karanguni: hooray for the googly eyed (YAMATO banzai)
It was a pretty productive yuletide! I wrote some longish, weirdo things that I'm really quite happy with - not everyone's cup of tea, but I had a lot of fun stretching as a writer this year. Also, my fandoms are Obvious McObvious.

Iain M. Banks - The Culture

WHY DO I EVEN PRETEND TO ANON, I DON'T KNOW.

Ever-Everland (8843 words, M for asphyxiation)
Reverse soulbond mindfuckery non-Special Circumstances life-romping. Er, I never said I was good at summaries.

Heike Monogatari/Tale of Heike

As Above, So Below (6583 words)
The Genpei War (or, er, a little bit of it, and, er, not actually the war itself) in space. That's right. Because one must always read bungo in order to punt characters into stellar conflict. (On that note, I'm amazed my own DW already has a tag "classics in space.")

Vorkosigan Saga

High Fidelity (3070 words)
Simon and Aral clue each other in about Jole.

昭和元禄落語心中 | Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

A country with no mirrors (3601 words, E for intercrural adventures)
Kikuhiko lets Sukeroku get to him. Or: what happens when K is allowed to translate anything, ever.

Cheese

and then the cracky gouda answer questions - written with Fram, Kat and Tana - that is just... IDEK man. Cheese. Cheesey?
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Rounding back on some [community profile] snowflake_challenge prompts:

Day 4: Post a fanwork

Out of nowhere, a year or more since its last update, comes a new chapter for Executive Reform: A. Seismology

Executive Reform is my strange Pacific Rim/FFVII fusion, most of it about, well, executive reform: a world in which Shinra accidentally ends up fighting for the good of the Planet instead of its bottom line. It doesn't make them automatically good people; but it's an interesting ride trying to find out where they go.

The main chunk of Executive Reform focused on the latter-days of the war against the kaijuu, when resources are running thin. It's probably my favourite AU universe: Junon in pieces, Midgar also in pieces, Edge not much more than a Shatterdome and slums while all the rich and connected have fled over the plains and into mountains. It's about how Turks and scientists and weapons engineers and megalomaniacal businesspeople turn into war strategists and war heroes and – really – war veterans who learn the price of things.

The alpha (as opposed to numeric) chapters as listed on Tumblr are going to be about the earlier parts of the War: back when SOLDIER was fighting and winning, and fighting kaijuu almost seemed like a PR and propaganda gift from the heavens.

We shall see where it goes! I never plan for any of ER, but it always ends up being some of my favourite stuff – I've gone and played in the sandbox for literally millions of words in a private back-and-forth co-writing freefall.

Day 9: In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

Non-fannish (this quarter):
  • Lose 5kg by end of March, negotiable if I gain muscle mass

  • Lift 80kgs by then

  • Finish reading two coding books (one historical, one practical)

  • Make and achieve some goals for learning Angular.js 1.5

  • Finish reading at least 2 fiction books

  • Write at least 8K of something original

Fannish (this year):

  • New icons on DW for my current fandoms

  • Get to 700 kudos this year

  • Rec at least 3 canons (Rush, Chicken Rice Wars, Baru Cormorant?)

  • Write a 15K+ fic

  • Write for Vorkosigan, Clone Wars, Hikaru no Go

  • Redeem myself for [profile] notprimetime and participate this year

  • Participate in at least 2 other comms

  • Meet some new people! Write with some new people!


Also, hi new fandom snowflake people! Please do come say hi!
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Late to the party, once more. These days I don't even know where the party is, or who was invited, or if the party even exists...

Assignments:

Import/Export (4757 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Culture - Iain M. Banks
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cheradenine Zakalwe
Additional Tags: random guest appearances
Summary:

It's a fucking corn field, he realised. They put me in the middle of a fucking corn field.



