selenak: (Missy by Yamiinsane123)
Ever since [personal profile] trobadora talked about the idea of a Missy Remix, I've been enthralled by it. And now it really happens:

Missy This Fic - the Gomez!Master remix

Meanwhile, in the real world which is currently both darker and far more absurd than Doctor Who ever gets:



This summary of recent events by Alexandra Petri also isn't half bad.
selenak: (Peggy Carter by Misbegotten)
Back from busy week on the road, and well, was Thursday a day (and night) of joy in our prequel-to-a-YA-Dystopia world or what? Like a great many people, including May, I thought that Labour would get slaughtered when May decided to get herself a coronation an election. I certainly did not guess that it would relieve David Cameron of his "PM who managed to score the worst own goal" title. After last year's Brexit desaster, my faith in the British part of voting humanity is getting somewhat restored. Meanwhile, James Comey came to bury Trump, not to praise him, and did so with relish. I had wif fi in my hotelroom and watched the live steam to great joy and occasional ire.

And yes, I'm aware of all the drawbacks: the Republican party still isn't afraid enough to lose votes to stop kowtowing to Trump, and without them, impeachment is impossible, plus the British edition of the Orange Menace, aka Boris Johnson, might end up becoming PM after all. But hey. It was a good Thursday and Friday morning.

Also, the [community profile] ssrconfidential ficathon has gone live. Check out more than thirty new Agent Carter stories here!

The story I received was: Playing the Cards, Jason Wilkes - and Jason Wilkes/Howard Stark - post season 2 of Agent Carter, and I enjoyed it a lot. Now I look forward to exploring all the other stories, and won't ask anyone to guess mine because it's terribly obvious again.
selenak: (Peggy and Jarvis by Asthenie_VD)
Dear writer, thank you so much for participating in this challenge and creating a story for me. I included some prompts in my requests. Know that if none of these speaks to you, you can still make me happy simply by "Peggy and Jarvis fight crime" case fic. My prompts tend to go in a gen direction, but I'm not averse to shipping, either slash or het or multi, provided you don't put down another another relationship in your story. What I am averse to is character bashing: by which I don't mean character A having a bad opinion of character B, if this is the case in canon or can be extrapolated from it, plus one of my prompts involves villains in central roles, and these people are canonically responsible for horrendous acts. However, there is a difference between that and "ugh, X is the WORST, says every other character ever" type of storytelling, and I trust you, writer, are able to see it.

Re: all the characters not named in my prompts - I'm an ensemble fan and fond of everyone, though of course I have my favourites. Still, just because they're not listed doesn't mean I don't enjoy reading about them, though if you want to work your own favourite into one of the prompts in a prominent role, go ahead, as long as my listed characters have one, too.

Now, about those prompts )
selenak: (Peggy and Jarvis by Asthenie_VD)
[community profile] ssrconfidential's authors are reaveled, and this is the story I wrote:

All of Me (2394 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ana Jarvis/Edwin Jarvis
Characters: Anna Jarvis, Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, Whitney Frost, Rose Roberts, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Additional Tags: Character Study, Backstory, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

Between countries, between languages, between death and life: Ana Jarvis has been all of this for years. Portrait of a survivor.




Ana Jarvis, whose existence we learned of in season 1 - that we didn't see her then caused me to have an elaborate theory about her being identical with Dottie which of course turned out to be sheer nonsense - finally got introduced to us in season 2. She had only a few scenes, all in all, but she was fabulous in them, and I was delighted to have the chance to write about her. The recipient never bothered to comment, alas, but a lot of other kind people did, which made me one happy writer. Especially since writing the story brought back memories of interviewing several of the old exiles in Los Angeles when I was there for a few months in the mid 90s.
selenak: (Black Widow by Endlessdeep)
One more day to sign up for the History Exchange! Come on, fellow history loving readers, you know you want to. 500 words is really low pressure and can be easily done.

