Fic translation!

Oct. 19th, 2017 03:04 pm
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My Avengers/Trek fusion Straight on till Morning is now being translated into Chinese, as 冲破黎明 Straight on till Morning, by AkiJune.

I am impressed, not just because they are translating a 100,000-word story (though, I mean, that is impressive), but that they are doing so with footnotes! Footnotes for all the minor characters and the technobabble (including the stuff I made up) and the random obscure comics references!


Oct. 18th, 2017 11:28 pm
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@femdeku said: Hawke / Varric - "Unrequited."

Sometimes, when it was late and they were both languid and tipsy, he could get the sort of answers out of her that she would never have surrendered under other circumstances. Hawke was funny like that — you had to come at her sideways, with care, because she'd spook and bolt if you approached her head-on. It was like all the wariness, all the fear that she didn't ever exhibit in the thick of battle was saved up and brought out only when she was faced with a personal conversation. She'd be quite happy to let you think she never felt any emotions other than amusement, curiosity, and self-gratification. The rareness of it made her anger truly terrible to behold, and her grief even more terrible.

Which didn't explain how Varric had stumbled into this conversation.

It was late enough that the Herald's Rest was empty. Even Cabot had retired for the night, although not without a firm admonishment to the remaining pair still drinking by the fire. Most of the lanterns had been doused, making it seem like the only light came from the low red bank of the fire. Varric and Hawke both sat in chairs positioned before the hearth — bottle between them, legs stretched towards the heat — although Hawke's legs stretched considerably further than Varric's.

"Surely you're joking," said Hawke.

Read more... )

Wednesday Reading Meme

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:37 am
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What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing, because I'm still not getting any sleep for more than two to four hours at a time, which gives me about an hour of usable consciousness each time I wake up, after which I cannot focus on anything more strenuous than, like, YouTube videos about how crayons are made, until I get another couple hours. Rinse. Repeat. I have a giant list of fannish things to do starting with "answer these emails from two weeks ago" and I haven't done any of it. I haven't worked on my Big Bang in two weeks. Argh.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Champions #13, Doctor Strange #26, Invincible Iron Man #593, Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #5, X-Men Gold #14 )

What I'm Reading Next

See above, re: argh.
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  • Nominations: Sunday, September 24 - Saturday, October 14

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Star Trek: Discovery: Episode 5

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:09 pm
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Well, this was Relevant To My Interests.

Spoilers )
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Being as today is 16/10 in some people's dating systems, I wrote an Ultimates ficlet for Ults Day, on which we are celebrating Earth-1610.

Veridicality (2480 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Ultimates
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Truth Serum, Confessions, Community: cap_ironman, Ults Day
Summary: When Steve is accidentally exposed to a truth serum, Tony learns that Steve has been keeping a lot of feelings hidden.

It's not much, but it's done.


Oct. 15th, 2017 11:49 pm
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@musicalheart168 said: Anything Hawke x Varric, let’s be real

I hope you're enjoying this. I much prefer being written to (or about) to having written, but yes, all right, I'll concede that a near-death incident is enough to win you a proper response, if only because I apparently need to remind you that you aren't allowed to die yet. I have a signed contract saying so, and you dwarves are sticklers for contracts. Brief aside: I took great amusement in imagining your reaction at being lumped in with "you dwarves."

My hand already hurts, Varric. Why in the world would you do this for fun?

Hang on a moment -- there we go, back again. Carver was rooting around in my pack for something. Gave him a kick in the rear. Serves him right, the idiot; I knew someone was stealing my jerky.

Anyway, it's a good thing you provided me with this list of questions as a guide to letter-composition (Hawke said sarcastically). You can be a bit of a control freak, Varric, has anyone ever told you that? Other than me -- my memory isn't so bad I don't remember mentioning it half a dozen times.

Oh, fine. On with the letter.

1. Dear Varric,

(That was admittedly a bit belated, but I never really feel as though our conversations have beginning and ends -- it seems that even on paper, we're halfway into the discussion already.)

2. I live!

(Didn't you indicate this is the most crucial piece of information to convey? Vaguely recall something about "life and livelihood," perhaps paired with an admonishment about concealing injuries. In the interest of honesty, I offer a complete catalog:

Read more... )

Star Trek: Discovery: Episode 4

Oct. 12th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Finally watched that.

Spoilers )
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If the end of the fiscal year doesn't get you, the allergies will. Life has been miserable for going on two weeks now...

What I Just Finished Reading

The Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler
I never connected emotionally with any of the characters, but the book was an interesting exploration of how new religions are founded.

