice.)

  • Flexibility. The mods don't actually have to explain why something's a rule, and certainly don't have to change anything, but they should at least know why the rules say what they do, and why the schedule is on certain days. And if someone has a better suggestion, and there's still time, the rules are not graven into stone.

  • Rolling with the punches. Sometimes, disaster strikes. The [community profile] trickortreatex mod's work place was hit by a tree a couple years ago. 15-25% of participants default, and half of those indicate that by vanishing into thin air. People delete their fic two hours before the archive opens. Pinch hitters come down with the flu, your cat gets sick, your internet stops working, and it all happens at exactly the same time. It's good to have contingency plans, and a lot of this can be dealt with built in features like extra time between due dates and reveals, and a robust pinch hitters list, but not everything is covered by that (A TREE!). Public panic is not the answer. Just keep the participants updated as to changes, and they'll be really nice about it.


Things to know before you mod a fest, especially a large one:
  • It's a time sink. There are going to be a couple days where you do nothing but deal with this shit. They are a) right when the fest opens and people want to know about the rules, b) nominations period, especially the first and last day, c) last day of sign ups, but mostly d) the day previous to through the day after the due date, and e) the day of reveals. It's REALLY good to have a co-mod or mods on a big fest, purely to help out with the busy times, and to cover you if you're hit by a tree. Also you will lose most of the due date.

  • AO3 is out to get you. Actually, it's probably not, but the time to work out how to deal with the tag set during nominations is NOT during actual nominations. Set up a practice tag set, and work out how you're going to handle duplicates, jumping tags, idiosyncratic synning, and comicbook fandom. It's not bad once you get the hang of it, but likewise it's not totally intuitive. In the same spirit. Run a practice sign up through when you open sign ups. Not all the ticky boxes mean what you think they mean. I've never used AO3 to hand match, but I understand it can be interesting. Definitely figure that out in advance. AO3 does have a lot of tutorials, but nothing is quite the same as trying it yourself. Also, there will be bugs in the middle of things, and the AO3 help volunteers are really nice. Oh, fun fact, if you do staggered reveals, people don't get email notification until the entire collection is marked as revealed. You may have do the e-mails yourself.

  • Not everything has to be on AO3. It's great for hosting and matching multi-fandom stuff, but small fests may be better off doing sign ups elsewhere, or matching elsewhere, or everything elsewhere. It's not a one-size fits all solution. Sometimes a livejournal comment fest is what the situation calls for. Look at what other fests have done, see how it worked.

  • You're probably going to have to maintain at least a couple platforms, say AO3, Tumblr, Dreamwidth and/or e-mail, even if it's just a feed or crossposting. You don't always need all of those plus an imzy comm and a twitter and an LJ and an... whatever kids use these days, but there should be more than one way to get in touch with the mods, and the mods should check all of them regularly.

  • Some people are going to be dicks who try to rules lawyer their way through the fest, put up thinly-vailed place holders and ask for extensions when you catch them. Some people genuinely are just having an unexpectedly shitty week and just need a couple hours to get their submission together. You can usually sort of tell which is which, and it's fine to give people a break, but I would err on the side of strictness. Think about what will happen down the road if they don't come through.

  • If you are modding a fest that covers X-group (rarepairs, small fandoms, a certain gender, a certain kink), make really clear what the boundaries are, and make sure they make sense across various fandoms. There's a reason this is a perennial source of yuletide wank, and it's often good to get a friend to check it out, or put of a draft somewhere and ask people how it will work in fandoms you don't know. Also, make sure your rules aren't actively offensive to the group you're pitching to, with knowledge that people don't always agree in group (I had something unintentionally transphobic in the original femslashex rules. I changed it pretty damn fast, but I wish I'd put more thought into it). I tend to err on the side of generous definitions, because mostly people act in good faith in this area, in my experience.

  • No matter what choices you make, someone is not going to like them, and they are not unlikely to tell you to your face. They're extremely likely to complain about you by name in their own spaces and/or anon spaces. There is nothing you can do about that, except know that arguing with people in anon spaces is not usually a good look. It's probably best just not to go on _coal at all.