Babylon 5:

Every now and then you need a story that's a break from the angst and is just hilarious. Like this one.

Perception: in which it turns out that Refa had an, err, somewhat mistaken impression about what the Londo and Morden relationship was all about. This has lasting consequences. :)

Avengers

If running's a plan: Natasha-centric story that takes her, and the team, from the end of Avengers to the end of Age of Ultron, showing the growth and change of the Natasha/Bruce relationship and the team coming together. As opposed to majority of the fandom, I actually liked Natasha/Bruce in AoU, but still, fleshing out how they got there really good to read about, as was the Avengers going from almost strangers (except for Natasha and Clint, of course) allied by necessity to a team working together. While Natasha/Bruce is the main relationship of the story, I really appreciate it also gives storytime to Natasha's other relationships (Clint, Nick Fury, Tony, Steve) - so often fanfiction focuses only on one and lets the characters live in isolation.
selenak: (Borgias by Andrivete)
Dear Writer of many talents,

you've volunteered to write some characters that intrigue me fo rme, and I'm happy and grateful! Here are some thoughts:

Behind the cut )
selenak: (Claudius by Pixelbee)
Agent Carter may have been canceled (booh!), but there is fanfiction, and the SSR_Confidential 2016 ficathon has just gone live. I'm one pleased reader (and writer, since my as yet anonymous story got several comments already), and this is the gift I got (which is exactly the kind of story I've been yearning for since the season 2 finale and its reveal that Howard Stark and gangster Joseph Manfredi are childhood friends):

In the Dead Lava Streets (2671 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joseph Manfredi/Howard Stark
Characters: Howard Stark, Joseph Manfredi
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, Backstory, First Meetings, Childhood Friends, Prohibition, Bath Houses, World War II, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Loyalty, New York City
Summary:


New York is a devil's dream, the most urbanized city in the world. It is all geometry angles and stone. It is mythical, a city buried by a volcano.

Five times Howard Stark met Joseph Manfredi, and one time he did not.

selenak: (Henry and Eleanor by Poisoninjest)
So, last year, I signed up on this small endearing historical fiction exchange ficathon, which would have allowed me to post a text just consisting of 500 hundred words, and managed to end up writing an entire novella about Eleanor of Aquitaine because using the "Five things which never happened" concept for her just seemed irresistable. This year, the History Exchange ficathon is open for nominations again, and this time, I am resolved. Only a brief text. That's going to be it.

Meanwhile, if someone should volunteer to write me that "Juana the Probably Not Mad marries Henry Tudor" AU I've been speculating about now and then, feel free to make it as lengthy as you want. :)

Star Wars:

All interested parties probably have already watched this by now, but just in case: Formerly known as is a fabulous vid about the women of Star Wars.


Orphan Black:

ditto: the one where Beth is an actual ghost. Sharp and wonderful.
selenak: (Peggy Carter by Misbegotten)
April's Fool Day is a bit pointless in a world where Donald Trump has a serious shot at the White House, isn't it?

Agent Carter fans, you have one more day to sign up for SSRConfidential. The requests already made are here, and I'm so looking forward to this.

And speaking of fanfiction:
Better Call Saul:
When the Sky Meets the Sea: Chuck and Jimmy after the death of their father.
selenak: (Peggy and Jarvis by Asthenie_VD)
Thanks for writing an Agent Carter story for me! This automatically makes me spring. I'll keep this briefing simple, since I hope the request speak for themselves. :)

General Preferences: I like canon based more than AU - especially high school and coffee shop AUs -, but an exploration of one of the big "What if"s about key plot points or the "Five things" format are exceptions from this role. If you're inspired to try these for one of my requests, by all means.

