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Have a good weekend!

Recs
Avengers
Exclusive by [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge (gen)
"Heroes In Manhattan: From Captain America's Hidden Talents To The Truth About The Hulk, We Debunk The Myths And Expose The Daily Lives Of The Avengers."

Interesting take.

I Shall Not Want Honour In Heaven by [personal profile] sam_storyteller (aka [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge) (Peggy/Gabe Jones)
"Peggy Carter's life after the war: Howard Stark, Gabriel Jones, SHIELD, and a little boy named Nicholas." (alternative link: AO3)

Saw this work on pinboard's popular fandom bookmarks, and it's well worth the read. I think it comes together a little too neatly and/or easily for certain segments (the secret meetings as a way to move the plot forward are a little lazy) but it has its merits, nonetheless.

Devil Wears Prada, The
When the Night Falls on You by [archiveofourown.org profile] fewthistle (Andy/Miranda AU)
Andy decides to stay with Miranda after Paris.

I'm not quite sure how I missed this one back in 2010 but I'm happy to rectify this error. The build up is relatively slow-paced (compared to other fics) but the interactions feel a little more substantive.

Pacific Rim
Saw this last week, the giant robots were fun (pushed some buttons for me as I'm a big Patlabor / Neon Genesis Evangelion fan), but I wanted to see more of Sasha and Aleksis. The following are some interesting world building fics as well as an exploration into the backstories of some of these minor characters. As with some early fandom writing, there's some confusion about which is the female and which is the male (eg: Blaise in Harry Potter). Sasha is reportedly male and Aleksis/Aleksandra is female on IMDB, but the male actor said on a Youtube that he was Aleksis/Aleksandra, and his wife was Sasha. *shrugs*

those who run with wolves by [archiveofourown.org profile] epistolic (Aleksis/Sasha)
"She’s matched him from the start, blow for blow, move for move, and for the first time since he saw her six months ago he realises that Aleksandra Dmitriyeva is beautiful."

Volchitsa by [archiveofourown.org profile] epistolic (Aleksis/Sasha)
It had not been a marriage for love, but he loves her.

you're my apocalypse by [archiveofourown.org profile] epistolic (Raleigh/Mako)
"The entire world believes they are in love, but this is not true."

Listening to some deep house:
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I thought I'd have time to write a few words for each fic but this will have to be a drive-by reclist instead as I was distracted by a reading marathon of Kingdom chapters. ^^; Hope you enjoy the reads.

Recs: Avengers (10), Glee (5), Harry Potter (4) (warning: adult, not work-safe) )

Works in Progress Recs: Avengers, Glee, Pitch Perfect (11) )

Curently Listening to a free download:
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I'm back from hiatus! I've managed to slog through my "works in progress" list for updates this past week; now I'm currently going through my "to rec" bookmarks. I've had to reformat my laptop during the hiatus so I might have lost a bookmark or two. I hope to post a recslist later today or tomorrow.

Reading
The Tumblr "Adult Content" Debacle: Do most Tumblr Fandom users even notice that this is happening unless it's been reposted by members of their circle?
Adult Tumblr blogs now removed from every form of search possible by Violet Blue (zdnet)
New NSFW content restrictions enrage Tumblr users by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (aka [tumblr.com profile] hellotailor) (Daily Dot)
Tumblr doesn't care how you feel about its censorship crusade by Aja Romano (aka [personal profile] bookshop) (Daily Dot)
Response from Tumblr (via reddit/r/technology)
David Karp breaks silence about Tumblr's content purge by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (Daily Dot)
In Wake Of Outcry Over Censorship, Tumblr Explains Its NSFW Policy (Kind Of) by Sarah Perez (techcrunch)
Advertising and censorship on tumblr by [personal profile] stewardess
After backlash Yahoo's Tumblr quietly restores adult, NSFW blogs by Violet Blue (zdnet)

Meta is on the rise
[community profile] metanews, a panfandom meta newsletter, is based in DW and collating things. Please help them out by linking to meta that you find if they missed something! :)

[personal profile] ajnabieh and [personal profile] memories_child are starting a research project on fandom auctions, particularly fandom auctions to support disaster relief after specific natural disasters. If you were involved in writing and/or arranging such auctions please consider helping them out. From the project description it seems like they're about to do quantitative analysis, which is only as useful as the amount of data points they have and the questions they ask of it.
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Since [personal profile] somniesperus will be taking down her website at the end of May, I've updated all of my links on the DWP Notables page to link to her works on AO3 (even the ones on Dreamwidth).

Please let me know on this post if there are other dead links to update and hopefully I'll be able to get to them before I have to travel again...

*goes back to hiatus*

Hiatus

May. 4th, 2013 06:24 am
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I will be putting this journal on hiatus for a while; likely until the end of June, as I will be AFK and travelling intermittently.