Monstress vol. 2 – Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
The art continues to floor me and the storyline is as inventive as anything in recent memory. It's going to be a battle not to break down and start buying individual issues instead of waiting for the next TPB.

What I Am Currently Reading

The End of Your World – Adyashanti
An interesting exploration of what happens after a meditator has her first “opening” or “enlightenment” experience. (Spoiler alert: the work is just beginning.)

The Waking Land – Callie Bates
Thirty pages in, our main character has been taken hostage by the king after her family either failed in, or was framed for, an attempted coup. The world looks to be built of equal parts Renaissance Europe, British Isles, and Grimm's fairytale, with a bit of medieaval witch hunting thrown in. A lot of attention has been paid to a ghostly woman's repetition of the phrase mo cri, mo tire, mo fiul, which any reader with a basic knowledge of Scots Gaelic will recognize as “my heart, my land, my blood.”

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The premise is rightfully famous, but Bradbury's prose is clunky and his execution cartoonish.

China: A New History – John Fairbank & Merle Goldman

The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell
Another Gaiman cash cow, largely redeemed thus far by Riddell's gorgeous illustrations.

Melusine – Sarah Monette
I'm only a chapter in so far, but woah, this is dark.

What I'm Reading Next
I just got my hands on a copy of Linnea Hartsuyker's The Half-Drowned King, as well as the first two volumes of Saga.


Wednesday Reading Meme

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:53 am
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What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing. I would say it's because I'm writing but I am hardly writing anything right now. Stuck on all my WIPs. So sad. And when I'm not stuck I'm too tired to write. Sigh. I have a giant list of things to do that are supposed to be fun and I haven't even managed "answer fandom email" or "watch Star Trek."

What I'm Reading Now

Defenders #6, Falcon #1, Ms. Marvel #23, Runaways #2, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #25, Uncanny Avengers #28, X-Men Blue #13 )

What I'm Reading Next

No idea.


Oct. 11th, 2017 12:19 am
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Anonymous: One shot bianca dealing with hawke/varric. <3

"She's not what I expected."

"Who?" Varric said. "Hawke?" He dragged his eyes away from her and finally looked at Bianca, who remembered a time when she'd been able to immediately command his attention with no more than her presence. He had a dozen other things to occupy him now, not the least of which was the tall human woman consulting with her brother on the other side of the hall.

They'd been so young then. Too young, although Varric had always seemed just a little bit younger. It was all those stories, going to his head, buoying him above the waterline when the weight of his world threatened to pull him under. And then there was her own fatal flaw, which was that she had to take everything apart to figure out how it worked. She didn't have patience for fiction.

"Hawke," Bianca said. "She's a brassy one, isn't she? I always thought you needed a sobering influence, even if you are a tangled ball of worry, but you went in the opposite direction instead."

"I haven't talked about her that much," Varric protested.

"And that speaks volumes," Bianca said. "Anyway, I read your book about her. Caught a case of hero-worship, haven't you?"

He snorted. "Please. Trust me when I say that I've seen Hawke at her best and at her worst."

"Have you now?" she said. He was slow to catch her tone, but when he did, bam, there it was: all his focus, right on her. Varric largely came across as a mild sort of man -- friendly, good-humored, a little stubborn, maybe a touch roguish, but overall easy-natured. He was slow to change his mind and sometimes a touch too complacent. But what people didn't realize was what lay behind all that: the slow molten devotion, the sharpness, the protectiveness, the watchful edge and guile. She used to live for the moment when she had all that heed trained on her.

From over and away, Hawke let out a loud cackle of laughter, and just like that, Varric's gaze slid away again. Ah, well -- it had never really been more than borrowed in the first place.

"You know," Bianca said, "I'm glad you have her, Varric. I really am."

His answering smile was a little rueful, a little grateful, and more than a little crooked. "Yeah," he said. "Me, too."

Fic rec and translation rec!

Oct. 10th, 2017 01:40 pm
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So [personal profile] morbane DMed me the other day on Discord and of course my initial thought was OH NO I HAVE SOMEHOW DONE SOMETHING TERRIBLE WITH MY YULETIDE SIGNUP but apparently the question actually was "Would you mind if I filled that request for Sylvi/Ebon xeno from Robin McKinley's Pegasus that you made for Yuletide years ago?" because she needed to write a NYR story and I guess polite people like to, you know, ask before gifting other people pegasus/human smut.