Non-canon or non-requested relationships: well, I requested the character I did and not others for a reason. By which I mean that when, say, asking for a story about Peggy and Howard, I don't want an epic about Steve's and Bucky's epic romance with Peggy and Howard getting a few lines. When asking for Peggy and Jarvis, I don't want a Peggy/Angie story with some Jarvis showing up. Otoh if you're, say, a die hard Peggy/Angie shipper who feels there needs to be some reference to that relationship in a Peggy and Jarvis centric case fic, go ahead, I don't mind. I don't think I have a NOTP in this fandom, and I like all of the characters, some just more than others. Well. I could do without any Bucky references altogether.

However: please no bashing of any relationship or character, whether or not they're mentioned in my requests. By which I mean something like: don't spoil a Dottie story by including a rant about how Daniel is unworthy of Peggy.

Dislikes: other than "no character and relationship bashing" and "no high school or coffee shop AU", I'm also really not into the A/B/O scenario. Or soulmates, with or without tattoos. Whether or not you incude sex (of any variety) is up to you.

On to the requests:

Which are spoilery )
selenak: (Breaking Bad by Wicked Signs)
Aaaand it's time for the remix reveal. I wrote:


Five Times Jesse Pinkman Met A Companion (The Breaking Who Remix) (11021 words) by Selena
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Breaking Bad, Doctor Who & Related Fandoms, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jesse Pinkman & Walter White, Third Doctor & Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Tenth Doctor & Sarah Jane Smith, Lance Bennett & Donna Noble, Jesse Pinkman & Martha Jones, Jesse Pinkman & Donna Noble, Jesse Pinkman & Jack Harkness, Jesse Pinkman & Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Jesse Pinkman & Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith & Sarah Jane Smith, Rani Chandra & Sarah Jane Smith
Characters: Jesse Pinkman, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Walter White, Gwen Cooper, Rex Matheson, Esther Drummond, Third Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Luke Smith, Rani Chandra, Gita Chandra, Jilly Kitzinger, Skyler White
Additional Tags: Crossover
Summary:

Jesse Pinkman keeps running into past and future time travellers. Or they keep running into him. Sometimes they even bring the Doctor along.



Which brought together two of my favourite fictional universes in a mad love declaration for both.

And I also wrote a tiny little thing for Remix Madness:

First Woman of Rome (The Claudian Remix) (506 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rome, Historical RPF, I Claudius, Ancient History RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Livia Drusilla & Atia of the Julii
Characters: Atia of the Julii, Livia Drusilla
Summary:

There is more than one way to win. Livia doesn't need to attack Atia in order to destroy her.

selenak: (rootbeer)
Remix went live!

I'm on the road right now, which means among other things I won't be able to watch the latest Orphan Black episode until tonight, and the Once upon a time finale not until tomorrow at the earliest, mosf likely Wednesday, though. Reading on the road is a big easier, but not much when you're not travelling alone. However, I had the chance to read the remix based on one of my DS9 stories, amd it's delightful:


Quark's Day (The Noh-Jay Remix)

Nog and Jake reunite after the second occupation. Both of them are spot-on and darling.

Meanwhile, the remix I've written is imo obvious, but I could be wrong, and if you guess it during the week we're all anonymous, you get a drabble (or something short even if it's not exactly 100 words) on your subject of choice, provided I'm sufficiently familiar with it.
selenak: (Darla by Kathyh)
The Rare Women Ficathon went live.

I got a lovely Call the Midwife story as a present, about Shelagh/Sister Bernadette, called Arpeggio.

My own story offered me the chance to return to the Jossverse, where I hadn't written in for many years:

L.A. Confidential (3120 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Angel: the Series
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harmony Kendall/Spike, Harmony Kendall & Angel
Characters: Harmony Kendall, Angel (BtVS), Spike (BtVS)
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Character Study
Summary:

Harmony decides on a new career. After all, if Angel can be a detective, anyone can.

selenak: (M and Bond)
Dear Writer,

you are fabulous for writing a story about any of these ladies, and I'm profoundly grateful.

