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Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:20 pm
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Title: Dawn of Destruction

Summary: Bespin is evacuated, and Rey has to face Kylo Ren once more.

Prompt: Abandon Ship!

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: Was about to get a continuation of my "Shara Lives" story -- and I will get to that, never fear -- but let's say a bit of a recent revelation of awful about The Last Jedi sort of got me typing in my main verse again. Anyway, here's the Bespin evacuation scene.

Fic under cut. )

For whole_new_world

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:37 pm
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Title: Second Mother

Summary: In a galaxy where Shara Bey lived, how would things have turned out differently?

Prompt: Dead Character(s) Alive

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )
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Back when I marathon-read Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series, I saw he's also authored a lot of novels for children, and had a new one coming out this month, a standalone called Frederick the Great Detective, which, however, mysteriously seems to be available in German before it is in English. (Mysterious because Kerr's Scottish and writes in English, and the novel, which got released today, is indeed translated from the English original, I checked the imprint.) Anyway, the novel has a very similar premise to a movie I saw at last year's Munich Film Festival, Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday - the review I wrote about the film is here: boy falls in love with Emil and the Detectives, befriends its author, Erich Kästner, in the twilight of the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich ensues, boy tries to maintain ideals of novel versus increasingly awful reality. Having read the novel now, I can add a further parallel: both Friedrich in Frederick the Great Detective and Hans in Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday have an older sibling who is enthusastically joining the Nazi cause. My original suspicion as to why Kerr picked a fictional main character instead of Hans, who actually existed and did befriend Erich Kästner, was because Hans' fate was sealed by history, and that Kerr wanted a better fate for his young hero. Spoilers ensue. )However, by that point, I had already guessed various other reasons why Kerr chose a fictional over a fictionalized "real" main character, and the differences to Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday are instructive here.

For starters, there's the difference in focus: Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday is, as far as Hans is concerned, a coming of age story - he goes from child to teenager and young man in the course of the story - and has Erich Kästner as the other lead, whose perspective through the movie is even the slightly favored one. Frederick the Great Detective, by contrast, has Kästner only as a supporting character, aside from a prologue and an epilogue ends in late 1933/early 1934, and is above all a homage to Kästner's novel in structure, focusing on Friedrich and his same-age friends, who play detectives until it gets lethally dangerous. (The adults, whether benevolent or malignant or in between, are seen from the outside, the point of view is Friedrich's throughout.) For, befitting the author of the Gunther mysteries, there are actually cases to solve. (Though as opposed to Bernie, young Friedrich - who wants to become a detective through much of the novel - gets the point that you can't be a detective in a system where the criminals have taken over when Kästner desperately tells him just this.)

Indeed, while reading I wondered whether the basic idea for the novel might not have been a wish to write a sequel to Emil which tackles how Emil & Co. would act when the Third Reich starts, because Friedrich's gang with its twins has some similarities. Then again, Friedrich has a distinctly different background to Emil (or Hans Löhr) - no working class single parent mother, instead, middle class parents with his father a journalist and friend of Kästner's, which is the original connection, which allows Kerr to depict the way the press lost its freedom within a year. It also allows Kerr to let Friedrich and his parents vacation on Rügen where Friedrich meets Christopher Isherwood and Isherwood's boyfriend Heinz on the beach. (Leading to a charming scene where Friedrich manages to solve his very first case by finding Isherwood's lost watch.) Kerr provides quite a lot of real life characters making cameos throughout the novel - Billy Wilder (during the premiere of the "Emil and the Detectives" movie version which he scripted), Max Liebermann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Walter Trier etc. - but the Isherwood cameo was for me the most vivid of these. (And I'm not surprised, having come across an interview where Kerr says bascially Berlin for him as a reader, before he got there, was invented by two British writers, Christopher Isherwood and John Le Carré.)

