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meretrix
01 October 2014 @ 05:11 pm
I've been making a lot of podfic covers for chemm80's podfics, and I realized that I never posted any of them.

Consider this an art post/fic and podfic rec post. These are the covers that I really like, for the podfics/fics that I really enjoyed. Chemm80 picks the best fics to pod; her choices are flawless. And she's a great reader.

These are all Teen Wolf, 99% Sterek, with one that includes Raf/Stiles, and one Sciles.
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meretrix
21 September 2014 @ 02:14 pm
This post contains spoilers for the tv show, eps 1.01 - 1.07, and vague spoilers for the books, such that I've gleaned from wikipedia.

In summary: I am gleefully fangirling this somewhat problematic show, and you should, too. Or: 1700 words of me rambling about fanworks, narrative tropes and feminism, and also naked people.

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First, I want to say I'm sorry
I know, you never signed up for this
You don't even get hazard pay
I see you there, in the bathroom mirror,
Straining and striving
To be the best little button you can be
And even though I've sent in reinforcements
In the form of a discreetly placed safety pin
It won't be long now
You'll fail just as your brethren before you have
And the immodest gap will form again
But while I still have you
Let me just say
That we're in this together, little button
I appreciate the work you're doing
Perhaps you can take comfort in dreaming, as I do,
That one day
Shirt makers will learn how to make shirts in three dimensions
And one day
All the little buttons that will come after you
Won't have to struggle as you do


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So I finally watched Teen Wolf 3.24 and OH GOD. I had to make this, just to start processing.Read more...Collapse )


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24 March 2014 @ 06:42 pm
I made some more art for a story, this time a lovely little Tigh/Adama fic that has amazing characterization and the kind of bittersweet, low-key narration I would expect from Saul 'boo frakkin' hoo' Tigh.

Title: The Major Lift
Author: [personal profile] plaid_slytherin
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Bill/Saul, Laura, Lee, Dee, Kara, Tyrol, Sam and various others
Summary: When Bill's health forces him to step back in his work, Saul finds himself with more responsibility than he ever thought he could handle, but with Bill's encouragement, he finds a strength he didn't know he had to take charge of his life and work.

Made for the challenge at [community profile] fixitstory




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I made some story art for a fic.

Title: The Stars My Destination
Author: [personal profile] alassenya
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Adventure
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay (pre-slash)
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~17,800
Warnings: None that I can think of.
Beta: Kapuahi
Fest: Posted as part of the [community profile] fixitstory challenge 2014.
Summary: Vegas-verse. McKay rescues Sheppard from the desert, then has to convince him to join the Pegasus Expedition.

Story Post: The Stars My Destination

If you have seen 'Vegas' then you NEED to read this fic. The first time I ever saw it, I was completely unspoilered, and it kind of made my head explode. It was SUCH an amazing concept, and really well executed, but then Detective Sheppard! Laying in the dirt, dying! NO FAIR. And then the entire series was canceled and I just wanted to chew on the furniture and stomp around like a velociraptor, I was so mad.

Anyway, this fic 'fixes' it, and Sheppard/McKay happens, yay!





[personal profile] alassenya was incredibly instrumental in guiding the direction of the art. This banner, featuring Atlantis, was originally going to show the Daedalus, but I think it looks so much more dynamic and interesting this way. Maybe even a little mysterious? Whenever I see pictures of Atlantis as a whole, I get a feeling of excitement and mystery. Like, anything could happen there, and probably will!

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And because I always like to see this sort of thing, I'm including some alternates that were discarded for one reason or another.
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Belonging (2601 words) by laisserais
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vikings (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Athelstan/Ragnar Lothbrok
Characters: Athelstan (Vikings), Ragnar Lothbrok, King Horik
Additional Tags: Bathing/Washing, Blow Jobs, Wrestling, Exhibitionism, Canon Compliant, Coda
Summary:

Episode coda to s02e02. Post 'Invasion,' Athelstan discovers blow jobs.



I have no idea what's going on, but I have this compulsion to write fic for this show.


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Loyalty (1978 words) by laisserais
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vikings (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Athelstan/Ragnar Lothbrok
Characters: Athelstan (Vikings), Ragnar Lothbrok, Aslaug (Vikings), Floki (Vikings)
Additional Tags: Frottage, Coda, Canon Compliant, Loss of Virginity, theological discussion, Drunkenness, Dubious Consent
Summary:

Post 'Brother's War,' Ragnar is feeling sorry for himself, and he turns to his priest.


Episode coda to Vikings s02e01. (You guys, I am so excited that I am actually writing something! I think this is the very first canon compliant episode coda I have ever written. Woo hoo!) Written because Mel said.