Some general likes and dislikes: I'm more of a gen person but am happy with a shipping-oriented fic as well as long as it explores the character I requested. Also, some of the characters I requested have done horrendous things in their respective canons. If you want to address this from the pov of the people who suffered because of this, feel free; being fascinated by a character for me does not mean excusing all this character did or blame it on someone else. However, I'm also not into bashing characters, by which I mean showing them in a one dimensional way.

Alternate Universes: generally speaking, I'd prefer it if you remained in canon. I'm really not interested in coffee shop AUs. On the other hand, I love the "Five things..." format, so if you want to explore the requested character from that angle, go for it!

Other squicks and preferences are specific to the requested and fandoms.

More specific thoughts for the requests:

James Bond (Craig Movies) )

Call the Midwife )

Torchwood )

Once Upon A Time )
selenak: (Alice by Letmypidgeonsgo)
The Doctor Who Remix Archive went live, and non-anonymously, too. Here's what I wrote:

Purgatorio (The Paint-It-Black Remix) (8180 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alice Carter & Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness & The Master, Jack Harkness & Martha Jones, Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Alonso Frame/Jack Harkness
Characters: Jack Harkness, The Master (Doctor Who), Martha Jones, Alice Carter, Agent Johnson, Steven Carter, Alonso Frame
Additional Tags: Grief/Mourning, Character Study, Children of Earth Compliant
Summary:

In the wake of the 4-5-6, Jack Harkness starts to dream. Of the Master, and of the gift of resurrection. But are the dead truly coming back, or is there another answer to his loss and guilt? Enlisting the help of Martha Jones, he's determined to find out...



Now, off to read everyone else's stories!
selenak: (Borgias by Andrivete)
The gifts have been revealed, with author identity from the get go. Rec posts to follow in the days ahead, but for now, just what I wrote, and what I got. I was matched in The Borgias, and my prompt asked for Sancia. Who shows up only in a few season 1 episodes and has not many scenes in them, so she was a rare woman indeed. But I enjoyed fleshing her out wiht a bit of history and speculation, and besides, outsider takes on the ensemble are always fun to write. And thus, I wrote my first Borgias fanfiction:

More composition and fierce quality (6108 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Borgias
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sancia & Vannozza, Sancia & Rodrigo Borgia, Sancia/Juan Borgia, Sancia & Alfonso, Sancia & Lucrezia Borgia, Rodrigo Borgia/Vannozza dei Cattanei, Sancia & Ferrante of Naples, Sancia/Gioffre Borgia
Characters: Sancia (Borgias), Rodrigo Borgia, Vannozza dei Cattanei, Juan Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia, Alfonso (Borgias), Alfonso of Aragon, Cesare Borgia, Gioffre Borgia
Summary:

Sancia and the art of survival among the Borgias.





One of my requests had been for Margaret of York, for reasons touched upon in a post I wrote a year ago and because Margaret the survivor always intrigued me, so I was delighted I got a tale about her from Planatagenet expert [personal profile] lareinenoire:

Queen of Swords (5260 words) by La Reine Noire
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 15th Century CE RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Margaret of York, Richard III of England, Edward IV of England, Mary of Burgundy, Cecily Neville Duchess of York
Additional Tags: Off-screen Character Death, Court Factionalism, Uncivil War, Epic Yorkist Fail
Summary:

For the duchess of Burgundy, there are no easy decisions.

selenak: (Obsession by Eirena)
As [personal profile] andraste wrote, it's as if this was created for us.:) (And everyone else fond of characters with some life experience behind them!) Only the prompt leaving closes at the 5th, so I had to hurry between conference arguments:




Over 40 Fest - Celebrating characters that don't get nearly enough love in fandom and original fiction.


