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Fandom meme.


001 | send me a ship and I will tell you:

when I started shipping it if I did:
my thoughts:
What makes me happy about them:
What makes me sad about them:
things done in fanfic that annoys me:
things I look for in fanfic:
Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:
My happily ever after for them:
who is the big spoon/little spoon:
what is their favorite non-sexual activity:

OR

002 | Give me a character & I will tell you

How I feel about this character:
All the people I ship romantically with this character:
My non-romantic OTP for this character:
My unpopular opinion about this character:
One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon:
my OTP:
my cross over ship:
a headcanon fact:

OR

003 | send me 5 characters and I will rank them in order of preference

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Make Five Calls

Prior to the 2016 election, I was terribly nervous about calling my reps. Sometimes I wasn't sure who I should contact about which issue. Most of the time I was unsure of what to say.

5 Calls is a website that makes calling your reps simple and reduces the stress considerably. Put in your address and you'll get the names and contact info for your reps, a list of issues to call about, and scripts for what to say.

I made my five calls for the day, as well as a bonus sixth call to Rahm Emanuel's office, thanking him for pledging to keep Chicago a sanctuary city. (This new administration has me expressing gratitude to Rahm for god's sake. What is happening?)

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Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: King of Wands, Page of Cups, Ace of Pentacles
Fandom: Count Cain/Godchild
Wordcount: 300 (Not counting section titles)
Rating: PG
Characters: Cain, Riff, Merry
Pairing(s): Cain/Riff
Notes: Written for [personal profile] snowynight for [community profile] fandom_stocking.
Summary: A series of drabbles for Riff, Merry, and Cain, using tarot cards as inspiration.


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Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: I Depend on Me
Fandom: White Collar
Wordcount: ~1700
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Kate, Keller
Pairing(s): Kate/Neal, Kate/Keller
Notes: Written for [personal profile] sheenianni for [community profile] fandom_stocking.
Summary: After Neal leaves her to go to Copenhagen, Kate has to figure out how to make it on her own. And she knows she'll have to do it fast if she wants to keep her New York apartment.


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Jan. 17th, 2017

[community profile] fandom_stocking went live a few days ago, and my stocking was filled with lovely things--fic, graphics, and recs. I encourage people to check out all the nice things people left me.

I never produce much for [community profile] fandom_stocking, certainly never as much as I want to. But I'll be posting what I did manage to create soon.

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Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: Four Ohtori Students Kyubey Never Made a Contract With and One He Nearly Did
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena/Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Wordcount: ~1600
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Kanae, Shiori, Juri, Kozue, Utena, Anthy, Kyubey
Pairing(s): Minor Juri/Shiori, implied Anthy/Utena
Notes: Written for Yuletide 2016.
Summary: Ohtori is full of girls with wishes. None of these happened (except maybe the last one), but here's what would have happened if they had...


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So, I'm rewatching Return of the Jedi (I've been doing a rewatch of the entire series, and now I'm nearing the end.) It's sad, with Carrie Fisher gone, but it's also kind of nice.

But what this post is really about is that I've hit the scene where Luke and company are captured by ewoks. The thing I never noticed is that Luke is grinning in this scene, and then he moves his hand over his mouth to cover it. Which leads me to believe that Luke thinks being captured by space teddy bears with spears is the funniest thing that's ever happened. He's been having a really stressful time, and this is great, because he could use a laugh.

And then I bet he's completely unsurprised that he and Han are being brought in to be roasted and eaten, while Leia has made friends and is a guest. I'll bet that on Luke's internal "friends most likely to be eaten by pissed off natives" list, Leia is at the very bottom. (Han is at the top. Honestly, Luke is surprised it hasn't happened already.)

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Chocolate Box dear author letter

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you. You are wonderful just for signing up.

Everything here is just a suggestion. Take what you want, or nothing at all, and leave the rest.

What do I like? I like romance, action, angst in moderation, humor, and stuff that doesn't quite fit into any one category. I like platonic love and romantic love. I read gen, boyslash, femslash, and het with equal fervor. I love fluff, but I also love explorations of complicated relationships. I love stories with explicit sex, stories with no sex, and everything in between. I also love BDSM sex, but don't worry too much about that. I adore happy endings.

What don't I like? I'm not a big fan of character death and I'll admit to not liking tragic endings. However, I do understand that sometimes these things are called for, so don't feel limited.

