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I wish everyone could go read One Thousand Kisses Deep by [livejournal.com profile] seraphcelene. This writer always has poetic language and vivid imagery, but when I first read this what really got to me was the concept. I did some thinking about it and suggested some things to [livejournal.com profile] seraphcelene (which I took way too long on, sorry again, L), but what's remained is the core idea, which just gets me every time.

Lots of times I think of fanfic as a way to satisfy my id, or at the very least, very personal desires. In other words, "just for funsies!" Whenever it starts to get bigger and meta, I ask myself what [livejournal.com profile] stultiloquentia just asked (rhetorically) in an email: why do we do this again? Then I read fics like this, and remember. Dude, this is fun.

Here, take this show about a girl kicking vampire ass. I know there was deeper thinking going on in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's why I liked the show; sometimes, there were consequences. In season 7, Buffy and Willow turned some couple thousand girls into Slayers. Someone on the show considered some of the consequences there; there was the Crazy Slayer in season 5 of Angel.

But what One Thousand Kisses Deep does is comes along and says, "Wait. The fuck? Let's look at how this (Slayer) identity has always been oppressive, something forced on her that causes her to struggle for a sense of self. Let's look at how much I love Buffy, and what the fuck you just did to her. Let's look at what happens when you do this to a thousand other girls. Let's look at how much I love girls, and what you just did to all of them. Let's look at Buffy/Angel, how this affects the deeply twisted psychological issues already there. Let's look at motherfucking incest, let's look at female identity and abuse of power. Let's analyze the shit out of this, because it's going to be awesome. And why not do it heartbreaking prose, because I can?*"

Let's get to work. Guys, seriously. Seriously guys. I love fandom and I love writing and I love this.

*There is little to no actual cussing in this fic. I just get excited, sometimes.
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Hi from Texas! There are a million things to say, but I have a million things going on, so I say the most important.

-I rec When All The Years Fill In, Harry/Ginny, by [livejournal.com profile] seraphcelene. Yes, your resident Harry/Draco shipper is reccing Harry/Ginny. This is a very short piece, about why Harry/Ginny don't work. Even though I don't ship Harry/Ginny, and in fact sort of anti-ship them (though you'll never see me bash them, because I love Ginny and used to love the ship very much), this fic made me sort of wish they could work out. Not because they're so right for each other, but because all the ways they're wrong are so realistic and hurty, and I wish our world and living our lives was more of what we dream, you know? The imagery and the insights in this piece are absolutely exquisite.

-I rec The Seduction of Wendy Darling, Peter Pan, by [livejournal.com profile] seraphcelene. I'm not in Peter Pan fandom. Does it have a fandom? Pls to be telling me it does, because one reason I love this fic and am reccing it is because this canon is some seriously twisted shit. As the author makes use of herself, the 2003 movie made use of it too, but it was still marketed for kids, which meant a lot of the twistedness had to remained at least sort of subtle. This author brings all that to the fore. The imagery and language in this is beautiful, too.

Both this and the Harry/Ginny piece are about the realities of growing older and losing the dreams of youth, a concept which is near and dear and wrenching to my heart. Few things I've read have captured the pain and poignancy of it as this author has. Both are short, so if you have a moment, go read and feed.

-I rec [livejournal.com profile] my_daroga as a person and LJ friend. She's one of the best people I've ever met. LJ-wise--check out her photography, which almost always tells it's own story, not just of beauty but of something else besides. She also does movie reviews of interesting films; they're always very insightful and often ironic (and amusing), but also concise and to the point, and they don't spoil. She also does has an awesome sense of humor. When I get her jokes I feel special. Plus she's a Phantom of the Opera BNF and is revitalizing phandom one brick by bloody brick. I love her.

-I'm still posting Go Your Own Way, (Batman) Bruce Wayne/Jim Gordon with lots of dirty talk and daddy kink. I'll tell you when I'm done but I thought I'd remind you. I wonder if now is the best time to post these things, with everyone so busy...may repost the recs again later. Anywho, I like this story. I still don't get it, but I like it.
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For the last year and a half my biggest fandom has been something I haven't talked about all that much.

I'll always be a part of BtVS and Angel fandom, not only because I love the canon but because the people there mean a lot to me. I still have a lot of fics I want to write in it, but I've slowed down a lot. But even when that was my biggest fandom, and many times since, I've had flings: Harry/Draco, Pam/Jim, BSG, Horatio Hornblower. My thing now is Gordon/Batman, and though I love it much, I suspect it is but a fling.

