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 - 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: (yuletide by liviapenn)
This year for Yuletide I matched on a recipient who requested Edge of Tomorrow and Only Lovers Left Alive, both of which I'd offered. After briefly toying with doing a demented crossover of both fandoms (and brainstorming with the Sweetie; vampires who can remember the time loops and are really miffed about it, yay!) I settled on just doing an Edge of Tomorrow story.

It was a movie I'd already loved in the theatre and had been telling people to go see it. But now I've watched it a bunch more times and I am here to tell you that it is an awesome film, probably my favourite film of the summer (yes, more than Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America) and you should totally go see it. No, it doesn't matter if you hate Tom Cruise. In fact, it might help, because the start of the film plays on that smarmy asshole-ness that Cruise so frequently presents. His character starts off as a coward and a jerk and has to learn to do better. And then it has Emily Blunt as the badass soldier who needs to train him to become a hero. But the film doesn't handle this in a way that negates her contributions. Right until the end, if Blunt's Rita Vrataski hadn't been with Cruise's character, he would have been sunk.

So, yeah, totally check out Edge of Tomorrow.

And here's my story:

The First Time 'Round (3198 words)
Fandom: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Relationships: William Cage/Rita Vrataski
Summary: The first time you meet Private Cage, you think Christ, not another one.

Besides Yuletide, I wrote seven stories this year. It was a lower story count and a much lower word count than the last few years when I was setting personal records. I haven't been around much online, either. There have been a few contributing factors to that, I think. One big part of it was organizing BistoCon with FJ Bryan. Even though it was a small con, getting it all put together took a significant amount of the time and energy I had for fannish activity for the first two thirds of the year, and after it was all over I felt knackered for longer than I would have thought. It took the amazing SHareCon to rejuvenate my fannish ambitions.

Another big part is Ros getting older. She's doing activities every day but one, and gets to bed just that little bit later, giving me less time to work on anything at night.

The last thing that's taking my time is Taekwando, which is rapidly becoming as consuming as fandom. I tested for my red belt just before Christmas (I broke three boards!), two away from black. I'm aiming to test black in spring of 2016, and that's going to require three classes a week, a two hour training session on Saturday mornings, and regular volunteering in other classes. The black belt test requires a whole weekend spent at the dojo in March where they keep you going for most of 60 hours and push you to your limit, and then there's another couple of months of rehearsing performance routines for the June Black Belt Spectacular. Oh, and 2016 is also when we've promised to hold the next edition of BistoCon. I have a feeling there will not be much fic written in 2016.

Anyway, here's a list of the fic I did manage to write. List o' fic this way )
przed: (snowflake)
I've got fifteen minutes before I've promised to take Ros and one of her friends skating, so I thought I'd just pop online and wish everyone a happy new year.

We've had a relaxed and yet packed holiday season. Were up at my mom's for Christmas. I cooked the turkey (my third one ever, and the one that finally turned out well; I wish I'd taken a picture) and the Sweetie baked a pumpkin pie. Ros got a new American Girl, I got Star Trek Catan and there were lots of board games played and skating done. (I am amused that my kid is going to know Star Trek first because of the board game. Shall have to watch The Trouble with Tribbles with her one of these days.)

Since we've gotten back to Toronto I've been off work and hanging out with Ros. We went to a figure skating show one of the big theatres put on for the holidays on Monday. I went to a uni friend's 60th birthday party. (She's ten years older than the rest of us. Which means we're all hitting 50 next year!) And there's been playdates for Ros, giving me a few hours at a time which I've been using to work on the neverending task of decluttering the house. (A friend who's starting her own speech therapy practice, having just gotten laid off from working for the city program, has just picked up boxes and boxes of Ros' old toys for her work. Win win for us both!)

And to add some fannish content, I got a fab Strike Back story for Yuletide:

What a Lovely Way to Burn (5653 words)
Fandom: Strike Back
Relationships: Damien Scott/Michael Stonebridge
Summary: There was going to be one hell of a debrief when they got out of here. Locke had sent them back into South America knowing it was going to be a goat rodeo, but nobody had expected this level of colossal cluster fuck.

Lots of hurt/comforty goodness, and perfect Damien Scott voice. [livejournal.com profile] msmoat you must give it a read!

Tonight is going to be the usual low key new year for us. We were going to try and get Ros to watch A Hard Day's Night on TCM with us (the house rule is if she's going to stay up until midnight on new year she has to watch a movie with mommy and daddy) but she's discovered that there's also a Leafs hockey game on. I suspect hockey will win, though I'm going to push for recording the Beatles so we can watch after the game is over, leading up to midnight.