Rearranging The Backroom Closet (9038 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Breakfast with Scot (2007)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eric McNally/Sam Miller
Characters: Eric McNally, Sam Miller
Additional Tags: random guest appearances, sorry NHL
Summary:

'How do you not know anything about the Leafs?' Eric blinks, shocked straight back into justified incredulity. 'You live in Toronto! You're actually Canadian!'



Both were way too much fun to write, and both would have been way longer if I hadn't had the planning capabilities of a dumb slug and the immune system of a weak child.

Treats:

I am no a/b/o writer, and yet...

Decanted, Slowly (1893 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Ges Vorrutyer, Aral Vorkosigan/Aral Vorkosigan's First Wife
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan's First Wife, Ges Vorrutyer
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics
Summary:

He wrote Giana, perhaps to spite his father or to mollify himself. Letters about the emptiness of space and other claptrap; when he could bring himself to, he also included a spare drawing or too. Most of it was of military ordinance, because I'm in want of better subjects.

Ges wrote him, like a self-refreshing wound; chipper stories about his Academy days, and then darker ones about the alphas his father was shopping him to and the way they smelled, each scent dissected into notes as though Ges were decanting fine wines.



Sorry, Q.

Beam Me Up (2679 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Culture - Iain M. Banks, James Bond (Craig movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Q (Bond - Craig movies), Cheradenine Zakalwe, Diziet Sma
Additional Tags: random guest appearances, Crossover
Summary:

'It's a DB 10,' Q agreed, going absent-minded again the way he did, Zakalwe noticed, when the work was more interesting than the people. 'Besides all of the regulars, it's got rockets and a flamethrower and a boot full of caltrops. Speaking,' Q looked up, 'in layman's terms, obviously.'



Meanwhile, in Illyan land...

Orbit (2514 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Summary:

Cordelia put one finger on the far edge of his plate and nudged it closer towards him. 'For all love, Simon,' she said, with accusingly gentle tones. 'Is ImpSec so poorly paid that we could ransom your honour with one warm meal?'






All in all, I wanted to write 5 things, and I wanted to write at least 15K, and I managed both! Somehow! Magically. With a lot of stress, because work sort of blew up and then I was exhausted on those plane flights home and then got rolled over by a well-timed and ill-met visit by some wandering norovirus.

I'm really sort of eyebrow-fuzzling at myself about what I want to do for yuletide 2016 - this year was kind of meh for me on the reading front, but it's also the only fandom activity I do anymore, and I really A+ enjoy the writing. On the other hand, I think it's going to push me to pick up a few more canons that I've had on the backburner, so... \o/?

If anyone has any canons they'd like to throw my way, I'd super appreciate any pimping of any kind.

Now to try and wrangle some energy up for fandom_stocking...
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It was a tough year, but I eked out three things:

Who Needs (1686 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Batman Beyond
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bruce Wayne, Terry McGinnis
Summary:

'Is it leprechauns?' he asks Bruce out of the blue one cold December morning as they sit together, huddled over the console in the Cave and eating some nutritious slop of a supper.



All Public Duties (1862 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Alcohol, Barrayarans being Barrayaran, Conflicting Loyalties, self-destructive behaviour, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

'ImpMil is on its way, my lord,' Simon replied evenly. 'Ten minutes at the outset.' He didn't add, It's a miracle you're not scraping the both of us off the surface of some rock, and you ought to be grateful.



Regression To Mean (2811 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Culture - Iain M. Banks
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: GOU Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Population Dynamics, Ship Avatars, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

x PS Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints
o Eccentric GCU Flagrant Suggestion
You had to fill in an application?

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Being Good
Explicit, 5,104 words. Isumi, Ogata, random guest apperances.

'My family history is quite straightforward. Nothing tragic; quite the opposite. My father did well for himself. My mother is American. Put the two together and you end up with a blond son who has enough money to drive a sports car and play Go for a living.' Ogata reaches into the inner pocket of his jacket and takes out a packet of cigarettes. He taps one out and lights up, offering the package to Isumi as he does so. When Isumi declines, Ogata asks, 'What about you?'