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Yuletide reveal

I've been going through a depressive cycle these past couple weeks, and Carrie Fisher's death really gutted me, which is to say that I didn't really gush over Yuletide this year. But that's not to say I didn't love the fic I received, and talking about it late is better than never.

Victory Station. Cain Saga and Godchild. "Investigating a familiar-sounding series of murders, Cain and Riff come to distant Victory Station, and find the situation is not quite what they expected."

Count Cain in space! Sexual tension! Cain being diabolically clever! This is a great fic, especially for anyone with my love of sci-fi AUs.

I get Count Cain fic a lot for Yuletide. I don't know quite how the matching manages that, but considering it's really the only way to get fic for the fandom that's both new and good (seriously, the quality of the fic I've received has been so high), I am delighted.

Meanwhile, I wrote Four Ohtori Students Kyubey Never Made a Contract With and One He Nearly Did, a Revolutionary Girl Utena/Puella Magi Madoka Magica crossover, which I'll be posting here soon.

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Ship meme

Give me one or more fandoms, and I'll give you:

OTP
Favourite canon pairing
Worst pairing ever
Guilty pleasure pairing
A pairing you want to see more
That pairing everyone likes but you’re like “lol no”
Favorite non-romantic pair

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Created using the Fanfiction Header Builder
Title: Variations on a Theme
Fandom: Person of Interest
Wordcount: ~1000
Rating: PG
Pairing(s): Root/the Machine
Notes: I wrote this for [community profile] femslashex back in October. I recently decided it wasn't total dreck, so I'm finally posting it here.
Summary: Time and again, Root and the Machine return to those same four words. (Can you hear me?)


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It's that time of year again! My fandom stocking is up, in case anyone wants to take a look.

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Holiday Wish Meme

Step One:
Make an post. It can be public or friends only, whatever you’re most comfortable with. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes, and these wishes can be anything - from simple (a fan fiction written about your favorite pairing), to medium (a DVD you want), to really extravagant (a brand new laptop or car).

Just make sure these are wishes for things you really truly want.

Step Two:
Skim through your friends list and see who has posted their own wish lists. Then - and this is the most important part - if you find a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make sure that person’s wish comes true.

Sometimes a person’s trash is another person’s treasure. If you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you’re never going to use, give it to someone who wants it.

Step Three:
Post this wish list any time after November 1st.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday fairy - to spread the joy.
Gifts can be made anonymously or not, it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

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A scenario that has occurred in countless media:

The heroes have captured the villain and locked them up. The heroes then all line up for a chance to talk with the villain, who of course gets under their skins, makes them doubt themselves, and frequently the villain uses this to free themselves. Even during necessary and practical interrogation, the hero will always allow the topic to drift all over the place, and it usually ends up focused on their personal failings.

My question: WHY THE FUCK DO HEROES ALWAYS ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN? Get a trained interrogator! If you don't have a trained interrogator, find someone who keeps their cool, and never had their village wiped out by the villain. And for fucks sake stop just wandering by the villain's cell for a chat. Stay away except when necessary. And please keep in mind that the villain is a bad guy, so maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't treat everything they're telling you like unvarnished truth.

I know that all humans have our blind spots and weaknesses. But the hell is with fictional heroes being so fragile and easy to crack?

(The work I can think of at the moment that really does this right is the first Avengers movie, in which Natasha pretends to be heroic-stupid, but gets Loki to reveal himself to her instead. Because Natasha's better than you. Oh, and Silence of the Lambs gets a pass for "hero lets interrogation focus on her personal issues," because they really, really sell it.)

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Finally watching season one of Legends of Tomorrow. For the most part it's dumb but fun. But I'm nearing the end of the season, and I'm really not sure what I like about the show can overcome my intense hatred of soulmate tropes and all the BS that comes with them.

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Over the past week or so, I've fallen head over heels in love with Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard Sequence. Now, whenever I really, really love something, I immediately feel guilty and inferior about it. (No, seriously.) Because I suspect that I have terrible taste, and if anyone checks something out on my recommendation and doesn't think it's incredible, I'll have let them down, and they'll judge me for liking something in such an over the top manner. But we're... just going to try to ignore that. I love these books. You may or may not.

