One of these days letters are gonna fallFrom the sky telling us all to go freeBut until that day I’ll find a wayTo let everybody know that you’re coming backYou’re coming back for me


Made for delovelie for my follower giveaway.

Lyrics taken from ‘Letters from the Sky’ by Civil Twilight.

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musesfool: Steve and Bucky in the Alps (i'm your gun)
([personal profile] musesfool Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:58 am)
August 2014 writing roundup:

break loose of loss and longing (@ AO3)
Captain America; Steve/Bucky; pg; 3,510 words
"What do you think of the speculation that you and Steve Rogers were lovers?"

"What? Who thinks that? I don't think about that. Why would I think about that?"

Be my ticket back home (@ AO3)
Winter Soldier (Comics); Bucky/Natasha; AU; pg; 2,375 words
The one where Bucky makes better decisions in the wake of Natasha's memory loss.


Meme via [personal profile] sage: What are my recurring themes:

1. REUNIONATING/RECONCILIATION. I love first times, I do, but I also really really love first times that are actually second times, where the characters are older and warier and more broken but also able to take advantage of the unexpected/miraculous second chance.

So many of my favorite pairings have a lot of history together, and have undergone long - and occasionally acrimonious - separations often due to tragic circumstances - Remus/Sirius, Dick/Jason, Steve/Bucky, Bucky/Natasha, (Sam/Dean, even though I didn't really ship it the same way; even Danny/Rusty in a much less angsty way) - and there's often a period in which they have to forgive themselves (and each other) for what happened, AND ALSO, in the other sense of the word, they have to reconcile who they are NOW with who they were THEN and how their relationship has/hasn't changed (if there's anything there that can/should be salvaged/can they start over or even if they were never romantically involved before, could they be now? is this finally the right time/do they still feel the same? etc.), and if their memories have been messed with - Jason clawed his way out of his own grave and took a dip in a Lazarus pit, Sirius can barely remember happy things and he's not real functional after 12 years in Azkaban, and of course, there's Bucky and his decades of brainwashing and memory wiping and being treated like a thing - so how can they put themselves together and have a relationship (should they even try?). I feel like this is the basis for a good 80% of the fic I've written.

2. EQUALIZING POWER DIFFERENTIALS. This is one of my favorite tropes for het fic, especially when I'm writing about an older man/younger woman - Logan/Rogue, Mal/River, Nick/Cassie - these are very often about the young women finding their power and leveling the playing field with the men, who always think they are too old/broken/etc. and don't want to take advantage etc. (I think this is also why I really love pairings like Tony/Pepper and Josh/Donna and Donna/Harvey - because those are also about assistants becoming indispensable, and eventually - in fic if not on the show, in the case of Donna/Harvey - becoming an equal and no longer being a direct report/subordinate. Say what you want about the post-Sorkin era of WW, but Donna would never have gotten that wonderful arc where she moves out of her role as Josh's assistant and ends up the First Lady's Chief of Staff under Sorkin, and that's the only way she and Josh could be together.)

This isn't a theme per se, but I also like role reversals in the power differential - Remus was the poor werewolf and Sirius was the handsome and wealthy heir to the ancient and noble Black family and then 13 years later, Remus is a mostly respectable Hogwarts professor and Sirius is a wanted fugitive; Steve was skinny/sickly and Bucky was his protector, and then Steve is Captain America and Bucky is his sidekick/righthand man.

3. PLAYING THE HAND YOU'RE DEALT. I feel like this was theme of most of my Firefly fic - sure, life is kind of crappy, but it's still better than the alternative, right? And some of my Dark Angel fic is about this, too, I think (though I think Max and Alec both have to do a lot of reconciling the things they've done with who they want to be now), and a lot of the SPN fic I wrote was about Sam and Dean muddling through.


At least, I feel like these are the things I return to over and over. What do you think?

([personal profile] treonb posting in [community profile] theamericans Sep. 2nd, 2014 02:16 pm)
Throughout the first two seasons, Philip and Elizabeth had paired up with or faced off against agents from other intelligence services.  Which intelligence service would you like to see featured in season 3?

You can expect spoilers for the entire first two seasons in the comments.

(There's no expiration date on these questions, so if you're reading this post months later and feel like jumping in, please do.)
I just got a review to one of my old fics on which included the following sentence:

"If anything it was a crime drama with some comedic elements - no explicit n***, but viewer discretion advised for graphic violence not suitable for children." Very meta. I approve."

