alias_sqbr: Are you coming to bed? I can't, this is important. Why? Someone is wrong on the internet. (duty calls)
Am trying very hard to not be a jerk about the “what if Jane Austen wrote Star Trek” post a few people have reblogged today on tumblr but godddd how can so many people take these canons that are WALL TO WALL social commentary and jokes and throw away everything except (to me) secondary aspects like character quirks and a distinctive use of semi colons.

Like...I have been rereading a bunch of Jane Austen’s character descriptions recently for a Thing, and I am pretty sure she was incapable of describing anyone for more than a sentence without insulting them, and then probably making some jab at the hypocrisy of whoever is observing them.

I was going to say this is like people in two hundred years writing about Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert and putting a lot of effort into making the language and fashion accurate but having the Daily Show just be a mainstream, earnest news show that never makes jokes but...people kind of do that now, and I GUESS it’s ok that they’re enjoying themselves, and that not everyone has fun the same way I do. I GUESS. MAYBE.

It mostly annoys me because it's not just a subset of fans doing this. There's room for all sorts. But the intellectually shallow nostalgia driven approach is the default across all of popular culture, and the more visible and well funded the adaptation the more likely it is to ignore the things that make the original unique and challenging. (I just had the mental image of Zach Snyder's Pride and Prejudice. That would be...something)

It's also possibly relevant that I am ok at matching Jane Austen's sarcasm but gave up on the semi colons entirely; this may affect my idea of the core traits of an Austen pastiche.
alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
To try and tide myself over until the next episode I had a look at the AO3 Adventure Zone section, and had a surprisingly strong NOPE reaction to all the fic. So I thought about what fic I would theoretically write, and all my ideas felt kind of wrong too.

On further thought I've decided it's because of the nature of the canon.
No spoilers )
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
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: 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: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Strictly Professional (Fanfiction.net link)
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky
Additional Tags: Humor, Happy Ending, Getting Together, Fanfiction
Summary: Yuuri is deeply scandalised when he finds out everyone thinks he's dating Victor.
Written in reaction to episode 7, but if things continue as they have been you can just imagine I referred to whatever new heights of TOTALLY NORMAL COACH BEHAVIOUR happen next.

nb: Yuri on ice contains no yuri. This is slash. I know, I can write about guys, who knew?
A conversation with my friend Alice who can't stream tv right now )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
Still sick!
physical and mental health stuff )

It was funny poking at the Akagami no Shirayukihime fandom though. The canon relationship is the female main character Shirayuki with her male love interest Zen, but both have a close, somewhat shippy friendship with their mutual male friend Obi. My story is Shirayuki/Zen/Obi. (Will post properly later but if you're curious here it is)

On AO3 it’s mostly Shirayuki/Obi, Shirayuki/Zen, Shirayuki/Zen/Obi and a smattering of Obi/Zen, followed by relationships involving the other characters.

On fanfiction.net there’s a lot of Shirayuki/Zen and a little Shirayuki/Obi but no Shirayuki/Zen/Obi or Zen/Obi, my story aside. What there is is lots of fic like “When Zaara, half sister of Zen and Izana, and the illegitimate Princess of Clarines comes back home, Obi is the one tasked with her protection. He starts to grow closer to her as she takes him on crazy adventures, but underneath her fun and kind exterior, lies hidden secrets and sorrows. Obi/O.C. Crap summary, good story!”(*)

And the tumblr tag is a lot of gifsets of funny moments mixed with closeups of Shirayuki and Zen kissing.

(*)For all I know it is a good story, and given the nature of shoujo I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if something like this became canon. I am just amused at the difference in fic culture.
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
I FINISHED IT. IT TOOK SEVEN YEARS AND NEARLY 60 THOUSAND WORDS BUT I GOT THEM TO KISS. Yes, at last, I give you the final and complete...

