przed: (stucky - tfa)
The Stucky writing binge continues. I think this is officially the most I've written in a short time frame, ever. Apparently these boys have tickled my muse.

Lost and Found - The Soldier's Story (7178 words)
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Peggy Carter
Additional Tags: Captain America: The First Avenger Divergent, Captain America: The Winter Soldier divergent, Steve Rogers as the Winter Soldier, Non-Graphic Violence
Series: Part 3 of Lost and Found (MCU)
Summary:
The Soldier is kept under control with ice and fire. But what happens when echoes of the past fray the cords of control?
przed: (stucky - tfa)
Two stories posted in two days! But only because I've been waiting for a beta and for time to do the final edits on both stories.

More Stucky, and the second part of the story from yesterday. I don't usually need to use the AO3 archive warning, but I very much did for this story. Proceed with caution.

Lost and Found - Peggy's Story (14313 words)
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Peggy Carter, Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Captain America: The First Avenger Divergent, Captain America: The Winter Soldier divergent, Steve Rogers as the Winter Soldier, Angst, So much angst
Series: Part 2 of Lost and Found (MCU)
Summary:
Steve's gone, Bucky's wounded and Peggy Carter has to carry on.

Or thirty years of friendship between Peggy Carter and James Barnes.
przed: (bucky barnes - cap america tfa - by mirc)
I've started a Stucky series. High angst, and inspired by this gorgeous art on tumblr.

Lost and Found - Steve's Story (9289 words)
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Background Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Series: Part 1 of Lost and Found
Summary:

"Twenty-four, hours," Phillips says. It's just Steve and Phillips in the command tent. Peggy has already spirited Zola off to London to begin interrogation, and the Commandos are waiting outside. "You have twenty-four hours to get back here and on a plane to London. Take twenty-five hours, and I will have you declared AWOL and your star-spangled ass court martialed."

Steve doesn't argue. He knows he's lucky to have even that much time to bring back Bucky.

No, that's not right.

To bring back Bucky's body.
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted here.

I wasn't on the computer or online much during the holidays, so I didn't post about the lovely stories I got for Yuletide. There were two (two!) both for Velvet Goldmine, a movie I love past reason.

The first one is the pairing of my heart, Arthur/Curt, and shows them a few years older and in Berlin. It's beautifully written and a perfect take on the two of them:

Sound and Vision (2272 words) by yeats
Fandom: Velvet Goldmine
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Arthur Stuart/Curt Wild
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Christmas, Oral Sex, Yuleporn
Summary: Arthur and Curt in Berlin, December 1989.

The second story is a much more melancholy take on what might have happened to Arthur if he'd failed entirely to achieve his dreams and his night with Curt had never gone further.

Not-Returning Time (3035 words) by thegirlwiththemouseyhair
Fandom: Velvet Goldmine
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Arthur Stuart/Curt Wild, Arthur Stuart/Original Character, Ray/Arthur Stuart
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Unrequited Love, Loneliness, Implied/Referenced Homophobia, Awkward Flirting, Self-Esteem Issues
Summary: Shop boy Arthur Stuart tries to make a proper life for himself, in between surviving and reminiscing about Curt Wild and the dead glam rock scene.

My Yuletide assignment was for Spy, a fun movie I love and think is a lot of fun. My recipient asked for Susan's back story, so my muse decided it would turn a wacky comedy into a meditation on self-esteem and fighting sexism. With some female ass-kicking thrown in.

A (Not So) Well-Behaved Woman (1982 words)
Fandom: Spy (2015)
Summary: Susan's mother raises her to be a nice, neat, well-behaved girl... Or how Susan Cooper learned how to be the spy she was always meant to be.

One of my favourite Yuletide stories was this Spy story that's much more in keeping with the wacky tone of the movie. It's funny and filthy and just a little bit touching.

Every Single Holiday (4043 words) by rsadelle
Fandom: Spy (2015)
Relationships: Susan Cooper/Rick Ford
Additional Tags: Dick in a Box, 5+1 Things
Summary: When it comes to gift-giving, Ford's repertoire is somewhat limited.

