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AO3 version Fanfiction.net version
Fandom
: Yuri!!! on Ice 
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mila Babicheva/Sara Crispino
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, Fanfiction, Happy Ending, Romance, Humor, Not a fake dating fic despite all evidence to the contrary, Implied Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov, Background Emil Nekola/Michele Crispino, Background Slash, Past Victor Nikiforov/Cristophe Giacometti, Past Cristophe Giacometti/Sara Crispino, Background Yuri Plisetsky/Otabek Altin
Summary:
Alternate Title: "That One Grand Prix Final Where Sara Crispino Thought Her Life Was Fake Dating Het But It Was Actually Friends To Lovers Femslash"

I realised everything that could be wrong is either really minor or something I'm too attached to to change, so since getting it checked was taking a while just posted it. If I got something wrong, let me know, if only so my next fic will be less wrong :)

Speaking of which: The moment writing this fic where I went "Oh crap, why can't Sara just date Phichit? They'd be really cute together??" has led me to start poking vaguely at an actual Sara/Phichit fake dating fic (which may turn into Mila/Sara/Phichit if I ever finish it) Which led me to pondering what Terrible Skating Movie Set In Italy she would make him watch after she was forced to sit through The King and The Skater 1 and 2.

The only real world one I could find was The Cutting Edge 2, which looks appropriately terrible. But a true equivalent would be a real famous non-Italian movie set in Italy to which I would tack on a gratuitous skating plot, like the YOI writers did with the King and I. So I looked up movies set in Italy, and the two that came up that I've seen are Roman Holiday (could be cute, but a bit too similar to The King And I, maybe?) and...The Talented Mr Ripley.

And I just. The Talented Mr Ripley plus ice skating. Do I want to do this. We will see.

EDIT: Waaait. WAIT. The Talented Mr Ripley plus ice skating and lesbians.
alias_sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Someone a while ago asked me what the use of powdered peanut butter was asides from making low fat peanut butter.

The two key features: 1) It's a dry powder. 2) it's water soluble, and dissolves quite easily.

1) is useful for adding dry coatings to stuff. I put peanut butter powder+flour+seasoning on some baked zuchinni the other day and it was very nice! Also if you have a slightly too damp or oily sandwich the powder can dry it out eg it makes for less mushy peanut butter and banana toasted sandwiches.

2) is useful for adding peanut butter flavour to things without that annoying dissolving-in-hot-liquid step. This is especially useful for cold things like cereal or salad dressing. I'll just sprinkle peanut butter powder and fish sauce on chopped cucumbers sometimes, and just had a very tasty bowl of mock honey nut cornflakes using butterscotch syrup. It's great mixed into chia seed pudding and other cold desserts, it has enough sugar and salt to create a nice flavour.

You can also use it as an odd sort of vegan milk powder, but I only did this on holiday because I had no other option. I think you could maybe use it as a seasoned high protein flour substitute in something like no-bake date and nut balls etc.

I'm not sure what I'll do when my current jar runs out since it's not sold in Australia. I'll have to see if there's somewhere I can import it from, or I'll be a little sad!
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Cam is on a work trip so I have been on a so far largely unsuccessful quest for light fluffy romance to distract myself. This has taken me to some odd places.
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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
A fannish charity auction, where people offer to write fix/draw fanart etc and whoever makes the highest bid donates that much to charity and gets what they want made.

Here's my page, but if this post helps you find someone else to bid on I'm just as happy.

Bidding closes 19 January 2017 (Midnight, EST).
alias_sqbr: Zuko with a fish on his head (avatar)
Because [personal profile] flamebyrd and I were discussing what to watch now that we've finished Yuri on Ice and it occured to me that if I was making a "stuff I liked" list to narrow down to stuff she might like too, I might as well post the un-narrowed list. Links are easier to do in posts, anyway :)

I'm just looking at Crunchyroll, Netflix and Animelab, other suggestions welcome! I've noted where things are only available on Netflix since you can't watch that for free.
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alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
I had a bunch of YOI fans follow me recently and was feeling a little bad that I'm unlikely to actually post much about it. BUT HERE WE ARE.
Discussions of canon level incest and unhealthy relationships )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Yes, this is for Yuri on Ice, specifically a 14K Sara/Mila fic, but I’m way more confident about the characterisation/romance etc than I am about the skating stuff, so you don’t need to have watched the show let alone ship the pairing. If you only know about men’s figure skating that would still be a step up from my “have watched YOI and a few youtube clips and read a little bit on Wikipedia”.

Failing that, someone else in the "all I know about figure skating I learned from Yuri on Ice" boat could be useful, make the story so compelling noone notices that I got my jumps mixed up with my spins etc :D

(My previous YOI fics just concentrated on Feelings so my ignorance was less of a problem, but this one has something resembling plot)
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Somehow I got inspired to write a fic which almost describes actual sex.

Icebound (8616 words)
Fanfiction.net link
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, First Time, Happy Ending
Summary: If this is all they can have, then it's enough. An attempt to figure out what was going on in Yuuri and Victor's heads.

And now I have an idea for a femslash fic and because the show is about male figure skaters am having to do research on female figure skating to create original characters and routines etc...and am actually enjoying watching figure skating. And getting attached to the different skaters and having opinions on who is better! Special shoutout to Brooklee Han for being a maths nerd Australian(*) and Evgenia Medvedeva for being an anime nerd who skated Sailor Moon and is into Yuri on Ice herself.