  • Don't make critical decisions about the whole fest when stressed out. It doesn't end well.

  • Since public panic is never the answer, do have someone who's willing to listen to you complain about how ALL your participants suck and you never want to do this ever again.


Smoothest fest I've modded was probably the rolling remix last year, mostly because it was small, and had the work of modding spread out over a few months. Roughest has been [community profile] femslashex every year, because it's fucking huge, and the crunch around the due date is awful.

Whew. That got long, and I realise it didn't have much about modding smaller fests. I did a pretty good run down of Rolling Remix and how that worked here. Please comment with your own experiences, everyone.
muccamukk: Pepper laughs into her hand. (Avengers: Laughing)
My fandom stocking is full of things! You should go look at them all because there is stunning fanart and fabulous fic and icons just for me. I am extremely happy.

I also wrote some things, which I have made with shorter headers, because there ended up being a few. What is it they say on Time Team? If you have seven, you have a hoard?

Accidental Chemisty (stocking link)
Legends of Tomorrow/Historical RPF (Sara Lance/Marie Curie), G, word count 1,100
Maria's tour of America has long since worn thin, but a brief encounter with a dashing young woman may change her perspective.

Hold Me Fast, Hold Me True (stocking link)
Hornblower (TV) (William/Horatio), Mature, word count 1,700
Horatio realises that he wants to try something new; William is appalled and no little intrigued.

Common Sense Advice (stocking link)
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Dot, Mac/Rosie), G, word count 950
With Phryne in Europe, Dot starts writing as Artemis in Women's Choice Magazine. Rosie needs some advice.

On the Beach at Tintagel (stocking link)
Legends of Tomorrow (Jax & Martin), Teen, word count 1,400
A missing scene from the start of season two, after Jax and Martin are scattered, before they end up at Tintagel. Or, Gideon dropped everyone in the worst possible place, didn't she?

Keep Our Demons on the Burner (stocking link)
Legends of Tomorrow (Ray/Mick), Teen, word count 3,900
When Mick starts pushing them all away, Ray wonders if it's something he's done wrong, or if there is a deeper cause. Or, my take on why Mick is seeing Snart.

Two Minutes, Thirty-Seven Seconds (stocking link)
Legends of Tomorrow (Ray/Mick), G, word count 1,400
Ray asks Mick on a date. And then he does it again. And again.

One Night at the Red Planet Hotel (stocking link)
Babylon 5 (Marcus/Stephen), Teen, word count 2,500
Sharing a honeymoon suite is a serious thing, especially one one party has no idea the other is in love.

In Addition to Time (stocking link)
Pacific Rim (Team gen), G, word count 500
At the end of the war, there is a signal.
muccamukk: Juli on a ladder shelving library books, sunbeams giving him wings. (Heart of Thomas: Wings)
My Internet is wobbly right now, and seems to be letting me post, but looking at DW is... intermitant. I hope to comment on all my [community profile] fandom_stocking things soon. Meanwhile:

[personal profile] likeadeuce asked: Fullmetal Alchemist manga. . .anything you have to say about it, really, I know it's been a while <3

I read this piecemeal from the library about four years ago, so it's more a matter of lasting impressions, and sorting lasting impressions out from fic I've read, most of which is by you :D

I was a little surprised at how young the protagonists were. I gather it's aimed sort of middle grade? But some of the art and characterisation around Ed especially felt a bit jarring in relation to the seriousness of the rest of the plot. I think some of that might be general expectations around Manga, and I didn't dislike Ed, but often found for example constant freaking out about called short a bit jarring.

The general humour in the books was usually pretty good though, especially the drier stuff.

I like Roy and Riza, and the whole take down the system from the inside, even at cost of their own lives plot. I'm not sure how much of that is osmosis from you, but the general feeling that their souls had been lost in the war, and that this was payment worked well. I don't especially remember shipping anyone, but did enjoy Roy's little black book.

I found a lot of homunculi stuff a bit tiresome. Some of the more powerful ones were interesting, but the sort of general background ones got too much page time.