My writing wrap up is going to be dead easy this year. The first part of the year was all martial arts all the time, and then there were months of relaxing because I was knackered. Then in the fall, the Cap Stucky fandom hit me like a truck. So apart from Yuletide, the only other fic I finished was the Stucky one from the end of the year. (I've got two half-finished stories on the hard drive, one Pros and one Take That, but the whole Stucky thing hit me hard in the fall and shorted out all other writing.)

The Altar Boy Act (1411 words)
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Summary: Stark thinks Steve is a prude. Bucky knows better.

My total word count for the year was a paltry 3393. But that's okay. I've already got that more than beat for the new year. I'm awaiting a beta on 23,000 words of the first two stories in a Stucky series, and have already started the final story. That one looks like it's going to hit at least 10,000 words.

A belated Happy New Year, everyone!
przed: (bucky barnes - cap america tfa - by mirc)
Apparently my subconscious' reaction to the shit show that was last week (including Trump's election, the deaths of both Leonard Cohen and Robert Vaughn, and topping it off, some poor soul jumping in front of my subway train home on Friday) was to finally shake loose a writing idea. And the fandom it decided would be just keen to work on was Captain America.

So here's my very first Stucky story. It's short, snarky, and involves lots of bad language. (I'll no doubt do long and angsty Stucky at some point, but this is not that story.)

The Altar Boy Act (1411 words)
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Summary:

Stark thinks Steve is a prude. Bucky knows better.

przed: (tt ot5 puppy pile)
Popping my head up for this year's Hallowe'en festivities.

Ros wanted to carve our two pumpkins herself. She kept one a secret. It turned out to be a Cap shield pumpkin she carved just for her mom. Awwwww.
01halloween-capshield.jpg

A couple of more Hallowe'en pics this way )

It's been a bit of a Marvel week in the Zed household. I talked the Sweetie into watching the first Cap with me this weekend. (He's a hardcore Marvel comics fan, but only lukewarm on the movies.) This led to this exchange.

Sweetie: Hey, that's Dum Dum Dugan. I recognize the hat. He's a Howling Commando.
Me: Yeah, all the Howling Commandos are in it. Falsworth, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita.
Sweetie: Wait, you know the names of the Howling Commandos?
Me: Of course. They're important in the whole Cap mythos.
Sweetie: Oh my god, I can't believe you know the names of the Howling Commandos.
Me: Heh.

All that reading a shedload of Stucky fic is paying off if I can match his Marvel geekiness. *g*

Friday, we're going to see the first show of Doctor Strange. (I'm taking the day off. The Sweetie is on his last week off before starting a new job.) This should be interesting. The Sweetie is a huge Strange fan, but can't stand Benedict Cumberbatch. I really want to see it with him because I suspect his head might explode. That, or he'll finally admit Cumberbatch is a good actor. *g*
przed: (film reel)
I've managed to write up the documentaries I saw at the fest.

This way to a girl hunter, surfers, musicians, dancers and politicians... )
przed: (bucky barnes - tws - by asslaug)
I'm about to do something horribly impulsive.

Namely, offering two fandoms for Yuletide where I've seen only limited clips of the source, simply because they star, respectively, Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans.

MCU fandom, you have a lot to answer for.
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
It's awesome that you want to write a story in one of my fandoms! And if you already have a story idea for any of them, I'm sure to love it. But if you'd like to know about some of the things I like, and don't, here you go:

Yuletide details, ahoy )
przed: (film reel)
I've finally had a bit of free time, so I've begun tackling reviews of the films I saw at TIFF. I'm going to divide them into more (or less) logical chunks, starting with...

The British Isles Contingent )

Canadian Content )

MIA

Sep. 22nd, 2016 11:57 pm
przed: (bucky barnes - tws - by asslaug)
So, the film fest has been over for dayyyys, and I still haven't had time to write anything up.

This is in part because with soccer over, I foolishly volunteered to be the trainer for Ros' hockey team. Which then turned into me being the trainer *and* the manager of her hockey team. (They can clearly tell new suckers in this league a mile away.) All of which has meant doing an online first aid course and an online Respect in Sport course (a.k.a. the "Don't Be a Jerk" course), and setting up mailing lists and Team Snap accounts and aiiieeee!