Kästner himself lis of course the real life character with the most page time, but he feels more like a generic version of Kästner's author persona than an actual attempt at depiction of the man. (As opposed to the Kästner in Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday.) Meaning: he's a benevolent adult the way, say, Justus the Teacher in "Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer" is, with no hint of any inner conflicts, and Kerr slims down the biographical and authorial data about him to "wrote Emil and the Detective, also works as a journalist"; in this book, there are no mentions of either Kästner's other books for children or his adult novel, Fabian (the one who got burned by the Nazis at the 1933 book burning), nor of his sharp political poetry (which in Germany he was and is almost as well known for as for his prose). (Hence ahistorically Emil ends up as the burned book, when in rl Emil and the Detectives was so popular that it got published, as the only one of Kästner's works, within Germany until 1936. Then it was for the axe as well.) The one biographical background fact about Kästner mentioned in conversation by Friedrich's father is in fact a wrong one, or rather, a wrong assumption, that Kästner's mother, like Emil's, raised her son alone. In rl, not only was Kästner's father around and in contact with his son, but he outlived Kästner's mother. There is, however, a reason why I didn't mind this particular wrong statement, which is: Kästner kept his father and his relationship with him very low key as long as his mother was still alive, while his relationship with his mother was intense and very public, so a colleague from work like Friedrich's father could be forgiven for assuming the guy was either dead or had left the family. ( If you've read Kästner's autobiographical writings, one of the most memorable childhood scenes which makes you cringe in sympathy is his parents' christmas competition about him, when his father, a craftsman, proudly presented presents he made with his own hand while his mother spent all her money on presents, and both parents would regard whichever present their son showed any favour to as proof whom he loved more or a rejection respectively. And thus it went on for as long as Kästner's mother lived.)

What the novel does really well, though, is presenting a group of children responding to their world changing radically, and Friedrich as a likeable child hero who ends up rejecting the demagogery, scapegoating and promise of glory that lures his older brother in because he sees how both people he knows and strangers are abused in its name. Again, in an homage to Kästner's novel which has a memorable dream sequence, Friedrich's ongoing crisis of conscience and wonder how to avoid becoming a Nazi himself climaxes in a surreal dream where the various things he has experienced come together. The lesson he draws from this is simple and profound at the same time, very Kästnerian and indeed great advice in current day circumstances as well, to the question as ow to act: Be kind. Being kind and you can't become what you fear and hate. Be kind.

Mind you, the 1945 prologue and epilogue does spoilery things ) But all in all, Frederick the Great Detective is still a very readable children's novel set in a dark time which also manages to pay homage to a classic while being its own thing.

The Good Place: Season 2, Episode 1

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:32 pm
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Absolutely fantastic. Do not click on cut unless you've already seen it. The whole series is streaming on nbc.com.

Read more... )

For trope_bingo

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:01 am
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Prompt: Rare Pairs

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Artist's Notes: Was mostly thinking of doing things on the Ben and Poe side, as that's mostly where I do my work -- in the backstory. Mostly they're based off my story "The Broken Edge", a.k.a. my giant-as-heck backstory for Ben and company. 

Icons under cut. )

Adaptions and remixes

Sep. 20th, 2017 12:07 pm
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[personal profile] selenak
Two filmed novels in, the tv version of JKR's written-as-Robert-Galbraith mystery novels called Strike comes across as very enjoyable. Holiday Grainger is a delight as Robin, Tom Burke still isn't how I imagined Cormoran Strike, but he's entertaining to watch, and they have good chemistry. Inevitably, characters and subplots were for the axe in both Cuckoo's Call and The Silkworm, but so far they've kept the important emotional beats. In the case of The Silkworm, I'm especially glad my favourite sentence of the entire novel gets to be used in dialogue, though a different character gets to say it on tv: Writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels."