This fandom was not a fling.

That fandom is/was [livejournal.com profile] mistful's writing. Those of you that know are probably saying, doesn't she just write Harry/Draco fanfiction? Well, yes. And in some ways, you could say Harry/Draco has been that secret non-fling fandom for the past year and a half. I do love the ship for itself, and when I write fic for it, it is about what I bring to those two characters.

But though [livejournal.com profile] mistful does use those characters, I don't believe you have to like the ship--or even like them, or even know the canon--to love these stories, and be so, so glad you read them. They have been my fandom, not the source material. They've been the places my mind has wandered, when I have free time; they've been the things I wanted to write fanfic about; they've been the things I needed to talk about.

[livejournal.com profile] mistful isn't going to write any more fanfiction, because she's going to be writing profic. She's started a fantasy trilogy (the Demon's Lexicon); the first book is going to be published in 2009. I'm happy, and not just for her. I'm anticipating those books more eagerly than I ever anticipated Harry Potter, and as much as books by any of my favorite authors (most of whom are dead, so I don't really get that eager). Because I am a die hard fangirl, there's a comm where you can talk about her professional stuff here: [livejournal.com profile] marmalade_fish.

But about that fanfic... )
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[livejournal.com profile] femmenerd is writing Buffy/Sam Winchester, with Buffy on top, all down this thread (ETA: Full version here). This girl's writing makes my mouth water. I don't even watch SPN.

Rec

Mar. 26th, 2007 11:51 am
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Synth, a comic by [livejournal.com profile] astridv and [livejournal.com profile] yhlee. Post NFA AtS/Fray cross-over.

If you haven't already seen this, go. You don't have to be familiar with Fray. The plot is quick and clean, but also touches on some of Angel's deepest issues. The artwork is truly amazing, and really made me feel just a bit of Angel's world again.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] seraphcelene did an awesome Cordelia ficlet, and [livejournal.com profile] stoney321 did boarding school RPS.

I live a happy life.

Fic Rec

Feb. 5th, 2007 12:32 pm
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Symbology, by [livejournal.com profile] femmenerd.

If you're a B/A fan, you should read this.

If you're not a B/A fan, you should read this.

Fic Rec

Feb. 1st, 2007 02:58 pm
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Hell Is Where You Meet The Person You Could Have Been, by [livejournal.com profile] stoney321

Go read. It's big (albeit short!) and beautiful and biblical.
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At the end of 2005 I decided that for 2006, I was going to put into my memories every fic I *really* enjoyed reading.

I failed miserably.

The times when I remembered to put a fic into memories where haphazard, random, and strange. Half of the fics listed below weren't taken from my handy-dandy memories list; I hunted down because I remembered them. As a result, every single one is from my flist, because with the ones off-list, I couldn't even remember who wrote them, much less where to find them (among fics I remember truly enjoying, but can't remember where to find them: there's a What Spike Did With Angel's Ashes piece, a Brink of Apocalypse Spike/Angel, in which Spike brings help from his poetry slam, and a truly creepy Firefly in which use is made of Inara's needle).

Anyway, this means most of you have probably seen the majority of these fics already, so it might not actually be useful to anyone. If it looks like I favor some authors--some of you are on there five or more times--it's because I totally do, not 'cause I like them as people (though I do) but because I totally pantyfan their writing. But my spotty organization also means that these are by no means the only fics I really enjoyed--it's just what I happened to have when push came to shove. And there are so many fics I plan on reading from 2006 that I haven't gotto yet (haven't done my holiday fb festive thingy--dude, I suck), that I can just *feel* I'm going to love.

If nothing else, it can be a Big Damn Supplemental Feedback List.

In the end, what I want to get across is a big ole THANK YOU. Thank you flist, for writing fic. For keeping at it and keeping me entertained. Thanks for making icons and graphics and vids and meta and creating. Thank you for reading and reviewing and pantyfanning and loving. Thanks to everyone not on my flist for being there and mysterious and wanky and slightly scary and yet attentive when I want to poke around and funny when I want to laugh at you. OMG THANK YOU, everyone. You made last year live-able.