It is also in part because in the little spare time I've had left, my brain has now been fully eaten by Captain America Stucky fandom. (So. Much. Fic.)

In between film fest screenings, I not only ducked out to buy the Cap: Civil War disk, I finally broke down and got a Funko Pop Cap bobble head. And ordered a Winter Soldier bobble head to keep him company. And when I told Ros not to tell her dad what I'd done, she promptly stuck this note to our front door*:
ros cap memo-edit.jpg

My daughter is a grass.

(*Note the BistoCon note paper. *g*)
przed: (tt footie mark's feet)
I don't know how it's been a month since I posted. (Okay, I do know how. BistoCon and soccer and the film fest and life, that's how.) Anyway, here's my attempt at a catch-up post.

First with the footie. We've had four games since I last posted, the last four of the season. The first two were disappointing, including a loss to the team of one of Ros' best friends. We had (cruelly) been hoping we could beat them since they were the only team below us on the standings, but they had a good night and we had a tough one. At least we could be happy for their win.

Last week's game was heartening. We played a pretty good team and managed to hold them to a tie.

This week's game was awesome. We were playing another team in the middle of the pack, but our girls seemed to really figure out how to play together. There was passing, and working together, and actually playing of their positions. Ros managed to score a goal by really sticking with the ball in front of the net. And another girl, who's always game but hasn't yet scored, got in a really nice goal as well. Add in two more goals from one of our best players, and we managed a 1 - 4 win! A nice way to end the season.

That's the regular season done, but next week we have Cup Weekend, which is our club's house league playoffs. We play four round robin games, and the top four teams play in finals a week Sunday.

Onto fans!

It's been over a week since BistoCon 2016, our little biannual Pros con in charming Romulus, MI. We had 22 people attending, and the feedback is that everyone had a fab time. I know I did! There were panels and episodes and games (provided by the brilliant Krisser) and lots of laughter. And we've agreed to do it all again in 2018!

Rejuvenated by the con and by spending time with such passionate fellow fans, I've finally started writing again. I've got over 1,000 words of a Pros story done, and a more or less complete idea of where it's going. This has all been helped by getting stuck in meetings at work that don't really concern me, thus giving me found time to scribble as I like. Very exciting!

The last thing that's taken up a good chunk of the last week, and will take up 11 days starting next week, is the Toronto International Film Fest, a.k.a. TIFF. The schedule came out last week, and we had to have our picks for tickets in this past Sunday, so I got home from BistoCon in time to spend days poring over descriptions of the nearly 400 scheduled films and narrowing them down to the 21 I want to see.

I'm hopeful it's going to be a good year. I'm most excited to see Free Fire, a '70s crime film. I saw this pic from it, with Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer rocking these '70s threads, and it shot to the top of my must see list.
Free-Fire.jpg
przed: (bistocon2016)
It's just over two weeks until the con, and we're gearing up behind the scenes to get things ready for your arrival.

One thing we need your help with is donations to the charity auction.

We're raising money to help cover the costs of running the con, and any money over and above the costs will be donated to the U.K. cancer charity, Marie Curie.

So, if you have anything Pros-related you'd like to donate, be it art, zines, DVDs, or anything else, we'd love to have it. You can comment here, or send us a message at bistocon2016@gmail.com.
przed: (tt footie mark's feet)
We played one of the very best teams again this week. The last time we played them, we traded the lead back and forth but lost 3 - 4. This time we only managed one goal on them, but we did hold them to only two goals, due to stellar work from our keepers. Ros, in particular, did an amazing job in goal in the second half, stopping a bunch of goals that looked almost impossible to get in front of. Of course, she beat herself up for the one goal she did let in, but it was one that would have been difficult to stop. We've assured her she did an awesome job and stopped the game from being a big blow out.

I had to cancel our practice this week. An hour before it was due to start, we got an absolute torrential downpour. I reckoned (correctly, as it turned out) that even if the rain stopped in time for the practice, the field would be a mess.

