shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
Over the past few days, I've posted Dream Outfits NCIS: Los Angeles. PG. Nell Jones/Eric Beale. (358 words.) Summary: Dreams mean nothing. Set during early season 4.

This was originally meant to be the first part of a ‘five times Nell dreams about Eric’ fic, but I never got much further than this and the not great first line of the next section. When I started writing another Eric/Nell fic (ahem), I was reminded of this, typed it up, et voila. I envy Nell’s ability to find the Pi pyjamas I was envisaging.

I also posted Energy Conservation Push.
PG. Cassie/Nick. (727 words.) Summary: While worrying about her future, again, Cassie receives a piece of advice.

I wrote the first draft after seeing the prompt – as I said in the author's notes, of course I thought Push when I saw it !? I’m not one who wants babyfic for Cassie and Nick, for what I think are obvious reasons, although I do refer to Cassie’s mother issues. Anyway, the encounter got fleshed out a little in the redrafting. This is the first Push fic I've written in six years.

I rewatched Crazy, Stupid Love over the weekend. Five-ish things.

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shallowness: Kensi and Deeks at a door, he's holding a badge (Kensi and Deeks partners NCIS LA)
NCIS: LA 4.9 The Gold Standard

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I've also posted a couple of ficlets: ce matin, ce soir, hier soir The Musketeers (BBC), Teen, Aramis/Anne. Written for the prompt ‘The Musketeers (BBC), Aramis + any woman, Consent’; and An unexpected fit Fairy Tales (Cinderella), Universal. King, Queen, Cinderella, Prince. Cinderella/Prince. Written for the prompt ‘Fairy Tales, Cinderella/Prince, King & Queen POV - "This is the girl who fits the slipper!"’

I forgot to mention that both were prompts from [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic. They were both drafted in the week when the prompts appeared and subsequently edited. Form is important in both, the non-linear structure of the The Musketeers fic and the alternating POV in the Cinderella ficlet. The latter is set in a conglomeration of various versions of the fairy tale as opposed to one. I am thinking about posting the WIP meme, but I don't want to jinx the writing that is currently going on.
shallowness: Sky High's Warren Peace smiling (Warren Peace smiles!)
I posted a ficlet yesterday: I Like The Way You Move, MCU, Thor/Jane you suck at dancing but you’re doing it in the middle of a bookstore to the crappy music on the radio and I think it’s pretty damn cute au.

I started drafting a fill (the prompt is the summary) last autumn when I saw it, and it sat there for months. I really went at it this month and came up with a title and a way of ending it. This was done entirely on the laptop. I’m not happy about the probable lack of Thor/Jane in Thor: Ragnarok, hence the fluff - inasmuch as I need an excuse to write fluff. Some feelings about bookshops may have crept in also.

Marvel thing no. 2 is Spider-Man Homecoming. Look, I wasn’t excited about this film; I was planning on going and seeing it, yes, but not in any desperate hurry to do so, because I was around for the two previous cinematic iterations, and while I intellectually get why Marvel were so excited to get their biggest superhero into the MCU (which the title encompasses. although it’s not an aggressively meta film by a comic book superhero movie in 2017 standards), I am getting older and more grumpily distant from Peter Parker and the preteen boys who probably love Spidey the most.

But, this weekend, the other option was Dunkirk, which I do want to see, but it’s an intense war movie. So I chose the lighter fare, aware that this has had decent reviews. And as it also has MCU developments and I wanted to give it a thumbs up, here’s my review.

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As for the end credits scene – mild spoilers ) Otherwise, major spoilers )
shallowness: Sky High's Warren Peace smiling (Warren Peace smiles!)
On Tuesday I posted my first new fic of the year and the first one for six months: Extreme Action, a Sky High, Layla/Warren futurefic. It was first drafted in July 2015, which wasn’t a wonderful time for me. Having a title that would suit an early 90s action flick better than a fluffy tropefic appealed to me, apparently. Anyway, a couple of months ago, as I was doing looking through some drafts, I found that this one didn’t need much work – usually I have stalled before coming up with an ending. In the editing process, it passed the thousand word mark, et voila.