I liked the Scar plot, and thought it was well handled, and liked when everyone got wound up and pointed in the same direction.

Pinyana (sp?) was great, and I wished there'd been more of her.

The setting was very interesting, believable steampunk imperium, where the author had thought about empire. I liked the hints at other empires and what was going on with them, and how the cultures interacted with what little we got.

I feel like somewhat haphazardly from the library was not the best way to appreciate the grand climax of the storyline. I remember at the time you saying that a Vol (whatever 23?) had been one of your favourites, and had packed his huge emotional punch, and me feeling that it was good storytelling but not feeling married to it.

That's pretty well all I got. I have a vague intention to reread it at some point, hopefully more coherently.
muccamukk: Wanda of Many Colours (Marvel: Scarlet Witch)
[personal profile] resonant asked: What do you remember about the first comic you ever read?

The first serialised comics were probably in the papers, and we only got the papers our groceries were wraped in, and we only get groceries once a month, so following say Prince Valiant was definitely a lost cause.

At some point my brother got a subscription to Nintendo Magazine, which had a monthly instalment of what I can only imagine was a deeply middling comic about either Starfox or Super Mario Brothers, depending on the month. I remember reading these out loud to my mother, who displayed an unusual amount of patience with this project, probably because I wasn't reading much yet, so she was happy with whatever I chose. The actual content... they rescued Princess Peach? Yoshi only said "Yoshi" and was my favourite. The Starfox one had a scene where Falco had to knock out Starfox to keep him from going on a mission (or the other way around?) that appealed to my burgeoning h/c fascination. Otherwise, I got nothing.

The first superhero comic I read was an Essential X-Men I got from the library after seeing the first X-Man movie and falling madly in love with Rogue. It was probably one of the '70s Claremont runs, and I remember mostly being confused by all the characters, but liking the team dynamic. There was an issue where Kurt went to hell, which was suitably angsty, and made me happy to see him in X2. There was also the famous scene where Magneto is about to kill... everyone? Something, but he sees that he's injured Kitty Pride and repents. I liked the art, which being Essential was all black and white and clean bronze-age lines. Storm and Professor X looked enough like their movie versions to satisfy me. The second or third fic I wrote was a Rogue&Wolverine h/c tag to X2, but I was a still movies only fan.

I didn't go back to comics until someone lent me the collected Frank Miller Batman books in about 2005. I dipped my toe into that fandom, then backed slowly away. (I think War Games was the event that summer, and I was impressed by the feminist rage surrounding it, but nothing made me want to get into comics.) Marvel eventually sucked me in for good with Captain Britain and MI:13.
muccamukk: Woman sleeping in bed, surrounded by books. (Books: Ballycumbers)
What I Just Finished Reading
From when I was doing [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts:
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, narrated by Juliet Stevenson
Highly enjoyable and incredibly funny. I think Catherine is one of Austen's most relatable heroines, and enjoyed Henry very much. It is perhaps somewhat depressing how little things have changed since 1803, given that the Thropes felt entirely contemporary, especially John Thorpe's treatment of women.

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, narrated by Karen Cass
Whew, so that was a bit of a long haul, even on audiobook. I didn't mind the endless descriptions of scenery and feelings, but could have lived without the poetry. (We finally switched to Blanche's PoV, and I was like, Huzzah! Emily's gone! No more poetry! but of course Blanche also writes poetry, gdi.) The scenery was at least mostly descriptions of areas I've been to, and was pleasantly nostalgic. The funniest part was what an 18th-century writer thought 16th-century French culture was like.

That aside, I unironically enjoyed most of this story. It was a melodramatic soap opera, but the story certainly kept me interested, and I liked Emily trying to find fortitude in the face of all the awful things that kept happening to her. I know a lot of people feel like Emily spent too much time fainting and crying, but she really was a shy young woman who'd been orphaned and then terrorised for months. Poor pet.

It was a bit disappointing that only a third of the book took place at the title castle, and didn't even get there for ten hours of audiobook, but it was fittingly creepy, and they had more creepy buildings later.