If you've left a comment or sent me a message and I do not respond immediately, you'll know why! :)
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Just finished watching Tetraninja's play through of Bioshock Infinite, and was impressed with the storyline. :DD Would totally recommend playing / watching if you're a sci-fi/fantasy fan. Another series I would recommend watching from Tetraninja is Catherine,a dating / puzzle game.

Currently listening to:
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Eek. How time flies. I've been a bit distracted; I've been spending my nights lately playing Zeus on Dota 2, watching the VODS for the SCII HOTS MLG Winter Championship, and reading up on the drama that is the Sim City release on reddit. As Zeus says, "To err is human. To respawn, divine!" :DD

Hope everyone else is having a good March so far.

Reading
p5’s list of pitch perfect fic that everybody should read by [tumblr.com profile] perpetuallyfive
[personal profile] havocthecat was asking for some Pitch Perfect fic some time ago. I'm enjoying the fics but many don't seem to pass that second read through, and if they do, they're still a WIP. :)

Common Writing Mistakes, from A to X by Benjamin Dreyer (VP Executive Managing Editor & Copy Chief of Random House Publishing Group)
Pretty useful!

Recs
James Bond
A Tragedy of Error by [archiveofourown.org profile] coldgreydawn (James Bond/Vesper Lynd)
"Vesper negotiates with life after death."

Interesting fork-in-the-road AU that I came across.

Currently listening to:
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Reading
Rule 63 & #femslash february
Is genderswapping a male/male (or less commonly, a female/male) pairing in the spirit of the femslash february celebration? [community profile] girlgay members chime in.

Shousetsu Bang*Bang Special Issues
For those who don't know, "Shousetsu Bang*Bang is a webzine for original gay fiction/boy's love oneshot stories." Anyway, the special issues in this webzine are focused on original yuri! :DD I've seen a couple of good stories rec'ed on pinboard. I thought I'd show some love, as I'm looking forward to the next issue next month, Tea for Two. (sign-up info)

Recs
10 Things I Hate About You
Priceless by [archiveofourown.org profile] impertinence (Kat/Missy, Bring It On x-over)
"Kat's looking forward to a calm second year at Sarah Lawrence. Her new roommate makes that less than easy."

Written for Yuletide! Hot, awkward, and cute in its fumblings, it also had some very smart writing...

Avengers, The
fighting fire with firewood by [archiveofourown.org profile] siria (Natasha/Clint)
"Natasha was not the kind of person to be curious."

This was an interesting character study.

James Bond
Untouchable by [archiveofourown.org profile] telanu (M/James Bond)
"Sometime between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, Bond and M have been drugged with an aphrodisiac."

I'm not sure that this got on enough people's radars when it came out, but this ought to be showcased as a master class in how to maintain knife-edged tension in a scene. Don't be misled by its premise; I think my brain short circuited on how hot and awesomely written it was.
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Reading
So You Want to Find Some Fanvids to Impress Your Fellow Fen at the Next Meetup by [personal profile] calvinahobbes (kudos to [personal profile] nemonclature)
A fanvid primer.

Recs
Quick drive-by recs for eneri, who requested some recs with a little more...action. :)

Avengers, The
A bullet is a kiss by [archiveofourown.org profile] tristesses (Natasha/James Bond) (x-over)
"Trust is a handicap in their line of work, and friendship is a weakness. Natasha gives James Bond neither, but they have a good time regardless."

Fun cross-over. :)

Black Widow: The Movie I'm Not Writing series by [archiveofourown.org profile] waketosleep (gen)
"The prevalence of sexual cannibalism gives several species of spider in the genus Latrodectus the colorful common name "black widow". However, the female does not always kill and eat the male."

Fluid action and vivid imagery makes for a really cool part 2.

My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Portland by [archiveofourown.org profile] fabrega (Clint/Phil)
"I wish you could meet my girlfriend, but you can't because she is in Portland."

Interesting look at white lies.

Nine Lives of Natasha Romanoff, The by [archiveofourown.org profile] starrika (Natasha/Clint) (kudos to [pinboard.in profile] cyprinella)
"A story of how Natasha Romanoff found herself, with a little help from that annoying American with the bow."

Interesting progression.

Only Soldier Now Is Me, The by [archiveofourown.org profile] samalander (Natasha/Clint) (kudos to [pinboard.in profile] cyprinella)
"She told Loki that Barton was sent to kill her, and he made a different call. That’s only part of the story. And not even the most interesting part. An examination of Natasha Romanova's journey to SHIELD and the Avengers."

Harry Potter
Butterscotch by [archiveofourown.org profile] tamlane (Hermione/Blaise/Daphne)
Daphne propositions Hermione over popsicles, and Blaise suddenly decides he's feeling vanilla. Hermione should have realized that she was in for some serious sexual politics.