For completeness on Livejournal: this spring, I’ve also reposted the following fics at Dreamwidth and A03. Read more... )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Poldark Ross/Demelza ep 4 smiling)
Yesterday, I posted:

Finding Harry Potter. Teen. Hannah/Neville (and various other pairings.) Summary: Hannah has to find Neville.

It was inspired by a [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic prompt that has subsequently been deleted. I don’t know what the etiquette for that is, quite. Read more... )

Isn’t it great about Tatyana Maslany winning an Emmy? I couldn’t keep up with the Orphan Black and didn’t love it enough to buy the DVD, but her performances as the clones were thoroughly impressive.

Poldark 2.3

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shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I meant to be writing about Poldark this morning, but life interfered last night so I'll have to catch up on it along with Victoria tonight or tomorrow night.

On Saturday night, I posted The Sketch Harry Potter, Mature. Rolf Scamander/Luna Lovegood
Summary: Rolf is looking through the sketches his colleague Luna has been drawing and finds something very unprofessional. 917 words.


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shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
Apparently some people find round-up posts like this obnoxious. May I suggest scrolling or not clicking? For my part, yes, it's self-promotion, just in case, but it's also a chance to write a little about the writing process or what the fics mean to me. Anyway, if you're interested, over the past week and a half I've reposted the following:

No friend to those with noses (Dark Angel) G. Joshua, Alec. 488 words.
First posted: Late December 2005. Summary: A smelly cat is no friend to those with noses; Joshua has a snout.

A clear view (Dark Angel) PG. Alec, Max, Mole, Dalton (Max/Alec implied). 880 words.
First posted: January 2006. Summary: Alec rescues Dalton, Max is furious at how he did it and Terminal City gets entertained for free.

Days, weeks, months and years (ER) PG. Haleh, Neela and Ray. First posted: February 2006. Two post ‘Dream House’ 12.06 drabbles.

Yesterday, I crossposted: Epicinium (Smallville) Teen. Lois, Chloe, Clark, Gabe, Lana. 2,682 words. Coda for 4.8 ‘Spell’.
Summary: The aftermath of the eighteenth birthday party that Lois and Chloe don’t remember.

Notes )

I don't know if I'll be able to continue reposting fic as regularly, although given that I'm only up to the start of 2006 and only started Dreamwidth in 2009, I don't want to stop again.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
This is not news if you read my Dreamwidth account as opposed to my LiveJournal one, but I managed to repost four fics last week, by which I mean posting the text to the original posts at lj and posting them for the first time at Dreamwidth and AO3 (and updating the versions on ff.net). All four are from November/December 2005, two are Dark Angel fics and two are post-Serenity ficlets.

And you will know me by the trail of my asskicking (Dark Angel) R (for language and mature themes). Max/Alec. 2,385 words. First posted: November 2005 (lightly edited August 2016)
Summary: Alec is still haunted by Max. Bitch.

can't wash out the blue (Firefly) PG, OCs, River Tam. Drabble. First posted: November 2005.
Summary: a threat.

Untitled Mal/Kaylee kisslet (Firefly) PG, Mal Reynolds/Kaylee Fry, 227 words. First posted: November 2005. Summary: As per title.

Retrieval (Dark Angel) PG-13. Max/Alec, past Jondy/Alec, 3,103 words. First posted: December 2005.
Summary: Max didn't think; Alec is trying to protect himself. (Author's Notes: 'She Ain't Heavy' ended slightly differently. AU from that point on.)

thoughts )

And then I wrote a new ficlet.

What your mama can make you (Nashville) U. Juliette Barnes, Cadence Barkley, Avery Barkley, (background Juliette/Avery). 237 words.
Summary: Juliette writes a song for Cadence.

I saw the prompt at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic, wrote a draft, but because I hadn’t seen season 4, I felt I should do some research to avoid it being canon-fodder, which I was able to do on Sunday - I hope it's all right on that front. I blame the prompt for making me thinkof the show.

I've also been working a little on some of my WIPs. Before returning to reposting, I hope to get around to posting about other stuff.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I posted three ficlets on Sunday:

Paterfamilias, Scorpion, U, Cabe Gallo & ensemble.
Summary: Cabe Gallo has three sons, two daughters and one grandson who he isn’t related to and never officially adopted.

It’s All About the Chemistry, Sky High, PG, Warren Peace, Layla Williams, Boomer, Medulla (Layla/Warren, canonical relationships)
Summary: Layla Williams doesn’t attend her school reunion with Will or Larry.