Best new year wishes to you all!

Yuletide!

Dec. 17th, 2014 12:06 am
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
So, the good news is that I've finished my Yuletide story.

The bad news is that I don't have a freaking clue what to call the sucker.

::sigh::

I suppose struggling with titles makes me appreciate the few that come easily all the more.
przed: (starsky & hutch)
I have actually finished fic! I haven't managed to finish anything since July, and not much before that, so even though this is a short piece, it's a finished short piece.

It's for the Starsky & Hutch Advent Calendar, so it won't be up until some time in December, but IT'S DONE!

Next, I really have to get started on my Yuletide fic. I finally sat down with the Sweetie and watched the source material again (and once the reveal has happened I will definitely be pimping the source because it's fantastic) and I have the vaguest of ideas and one line. But I'm not sure who the line belongs to which, not surprisingly, is a huge problem. But I'm sure it'll start sorting itself out soon. I hope.

In other news, I'd mentioned to the Sweetie that I might try to do a demented crossover of the two fandoms I matched with my recipient on, so he started riffing on the possibilities and came up with a really fun idea. I don't think it's quite substantial enough for the main story, but if I have enough time, I might do it as a treat.

In non-fannish news, I'm going for my next Taekwando belt on Dec. 18, so today I did both the 6 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. classes. The plan is to keep that up every Tuesday for the next month. Both classes are tough in different ways, but I have to say I came out of the second one feeling mostly energetic.
przed: (tt ot5 puppy pile)
A little more than a month ago Take That broke my heart a little when Jason Orange left the band. They've just helped make up for that a bit with their first video as a threesome, which starts with Howard, Gary and Mark in bed together. No, really! See!

tt-thesedays01

There follows a series of wacky situations, including Howard getting a spray tan.
vid-thesedays02

God bless Howard Donald and his willingness to get nearly naked. Or, you know, actually naked.

In other news, I've managed to write 440 words of a Starsky & Hutch Christmas story. That's 440 more words than I've had the time or energy to write in months. Yay!

And while I have no concrete ideas for my Yuletide story, I offered two of the fandoms my recipient asked for and am currently mulling over whether I want to do a crazy crossover of said fandoms. (It wouldn't be the craziest crossover I've ever done, but it would be...odd.)
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
It's awesome that you're going to write a story in one of the fandoms I requested. Basically, I hope you write a story that you can have fun with, because Yuletide should be fun. But to give you an idea of the sort of story I enjoy, what follows are some of my likes and dislikes, as well as my original prompts.

Read more... )
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
I wrote one story for Yuletide this year.

The Case of the Visiting Spies (4074 words) by PR Zed
Fandom: A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman, Wild Wild West (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sebastian Moran/James Moriarty, Artemus Gordon/James West
Additional Tags: Crossover
Summary: The New Worlders were not what I expected of God Killers.

I always hope to manage a fun crossover for Yuletide, and when I matched on a recipient who asked for both A Study in Emerald and Wild Wild West, I couldn't resist merging the two worlds.

Besides the Yuletide story, I wrote 11 other stories, mostly TT (yeah, that's not a surprise), with a couple of Pros and one Tennis RPF to round things out. This way to the details )
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
Christmas and the holiday season have managed to be both relaxing and yet full of activity, so I haven't read much in Yuletide beyond my gift stories. But those stories are glorious.

I got one main gift and two treats. Two were for Point Break, a movie that is very dear to my heart, and one was for Wings of Desire which is in my top five movies of all time list, and all of the stories managed to have moments that brought out aspects of the characters I hadn't considered.

Drop Zone (5278 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Point Break (1991)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bodhi (Point Break)/Johnny Utah
Characters: Johnny Utah, Bodhi
Summary: "This is what it's about, Johnny. Finding your limits, going past them."

The limits in question are sexual in nature, and this story is a fantastic example of using a sex scene to explore character.

exist on a different plane. (1817 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Point Break (1991)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bodhi (Point Break)/Johnny Utah, Johnny Utah/Tyler
Characters: Johnny Utah, Bodhi, Tyler
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Summer, Surfing, Canon Compliant, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Bodhi claps him on the shoulder, his arm lingering for a moment. “You alright, man? Penny for your deep thoughts.”
Johnny laughs, self-deprecatingly. “They’re not that deep. Just feeling sorry for myself.”

More sex, more exploration of the characters, this time using the surfing that brought the characters together in the first place. It's quite breath-taking.

Heartbeat (524 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Der Himmel über Berlin | Wings of Desire (1987)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cassiel (Der Himmel über Berlin)/Damiel, Cassiel (Der Himmel über Berlin)/MOC
Characters: Cassiel (Der Himmel über Berlin)
Additional Tags: hinted at relationships, Angels
Summary: Damiel longed for the world, but what does Cassiel long for?