Of the guest stars, the actresses playing Leonora and Orlando were especially good. I do notice that some of the sharpness of the novels is lost when it comes to politics. I mean, The Silkworm, the novel, has passages like this: : Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, was announcing plans to slash 350 million pounds from the legal aid budget. Strike watched through his haze of tiredness as the florid, paunchy man told Parliament that he wished to 'discourage people from restoring to lawyers whenever they face a problem, and instead encourage them to consider more suitable methods of dispute resolution.' He meant, of course, that poor people ought to relinquish the services of the law. Nothing like it on tv. But the result still doesn't feel as awfully castrated as the tv version of The Casual Vacancy, which lost all the bite and anger and ruined what might not have been a masterpiece but was a novel with genuine points to raise by turning it into inoffensive blandness, more angry reviews here, possibly because such asides aren't the main issue in the Galbraith novels.

In other news, [community profile] missy_fest has been revealing one Missy story per day-ish. This was the smallest ficathon I ever participated in, but a delight to write and read, and as soon as it's de-anonymized, I'm going to link and talk about the story I wrote. Meanwhile, check out the one I received, which was The Master's Faithful Companion (Forever or Just A Day Remix), which remixed my story Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

For trope_bingo.

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:30 pm
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Title: The Prince, the Knight and the Dragon

Summary: Once upon a time, there was a prince, a knight and a dragon. This is their story.

Prompt: AU -- Fairy Tale/Myth

Disclaimer: I own nothing.



Fic under cut.  )

Trick or Treat letter

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:12 pm
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[personal profile] gwenfrankenstien
I only filled out half of the optional details before sign ups closed, whoops, so some of this is pasted from my sign up and some is new.

General DNW: Non con, explicit works ft. underage characters

General art likes: Stylised designs, strong or detailed inks, collage effects, limited colour palettes especially mostly-dark/dull works with accents in a bright colour, characters with visually distinct silhouettes/body types, lovingly-rendered hair or clothes, characters dressed as one another or wearing their partner's clothes, strong noses.

General fic likes: When two characters are the last to figure out that they're dating, modern AUs that keep the fantastic elements of canon intact, sad endings that feel earned, works from the POV of a character who doesn't get a central role in canon.

General likes for both media: Human x ghost ships, D/s dynamics especially where the seemingly less intimidating character is the domme, works that seem light and fluffy until you notice something scary or tragic lurking underneath, happy endings for characters who had tragic endings in canon (including modern/reincarnation AUs).

Fandom specific stuff )

For allbingo

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:34 pm
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Title: Golden

Summary: The fallout of Ben's descent into darkness, and Poe's new role.

Prompt: Gold

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )

(no subject)

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:56 am
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I just spent several minutes trying to figure out where the hell the mysterious rustling noises were coming from.

One of my cats (Alex) was entirely hidden within the depths of a shoebox-size Priority Mail box. He has just now emerged, and his sister Erin has vanished inside.

No cat photos because I don't have an X-Ray camera.

For whole_new_world

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:01 am
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Title: Broken

Summary: An amnesiac Poe joins Finn and Rey on their quest.

Prompt: Memory Loss

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

For allbingo

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:31 am
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Title: Dark Labyrinth

Summary: Poe visits Kylo Ren in prison.

Prompt: Revenge

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )

Kindle?

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:58 pm
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Out of curiosity, is anyone interested in a Kindle Paperwhite. It's the previous edition, so it's not the latest one, but it still works perfectly fine. Pretty much the only time that I use it nowadays is when I'm traveling via plane, which I don't see happening any time soon since I don't plan on going back to Tennessee for the holidays this year. So since my checking account is still somewhat lighter than I'd like, I thought that I'd at least see if anyone might want one.

I also still have quite a few things available in the virtual garage sale post that I put up several weeks ago. And I'm very much willing to haggle when it comes to listed prices, if you're interested in anything.

(Oh, and for those of you who donated to my Ko-fi page and requested fic, it's coming! The last few weeks have been absolutely hell, which deserves its own post, but things are calming down and I actually have time to breathe again.)