Big Damn Rec List, Buffyverse, 2006 )



Itty Bitty Rec List, Other Fandoms, 2006 )
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I . . .
Words fail.

Except that [livejournal.com profile] stoney321 is the most cracked out, ingenius, beloved, morbid, raunchy, disgusting, horrifying, adorable, hilarious, shocking, crazy, witty, losing her grasp on reality and also losing her grip on all other things lame gal I know in like, the whole universe, plus fifty-seven billion.

Also, I totally used this:


all day.

edited, because Stoney is many things, but not lame. However, she does make my grip on lame things like reality, by which I mean other lame things like finding a job and taking out the garbage, tend to slip. It was not a well worded phrase. I'm going on no sleep in the last like 40 hours, here.

ETA2 edited again because I love rhyme. And [livejournal.com profile] terilyn4. You're crazy and you rock.
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L. Hope no one was trying to fly out of the country today. The news is always so fuckin scary, man.
I. I've been in Austin for a week or so, and will be in Florida next week to help my brother and s-i-l move. So I've been kinda spotty on the lj thing. I've missed some comments, whatnot--I'll be getting back to ya.
N. Did you miss [livejournal.com profile] stoney321's post about the president of a gardening company using its mailing list to encourage bigotry? Did you go to the website for the company to politely (hopefully articulately) protest? Did anyone write Adam/Steve fic? Anyone?
K. Test the Dixie/Yankeeness of your speech. You know y'ant to.
S. This game is freakishly addictive.




And now for fandom fun... )

ETA: "The word deadline first appeared as an American coinage that referred to the line around a military prison beyond which soldiers were authorized to shoot escaping prisoners." Think about that next time you're late on a project, MM & Mmes!
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So, I suck, because I read a post by her only yesterday and still didn't pick up on the fact that it was [livejournal.com profile] stoney321's birthday TODAY. If I'd've know it was comin' I'd've baked a . . . ok, possibly made a card.

The reason is because I love Stoney, and everyone should be celebrating her birth. She is funny, possessed of good taste, a fantastic writer, someone who doesn't put up with shit, smart and insightful, and someone who truly seeks to make fandom a funnier, fun-ner (yes that's a word), classier (yes! Stoney! Classy!) place to be.

And scanning through all this, dying to find her new, funnier, funner, classier use of the word "contrails," I realized there are about a billion fun, entertaining, insightful, smart, wacky posts I haven't even read yet. I guess I'm kinda shocked that there's even more to love. Anyway, to sum up, Stoney is a light in my flist and a funnier friendlier franker friend I couldn't wish for. So, thanks for being born, Stoney.
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[livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds margaritas my Mexican dinner*. She's writing limericks. *whimpers with joy*

But anyway the point of this disturbingly affectionate and even more disturbingly spontaneous post is this drabble. How come I didn't write that?

Also, it's because I've been meaning for a while now to wave my cane and yell at you hoodlums to stop saying things like, "She couldn't say why; this was something she just had to do." Because that means in bad-author-speak, "Yeah I don't know where I'm going with this."

JEEZ!

Which just kills a lot of the affection and spontaneity, really.

*edited for artistic purposes.

ETA2: 2am is apparently equal to crack in la vie de TKP. This is why I am not a spontaneous poster. Did you see how I deleted the other post that looked exactly like this? Another thing, kids. I'm getting tired of "straining against the confines of his pants." THINK OF A NEW PHRASE. Or. Possibly. GO WRITE LIMERICKS. And never share them.

ETA3: 3am, and all's well. Fanfic writers of the world, Michelangelo's David is very beautiful, yes. But keep in mind, if you must excessively liken Angel or Spike or who have you to him, he had a rather small schlong. Last bit, I promise.

ETA4: I lied. Right to your faces. My hair looked fabulous today, and McDonald's now has chicken biscuits like Chik-fil-a. It will be seven in 3 hours and I can go get some. I think I might need coffee, just a wee bit. Dude! Remind me never to make posts late at night, ever. Go read [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds's drabble.
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Say hello to my friend, [livejournal.com profile] imnotacommittee. I knew her way back when when I wankishly had another name and was writing The Sound of Music fanfic. She is funny, clever, risque, unfailingly kind, prone to puzzle over bad!fic with good!fic writers, prone to coming up with incredibly witty and sometimes naughty explanations and fillers for the quirks of canon, sparkling, adventurous, obsessive, a fan of Star Wars, someone you could talk to for hours and hours about the hangnail on your pinky, cute, and just plain cool. She hasn't watched BtVS/AtS, but one day I'm going to convert her (only she doesn't know it yet).