It took me a moment to figure out that the censored word was 'nudity', because on first glance I thought it'd be something much, much worse...

What makes it double funny is that the quoted line was a meta joke about the TV rating system... :D

Speaking of, people still often claim that it has a better search function that AO3 (and in some ways it does), but did you know that also censors its search results? You cannot search for any sex-related words. Which is understandable since they don't allow explicit material, but what makes it suspect is that they don't actually admit doing it. If your search for 'smut' or 'sex', you get a note saying "This error can happen when your keywords are too generic: the, we, are, you, us, etc. Search also ignore keywords shorter than 3 letters. Please use more specific keywords or use alternate wording.". Except that you do get results when you search for 'cat'...

eta: The search also claims that 'nudity' is shorter than 3 letters...
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([personal profile] el1ie posting in [community profile] vidding Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:43 am)

Fandom - The Musketeers (BBC 2014)
Vid Title - The Inseparables
Song - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Performed by - Lorde
Characters - Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d'Artagnan
Genre/Rating - gen, no pairings, rating PG-13
Spoilers/Warnings - all of season one - some flashes and explosions.

Summary - A young man travels to Paris seeking revenge, what he finds is not what he expected.

Download and Streams from YouTube and Vimeo available at my journal or AO3

Thank you, hope you enjoy.

50 Shades Freed--Chapter Three (Part II)

In which Ana and Grey go shopping for art; Ana appears to have missed everything in the Louvre that was not her husband; Grey brings up his mother and then emotionally abuses Ana for talking about her; Ana fetishizes Grey's mental illness, saying that she does not want him to get better; Grey attempts to cover up marks left on Ana by incorrectly used police handcuffs; and someone tries to do what Ket and I have longed to do since the first book--KILL IT WITH FIRE.
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([personal profile] versaphile Sep. 1st, 2014 11:03 pm)
Between finishing 26 early and the three days weekend, I was able to get a full 4pp done on 27. I also wrote out the rough for the second scene of the chapter, which should be another 3-6pp, and it's ready to go as soon as the writing battery pings back into green. Some familiar facing being brought back into the fic, after being offscreen since the early chapters. It's like, oh yeah, these guys exist! I should use them.

Also, summer made a surprise reappearance! Clearly the weather is trying to encourage me to focus on writing by making the outside work inhospitably hot and humid.
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([personal profile] edenfalling Sep. 1st, 2014 08:51 pm)
When my parents left the Camry with me, back in early August, they also left some vegetables -- a couple carrots and a bunch of celery, mostly. I didn't manage to do anything with them before I went on vacation, but when I came back I made, in fairly rapid succession, a batch of pot roast, a batch of my standard chicken soup, and a batch of garlic-chicken-noodle soup, which was intended as a potential base for dumping cheese into. (The garlic was provided by a Lipton's recipe secret mix, because I am a lazy cook.)

I left one two-serving container of the garlic-chicken-noodle soup in the fridge rather than the freezer, and tonight I tried grating some colby jack into it before reheating in the microwave. I hereby report the experiment a success, though next time I think I will double the amount of cheese. :-)


In other news, Dottie seems to be settling in fairly well. She has not been enthusiastic about late evening/night walks either today or yesterday, even though she does need to go out at least once after her afternoon/early evening walk to pee. I also forgot to brush her teeth before breakfast this morning. (She has had several teeth removed in the past couple years, so Mom has become very concerned over her dental health.) I will try to remember that tomorrow, though I am not cognitively at my best immediately after getting up... particularly not when I'm getting up before 9am. *sigh*
I had a lazy day today, which was nice. I went out on a grocery run, and ugh, it was disgusting out. Much more like August than August actually was. I can't believe it's September already. Summer ending makes me so sad.

Yesterday was long - I went out to my sister's and then my brother showed up to take me and my dad to his house for dinner, and I didn't end up getting home until almost 10 pm (I left my apartment at 9 am), and I got my period right before I left for home, so I was wiped out when I got there.

I haven't written in more than a week and I'm in one of those stages where I feel like it just doesn't matter if I ever do again. *hands* I'm sure it will pass eventually.