THIS IS ALMOST LIKE ENJOYING SPORT. And I know hating sport is a Thing among nerds but seriously I usually really hate sport. And am not all that much into watching dancing either. Apparently all I needed was to be thinking about how I can use it as inspiration to write shippy subtext. It helps that the skater I'm using as a vague base for Sara, Roberta Rodeghiero, skated to Let It Go, which is such a perfect song for a woman moving on from a somewhat incestuous relationship with her brother to get a girlfriend (specifically Mila, who I am basing on Ashley Wagner, even though she's from the US, since she posted about her resemblance to Mila in a tweet)

(*)Or at least someone who competes for Australia. She was born in the US and only moved here after she fell in love with ice skating, poor thing.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (I like pi!)
So today is my first ever December 25th not spent with my family! For the mundane reason that we're celebrating tomorrow (and celebrating Hannukah not Christmas) but it's still been really strange.

This hasn't stopped me getting presents: I got some games off my steam wishlist from Cam, a "Taunting Frenchman from Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Funkopop doll and some caped Robin socks from my friend who always sends weird presents, my Steam keys from the GaymerX kickstarter (good timing on the rewards there :D) and a new chapter from the very fun Pride and Prejudice soulmate fic I'm following, with the satisfyingly accurate chapter title "In Which Mr Wickham Gets Punched In The Face".

I've enjoyed how restful it has been but also felt a little melancholy as night fell so have been watching the most Christmas-y thing on my Netflix queue: Rise of the Guardians. It's an irritatingly generic kids film so far so I'm not getting through it very quickly but I guess that just adds to the Christmas-y-ness.

Also I got inspired to make meat pies for some reason. They turned out really nice, and it's always good to make something conventional I don't normally get to eat. Even with the lowest fat ingredients I could manage it was still fatty enough to make me feel a bit gross but sometimes you gotta have fun.

Anyway, hope you are all having a fun December 25th, whatever that entails for you!
alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great dreamwidth entry. (dreamwidth)
This time by [tumblr.com profile] faejilly. I quite like the questions on this one, especially since it doesn't make any false assumptions eg that I'm in highschool.
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alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
This was hailed in femslasher gamer circles as The First Real Yuri Game On Steam, and so even though it hit a lot of my Do Not Want buttons (including being quite expensive haha) I eventually gave in and gave it a go. And, as the subject of this post suggests, I have very mixed feelings.
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(Where that season is Summer, regardless of what most internet sites assume is globally universal)
Books, movies, anime, manga, webcomic )

Dentist!

Dec. 16th, 2016 12:04 am
alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
Saw the dentist at Maylands Dental Centre. They were wheelchair accessible and very friendly and nice even when I put a small dent in the wall and then my card was declined and I had to go home to pay them electronically /o\ (I had the money but had forgotten to make sure it was in the right account) The dentist was very competent but the assistant kept getting the water-vacuum briefly stuck on my tongue etc which was annoying.

My teeth are apparently in pretty good shape! When I said I used to eat lots of sugary and acidic foods but had to stop for health reasons she said "Well, you're not missing out, sugar is terrible!". Lady, we both know that is a lie. I apparently have mild gum disease and need to floss more, which I got all inspired about but we'll see if I actually buy any floss lol. Last time I went to the dentist, *cough* years ago, they said I had signs of tooth grinding but apparently I don't now, must be because I went off cymbalta.

Before dentist appointments I always get anxious about cavities etc but forget how unpleasant having my teeth cleaned is. Ugh. But I do like the idea of getting rid of my gum disease since apparently that can have all sorts of nasty systemic side effects. (But flossing suuuuucks)
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SO MANY SPOILERS OMG.

So, first, off, the triggering content warning!
Spoiler: Just a line describing the trigger )

Ok and now some more detailed spoilery discussion, read at your own risk etc.

MORE SPOILERS )
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Since I haven't done one for a while and feel like there's stuff I have forgotten to record.
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alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
A fluffier, less morally ambiguous Farscape/Firefly-ish "found family of misfits have adventures in space" story where everyone is nice and there's a very obvious attempt at inclusiveness and diversity, including POC, queer, and disabled characters in significant roles getting to be fully rounded and happy. It's very comforting and light but still has enough narrative tension and plot to be engaging. Also, there's AIs. Overall I quite enjoyed it!

EDIT: After ranting to a friend my issues boil down to (a) It feeling pointedly Progressive while actually having a bunch of unfortunate implications (b) the author wanting the heroes to be Good People Who Do The Right Thing to an extent that felt morally and intellectually lazy especially given the author's narrow vision of what "good people" can look like.

But it rubbed me the wrong way 'progressive' speculative fiction often does )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Cliche in the sense of the asshole dominant dude and sweet innocent woman etc.

The dynamic I don't like:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because she is the perfect woman.
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Naturally! Because he is the perfect man.
Them: You're right! Let's get married ^_^

The dynamic I do:

Her: Sure, he's hot, but what an asshole!
Him: Sure, she's nice, but so plain!
Him: I'm warming up to her...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: Makes sense: she's nice enough, and doesn't seem cowed by your crap.
Him: ACTUALLY SHE SUCKS (actually she is perfect ;_;)
Her: I'm warming up to him...but cannot admit it!
Everyone: WTF. NO. HE IS AN ASSHOLE. GO DATE THIS NICER DUDE.
Her: I KNOW. IT MAKES NO SENSE. AND YET.

I'm not saying this dynamic is good or feminist, and there's others I like more. But it's surprisingly enjoyable considering how much I hate the first dynamic.

Current example, which I read in a block when I had insomnia last night but in the light of day am having to finish in small chunks so I can take a break from the ridiculousness: Midnight Secretary, a manga about a secretary to a vampire who selfishly gives women amazing orgasms because it makes their blood taste better. Which is a pretty clever excuse for sexy dubcon blood drinking that DOESN'T MEAN HE LIKES HER HE JUST GOT HUNGRY OK, congratulations Ohmi Tomu.

Previous examples: the manga (also an anime) Wolf Girl and Black Prince, Jane Eyre.

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