15 Characters Meme

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:31 pm
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[personal profile] selenak
1. Norma Bates (Bates Motel version)

2. Philip Jennings (The Americans)

3. Missy (aka Gomez!Master) (Doctor Who)

4. Jimmy McGill (Better Call Saul)

5. Rachel Duncan (Orphan Black)

6. James McGraw/Captain Flint (Black Sails)

7. Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

8. Bernie Gunther (Philip Kerr: The Bernie Gunther Mysteries)

9. Sarah Connor (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)

10. Alfred of Wessex (The Last Kingdom)

11. Andra'ath/Miss Quill (Class)

12. Londo Mollari (Babylon 5)

13. Phyllis Crane (Call the Midwife)

14. Doc Holliday (Wynona Earp incarnation)

15. Jessica Jones (MCU version)

And you came up with some awesome prompts!

Now the questions: )
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I've acquired new fandoms and revisited some old ones since the last time I did this, thus, from [personal profile] astrogirl:


1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

Also, this unique summary of A Legacy Of Spies cracks me up. :)

And then there's this

Sep. 16th, 2017 06:47 pm
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[personal profile] selenak
The other day, I could hear Arundhati Roy present her new novel and talk about the situation in India today in Munich. And reinforced that by now, I'm not just bugged but disturbed by part of Kala's storyline in Sense8, because it's so exactly in contrast to Indian reality, and so exactly what a vicious government propagandist would want people to believe, that I'm starting to wonder whether the reason why the Wachowskis and JMS came up with it wasn't that they otherwise would not get permission to film in India. Spoilers for both seasons of Sense8. ) Why? Because consider the depth of current day Hindu fundamentalism from Modi (the PM) downwards. Arundhati Roy mentioned the saying "there are just two places for Muslims - the grave and Pakistan", which gets said by officials in the country with the second largest Muslim population in the world (Indonesia has the largest). People get lynched for the crime of possessing or eating beef. Modi belongs to the RSS, the same organisation Gandhi's assassin did, and the vocabulary of said assassin is now mainstream politics. A popular taunt makes the word "secular" into "sickular". An MP could say Arundhati Roy should be used as a human shield in the war in Kashmir to punish her dissent, and not get reprimanded but applauded. (For more, check out check out these statements by today's most famous Indian origin writers.) Basically: the kind of story Sense8 tells is about as likely to happen in this India as a story about, say, a rabid atheist rising in Saudi Arabia's government and starting to persecute Muslims would be. Or, to bring it closer to home, a story about a fanatic atheist becoming a US government official and starting to surpress Christians. Which, of course, is what Breitbart & Co. tell their ilk already happened under each Democratic president. ("War on Christmas", anyone?) Which tells you what type of propaganda this is.

Now don't get me wrong: I don't believe the Wachowskis and JMS are aware. At first, I thought it was simply that they wanted Kala to be a faithful believer and needed some type of conflict for her that wasn't about her not wanting to get married, picked Hinduism as the most popular Indian religion (and the one with the film friendly statues), and didn't do much research about the Indian present. But now I wonder whether they did tell some staff member to do research, and that person came back with this storyline, getting it as a condition for the crew filming Kala's story in India. Because it's just too perfect BJP propaganda to come across by accident, my inner conspiracy theorist says.

For distraction, something lighthearted:

Avengers


Up in the air, Junior Birdman: in which the Avengers (plus Maria Hill, Sam Wilson and Rhodey) go camping. Set at some point between the frst and second movie, this Natasha-centric story is ensemble-tastic, and has Bruce as co-lead.

Trick or Treat 2017

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:56 am
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[personal profile] enmasque
 

Hi, thanks so much for writing or drawing for me! I’m very excited to see what you make for me! I have a lot of prompts for each fandom, but if none of them quite catch your eye feel, free to create something different. In particular, I don’t have a lot of prompts for individual characters, but I’d love something that involves only one of the characters I’ve requested. I love being surprised by the unexpected, so I’m open to pretty much anything you want to create!


I’ve included a Spooktacular prompt that’s horror or supernatural-themed for each fandom, if you want to get into the spirit of the Halloween season. As with all prompts, feel free to ignore them if they don’t catch your fancy.


