but I did read some fic off a rec.
I think it was labelled fantasy AU but that mostly meant they were climbing mountains and dodging arrows so it was sparse on worldbuilding.
It also was short enough it probably mostly relied on resonance with canon, because without having seen Teen Wolf it was just, like, two guys huddle for warmth then kiss then shag then magic married. Fair enough.
But I went looking for something longer with more to get my teeth into
and I think I either need a guide or to learn the magic words for filtering things out
because after applying all my usual Do Not Wants so only no archive warnings apply, and then choosing long finished english fics, all the top ones were like human au? so i filtered those out, and then they're college au? so I filtered those out, and now it's always a girl variations on top of the list. so I filtered those out and... these aren't tagged au but do not greatly resemble what I have read about the show... or they are tagged but how do you get rid of a/b/o fics when the fandom canonically has Alphas?
So now I have not chosen a thing to read.
and without watching the show in the first place it seems like aus shouldn't be a problem, but if the au is college, coffee, everyone is human, or some kind of arranged marriage thing with abo mpreg, I feel like I could read that in fandoms where I have a mental image to go with the names.
Also, I do not want to read about teens, dear self, why are you even?
Because I do want to read about found family pack.
... I also wouldn't mind reading found family superheroes but I feel like lately there's actually been more straight up divorce fic or stories about how one of them is abusive.
and I don't want to tell anyone what to write but it seems to me people looking in the tag for / are not looking for fics where they abuse or divorce each other.
too many statements of problem, ongoing lack of finding fixes for problems.
so reading was frustrating today
and whatever it is I'm looking for from fic I am looking for in whole new fandoms, which is kind of a bad sign, when I have so many pages of marked for later that ought to be a happy place already.
I wandered around the locks for a while, watching fishing and leisure craft locking in and out, and the lifting railway bridge do its thing. There's a salmon ladder around the locks which has a viewing room with glass panels to see the fish... but it was closed. I lay on the grass for a while, enjoying the outside. Then I walked up a hill, over the railway and along the fringe of Discovery Park, and caught a bus downtown.
I went to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park. The actual art on display didn't do much for me, but the setting was just about perfect for my particular combination of scenery-lover and transport geek. On one side of me, a freight railway with gigantic 3-loco trains rumbling by. On the other side, Puget Sound with its container ships. Beyond that, islands and mountains.
I got sunburnt. In April.
So far I've really been enjoying how walkable and busable this city is. It's definitely unusual to not have a car, but while staying in the central areas I really haven't missed having one. I did give in and get a Lyft account, but the only times I've had to use it have been when I've been in a hurry or had a lot of luggage - the buses really are quite good. I haven't yet tried much rush-hour travel; that will come when I start my new job tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Thank you so much for writing for me! I'm really excited to unwrap my gift and I know what you come up will make me very happy. I've included some broad likes/DNWs in my letter below, and some prompts that I hope will be helpful. ODAO however, so if none of them strike your fancy, please do write that works for you, and I am sure to love it.
1. Gen, slash, het, whatever. I'm fascinated by conflict and I tend to focus on the relationship that has the most conflict, the most uneven power dynamics, or the most changes in the dynamic. If you want to stick to canon and focus on gen drama, that will make me just as happy as full-on shippiness. And yes - for all the characters/relationships I've requested, I would be thrilled with shippiness, if you feel inspired.
2. Plot! I do love me some plot. Failing that, angst! Banter! Snark! Characters being their usual selves makes me happy.
3. First-times in shippy fic. I tend to be less interested in a couple after they have been happily settled or wrapped up in each other, and a lot more interested in how couples get together. If it's an established relationship, I like the conflict in the relationship - maybe something unresolved between the couple, or some bone of contention that could drive them apart.
4. Conflict. I like change in fic - change in relationships, change in preconceptions, change in situation, good old-fashion action-adventure - and having characters disagree or take opposing sides.
5. Protectiveness / family / team / squad feelings. People having each others' backs.
6. The 'enemy mine' trope - enemies forced to work together, enemies being attracted despite their history, one character forced to look after someone they hate, everything along those lines.