We are a brand new Multi-fandom, Multi-media Fest with our very first round of prompting opening Sunday, April 28th after which anyone who wishes to celebrate with us will have a whole month to make fic, art, mixes, icons, gifs and podfic that feature characters over 40 as the main character. We're open to all fandoms, including original fiction and RPF and we are open to all who wish to participate. Any genre and rating is acceptable - our goal is to increase the number of fanworks and visibility of characters that are often overlooked,




Join Us?



selenak: (Abigail Brand by Handyhunter)
Dear Author,

thank you so much for taking the trouble to write about any of these intriguing women. I appreciate it, and am good with any form you choose, gen, het, slash, any combination thereof. While I usually prefer canon settings, don't feel restrained by that: if the muse compells you to write, say, an Alias space AU, or The Wire In Ancient Egpt, go for it.

(Except for coffee shop and high school AUS. I'd rather not have those.)

The Wire )

Alias )

Marvel (Comics) )


15th Century RPF )

Spartacus )


Like most readers, I imagine, I'm not fond of character bashing, and I despise shipping-related feuds. This doesn't mean you can't explore flaws or let any of the women - who are canonically very opinionated, not to mention that some of them are responsible for their share of deaths - express themselves in a hostile fashion. I think you know the difference between, say, Hisako reminding Brand of what Brand did to Pjotr Rasputin or Hisako venting your opinion that Brand/Beast should never have become canon. With that in mind, THANK YOU ONCE MORE for writing a story.

Your most appreciative recipient
selenak: (Londo and Vir by Ruuger)
Title: Sic Transit Mulier

Author: Selena

Fandom: Babylon 5

Disclaimer: Characters and situations owned by Warner Brothers and JMS.

Characters: Vir Cotto, Londo Mollari, Ansalon Cotto, Corin Cotto, Arya, Kiron.

Rating: PG 13.

Prompt: Any character, Being lesbian or transsexual in the Centauri society.

Summary: The deepest secret Vir ever kept had nothing to do with Londo. It was his own.

Timeline: set in season 2, shortly after the episode There All the Honor Lies, with flashbacks to Vir's past.

Warnings: Transphobia, misogyny, body issues.

Author's Notes: Written for queer_fest 2012. Centauri biology assumptions are due to the smart [personal profile] andraste. Thanks to [personal profile] kathyh for coming through with the beta as always!


Read more... )
selenak: (VanGogh - Lefaym)
First of all, thank you, [personal profile] green_maia, for the lovely spring gift! I would quote poetry in return, but I already posted my favourite March poem last year.

The downside of finishing your challenge stories early is that you have to wait for another month or two for the feedback (if any). This used to be nothing, but the days of the internet are making one greedy and impatient. Bah. On the other hand, I'll have a very busy April and May, rl wise, so it's good to get the stories done ahead of time. The remix one ended up none of the big fandoms I share with my remixee but a more rare one, so come late April and Remix Redux gets revealed, you're probably going to hear a lot "arggh! Will anyone even read this?!" angst from me. Also, somehow her very short original text ended up inspiring one of my longest (not quite the longest, but up there with three or four) epics, so there is that. :) (Something else: when I posted it at the AO3, I checked what else was there under the possible fandom names (there were three under which I could post the story). This led to the inevitable experience you have when first starting to look for material in a new-to-you fandom. You know: A/B? Well yes, obviously. Not sure I'd slash them myself but I can totally see where this is coming from. A/B/C? Yep, can see where this is coming from as well, and it's a nice way to incorporate the canon OTPness of B/C. A/D?!? What the - my impression was that A and D can't stand each other, and not in the fun sexual frisson way. Ah well. To each their - hang on, this one actually is really well written. I still think A/D is "what the hell?" in theory, but the story by its own sells me on it.... Oh God, no one ever has written A/F though it's such a big and hotly debated thing in canon? And there's no A & G nor A/G despite the fact G is such an interesting character and G's relationship to A as well as F was what I really really wanted to write about and did write about. So, on the bright side: it's nice to be a pioneer and unless things change until late April, I'll have written the first G character exploration, G/A UST, A/F, G & F & A tale online. On the dark side of the force: WHO THE HELL WILL READ MY STORY? :)

Meanwhile, the claiming of prompts for queer_fest has started. Transsexuals in Centauri society, here I come!

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