So of course my answer was YES PLEASE and then the other day this showed up:

More Honoured in the Breach (2717 words) by Morbane
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pegasus - Robin McKinley
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ebon/Sylvi - Relationship
Characters: Ebon (Pegasus), Sylviianel
Additional Tags: Telepathy, First Time, Reunions, Reunion Sex, Some background angst, PWP, Xenophilia, Pegasus/Human
Summary: There is no ritual for this, for coming together again after a long and fraught parting. They make their own.

It Is the sweetest story I could have imagined and it is absolutely what I wanted and never thought I would get and I love it. So, uh, if you think pegasus/human fic might be your thing, you should definitely read it. It is full of Big Feathery Cuddles. It is so sweet and loving, and also hot, if you're into that!

(Also I wanted to mention that MouseGemini has translated my Steve/Tony story Down to Zero (the one where Tony gets amnesia that makes him forget he likes Steve) into Russian. Yay!)


Oct. 9th, 2017 09:52 pm
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Anonymous: for a prompt, varric/hawke, "all sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story"

"It won't work, you know," said Hawke. She was drinking her very fine, very dark stout nonetheless, but she found she had little patience for these sorts of games anymore. Wonder of wonders – and she'd always thought her patience with Varric infinite.

"What won't work?" he said.

"This," Hawke said. "All of it. I might be cracked, but I'm not stupid, Varric. The tavern, the beer, the music, the company – how much did you play that minstrel to switch to Ferelden folk songs? And an inn like this should have thirty crowded around its fireplace, not three." They were at the corner of a busy crossroads, and although the hour was late, there wasn't an empty room to be had, but other than the minstrel playing softly in a corner across the room and a pair of thoroughly-soaked messengers, there wasn't a customer in sight.

"Thought you might now be in the mood for a crowd," said Varric. "Come on, Champion – "

"No," she said. "Don't call me that."

Read more... )


Oct. 8th, 2017 02:45 pm
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First of all, yay Yuletide! I'm so glad you share at least one fandom with me!

As I've said in my other YT letters, I'm a firm believer that writing what you love makes a better story, so please do that, and I'm sure the result will make me very happy.

You may or may not be the kind of person who wants to know more stuff than I put in my requests. If you want more, I'll give you more, but don't feel obligated to read this.

First, some general stuff about me and my likes/dislikes. You can see what I've written and what I've bookmarked, if you'd like to check it out, at my AO3 page. Um, just be warned, there are literally hundreds of bookmarks, and almost all of them are Clint Barton/Phil Coulson *beaming*

In general, although I write and read a lot of stuff that's relationship-based, I'm also a fan of gen where Yuletide fandoms are concerned. All of my requests could be filled with gen and make me very happy, although a couple of them could also be shippy (whether G rated or explicit).

I can handle some darkness, but I generally prefer happy and/or hopeful endings. I am a fan of hurt/comfort, but only when it's realistic--I have a health care background, so I can be thrown out of a story that's wildly unrealistic in that sense.

I do have some squicks. I'm fairly vanilla where the porn is concerned. I do like first times a great deal, as well as stories where a couple who've been separated finally reunite. As I said above, I like the h/c, both emotional and physical, and I like kidfic (although I'm not a fan of mpreg). I'm not a fan of polyfic, genderswap, incest, dubcon, or transgender fic.

I have some serious love for competence, confidence, intelligence, and people making it through difficult pasts to accomplish great things. I also really appreciate characterization/voice--if you can make me believe that the characters are the ones I know and love from canon, that will make me very happy.

I love comics with a burning passion, even though I only started reading them five years ago. I read some Marvel (Hawkeye, Silk, Ms. Marvel, and a few others) and some independents (Sex Criminals, Bitch Planet, Lazarus). I guess you don't really need to know that, but I am saying it anyway, because all of those books are awesome.

If you are struck by inspiration and want to write a crossover between my requests or with one of the fandoms I write in, that would be great (but only if you feel inspired! no pressure!).

On to the particulars! I have copied my original requests and added stuff below.

Halt and Catch Fire. )

Arrival. )

Thor (Jane Foster) )


Oct. 8th, 2017 10:23 am
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Anonymous: As for a distraction, I'm terrible with prompts, but maybe some good ol' MCU as family? Team bonding? Tony trying to get everyone else into Risk?

“What we have here,” Tony said, “is a failure to communicate. No, hang on, let me be clear: what we have here is a failure to communicate the basic concept of the game.”

“Tony, man,” said Rhodey, “I have played Risk before.”

“Really? Because you’re losing badly enough that I wasn’t sure knew you’re supposed to be trying to win.”