A Long Time Coming, Marvel Cinematic Universe RPF, U, OCs and A-listers.
Summary: Welcome to the red carpet for the premiere of the long-awaited Black Widow movie!

Apart from all being fills for comment-fic prompts, they’re all future fics. Two are new departures fandom-wise – this is the first time I’ve written RPF! Obviously, I expect every word I wrote about a Black Widow movie to come true! This is also the first Scorpion fic I’ve written. I drafted it back in the spring when I first saw the prompt, but was hesitant to post even this ficlet because I haven’t seen the first season and a half. Returning to it last week, I decided I could live with that.

I also drafted a fill for the ‘any high school couple, are they still together at the 10-year high school reunion fic?’ prompt back in the spring, which obviously had to be about Sky High, and left it unfinished, wondering if perhaps I could expand it, but after some polishing decided to post it as was.

I saw the ‘red carpet’ prompt on Saturday, so it's not just a case of polishing and posting old drafts.

There is some Pacific Rim 2 casting news. here.

Feelings. Spoilers. )

I am cheered, though, by today's news about Channing Tatum potentially playing a spoiler ).

On writing

Jul. 3rd, 2016 08:57 am
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
So, that was a crammed week for me, it turns out. I posted a ficlet last Sunday: Codename: SNAPDRAGON, which features Susan Cooper/Rick Ford from Spy. I didn’t expect to write in that fandom, yet Susan’s journey pinged me hard, Ford is gloriously ridiculous and the prompt hooked me. It is probably the tamest fic written for the film, ever. I first drafted it in May, a few days after the prompt appeared, and then kept waiting for a Sunday, which is the comment-fic day for posting fills for previously unfilled prompts, when it was convenient to post.

A week and a half or more after I saw it on the f’list, the AO3 writing meme.

Not very surprising )
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I posted Fancy Hotel, a Person of Interest/The Night Manager ficlet. Zoe and John were the focus of the prompt and remain the focus of the fic, but I had TNM on my mind and it was the spark for me. I wish I could have come up with a better title, but at least I managed a summary.

I caught up with B99 3.14 Karen Peralta

Itsy-Bitsy Spider )

Of course, I’m now behind again because I chose to watch Scorpion (post to come).

I went to see a double-bill of films yesterday for the first time in ages. First was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, I know. One word review: ponderous.

more words ) There were lots of problems, but I’ll focus on the most relevant one, which is that you’ve seen the trailer(s), and who hasn't given the promo push, most of the film will not come as a surpise.

And before this film a new-to-me Captain America: Civil War trailer aired and I think that contained a major development that made me clap my hands to my mouth in disbelief that they’d show that now. What is wrong with the people behind cutting these trailers? Stick to the first third, show glimpses of the main characters, give a flavour of the mood...people are going to go see films featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Batman and Superman!

Having said that, The Lego Batman Movie trailer filled me with glee.

What I wasn’t spoiled for in BvS:DoJ was Read more... ) Roll on the Wonder Woman solo movie, which seems like the only thing DC is doing that Marvel seems to need to worry about.

The second film I saw was Eddie the Eagle, which is thoroughly entertaining. It has also had a huge promo push in the UK, and benefits from being a sporting underdog dramedy based on a true story that I'm about old enough to remember, but I don't think they used the last third in the promo material.

Finally, I've caught up on Parks and Rec

5.11

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5.12

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shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I posted 10 fics to Archive of Our Own this year, all longer than drabbles. I had a flurry of writing X word ficlets and Three Sentence fics. That’s one more than last year! Most were ficlets, with two passing the thousand-word mark, both of which were gen. Things happened in my life this year that had a big bearing on my writing.

There was a huge flurry in April, partly because of Easter and partly because of what was going on in The Mentalist’s final season – I wrote more The Mentalist fic than any other fandom, and I’ve never written fic in the fandom before. A minority of these fics, less than I thought, were based on prompts.

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shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Nashville irresistible Juliette Barnes)
I wrote a fic, The History Boys and Girl some days ago, (Nashville, gen, universal), which came to nearly 2,000 words. That’s long for me.