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03 February 2014 @ 11:01 am
Or really, I miss the regular alteration of my state of consciousness. And the free time I seem to have had, to indulge in it. I haven't taken LSD since high school (which was a very long time ago)and it always seemed like I had so much time. Or maybe it was that I felt comfortable multitasking. I seem to recall going to class tripping. And there was that one Thanksgiving...

My point is that I'm old and it's not fun anymore, I guess. Friday I went out drinking--I am extremely fortunate, in that I live in an urban environment, where my 'local' is a shabby gay bar, less than a mile from the house, and I have several compatriots who enjoy meeting there on nights when the drinks are two-for-one--and I don't remember how I got home. In the morning I woke up and was convinced that I had left my bike locked up outside the bar. (I ride a sweet little three-speed roadster everywhere; I'm too close to most things for a car to be worth it.) Anyway, I woke up without my pants, which I took as a good sign, in that I'd had the presence of mind to remove most of my clothes. The bike was parked in the garage when I checked, which was a relief. I'd even managed to deal with the little fiddly locking bits in my inebriated state. So all was well.

Except for the part where I had a miserable hangover all day Saturday. I had to skip out on my volunteer work, which sucks. And it was a pointless hangover, caused entirely by a lack of planning on my part. I don't even think I had the amount of fun that should be commensurate with that level of alcohol.

I feel like this is a parable for other things, too. I feel like there are fun altered states and less-fun altered states. The fun ones are valuable; they're enriching somehow. Or productive. I'd put the following things into that category: LSD, writing, painting, sex. Maybe some other things. Really good conversation, probably. Skinny dipping in a stranger's pool in the middle of the night.

In the less-fun altered state category are things like too much booze and television. Juice cleanses would go in there, too. Raw macrobiotic diets for sure.

I don't know if that makes any sense, but I guess I'm sad about having writer's block, and I think it's due partially to my indulging in too much of the less-fun things. I don't think I have the bandwidth to consume as much television as I currently do, and produce things. Does that make any sense?

Does that happen to you? How do you balance creation and consumption? Do you have to turn off the TV when you make stuff?

I feel like I don't know a whole lot of writers anymore. (Holler if you're a writer on my flist!)Most folks I talk to regularly are visual artists, which is awesome, but I miss talking about the writing process with people. Do you know any good tips for getting over writer's block (or artist's block, etc.)?


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29 January 2014 @ 03:09 pm


Doing this today, while I have the time.

1. Spangel ficlet by shapinglight for rekindlespangel. Funny little throwback to my OG OTP
2. Marx Brothers festivid that is amazingly well done, and features my favorite comedian of all time.
3. New SPN Mix by [personal profile] colls!

Ironically, while I haven't posted much here, I am posting three times a week as co-mod of [community profile] tv_talk, (perhaps that's why I don't have any extra time?) and I have been chatting about all kinds of shows. In the unlikely event that you subscribe to me, but not to [community profile] tv_talk, and are interested in hearing what I have to say about tv shows, check out the discussion happening in these threads:

*The Originals 112 is being discussed at [personal profile] lynnenne's LJ
*Here's what I had to say about Arrow 211
*and Being Human 403 [this is a show I am loving btw]
*come chat about Teen Wolf 316 with me.
*or join kate, colls and I for SPN 912

On the subject of TV, I want to share the love on some under-the-radar shows.
The best shows you're (probably) not watching:
-->Killer Women - (canceled! alas! but the three eps we did get were pretty great)
-->Black Sails - the premiere was pretty solid. Enough that I'm looking forward to the next episode
-->Banshee - Alan Ball's new property. Oh Man. If you like Sons of Anarchy and/or Justified, I recommend it. It's violent and graphic, and the main character is sort of sociopathic...but in the best way. I'm LOVING this show. It's appointment TV.
-->Bitten - Laura Vandevoort's new show. I had zero hopes for this one, but have been so far pleasantly surprised. It's a little weird that she's the only woman on the show...feels kinda Mary Sue, but I'm optimistic that more info on the reasons for that are forthcoming. It's about werewolves, and feels like a Teen Wolf AU of Twilight...and yet I still like it. IDK, just check it out.

PIMP: [community profile] tv_talk is having a rewatch fest! We are kicking off February with TWO great shows: Firefly and Veronica Mars (in prep for the film). Hit the comm for more details. It should be fun!

Totally charming: Gigi Chao. Have you guys heard about the woman whose father has offered a billion dollars to the man who marries his lesbian daughter? Well, her response in the linked video is surprisingly gracious and calm. She is kind of my new secret crush.

Nervous/excited: going to meet other fen irl this weekend at a 'slash meetup.' O_O I have always wanted to connect with fans who live nearby. And it looks like it might actually happen? Wish me luck! The folks who are putting it together seem like really awesome and smart people.


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