Do Not Wants:
1. Chan, shota, underage, however you term it.
2. Non-con, rape. If you want to go down the dub-con route (sex pollen, intoxication, uneven power dynamics) that's perfectly fine and welcomed, but please no straight-up rape scenes or characters brutalising each other.
3. Character-bashing. If I've nominated a fandom I tend to love all the characters.
4. Character death. Canon death is fine, but please do feel free to hand-wave them back to life if you prefer.
5. The common sex-based squicks - chan as mentioned, also scat, watersports, snuff, brutality, etc. I'm also not a fan of alpha/beta/omega fic, knotting, mpreg, heavy BDSM, etc. If you are going down the shippy, smutty route, you can refer to my more detailed smutswap letter for more smutty DNWs and likes.
6. Universe-altering AUs, e.g. everyone is a merman, rule 63, BDSM universe, no powers, history has been changed significantly, mundane AUs, high school settings etc etc. This is primarily because the conflict between the nominated characters is so situation and history-specific, that moving them to another setting would mean it's difficult for me to engage with them as the same characters with the same messy history. I'm perfectly OK with canon divergence AUs though (e.g. what if character X makes choice Y instead of choice Z), the closer they are to when the fic takes place, the better. “Everyone lives” AUs are totally ok and welcomed though!
( Babylon 5 )
( Veronica Mars )
( Star Trek: Voyager )
( The Breakfast Club )
( Formula 1 RPF )
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Why should I be the only one who needs a chaperon while buying books?
In the Dark -- is interesting. It's the new CW series by Ben Stiller about a 20 something, snarky blind gal, who is investigating the death and disappearance of her best friend, Tyson. A 17 year old drug dealer. Sort of femme noire with a twist.
Very dark and snarky.
I like the main character quite a bit, which surprised me.
Fosse/Verdon -- this focuses more on the relationship, specifically the spousal relationship between Fosse/Verdon than their corroboration. But it does still focus heavily enough on the later to make the series highly entertaining and insightful. Also it's rather innovative in how they are telling the story -- which is in a series of out of sequence flash-backs. We see them now, then flashback to the event that led them here, and finally to how they met. The now in this instance -- is their breakup during Cabaret. (Suffice to say, Bob Fosse was his own worst enemy, most of us are.)
The musical numbers and banter between the two corrobators, along with the performances -- Rockwell and Williams have never been better and are sort of doing an interesting tango throughout. The series emphasizes what it is to be a dancer, a professional dancer, and the pain involved -- and how hard it is to perform in an industry that is constantly evaluating you.
A Discovery of Witches -- somewhat hokey in places (but that's in keeping with the genre, unfortunately) -- yet it is saved by the understated performances.
Not to mention understated production. I rather like the casting, and the story is different than most of these things -- in that it's not clear who the bad guys are, if any. Also there's a clear metaphor about how if we aren't careful we can destroy our own magical way of life.
A Collection of where you send requests and I write them! I'll be frequently updating the tags as I couldn't think of all the fandoms I write for at once. Read the first chapter to see how you can request!
Words: 934, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English
- Fandoms: Supernatural, Doctor Who (2005), Merlin (TV), Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Lucifer (TV), Teen Wolf (TV), The Vampire Diaries (TV), Grey's Anatomy, Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Rating: Not Rated
- Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
- Categories: F/F, F/M, Gen
- Characters: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Castiel (Supernatural), Damon Salvatore, Stefan Salvatore, Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV), Crowley (Supernatural), Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, Twelfth Doctor, The Doctor (Doctor Who), Derek Hale, Derek Shepherd, Scott McCall (Teen Wolf), Stiles Stilinski, Jackson Avery, James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Isaac Lahey, Lydia Martin, Tony Stark, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Alex Karev, Merlin (Merlin), Arthur Pendragon (Merlin), Gwaine (Merlin), Draco Malfoy
- Relationships: Dean Winchester/You, Sam Winchester/Reader, Castiel/You, Damon Salvatore/You, Stefan Salvatore/You, Lucifer/You, The Doctor (Doctor Who)/Reader, Eleventh Doctor/You, Tenth Doctor/You, Jack Harkness/You, Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)/You, Merlin (Merlin)/You, Harry Potter/You, Ron Weasley/You, Hermione Granger/You, Ginny Weasley/You, Bela Talbot/You, River Song/You, Twelfth Doctor/Reader, chloe decker/you, Scott McCall (Teen Wolf)/You, Stiles Stilinski/You, Derek Hale/You, Isaac Lahey/You, Lydia Martin/You, Allison Argent/You, Derek Shepherd/Reader, Alex Karev/You, Jackson Avery/Reader, Andrew DeLuca/Reader, Steve Rogers/Reader, James "Bucky" Barnes/Reader, Tony Stark/Reader, Carol Danvers/Reader, Thor (Marvel)/Reader, Loki/you, Peter Parker/You, Peter Quill/Reader, Draco Malfoy/You
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So, yesterday I wrote some tentacle porn. Because apparently this is my life now. :-D
~850 words, R-rated, established relationship. Endless thanks to trobadora for beta.