Title: New Beginnings
Author: Settiai
Rated: PG-13
Word Count: ~3200 words
Characters: Female Shepard [Jay], Ashley Williams, Garrus Vakarian, Kaidan Alenko, Karin Chakwas, Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, Urdnot Wrex
Notes: Also posted on the AO3.
Summary: The crew's first mission under Shepard's command could have gone worse. It also could have gone quite a bit better.

Flames burned around her, screams and sobs everywhere she turned. )
Title: In Another World
Author: Settiai
Rated: PG-13
Word Count: ~200 words
Characters/Pairing: Female Shepard [Shayna]/Kaidan Alenko, Female Shepard [Shayna]/Thane Krios
Notes: Also posted on the AO3. I, uh, apparently forgot to post this one on DW/LJ when I wrote it a week or two ago. Oops?
Summary: Sometimes she wondered.

Fic. )
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([personal profile] aralias Sep. 1st, 2014 10:53 pm)
it is stub september on fanlore! in which you are supposed to flesh out stubs. for fun.

i think i can help with these ones, but feel free to take any of them (i probably will only do a few):

Bryn Lantry
Russell T Davies
German-Speaking Fandom
Maria Jackson (character)
Lady Jaida
The Master (Doctor Who)
Mpreg Archive and Thematic Masterlist
Multi-Fandom Mpreg Archive
The Princess Bride
Red Dwarf
Sapphire and Steel
The Sandman
Rose Tyler
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([personal profile] settiai Sep. 1st, 2014 04:00 pm)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] k_a_webb and [personal profile] lettered!
kaffyr: The Twelfth Doctor as imagined. (Dashing Twelve)
([personal profile] kaffyr Sep. 1st, 2014 02:52 pm)
Working On It

Thinking  thoughts about how Moffat is taking a very risky turn in process as well as story, mixing Doylist and Watsonian angles with drunken abandon, (except that he's doing it very carefully.)

Thinking about the phrase "I am built broken. Watch me."

Thinking about the difference between liking and loving, and the similarities. Thinking about dislike and discomfort and how they are often survival tools.

Thinking about mirrors and mistakes, about how communication is a minuet of misinterpretation, rediscovery and changing minds, and how Moffat pulls it off sometimes, and how sometimes he doesn't.

Back to the tabbouleh salad, notebook at the ready ....

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([personal profile] settiai Sep. 1st, 2014 03:42 pm)
On the positive side, I managed to accomplish a little bit of vidding this weekend. For the first time in ages, there is at least a timeline with music and clips on it. \o/

On the negative side, I couldn't choose which song I wanted to use. So, uh, I now have two half-finished CA:TWS vids.

... yes, I'm aware that some of you may not necessarily think that's a bad thing. As long as those two half-finished vids eventually turn into two finished vids, I may even agree with you. Eventually.

Now, if only I can get some fic writing done as well, it will have been a productive weekend.
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([personal profile] settiai Sep. 1st, 2014 01:26 pm)
Based on the yelling, crying, and banging I've been hearing just outside my apartment, it sounds like the guy in the apartment across from mine forgot that his daughters (the younger one is something like 5-7 while the other is in the 14-16 range) were outside. He left the apartment to go run some errands and must have locked the door behind him. (These apartments have locks that, from the outside, can only be locked with a key so that it's impossible to accidentally lock yourself out.)

Anyway, the guy apparently locked the kids out. The younger one was in pre-temper tantrum mode because she was tired and it was hot and she hated her sister and she wanted ice cream and so on and so forth, so I heard her as they were coming up the stairs. The older kid started knocking on the door... and no one answered it. The younger girl then started kicking on the door (and trying to kick her sister). Then she burst into tears and started screaming.

By that point, all of us in the apartment building who were home were sticking our heads out to figure out what the hell was going on. One of the downstairs neighbors (who has several kids around the same age as the younger girl) took the little girl to his apartment to play with his kids while the older girl walked a few buildings over to get her... uncle, I think? I'm pretty sure I heard her call him "tío".

So the uncle came over with her and then he started banging on the door, because apparently the father hadn't said anything about going out so they thought there was a chance he might still be in the apartment. No answer, obviously, so the uncle pulled out a giant key ring with approximately five thousand keys on it and started trying every. single. one.

After he'd been at that for about ten minutes straight, without finding the right key, the father came running back to the apartment at full sprint. Because he'd apparently just realized that he'd locked his kids outside in the 90° weather. What had to have been close to an hour after he left.

... yeah. I really feel sorry for the kids, because seriously.


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