As I say in the notes, I wanted to have Scarlett, Avery and Gunnar bask in what they’d done and for there to be some lead-up to Gunnar speaking for the band with Noah, so I wrote this missing scene, giving the characters (more Scarlett and Avery, who have their mental blindspots too, of course) a moment of introspection after the gig about all that had happened. The title comes from the play ‘The History Boys’ and was inspired by Gunnar’s line about how the three of them have some history, which is one way of putting it. I’m glad I got it out before watching the next episode – I feel as if I played within the canonical lines, but of course, things moved on, especially for Gunnar and Avery.

Nashville 3.10 First to Have a Second Chance

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Partners in Crime The Secret Adversary – part 2

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I was in a weird mood watching both shows.
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I posted a ficlet the other day A time and a place, Agents of SHIELD, Melinda May/Phil Coulson, PG. I was relieved to find I could still write something after a while of staring at prompts and blanking. When responding to feedback, I've felt obliged to say that the scenario wasn't my idea - I just expanded on it. Do other people feel like that when you're working off someone else's idea?

Because of Home Front, I watched Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers: Lucy Worsley's 100 Years of the WI. Read more... )
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Community Shirley disbelieving laughter)
On Saturday night, I caught up with a B99 episode: 2.22 Det. Dave Majors
it was a good one )

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I read Robin McKinley’s Rose Daughter, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s much, much better than her Beauty, another retelling of the fairy tale which it turns out was her first novel and, I’m glad, not the first book of hers that I read. I love the writing, the fantasy setting with its own rules of magic that the reader discovers alongside Beauty (whom I should have found more annoying than I did, considering her traits). I especially liked what McKinley did with Beauty’s older sisters. Recommended if you’re in a mood for a fairy tale retelling in a fantasy setting.

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Sorry for the old fic spam on Dreamwidth (and AO3) but it occurred to me on Thursday night that now was a good time to repost old fic. (That’s old fic that’s a decade old. Yikes.) Trying to work out what I was thinking in terms of formatting, titles and archiving a decade ago was a faff initially. I revised one and did a little more to another than correct typos. I was so prolific in 2005 and steeped in Dark Angel fandom, more so than I’ve ever been in the one fandom since as both a reader and writer, but since then I’ve been more multi-fannish and even then, alongside the DA fic, there were Harry Potter ficlets. Um, I may repost more fic over the next few days (but then again, I might not. I intended to post this yesterday.)

The starry dividers are a homage to the fact that I used them in fic in 2005, or at least the fic that were longer than vignettes.

The fics I reposed so far are: Read more... )
shallowness: Catwoman looking at the Batsign in the Gotham City night sky (Catwoman watching Batverse films)
So, I’ve been posting fic (ficlets really) recently. The latest three are: Chalet (Gotham) 570 words. Summary: Bruce and Selina, now and later, seeking shelter. (Spoilers for 1.13 Welcome Back, Jim Gordon.)

Anniversary (The Mentalist) Double drabble. Jason Wylie/Michelle Vega. Summary: One year on. (Diverges from canon at a certain point in 7.10 ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’.)

Elevation (The Mentalist) 365 words. Jason Wylie/Michelle Vega. Summary: He is so proud of her. (Takes place after Anniversary, although you don’t have to have read that.)

spoilers for the episodes referred to above )

confessions

Apr. 3rd, 2015 02:48 pm
shallowness: Margaret Hale of North and South adaptation sitting at desk writing (Margaret North and South writing)
I posted a The Mentalist ficlet yesterday, Cleaning-up duty, a coda to ‘Little Yellow House’ focusing on...Wylie and his feelings for Vega and his work. (In researching for it, I realised that his first name is Jason, which hadn’t registered before. But The Mentalist is such a surname show.) Yes, it’s another male POV The Mentalist ficlet – I have mixed feelings about that. I moved on from surprise that I could/wanted to write about The Mentalist to expecting I'd produce more post-episode codas, mainly driven by a need for more making out between Lisbon and Jane. Well, that didn’t exactly happen, but I have been writing fic (in other fandoms) more over the past week.

Most of my time is not my own this Easter, though. I don’t expect to catch any of my shows live.

But what did I do last night? I succumbed and rewatched Poldark episode 4, which means I’ve watched some scenes three times. THREE TIMES. Further rambling, mainly about Ross/Demelza )

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