WEDDING IS DESTINY AND HANGING LIKEWISE (Wedding is Destiny at Fanfic.net)

Chapters: 22/22
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Anne de Bourgh
Characters: Mary Bennet, Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Lydia Bennet, Elizabeth Bennet
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, Mutual Pining, 19th Century, Regency, Humor, Happy Ending, Period-Typical Homophobia, Period-Typical Sexism, Canon Disabled Character, Romance, First Time
Summary:In which Mary Bennet becomes a companion to Anne de Bourgh and neither of them gets quite what they were bargaining for.
The new, final, and complete version of the story originally posted as "Wedding is Destiny and Hanging Likewise" and "London".

And also a little extra deleted scene:

To Love And To Cherish (To Love And To Cherish at Fanfiction.net)
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Anne de Bourgh
Characters: Georgiana Darcy, Mary Bennet, Mr Bennet
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, gratuitous fluff, Wedding Fluff
Summary:A little deleted scene from near the end of (the new and improved!) Wedding is Destiny and Hanging Likewise, taken out for being too implausibly fluffy. Contains background Kitty/MOC/MOC.

And to think it started out as a little 500 word bit of crack to test out the Ao3 beta. Thanks as always to [personal profile] hl for helping me get this far.

Jukebox!

Jun. 7th, 2015 10:55 pm
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
My gift, which was everything I asked for PLUS DRAGONS:

Hail the Hunter (3510 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work, Girl With One Eye - Florence + The Machine (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Girl With One Eye (Character), Narrator
Additional Tags: Fictional Religion & Theology, Servants, Dysfunctional Relationships, Power Dynamics, Non-Graphic Violence, Recovery, Dark Fantasy, Jukebox Fanworks Exchange
Summary:

A story of fate, devotion, cruelty and betrayal.



And my favourite of the works I've seen, a short but interesting little interactive poem:
You are Building an Abbey for Lovers (54 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Bele Doette (Traditional Chanson)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Bele Doette
Additional Tags: Interactive Fiction, Jukebox Treat
Summary:

You are building an abbey for lovers
For lovers who've always stayed true
You are carving your heart
So it says press to start.



My assignment has gone down pretty well which I am happy about!
alias_sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
Been feeling a bit down so let's think some happy thoughts! Like cuddly cats overcoming their misanthropy because the weather has turned cold.

I got THE BEST story for Spaceswap:
A Secret Garden She Hides (3646 words) by opalmatrix
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tisarwat, Piat, Administrator Celar, Athoek Station, Mercy of Kalr, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Friendship, Bonding, Developing Friendships
Summary: When Tisarwat and Piat end up working together on the rebuilding of the Undergarden, Tisarwat finds out there's more to the Administrator's daughter than she had thought.

And I am all done working on things for exchanges for now! I just have to wait for Jukebox to open *twiddles thumbs*

I made chips from the purple sweet potato they sell at Coles and they were TASTY. Sweet and salty and chewy and crispy.

I know I already mentioned it but the new anime MY love STORY!!/Ore Monogatari!! is freaking adorable.
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
My Wintersend works and some "20 years earlier" comics.

For vaincs:

Sighs and Whispers (Fanfiction.net link)
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Inquisitor/Cassandra Pentaghast
Additional Tags: Getting Together, Happy Ending, Fanfiction, Secret Admirer
Summary: Cassandra does not have a secret admirer, and there is no way it could be the Inquisitor.
Read more... )
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
Sunshine, daisies My completely adorable Bethany/Merrill art gift

And now some recs:
Martyred Really well done Flemeth character art, my next favourite work of the exchange.
Ruffles and Lace Cute Harding/Josephine fic
Writing love all over Sweet Josephine/Cassandra fic (a little shmoopy but that suits the pairing)
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
[community profile] jukebox_fest is an exchange where you write fic, record podfic, or draw art based on a song (woo for them having art this year!). I did a treat last year and it was great fun. Nominations are open until April 4 so if you're interested in getting involved make sure there's some songs you find inspiring! The list of nominated songs looks promising.

I nominated:
Isobel by Bjork Youtube lyrics
Blinding Florence + the Machine Youtube lyrics
Girl With One Eye Florence + the Machine Youtube lyrics
Seamstress Dessa Youtube lyrics

I was about to nominate The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave but watching the video made me realise it's about an execution not about becoming some sort of doomed judge-King (yes it only took me 27 years shush). I could prompt for my interpretation anyway I guess but am feeling less enthused.