I can be found on AO3 as Lazare_syn

Do Not Want:

-Noncon/rape

-A/B/O universe

-Scat, watersports

-Pregnancy

-Genderbending

-Explicit violence/gore (mild violence is fine)

-Any *isms (homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ageism, etc.)

General Likes:
-Canon settings and canon divergences
-Canon characters meeting multiversal counterparts (*expanded on below)
-Character wakes up with magical powers (telepathy, shapeshifting, telekinesis, etc.)
-Bodyswap
-Time travel
-Other wacky fantasy/supernatural scenarios
-Dysfunctional families/friendships
-Dysfunctional relationships
-Wacky shenanigans
-Self-sacrifice
-Getting together fic
-Banter
-Angst
-Fluff
-Friends to lovers
-Loyalty
-Introspection
-Pining
-Possessiveness
-Crack and/or humor
-Happy endings
-Sad endings

*What I mean by this is when the canonical versions of characters somehow meet up with or see versions of themselves from another universe that are different from them in some significant way. For example, Character A, who canonically a good person, meets a version of themself that is evil, or Characters B and C are not in a relationship and find out that in an alternate universe they are together.

Fandoms:

Haikyuu!!

Characters: Hinata Shouyou, Kageyama Tobio, Kozume Kenma, Oikawa Tooru, Ushijima Wakatoshi

Haikyuu!! is such a great anime when it comes to endearing characters and interactions. Not only do I love each character individually, I also love the way they bounce off one another’s quirks and idiosyncrasies. In particular, I like the rivalry/friendship between Kageyama and Hinata, Hinata and Kenma’s friendship despite their clashing personalities, Kageyama and Oikawa’s somewhat twisted mentor-student relationship, and Oikawa and Ushijima’s epic rivalry (and the one-sided affection from Ushijima).

I don’t have a preference for whether these relationships are gen or shippy; I’d be just as happy with something where two characters are hanging out or getting into shenanigans as friends as with a work where they get together. I would also enjoy something where many or all the characters are hanging out together. For example, I can only imagine how Oikawa and Kenma would interact with one another...

A crossover with Mob Psycho 100 would also be fun; I’ve always headcanoned Tobio, Mob and Ritsu as cousins. Perhaps Mob and Ritsu pay Tobio a visit and get dragged into a volleyball game, or maybe Tobio is being haunted by a ghost and needs the help of his psychic cousins to get rid of it.

Spooktacular prompt (Trick option): [Character(s) of your choice] explore a haunted house.

Mob Psycho 100

Characters: Kageyama “Mob” Shigeo, Kageyama Ritsu, Reigen Arataka

Mob Psycho 100 is one of my favourite anime/manga series, and the characters play no small part in it. The way Mob and Ritsu project each other’s insecurities on the other (especially Ritsu) but still love each other deeply is such a great sibling dynamic, and I’d love to see it explored further. Ritsu trying to reconcile his kind brother with his traumatic experience with ??? is also ripe for exploration.

Reigen and Mob is also a great relationship to explore. I could always see more Reigen mentoring Mob about the harsh realities of life while also being willing to kick the ass of anything that threatens the boy (even if they’re way stronger than him). Reigen and Ritsu are much less close (especially from Ritsu’s side), but they both care deeply for Mob. How does that affect their interactions? Reigen on his own is fascinating as well. I could watch him talk his way out of ridiculous situations all day.

A crossover with Haikyuu!! would also be fun; I’ve always headcanoned Tobio, Mob and Ritsu as cousins. Perhaps Mob and Ritsu pay Tobio a visit and get dragged into a volleyball game, or maybe Tobio is being haunted by a ghost and needs the help of his psychic cousins to get rid of it.

Spooktacular prompt (Trick option): Reigen is forced to face off against a powerful spirit all alone. Can he bluff his way out of the situation this time?