These days she's into Firefly. She just wrote a fic in the 'verse called Left Behind. It's post-Serenity ensemble gen, and she handles all the characters' voices well. It's a good solid fic that may tug at your heart or bring a tiny smile to your face. She's just informed me she's giving up everything Firefly for Lent, because she apparently has more self-control than I could ever manage. She might not respond within the next 40 days, but she'll get to you eventually.

Now I'm going to say what someone I admire very much said about me once: new people should be encouraged. Go encourage.
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S. Hello fandom! *waves enthusiastically*
P. Whoever recced my fic 5 Ways NFA Probably Didn't End at BBF has my thanks. So, thanks.
A. Go read [livejournal.com profile] a2zmom's fic, Faithless. It's B/A/(F), or possibly B=F/A, or possibly A+F=-B, the sum of which equals hot.
N. [livejournal.com profile] entrenous88 is writing Buffy/Connor; it's like she read my mind, ripped all the pages out, made them into tiny sea-worthy boats, said, "I can do better!" and did, right here.
D. [livejournal.com profile] crazydiamondsue has more Xander shaped love, which you should all go read, because Xander is an unsung hero, except for all the times we get up and sing about him at the top of our lungs with bawdy lyrics and possibly spit on the audience, which should really be attempted more often.
E. [livejournal.com profile] viciouswishes is asking about dating fanfic on archives, because internet dating is really all the rage now, and [livejournal.com profile] spiralleds is asking about writing longer fics because once, two guys were pissing off the side of Golden Gate Bridge, comparing, you know, as guys are wont to do, until one of them remarked, "boy, is this water cold!" And the other had to throw in, "and deep!" because length matters.
X. What was I going to say again? Oh, if your names is Ares, [livejournal.com profile] l_aurens or [livejournal.com profile] imnotacommittee I owe you emails, and will stare at the sendy button blankly for possibly weeks until I get back to you. But strike back at you I will. They call me Empire at the office. They also call me exceedingly cheesy. Plus, there is no office.
!. And a meme! )
FIN
(Like Riley, or possibly Flipper)

edited because I'm dumbasstastic.
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How many posts have there been in the last few weeks about when/where BBM is coming out?

When even Heathbars in the line at the grocery store remind you of what you can't have... )

In the sequel:
[livejournal.com profile] tkp reads the sequel to [livejournal.com profile] crazydiamondsue’s “Rodeo” and feels better!
[livejournal.com profile] tkp watches a Harry Potter Dance Troupe and feels better!
[livejournal.com profile] tkp reads this about writing sex and says, Barbara Kingsolver, you sweet, innocent child, I hope you’ve discovered the internets since then!
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1. Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] violaclaire, who apparently, may share a birthday with Mary Queen of Scots.

2. Did you all know that NC-17 is supposed to mean (according to the MPAA) those under 17 and 17-yr-olds shouldn't be watching/reading? I always thought it was just those under 17.

3. I won an award! Best drama, for the IWRY Marathon, for my fic Bodiless Within The Bodies! And omigawd I got cool graphics! ). Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] chrisleeoctaves, [livejournal.com profile] canadiangirl_86, and the three mystery readers.

4. Also thanks again to everyone who participated in the IWRY Marathon. I have not read all the stories yet, but I certainly mean to (and I know I'll be rereading many!), and I'm really looking forward to it. Also, another big public OMG I love you to [livejournal.com profile] chrisleeoctaves, who made this marathon so wonderful this year.

5. Also, big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] terilyn4 who nominated Best Souvenir for best WIP at the When The Sun Sets Awards. It was the first time a fanfic of mine got nominated for anything, and I feel truly honored.

6. I liked S/B on BtVS. Nevertheless, you won't see me reccing Spuffy very often. Now go read [livejournal.com profile] stultiloquentia's fic. It's just . . . fun. Like fanfic should be.

ETA: Stulti has just reminded me that we should hassle her non-stop for B/A pr0n. Go. Go hassle. (I've adjusted the link so you guys can read above the cut, the part where she says, "I have B/A pr0n; come hassle me chickies!")

7. Dear Granny, I am a slut. )

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