The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence tells the story of a group of thieves born in fantasy!Venice who are essentially inventing the confidence game. As someone who loves heist and con stories, this was like catnip to me. I am always a sucker for con artists with hearts of gold. (Or at least very shiny brass.) Naturally, everything quickly spirals out of control, and things get very political, and very dangerous, very fast. (If you like politics in your fantasy, you will find them here.)

There's friendship, adventure, and an enormous amount of trauma, both to the characters and the reader. Lynch obviously subscribes to the George R.R. Martin school of narrative pain. Unfortunately, he also subscribes to the George R.R. Martin school of scheduling book releases. The fourth book in the series has had its release date pushed back time and time again.

One could make some justifiable complaints about the pacing. The thing is, I really don't care if it takes 300 pages to get to the plot, because that's three hundred pages I get to spend with these characters in their world.

If you like fantasy world building, daring heists, and characters being stupidly loyal to each other, I really do recommend them. The one caveat is that the first book is pretty dismal on the female characters front, though the later books do a better job.


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There we have it. Does anyone love these books enough to squee with me?

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I have more strong opinions on the election. Unsurprisingly.
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So much bullshit, but we won't give in

It is a very small, cold comfort that Hillary Clinton appears to have won the popular vote. At least slightly less than half of my fellow citizens are authoritarian-happy fuckheads, rather than over half. Yay.

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I... have an election post I keep meaning to write. I really don't have the energy. At least I'm no longer at the point where I want so desperately to swallow all my pills.

That said, that delightful feeling you get when you learn your ex girlfriend voted for Stein and still can't shut up about how awful Hillary is.

Ex. Ex girlfriend. There was a reason for that.

(Fuck purity obsessed delicate flowers and the sparkling unicorns they rode in on.)

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The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden is the new film by Chan-wook Park, based on Sarah Waters's book Fingersmith. I don't know if anyone else has managed to see this movie, but my review has spoilers, and I encourage you to read only if you've both read the book and seen the movie. Reading the book unspoiled was one of my most treasured reading experiences, and the movie diverges significantly from the book enough that you'll want to watch it unprepared.

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Taken from salinea on tumblr

Give me one or more characters, and I'll tell you:

First impression
Impression now
Favorite moment
Idea for a story
Unpopular opinion
Favorite relationship
Favorite headcanon


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Oct. 17th, 2016

Fun aside to my previous post: when I wrote the sentence about fat people being body policed, I thought I'd include a piece by a fat person and the subject. Here are some of the results I got when I googled fat people being body policed when they eat: "10 things I hate about fat people," "Fat Americans Need a Healthy Dose of Shame," "Should we be mean to fat people? You bet," and "Why are today's young women so unashamed about being fat."

Ours is a society that can only be cleansed with fire.

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Oct. 17th, 2016

I really hate the way I see people celebrating female character eating big meals as if it's a feminist narrative triumph. People see a female character attacking a steak, and they get excited. "Isn't it great to see a female character who really eats?" And I get why people feel this way. We're told that women must watch what they eat, that staying thin is all important. So, it feels good to see a female character who doesn't seem to pay attention to any of that.

Except. Those female characters have something in common. They're conventionally attractive, and they're thin. This whole conversation would be very different with someone who wasn't a size 2. Indeed, real life fat people find themselves heavily policed when they eat.

Actually, women eating a large amount of food is a common patriarchal expectation. Plenty of guys will talk about wanting to date a woman who will eat a burger with all the trimmings rather than a woman who orders a salad with dressing on the side. But again, women must do this while remaining stick thin.

What's the deal with this? It's all about our society's demand that femininity be effortless. The idea is that women be beautiful without ever having to work at it. Seeing a woman diet punctures the illusion. It's same reason that so many cry about makeup being a "lie." The idea that women have to make an effort to perform femininity isn't sexy.

It's a classic bind. Not being hot and feminine means you're a worthless slob. But putting the work in to be traditionally feminine means you're trivial and shallow.

A fictional female characters can scarf down red meat and junk food endlessly and never gain an ounce for the same reason she can fight a hundred killer robots in a muddy jungle and not smudge her makeup. It's not real. It's also not subversive or daring.

(Necessary disclaimer: it's not bad for a female character eat a lot. It's just not a feminist triumph. That's okay.)

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Oct. 16th, 2016

I like to dust this one off every once in a while.

Give me a fandom (or general fandom topic), and I'll give you an unpopular opinion.

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