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Characters: Yuugi Mutou, Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Mokuba Kaiba

Yu-Gi-Oh! is one of those canons I always seem to come back to (I blame the Abridged Series). My rewatch of the anime has made me realize how much I love the Kaibas. Seto’s affection for Mokuba is adorable, his obsession with beating Yugi is amazing, and his business decisions are impeccable (Dragon-shaped jet! Holograms to play children’s card games!). I would love something that has Seto and Mokuba bonding, whether it’s set in the past, the present, or in the future where Mokuba is all grown up.

I also found that I really ship Prideshipping, especially from Seto’s side, so anything involving those two (Yami using duels as an excuse to see Seto? Card-based innuendo and flirting? Yugi trying to set them up? Seto realizing that he wants more than just to play Duel Monsters against Yami?) would be greatly appreciated. Something platonic that involves their rivalry with one another would also be great.

I also really enjoy the bond that develops between Yugi and Yami. I’ve always been interested in the logistics of their relationships (be it friendship or something more - I’m a total multishipper) since they share a single body, so something exploring that aspect and how it affects their relationship would be neat. Yugi and Yami being protective of one another is another thing I can’t get enough of.

If you want to go for the home run, Seto/Yugi/Yami would also be welcomed with open arms.

Spooktacular prompt (Trick option): A darker take Yami’s ability to take over Yugi’s body pretty much whenever (more along the lines of early on in the manga or Season 0).

Dragon Ball

Characters: Any (Son Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, Son Goten, Son Gohan, Goku Black, Piccolo)

I only recently got into Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super, but they quickly had me hooked. Since I’ve requested so many characters, here are some prompts for each character and the relationships I want with them:

In general: Anything involving Potara fusion or the fusion dance. Two characters fuse to resolve arguments or just to be closer together. Someone finds out the other’s embarrassing secret while fused. Fusion as an expression of love. Having sex while fused (masturbating?). Two characters want to become permanently fused.

Son Goku: His rivalry with Vegeta (whether it gets shippy or not). His relationship with his sons.

Vegeta: His rivalry with Goku and his feelings of inadequacy about being weaker than him (whether it gets shippy or not). His relationship with his son (future or present version). Getting used to life on Earth compared to his previous life.

Trunks (present or future version): Daddy issues. His relationship with Gohan (shippy or as friends; angsty future!Trunks/future!Gohan is especially RTMI). His relationship with Goten (shippy or as friends). A threesome with Goten and Gohan.

Son Goten: His relationship with present!Trunks (shippy or as friends). Meeting future!Trunks (whether it gets shippy or not). A threesome with future!Trunks and present!Trunks.

Son Gohan: Great Saiyaman antics. His relationship with Piccolo (shippy or as mentor/student or as parent/child...or all three).

Goku Black: Trying to emulate Goku’s life, with creepy results. Exploring his new body and powers (can get sexual or not). Log cabin in the woods fluff with Zamasu.

Piccolo: Another Namekian (Dende?) gives him the Talk. A human gives him the Talk (the human version). His relationship with Gohan (shippy or as mentor/student or as parent/child...or all three).

Spooktacular prompt (Trick option): Goku Black/Vegeta. He doesn’t want to be into this megalomaniac wearing his rival’s face...but he is.

Note: I DNW rape/noncon for most fandoms and characters, but am okay with dubcon/noncon involving Goku Black creeping on Vegeta. Obviously Vegeta isn’t completely against it in the above prompt, but their relationship probably wouldn’t be 100% consensual, either.

Steven Universe

Characters: Peridot, Steven Universe, Greg Universe, Connie Maheswaran

I love the Universe family so much. I just want something where Steven and Greg spend some time together and bond over stuff like music, movies, and moments from Steven’s childhood or Greg’s past. Greg’s unconditional love for his son, no matter how crazy the circumstances get, is also something I would love to see.

Connie and Steven are always adorable together, whether as friends or something more. I would love action, fluff, hurt-comfort, or angst with them.

Anything involving Peridot exploring Earth and all it has to offer and interacting with humans would be wonderful. Culture shock and Peridot pestering Steven about mundane Earth stuff would be pluses.