I am going to have trouble coming up with any prompts that aren't about doomed femslashy robots. Also I'm going to have to think carefully about what to offer, because my art style tends to suit happy humour, not the kind of weird angst my music taste tends towards.
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
I wrote some fic! This may not seem very exciting but I haven't written any fic in over a year. Which is to say, not since shortly before my life fell into UTTER CRAP for a while. Hooray for life being less crap and a new Dragon Age game :)

The Scent of Honeysuckle at AO3 The Scent of Honeysuckle at Fanfiction.net
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Josephine Montilyet/Cassandra Pentaghast
Characters: Josephine Montilyet, Cassandra Pentaghast
Additional Tags: Fanfiction, Romance, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Happy Ending
Summary: Josephine thinks she's going to marry a Pentaghast. Things don't quite go according to plan.

And there's a silly little sequel/collection of ficlets: "Reactions: Before and After" at AO3, "Reactions: Before and After" at fanfic.net.

Now some comics! All have descriptions.

A non spoilery comic about the "patch"

The rest have major spoilers!

Romance in Dragon Age Inquisition

Maximising My Smooches

In Death, Sacrifice (also contains death, spiders)
alias_sqbr: calvin and hobbes with a duplicator, Copyright violation: ho! ( not intended to encourage copyright violation) (yay copyright)
"In a text post, list ten fics that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow."

From tumblr. Chosen by going through my bookmarks and seeing which ones jumped out at me. A lot of these are VERY OLD since I have gotten harder to wow as I've read more fic. Sixteen not ten because don't make me chooooose. And yes there is a suprsing amount of Stargate considering I don't actually like the canon, when I first got into fic that was what I encountered the most of and the fandom produced a wide range of interesting stuff. (Also lots of robots which should not be surprising at all)

A Deeper Season (117605 words) by lightgetsin, sahiya
Chapters: 19/19
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Bujold
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gregor Vorbarra/Miles Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Gregor Vorbarra, Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: First Time, Romance, Action/Adventure, a deeper season, Alternate Universe
Series: Part 5 of A Deeper Season
Summary:Take one Miles, a hapless cousin, Cetagandan social politics, a galactic conspiracy, a scientific discovery, a lot of firepower, and an unexpected declaration. Mix well and step back quickly.

First fanfic I ever really loved.

Title: Boston Marriage
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jae_w
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Pairing: Rory/Paris
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Notes: For literate_bear

First femslash story I really truly loved.
But I couldn't stop there )
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Wrote some semi original fiction omg! One for the Jukebox "write a story about a song" exchange, another for a writing meme I made up myself. Also did some art for that limited palette meme that's been going around tumblr, which was super fun.

Spare Change (1393 words), The Man Who Sold the World, Teen And Up, Horror, Fantasy, Original Fiction, Fanfiction, Inspired by Music, Genderqueer Character
Summary:Two friends meet by chance long after both have died.

The Most Talked About Night Of The Season (5355 words) G, No Warnings, Fantasy, Regency, Happy Ending, Fae & Fairies, Non-Graphic Violence
Summary: Maisie was in no mood for a ball. She always felt like a fool in formal wear. The ball was full of Pixies and Slyphs looking lovely in ensembles much like hers, but delicate ringlets and a ruffled dress were far less flattering on a seven foot tall Lob covered in hair.

A colouring tutorial

Literally every comment on Spare Change has used the word "creepy" :D On one hand I'm quite happy with the story, on the other hand want to stop thinking about it so I can GET THAT SONG OUT OF MY HEAD.

And now....art!
Edward Scissorhands, Iron Man,Bastion, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fresh Pretty Cure )
alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
I'm sorry hebethen, I was putting this off until I thought of something interesting to say but I'm not sure that day is going to come. So, while it's still January, some entirely off the top of my head rambles.
Read more... )
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
For owlmoose. I am feeling super tired, so this is just going to be some off the top of my head rambles. I am SURE I am going to realise some of this is wrong later. I start with some discussion of the difference between art and writing since I can't see any way not to.

So. The thing with original art is that the art world is SUPER WEIRD.
Read more... )

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