A short piece from Cassiel's POV, giving him a much more satisfying reason for becoming human than the actual sequel to Wings of Desire did. There's an added cameo from Nick Cave, which is always a good thing.
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
It's awesome that you're going to write a story in one of the fandoms I requested. Basically, I hope you write a story that you can have fun with, because Yuletide should be fun. But to give you an idea of the sort of story I enjoy, what follows are some of my likes and dislikes, as well as my original prompts.

This way to the details )
przed: (tt ot5 puppy pile)
Yesterday was spent doing some de-cluttering in the house and getting the [livejournal.com profile] takethatslash Secret Santa sorted, but now that everything's under control, I thought I'd do my Yuletide reveal and a wrap-up of my 2012 fic.

For Yuletide, I was matched on Haywire, a film I love for its kickass heroine, Mallory Kane, and its really top-notch fight scenes. The first thing my recipient's Dear Yulegoat letter listed as a like was, and I quote, "WOMEN BEING AWESOME." Which led to a little story about Mallory protecting, and training, two very different women. It's not my usual run of things, but I'm pretty happy with it.

The Diner Rules (4523 words)
Fandom: Haywire (2011)

Massive thanks goes to [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred for doing a fantastic beta on this story.

Besides Yuletide, I wrote 12 other stories: 11 Take That RPS, 1 Take That/Wings of Desire crossover, and my monster Pros/TT/zombie crossover. Here are the links: )
przed: (tt ot5 puppy pile)
I got a treat this year (yay!) but have been too swamped to mention it until now. So I thought I'd slip in a rec just before the reveal.

Architects of Decay is a Withnail & I story. It's a perfect Marwood character piece, and really captures the ambivilence of his relationship with Withnail. If you love the movie, you must read it.
przed: (tt ot5 puppy pile)
I got three really fantastic Yuletide stories this year, and loved them all.

First up is a Withnail and I character study, and it perfectly matches the more melancholy atmosphere of the movie.

Architects of Decay (1083 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Withnail & I (1986)
Summary: It's Christmas Eve and everything remains exactly the same.

The other two are Take That, starting with an SF one set in the Kidz universe, with a wily, peace-mongering Mark.

There'll Be Trouble (2978 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Take That
Relationships: Mark Owen/Robbie Williams
Summary: When Mark gets kidnapped on a peace mission by a less-than-peaceful Council, the others have to come up with a solution.

The second TT story is utterly fantastic, angsty wingfic, and that's all I'm going to say because discovering the workings of this world is half the beauty of it.

Or You'll Find Yourself Floating Home (3199 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Take That
Relationships: OT5 - Relationship, Mark Owen/Robbie Williams, Howard Donald/Jason Orange
Summary: 'Gary steps forward slowly; it’s August, August 1995, the hottest damn summer in a decade, and the air is humid and thick with fumes – his eyes are stinging. The shape sitting on the edge of the roof wavers when he first sees it – he has enough time to think he’s imagining things - that he’s too late and that this sight is only wishful thinking. But Rob is there. Rob is sitting on the edge, fifty-one storeys up, shirt off, his tattered wings opening and closing with a nervous twitch and looking about as strong as rice-paper.'
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
My assignment is for the fandom I added at the last minute because I thought it might be cool.

It will be cool, but in the meantime it's also a little terrifying. On the positive side, my recipient's Dear Yulegoat letter has asked for exactly the same kind of story I like myself, so yay!

The Sweetie is also chuffed about the assignment because he's keen on watching the source again, so there will not doubt be several viewings of the source material in the next few weeks.
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
It's awesome that you're going to write a story in one of the fandoms I requested. Basically, I hope you write a story that you can have fun with, because Yuletide should be fun. But to give you an idea of the sort of story I enjoy, what follows are some of my likes and dislikes, as well as my original prompts.

Stuff I like )
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
I can't wait to read your lovely story, but thought I should let you know that I won't have internet until Tuesday. In the meantime, know that you are awesome!
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
Was very excited to get my Yuletide assignment last night, though it did stress me out a bit. It's a fandom I've wanted to write in for years, but I've never been sure I could do it justice.

But this morning my muse kicked loose a scene and a structure, and now the sucker is at 600 words and counting. Huzzah!
przed: (yuletide by liviapenn)
It's awesome that you're going to write a story in one of the fandoms I requested. My prompts gave you some idea of why I like these fandoms, so what follows is a more general idea of the sort of story I enjoy.

Stuff I like )

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