Spooktacular prompt (Trick option): Body horror involving Steven’s shapeshifting powers (Yeah...Cat Fingers is totally one of my favourite episodes). Feel free to get as creative and messed up as you want.


Trick or Treat Exchange

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:10 pm
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For those who don't know, Trick or Treat is a fun, low-pressure fic and art fest - the minimum is only 300 words! Treating is encouraged. Signups are open now. You can see the tagset of available fandoms here.

Treats (and tricks) in unrequested but known-to-be-favorite fandoms/characters of mine are always welcome!

My god, this is long. Sorry!

My fandoms are The Darkangel, The Dark Tower (book), The Girl With the Silver Eyes, Hamilton, Ladyhawke, The Magnificent Seven (2016), Marvel 616 (aka X-Men comics), Saiyuki, The Stand, and The Windsingers.

Prompts below cut. Read more... )
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[personal profile] lizbee
Title: The Good Daughter
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin; Opal; OFC
Rating: All-ages

Summary: Nima confronts her mother in Zaofu.

Notes: "Old Wounds", the President Beifong AU version (sort of).

'I saw you talking to Mom earlier. Do I have to apologise again?' )

Hillary Clinton: What Happened

Sep. 13th, 2017 04:15 pm
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Briefly; originally I intended to wait for the library to feature What Happened, but the sheer amount of hate Hillary Clinton's book has already produced made me buy it in a hurry. Having read it yesterday, mostly I agree with this review on its major strengths and weaknesses. (My main area of disagreement is with the reviewer's screpticism re: the role of sexism in the election and her comparison between the respective type of hoslitiy aimed at Hillary vs her husband, John Kerry and Mitt Romney.) Therefore, I'll add some trivial observations of my own which are pop culture related:

1.) Wasn't surprised to learn that Hillary, as opposed to The Orange Menace, loved her SNL counterpart. Up and including Kate-as-Hillary singing Halleluja post election.

2.) Was amused that of the various new terms the internet coined in recent years, her favourite is "Mansplaining". (""The second I heard it, I thought"Yes! We needed a word for that.") Of course, the sheer number of guys currently mansplaining what REALLY happened in the election to Hillary Clinton was also predictable.

3.) HC also mentions The Good Wife among the shows she's watched post election for distraction. Given the various comparisons the show draws between the Clintons and the Florricks (my favourite being the Diane and Will conversation where he admits to not getting it and says Peter and Alicia are Bill and Hillary on acid), enquiring minds wonder how distracting that one could have been. Mind you, Hillary is way more positive about Bill in this book (and per previous one) than Alicia ever was about Peter. What Happens includes not just a wry "I heard it again in the 2016 campaign: that 'we must have an arrangement' (we do, it's called a marriage)" and lots of praise for his unwavering support but a straightforward love declaration as well as the statement that if she'd known what was ahead, dark times, public humiliation and all, she'd still marry him again without hesitation.

4.) She loved that pony meme as a summary of her dynamic with Bernie Sanders, and I have to confess it cracked me up as well.

5.) Apparently her Game of Thrones reference ("They shouted "Guilt!Guilty!" like the religious zealots in Game of Thrones shouting "Shame! Shame!" while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep") is held up as an example of Hillary not getting that Cersei is a villain? Which, well. There are lot of times GoT doesn't want you to sympathize with Cersei. That sequence, though, wasn't one of them.

6.) I don't know the woman, so I have no idea whether or not the book is Hillary Clinton unrestrained, but she certainly sounds like it. ("The President of China had to explain the complexity of the North Korea challenge to him. 'After listening for ten minutes, I realized it's not so easy,' Trump said. Can you hear my palm slapping my forehead?") Also, on Comey: "(Comey) said that he was 'mildly nauseous' at the idea that he influenced the outcome of the election. Hearing that made me sick." I have a bit more sympathy for Comey than she does, but yeah, no kidding.


Generally speaking, I found the book easier to read than her previous memoirs, not least because of her greater focus on one particular era and set of issues.

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