Ros and I went to the field anyway, to head off anyone who hadn't got the cancellation email, and we got the pleasure of watching the U9 girls play their 7:30 game on the other field. (Our league only cancels games for lightning, so they had to play.) It was HI-LARIOUS. The field was a big squishy swamp in the middle, which stopped the ball cold anytime it got kicked there. And when a player kicked the to get it going again, there'd be a huge spray of water drenching everyone close by. The parents watching alternated between telling their kids not to worry about their shoes and laughing hysterically. Ros wanted to stay and watch the whole game, but we finally bailed after ten minutes.
przed: (tt footie mark's feet)
This week, we were playing the top team in the league. Though fortunately the standings hadn't been posted yet, so we didn't know that. And we managed to win!

We had our last untested goalkeeper in net in the first half (well, there is one other player who hasn't played net yet, but she's been MIA for four weeks now and we're beginning to suspect she's just not coming back), and she did okay, but let in a flukey ball that went way over her head and she only touched it with the tip of her fingers. But in the second half she managed to score, so that evened out. And two of our best players managed a really nice play in front of the net for a very pretty goal, so the final score was 2 - 1 for us!

In Pros and writing news, I sent off the absolutely final copy of a story I managed to write for the BistoCon zine. It's a wee thing, just over 800 words, but it's nice to finally be writing again.

Now it's time to get moving on all those organizational things we need to do for the con. Yikes!

Cottage!

Jul. 20th, 2016 12:23 am
przed: (maple leaf)
Finally have time to post about the cottage trip, starting with the tree! Here it is, the hunk of wood that briefly stranded us in the cottage, and the two lovely neighbours who chainsawed it to bits. (The Sweetie and I had a mad scheme to go at it with axes in the morning if we had to, but man, that would have taken a long time.)
01thetree.jpg

More cottage pics this way )

Released!

Jul. 10th, 2016 09:47 am
przed: (Default)
An hour after my last post there was a knock on the door. It was a neighbour with an ATV and a chainsaw. He and another neighbour set to work on the tree and had it cleared in just over an hour. Hooray!

I'll post pictures when we're back in the land of good internet connections.
przed: (Default)
So, no bears have made their appearance at the cottage so far.

But when we tried to drive into town for dinner tonight we found that the storm that came through last night felled a tree right across the very narrow road that goes into the cottage. Basically, we're trapped.

We've left a message with the neighbor who's supposed to sort out emergencies for the cottage's owner. And if we haven't heard from anyone by tomorrow we'll be wading in with the axe and seeing if we can shift it ourselves. It is, fortunately, not the biggest tree I've seen go down, but it'll still be a lot of work to move it without a chainsaw.

So glad we've got cell access or we'd be in really big trouble.
przed: (tt footie mark's feet)
Ros is at sleepaway camp this week, so we coached the game without her. (Hardly seems fair, but that's the joy of volunteering. *g*) It was a scorching hot night, and we were missing more girls than expected, so it was a tough slog. Fortunately, one girl who was supposed to be missing managed to make it to the game.

On the plus side, we've discovered two more goalkeepers who were really good. Both the Sweetie and I made a point of telling them that they'd done really well, since they'd both told us before the game that they weren't good in goal. (They totally were!) On the minus side, the other side managed to get in one goal on each girl (one blooper that went right over our first keeper's head, and one when our second keeper had the sun right in her eyes), and we only scored once. But the one goal we did get was courtesy of a girl who's never scored before, so she was very excited. All told, for a 1 - 2 loss, I consider it a successful game.

Tomorrow, we're picking up Ros and whisking her and a friend off to a cottage for a week. Our hope is that the girls will mostly amuse themselves, and we can chill on the deck, read some books and write some stuff. (I'm writing Pros again. Whee!)

We got an email from the woman from whom we're renting the cottage with instructions for the property, including this gem:

  • Do not leave any food or put any garbage outside of the cottage. There are bears in the woods and they will come.


  • The Sweetie thinks it sounds like the start of a horror movie. Wish us luck!
    przed: (person of interest surveillance)
    I've been gradually catching up on things since I finished all things black belt, and one of the main things has been watching the final season of Person of Interest.

    I'm down to the last episode and am very nervous. They've already ripped my heart out several times, and given some of you have said (hi, [livejournal.com profile] draycevixen and [livejournal.com profile] msmoat ), I'm prepared to have it ripped out and shredded some more.

    ::sigh::

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