I was interested in the general commentary about what to do if the object of your affection has rejected you, which solution seemed to be to shut up about it and leave the poor woman alone. Other behaviours were explored and condemned. Murdering the existing spouse is right out! But so is hanging around being a creep. I could, on the other hand, used far less "City people, especially women, bad; country people especially peasants, good."

Apparently someone abridged it to take out all the scenery and poetry, and it was less than half the length.


The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story by Horace Walpole
Struggling with what to rate this. It wasn't what you would call good, and it certainly wasn't scary, but it was unintentionally (and sometimes intentionally) hilarious.

Basically the author is a bored rich dude who wrote this for lolz, and it kind of shows, because it's everything and the kitchen sink, usually all at once; there's whole chapters of people just chasing each other around the countryside; everyone turns out to have a secret relative, be a secret relative, or both, and it ends with both a wedding AND a funeral. Nothing is foreshadowed.

Taken in the spirit meant, it's pretty entertaining.


The Old English Baron: a Gothic Story by Clara Reeve
This is supposedly a rewrite of Castle of Otranto, aimed at making it more plausible, but it doesn't really work as a rewrite, and on its own, it's a little dull.

Basically, Reeve looked at the chaotic lunacy that is Otranto, and said, "you know what bothers me, the peasant boy turning out to be of noble birth. I'm going to write a whole book about how that would work." Possibly unfair, as other elements are mixed in, including the unexplained magic armour, and various family dynamics, but the remix lost the fun of the original, and most of the women too.


And since last time I posted this (I wrote 20k of fic, and read few books):
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, narrated by Simon Vance
It's always so interesting to actually read something you've only run into via osmosis. The science of the aliens part was absolutely fascinating, and it holds up as solid SF now, even if we know rather more about Mars. The plot not so much, and I could have lived without the racism.

Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
The language was beautiful of course, and I liked that setting felt somewhere real, not sort of vague Ye Olde Scotlande, but an actual farming community in the hill country.

I didn't really have a lot to hold onto in terms of plot or character. The plot is basically a series of terrible things happening because the farming community is terrible, and the main character trying to work out an ethical way through until he eventually stumbles on an out. I guess it's more than happened in The Telling, but none of it really grabbed me.

I gather each of the books in this series has a different but connected setting and character, so I may try the next, but I'm not rushing out.


The Saga of the Mary Celeste by Stanley T. Spicer
Informative but extremely short. I would have liked to know a lot more details.


I started and abandoned both Dust Tracks on the Road by Zora Neale Hurston and The Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Sunil Yapa, the former for not grabbing me, and the latter for being unbearably pretentious.


What I'm Reading Now
Listening to A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin, which has too many astronauts, and not enough mission control. Reading, in fits and starts, Rising Sun, Tumbling Bear about the Russo-Japanese war, interesting, but a lot of troop movements and not enough cultural background or bios of people involved.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably Apollo: Race to the Moon, which I've been promised has more ground people. Might go back to the Tesla bio on audiobook. Library books.
muccamukk: Phryne, mostly nude, arms crossing her breasts, holding feather fans. (MFMM: Fan Dance)
Fic Posted in 2016: A List )