*fans self*

James Bond
Queen of Spades by [archiveofourown.org profile] astolat (James Bond/M) (kudos to [personal profile] somniesperus)
"Bond," M said, as he paused in the doorway to hear her out, "the next time you do something like this will be once too many."

*fans self even further*

Currently listening to
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A couple of days ago I kind of stumbled upon http://fanfictionreviews2012.freeforums.org, a forum for fanfics reviews, while googling something related. What's awesome is that most of the fics highlighted in the 'Fiction' section are femslash, alt/uber, or f/f original fics. While it's a little light on the "review" end (usually the posts are story descriptions and a link to the story) it's become a nice curated listing of works across several archives.

The forum looks to be well-moderated (no spam, for one) and the fic rec section looks pretty active, with a post every few days, which is a plus. The fiction recs section has a lot of posts by Norsebard and Lori (not sure if this Lori is Lori L Lake?), whose names I recognize from updates on RAOB. Kudos to them and all the others for posting so often! :) Some of the stories are works that are quite familiar if you've been reading RAOB / xenafiction.net fics for a while, while others are new to me, which is exciting.

Posting alt/uber fic recs on LJ used to be [personal profile] leavethesky's domain, but she hasn't been posting very much recently, so if you are/were interested in that sort of thing you might want to check the forum out. :) It looks like there's also some DWP fic recs too.

To be quite honest, my own alt/uber fic recs tended to be responses to whatever theme [personal profile] leavethesky was writing about at the time, and the reason why I started the Notables list was so that I could keep track of what I had written to people about. lol The concept has evolved into more of a curated list, but my original section still remains quite limited and fragmentary. Hope you enjoy the reads! :)

Update: Seen in the forums - Free ebook: Photographs of Claudia by KG MacGregor - Apparently Bella Books is giving away this book for free for a limited time. Download Formats: PDF, mobi, and epub. Getting it was fairly hassle-less. You can sign in as guest and put anything in the customer form, and the code worked by making it free! :)

I liked it (I finished it in about 2 hours), though I think some of the concepts could be fleshed out a little more (I wanted more :D). Since it's put out in printed format, I understand limiting the page numbers to keep the cost of the book low, though. :)
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Recommendations
The Avengers

I'm Gonna Be A Part Of It (Whether I Want To Or Not) by [archiveofourown.org profile] fringedweller (Darcy/Bruce)
"Relocated against her will to New York, Darcy Lewis has to juggle working as an admin monkey for SHIELD, covertly finishing her degree and falling in love. Only one of these things is easy, and it's not the one that she thinks it will be."

For those who don't remember, Darcy Lewis is the girl who majored in Political Science and was Jane Foster's assistant in Thor. She's the one who was hired because she was the only one who applied, and had her ipod taken by S.H.I.E.L.D. I don't know why there are so many fics dedicated to her and Bruce but this one was amusing and shows off the author's potential. It's not without it's problems (some of the ideas border on the ridiculous--and the author knows it), but I enjoyed it as the fun read it was meant to be.

Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes7 by [archiveofourown.org profile] leiascully (Natasha/Steve, WIP)
"Natasha thought it was a shame that Steve had never been dancing (among other things)."

This was a very cute read and would be good for those who like to read about dancing and shameless smut. *chuckles and sighs* I miss Anik La Chev's Small Steps. ^^;

love is for children and other lies by [archiveofourown.org profile] fahye (Natasha/Clint, Natasha/Maria)
"War is the child's emptiness, the surrender of identity, the transformation into a simple system: purpose goes in, action comes out. (Natalia Alianovna Romanova, and everything that she became.)"

A nicely thought out story.
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Reading
[personal profile] kouredios's fannish friending meme (via [personal profile] havocthecat)
Since there has been a large fannish migration to Tumblr, this meme is specifically for those who want to continue to have fannish conversations on LJ/DW.

Tumblr is great for visuals and re-blogging; not so much for conversations.

Spies

Dec. 3rd, 2012 08:29 pm
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I've merged the Ironman recs into the Avengers section as the Natasha fics should be in one place.

Recs
Avengers, The
Fractures by [archiveofourown.org profile] tamoline (Natasha/Pepper)
"Everyone has weaknesses, faults, flaws, fractures. The things they're not quite rational about. The things that inform their every action. The things that can be used against them."

Nice solid progressive development.

masks that the monsters wear, the by [archiveofourown.org profile] beardsley (Natasha/various; dark AU, please read warnings)
"Natasha joins SHIELD. Four years later, the Winter Soldier starts targeting the Avengers. But the real story starts in 1935, in Stalingrad. Or maybe 1950, when the Red Room sends her on her first mission. Or maybe 1959, when Natasha meets the Winter Soldier. Or maybe..."