( Entwining )
- Jason Burke and Amantha Perera (Guardian), Sri Lanka death toll expected to rise: leaders condemn killings. I was initially impressed with the government line, which was to officially Not Speculate on the motives of the bombers or comment on their religious alliegance, but it looks like that has started to fracture overnight (with the police circulating information they hadn't previously shared). And given the Sri Lankan govt's track record, I'm... not convinced the social media blackout and enforced curfew will be a net good.
Longer pieces - essay, memoir, natural history, other
- Amanda Oliver (LA Times), Working as a librarian gave me post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms
- Anna Spargo-Ryan (The Big Issue AU) City of Chocolate, a reminiscence on Haigh's chocolate as an Adelaide institution
- BBC world news video: Once destroyed by the Taliban, the Bhudda statues live again. I just read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' and was struck by the author's grief for these statues (not surprised, but struck), and am glad to hear they're being preserved by the National Museum in Kabul.
- Ferris Jabr (The Atlantic), Is Dentistry a Science?. Another 'America is a hellscape' piece. A lot of what Jabr describes does apply elsewhere, but the discussion of 'prophylactic extraction' of wisdom teeth really threw me. I've never heard of that one happening in Aus.
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— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.
Question: All right, what is your game plan for this week?
A little while ago S and I hid some small easter eggs in our spare room for William to find. At first he didn't understand what we were talking about when we told him he should hunt for the treats, but after he'd found a couple of the eggs he entered fully into the spirit of the hunt.
Unfortunately while we were out I missed a Skype call from my daughter in the UK. By the time we got back is was well after 2 pm here and therefore well after 7 pm there, and as Violet and Eden had had an exciting day they had gone to sleep by about 7, so I missed talking to them.
( Details, including spoilers. )
Film/TV. Leverage. It is Leverage. I am still kind of fascinated by it but, like, I cannot quite deal with Eliot, last episode, having... decided that Parker was incompetent? For reasons of plot convenience? Obviously she wasn't, but. Oh children.
Growth. AHAHAHA SO MUCH. Headlines:
- I've repotted the lemon!
- I've provided some timelapse photography of the plot!
- I've borrowed a cordless drill and made significant progress with building my raised bed edging! (This also counts as a Skill Acquisition, especially as I was doing so without more competent supervision.)
- I've fixed the broken autovent on the roof of the greenhouse! (Ish. It's possible I need to get a new wax cylinder; it's not opening as much as I really feel it ought.)
- ............ I found the carpet.
- It is, you see, The Rule that every allotment plot is absolutely chock-full of fundamentally made-of-plastic carpet.
- I thought I'd got away with it.
- I tried to dig a hole to put the legs of the raised bed into.
- ... I hit carpet.
- I have found at least two layers.
- I... I think they extend underneath all the raised beds.
- The raised beds in which I am growing spinach, and fennel, and allium various.
- The raised beds I weeded thoroughly last year and then manured and then left to get themselves set up with decent soil structure and generally getting going with a no-dig philosophy.
- That I'm now going to have to dig up.
- To get out the carpet.
Notable Pokémon. Another (!) shiny Eevee. Hatched a Really Rather Good Beldum. No event-specific shinies yet, of course, but there we go.