Total Stories Written for the Year: 33
Total words: 84,045
Favourite of the batch: Jeff Sinclair in the 24½th Century (The Five Faces of Valen Remix), which still amuses me deeply, also JEEEEEFFFFFFFF.
Best of the batch: Left Turn at Harmony Falls in terms of depth of emotion.
Most under appreciated by the universe: Ok, I knew exactly three people were going to read In the Dead Lava Streets when I wrote it, and those three people seemed to really like it, but I still wish it'd done a little better.
Most fun to write: An' to the Greenwood She Is Gane. Outsider PoV! WHEEEEEEE!!!
Sexiest fic: Tomorrow It's Ransom... or Torture!. The rape play one. I didn't write a lot of smut this year.
"Holy crap, that's wrong even for you" fic: Boys Without a World. Kidfic and DEATH.
Fic that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: Far Seers. I need to think more about these two. I think there's something there I'm not scratching.
Hardest fic to do: No Thought for the Morrow. My computer crashed, and I had to rewrite the back half. With just hours to go on reveals of the fest I was also modding. Good times.
Biggest disappointment: Shellhead and the Captain. I was going for J.M. Barre pistache, and more or less fell on my face.
Biggest surprises: I slipped and fell and wrote Caught by the Light, aka 5.5k of Legolas/Gimli soulbonding. And it's the second-most popular thing I wrote last year.
Most telling fic: Is posted under a sock. But of this batch... Left Turn at Harmony Falls for reasons that don't need to be explored at this juncture.
muccamukk: Steve and Tony standing side by side looking into a blue background. (Marvel: Into the Blue)
Title: New World Intervals
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel 616 (Steve/Tony)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4,900
Notes: Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] vibraniumstark for [livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman's Holiday Exchange. Thank you to Laireshi for beta reading.
Summary: In the wake of Disassembled, a science experiment gone wrong casts our heroes across space-time, where Tony discovers that Steve is both the first and the last person he wants to be stuck on an alien planet with.

Title: One Last Second Chance
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel 57289 (Steve/Tony)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 6,400
Notes: Written as a pinch hit for [archiveofourown.org profile] imdamuffins for [livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman's Holiday Exchange. Thank you to Amonae for beta reading.
Summary: Tony Stark, second newest engineer at Rhodes Labs International, is just trying to rebuild from the ruins of his failed company, vanished fortune, and struggles with alcoholism. His goals include keeping his head down, avoiding stress and convincing Dr. Rhodes to let him build a really cool robot, so why does the universe keep throwing Avengers in his path?

LJ/DW

Jan. 6th, 2017 08:28 am
muccamukk: Sif waving and grinning hugely. (Thor: HI! HI! :D :D)
I'm still on DW, obviously. All those years ago, when LJ was having a permanent account sale, I got a tattoo instead. Then DW happened, and I ended up just moving over here and crossposting, then eventually not crossposting, because it was often fussy.

If anyone I've lost touch with since I moved here, lo so many years ago, would like to reconnect, drop a comment.

Or just say HI!

Or say HI generally.

I really do love everyone in this bar.
muccamukk: Text: Let me just go in the next room and crochet, while you have cigars and brandy and talk about beheadings. (HL: Men's Business)
Title: An' to the Greenwood She Is Gane
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen/Highlander (Catherine, Mrs. Allen, Rebecca, Amanda, et cetera)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 7,000
Notes: written for [personal profile] hafital for [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts. Thank you to Valtyr for advice and support, and Nenya for beta reading.
Summary: I assure you that my forthcoming (and longer) letter will be completely factual on every point, devoid of speculation, and possessing only the barest descriptions and no poetry of any kind. Yours,—Catherine Tilney
muccamukk: Ray and Mick sitting in a car, not looking at each other. Text: Feelings? Yes. (LoT: Feelings?)
Hiatus is killing me, man. Come talk to me about my show! Pretty please with feelings on top?

I don't know, just anything: Favourite characters, moments you loved, fic you want, fic tropes that drive you nuts, ships you want to happen, ships you don't want to happen, best character interaction beats, time periods you want to the team to visit, missing scenes you wish we'd seen, fanon, pet theories, speculation. Whatever.

Fests

Jan. 4th, 2017 04:10 pm
muccamukk: Rommie wearing a party hat and holding a noise maker. Text: "Warship" (Andromeda: War/Party)
[community profile] fandom_stocking is Delayed until the 11th! There was much rejoicing! (Seriously half my circle was just sort of staring at it blankly going, "... what are words?" because of holiday exchanges and general burn out. Plus the stockings didn't start going up until 10 December, so this is great!)

I have one fic here, and two fic here, if anyone wants to play guessing.

Right, back to food order, then more fandom stockings. My chances of doing more than three just went up by A LOT.

ETA: Oh, Ongoing/Up coming:

[personal profile] st_aurafina has a friending meme here.

[personal profile] sholio is talking about a Hug Comment Fest here.