Thought provoking, this one cuts deep with its vivid imagery and many layers. All at once chilling, grim, and fragile. I have to say that this fic may be one of my favorites this year. Not every fic can give you goosebumps, but this one did, for me.

For those who don't know who Yelena Belova is, the author (also known as [personal profile] troublesteady / [tumblr.com profile] troublesteady) gives a quick primer here. For those who are interested in that kind of thing, the author also wrote some interesting meta about Natasha being sexual and aromantic.
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This will probably be my only post for November. My only excuse for the lack of recs is that a friend gave me his collection of Running Man (런닝맨) episodes earlier in the month and now I can't. Stop. Watching.

Reading
To make up for my lack of recs I'm unloading some of the WIP fics I've been reading. These fics represent some that have interesting AU world-building potential. Some have some grammar issues but a decent beta reader could iron those issues out fairly quickly.

Glee
I need a Medic17 by [fanfiction.net profile] Gorshenin (AU, Army!Brittana)
"It's wrong on so many levels. It's fraternization, it's unprofessional, it could cost you your rank, your career, and worse-hers; but you can't stay away. You need her and it has nothing to do with the palpitations in your chest."

Legend of the Seeker
Destiny Does Not Send Us Heralds25 by [archiveofourown.org profile] asianscaper (AU Kahlan/Cara)
"In an adventure gone awry, Cara and Kahlan are forced to examine their lives and priorities more closely."

Sherlock
Ingénue33 by [archiveofourown.org profile] ebonlock (AU, Irene/"Anthea")
"Her safe word is 'enough', because as soon as she meets Irene she knows she's never going to need it again."

Rec
Avengers
a kingdom or a cottage or a grave by [archiveofourown.org profile] beardsley (Peggy Carter/Natasha Romanov)
"It doesn't matter where you're born. What matters is who you become. Peggy Carter as the Winter Soldier."

Such a cool concept and execution. :)
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Recs
Alice in Wonderland
Red Country, The by [archiveofourown.org profile] jibrailis (Queen of Hearts/White Queen) (kudos to [pinboard.in profile] sophieisgod)
"Before Alice ever fell down the rabbit-hole, there were two girls who found Wonderland first and who became, respectively, the White Queen and the Queen of Hearts. [Alice in Wonderland prequel]."

This happens to be one of those grand meta world-building narratives. An interesting, marvelous read that's surprisingly restrained, given the possibilities. Personally, I think it's greatest strengths lie in the character studies.

Avengers, The
this bullet lodged in my chest, covered with your name by [archiveofourown.org profile] cinaed (Natasha Romanov/James "Bucky" Barnes)
"Some of Natasha’s memories are true, some are false, but throughout all of them runs one thread of remembrance: a cool metal hand gentle upon her back, tender against her cheek, tight around her throat; an assassin with a crooked smile and eyes like winter."

I loved the epic narrative, the way the author managed to keep the reader in the dark and guessing as to what was going to happen next. Of course, it helps that Natasha is awesome in this one.

Iron Man
Five thousand roses by [archiveofourown.org profile] forestgreen (f!Tony/OFC, f!Tony/OMC, f!Tony/Rhodey)
"She is broken and all the more dangerous for it. The world should tread carefully around the shards of her former self lest they cut themselves on Antonia Stark's sharp edges." (kudos to [pinboard.in profile] katemonkey)

I suppose one might think of it as a more damaged and elaborate version of the previous stories I've rec'ed in this genre, which tends to look at and question societal expectations and gender norms. A very nicely written story.

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Penny Wong - Speech - Marriage Amendment Bill (no. 2) (Youtube)
Penny Wong is the Australian Minister for Finance and Deregulation.
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Recs
Avengers, The
a perception of sweethearts passing through by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings (Maria/Natasha, BDSM, caning) (kudos to [pinboard.in profile] katemonkey)
"Maria touches her forehead to the cool rough sheets, spreads her legs, and closes her eyes tight."

This PWP is so so sexy. XD Soooo glad Kate Bolin rec'ed it.
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Genre: Anime, Shōjo, yuri
Link: Youtube Playlist
Series Description: The story is about a 16 year-old girl Nanako Misonoo who attends a prestigious girls' high school and falls into a world of female rivalry, love, chaos and heartbreak. Nanako is left to protect herself from rumors and mean plots to make her leave the school. Along with her best friend since preschool, and new friends made along the way, she uncovers the past of some of the more popular girls in school and on her journey through highschool she learns of love, loss and her family's secrets...

How is it for its yuri content? See Yuri no Boke.

Notes: I didn't know there was an official Youtube channel release of this series! I remember masaka lending me a copy which she digitized herself from her VHS machine, years ago, as it was pretty rare. Super classic yuri! Looks like the videos even have different language subtitles. :)

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