“Hey, don’t look at me,” Rhodey said. “I’m an invalid.”

“I was given to understand that Risk is a game that tests strategic reasoning. Given Colonel Rhodes’ occupation, one would assume he would win quite easily.” The Vision paused, blinked, and invaded Siberia. “Which merely proves that assumptions are dangerous.”

“Did I just get trash-talked by a robot?”

“He’s not a robot,” Tony said, at the same time as the Vision said, “I am not a robot.”

“I got trash-talked by a robot,” Rhodey said. “A robot. Incredible.”

“I am a fully self-aware synthetic being,” the Vision said. “More correctly, an android.”

“Most correctly, a mandroid,” Tony said. “Oh, come on, don’t look at me like you’re a dog trying to figure out quantum tunneling. We all know you understand humor.” Somewhere hidden deep inside the Vision was a kernel of JARVIS that remembered both sarcasm and those early days spent playing Risk when Tony was still trying to perfect machine learning.

Perfectly straight-faced, the Vision said, “Perhaps you aren’t as funny as you think you are, sir,” and started to lay siege to Mongolia.

Ficlet O'Clock Promptfest

Oct. 8th, 2017 09:09 am
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 Add prompts and/or fills to your heart's content. For prompts, you can include canon/fandom and characters or ships, if desired.

I'll be coming back a little later today to add my prompts.

Yuletide Time!

Oct. 9th, 2017 09:50 pm
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Welp, I have lived long enough to have reached my twelfth Yuletide. I am surprised and pleased at this outcome, especially after the way that 2017 rolled in for the whole world.

Anyway. Yuletide is always fun for me, I've always loved my gifts, and I try to generally be chill about the process, so I hope I can make your assignment easy and enjoyable for you, too. My letters tend to be long – please don't worry! I am chatty, and excited that we share a fandom. I am all on board with optional details being optional: you go and ODAO if you have to. We have connected over our love for a fandom. I will love what you write.

I've put down ideas for each fandom – they are honestly just random things that have occurred to me as I write my letter, things that would be cool to read. I'm not particularly attached to any one idea (or fandom, for that matter), but wanted to throw out some prompts in case you're the kind of writer that likes prompts or wants to get an idea of how I view the fandom. If you find those prompts too constrictive, please fly free! I love the fandom, I love all the characters, I love the way that people are fannish about the characters. I am a fan of fandom, so show me how you love the characters we matched on, and I will be happy. I promise.

After eleven of these letters, I've got my likes and dislikes pinned down, so I've cut and pasted them from previous letters:
Likes and dislikes )

I've talked about the specific fandoms under the cut, with possible scenarios or prompts. I talk more about some than others, but please understand I have no favourite. It's just what has come to mind as I write the letter. I would be happy with fic for any of these fandoms.

There are important spoilers here for Westworld and The Good Place, so if you're browsing letters, please be careful!

Beautiful Losers II – Jack Vettriano, The Defenders, New Rules – Dua Lipa, Doctor Strange, Westworld, The Good Place )

If we've matched on a large canon, and it's not going to work for you, I've got a few small and easily accessed canons here:
A painting: Beautiful Losers II, Jack Vettriano
A music video: New Rules – Dua Lipa.

For stalking purposes, I'm [ profile] st_aurafina and [ profile] st-aurafina. All my previous Dear Author letters are here: Dear Author. If you have any questions, you're welcome to message my partner, [personal profile] lilacsigil. She will keep your secret for life, or at least until after reveals.

Thank you so much for writing! I hope your Yuletide is fantastic.

Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 8th, 2017 01:38 pm
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing a story for me! I've tried to put plenty of information for each fandom, but if you would like to write something completely different please feel free! I am also happy for you to include as many or as few of the nominated characters as you wish. If you're not sure about anything, or want to do a crossover with another fandom and need to check if I know it, just ask my partner [personal profile] st_aurafina.

Things I enjoy: stories about female characters, plot, character interaction, gen fic, slash, femslash, female-centric het, exploring a canon world. I also like OCs as a way to expand the canon universe, so if that's a direction you want to go, that would be great. AUs are awesome – both in the sense of a deviation from canon and a completely different world – as long as they're not mundane AUs. Coffee shop no, superpowered coffee shop yes.

Things I don't enjoy: non-con or rape, non-canon character deaths (canon deaths are fair game), mentor/student, adult/teen or adult/child sexual interaction, zombies, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic AUs, mundane AUs.

Daredevil (comics) )

Emma Frost (comics) )

Imperial Radch - Ann Leckie )

Wonder Woman (2017) )
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