[personal profile] sdwolfpup is talking about this year's More Joy Day, and has a poll here.
muccamukk: Sweet young girl kisses Tony on the cheek. (Marvel: Kisses)
1. Your main fandom of the year?
For emotional investment: Legends of Tomorrow, for fic produced: Marvel Comics

2. Your favourite film watched this year?
Star Trek Beyond. In fact, I think I'll to watch it again.

3. Your favourite book read this year?
It was a year with a lot of solid books, but not really ones that blew me away. If forced to choose, Guard Wolf by Lauren Esker was very similar to a basket of puppies, and in fact contained said. I also really liked S.P.Q.R. by Mary Beard.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?
Legends of Tomorrow!, but I also really liked Supergirl, Class and Agent Carter

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?
My DW circle.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which we watched through, and which were delightful. Must write fic.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Agent Carter getting cancelled (Boo!), and not even caring enough about The Musketeers to bother watching the new season. No new Rivers of London (here anyway).

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
J'onn Jonzz from Siupergirl.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Sara Lance from LoT

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
All the Mick/Ray stuff in "Aberrations" certainly made me happy, as did the Spock/McCoy in Beyond, but I think Alex's plot in Supergirl takes it.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?
The Musketeers, still. *sighs* Oh, and Sinbad, but that was always like me and three other people.

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?
Ghostbusters. Need to watch that DVD.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
More DC shows, Wonder Woman, Rivers of London, Tom of Finland.
muccamukk: Sif waving and grinning hugely. (Thor: HI! HI! :D :D)
Happy New Year to one and all! I bring gifts! (they're actually gifts for me, but they're great and you should read them.)

For [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts I got:

Title: By my life or death
Fandom: Highlander: The Series
Characters: Joe/Duncan, Connor, Amanda, (Methos guest spot)
Words: 5,000
Rating: Gen
Summary: Five years after leaving Paris for good, Duncan gets wind of trouble in the Watchers, and enlists his friends to help him save the one mortal he can't lose.
Notes: Someone wrote me Joe/Duncan (or Joe & Duncan, it's ambiguous), but not only that, it's got a plot and stuff, and all kinds of Watcher politics, and Duncan and Connor and Amanda. My author is serious the best.


For [livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman Holiday Exchange I got:

Title: The End Is Where We Begin
Fandom: Next Avengers
Characters: Steve/Tony/Natasha, assorted Avengers and Next Avengers
Words: 20,000
Rating: Teen
Summary: Tony has spent twelve years raising the Avengers' children alone, under Ultron's shadow, thinking everyone else is dead. After finally defeating Ultron, they discover that the Avengers aren't dead after all, but were kept in stasis all along. So, Tony has to reconnect with his partners, Steve and Natasha, after all these years, while Steve has to come to terms with how everything has changed, starting from his son, who is now a teenager instead of a toddler.
Notes: This is the follow up the Next Avengers that I've wanted ever since I first saw it. I'm so happy right now. You can probably read it even if you haven't seen the cartoon, as the story includes the backstory as well.

Fic, stuff

Dec. 29th, 2016 10:53 pm
muccamukk: Text: Did I mention that my nose was on fire? That I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers? (B5: Nose on Fire)
I didn't plan that well this year, and ended up writing three holiday exchange fic and am now looking at fandom stocking going "... what are words? How do they work?" I did make a four page doc of prompts though, which include all the details for strangers, and are like, "That thing with the stuff!" for people I actually know. I hope I remember what I meant later. My goal is two stories, which I see from my AO3 is what I've gotten already. Hmmm.

Family still here for Christmas/New Years, have been playing a lot of Catan and baking a lot. V. Good. Maybe more fandom time when gone? I'm considering taking a bit of a break (until New Years?) to clear my head.
muccamukk: Keren looking extremely dubious. Text: There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus? (Christain: Lobster Jesus)
And Merry Christmas to those to are celebrating today.

(I ended up writing a lot of exchange fic, and not writing a lot of talking meme posts, and then was too embarrassed to show my face here, so NEW PLAN: Talking meme in January, after [community profile] fandom_stocking.)

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