 

'Much the same,' Isumi says. 'Except that my family isn't rich and my mother isn't American.'

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Machine Learning (5099 words) by karanguni
Fandom: Hikaru no Go

The next day, Touya sat across the goban from the newly-reminted Juudan and said, numbly, ‘Ogata-san, Shindou’s going to university.’

And in spite of the fact that I’m only 66.6% through my game which keeps freezing:

A Gentle Ripping (1125 words) by karanguni
Fandom: Dragon Age - All Media Types, Dragon Age II
Relationships: Fenris/Male Hawke
 

'I only hope,' he says wryly, 'that when the time comes he rips my heart out a little more gently.’

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Cardinal Rules (1888 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tseng/Rufus
Characters: Tseng, Rufus
Series: Part 3 of A Few Good Men
Summary:

'I get the feeling,' he said to Tseng, 'that you don't normally go around telling upstart heirs to the Shinra empire exactly how its internal affairs work.' Rufus eyes flicked around the room. 'I also have a funny sense that the cameras here are going to be looping unremarkable footage of me puttering around.'

karanguni: (TSENG smiles)
A Good Education (2583 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Rufus Shinra/Tseng
Characters: Rufus Shinra, Tseng (Compilation of FFVII)
Additional Tags: random guest appearances
Summary:

'This is a lesson,' Rufus told him, coolly undoing button, then zip, 'about freedom to do good. Let us begin. Once upon a time, there were five or six men who planned to bring the continent some very bright futures indeed.'

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Castle Games (3481 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Fujiwara no Sai, Honinbou Shuusaku | Kuwabara Torajirou, Shindou Hikaru, Touya Akira
Additional Tags: random guest appearances
Summary: 'Torajirou?' Hikaru said, now staring at the man. He'd always known that he was going to end up in some special karmic hell for the way he'd treated Sai, but this was unbelievable. 'This is Honinbou Shuusaku?’
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So, after a decently long hiatus, I'm back?

Wrote a decent amount, so they're all getting grouped together here and linked to AO3. A big hello to anyone from the community, too!

'Tis Impossible To Be Sure Of Any Thing (6637 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Death (Discworld), Havelock Vetinari, Moist von Lipwig, Rufus Drumknott, Lu Tze
Additional Tags: beware small bald men
Summary:

THERE IS ONLY ONE INEVITABILITY. ME.



Time For Small Business (5989 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Baldur's Gate
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Minsc, Jaheira, Edwin Odesseiron, Charname
Summary:

Charname sneaked a peek up at the shop front. THE HAMSTER OF JUSTICE, read the signage in suspiciously good spelling. A smaller heading underneath it read YOU PAY, I PROVIDE.



Anything You Can Do (1552 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Breakfast with Scot (2007)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eric McNally, Sam Miller, Scot Latour
Additional Tags: Family Feels
Summary:

Scot going back to figure skating triggers an ridiculous escalation of egos in the household.



Learning (1802 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sorve Harth rem ir Estraven, Genly Ai
Summary:

When the Envoy finally came to Estre, Sorve was waiting. Stammering, he asked Genly about the other worlds, the other stars, the other kinds of men. Sorve meant it.



Of the drabbles, I am most excited for The Culture. Which I now intend to somehow write for. /collapses

Meat And Bones (845 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Culture - Iain M. Banks
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: GCU Grey Area, GOU Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints
Summary:

"Has the Meatfucker ever even met the FONMC? Because, wow. Whoo-ee. Yowzers."

karanguni: hooray for the googly eyed (YAMATO banzai)
Out of nowhere, Saific! My fingers also now hurt, and I can barely close my eyes for caffeination.

Doing It ANBU

Fandom: Naruto
Rating: PG
Characters: Sai, Kakashi; Yamato, Sasuke, cast
Warning: AU futurefic.
Summary: Rehabilitating Sasuke was supposed to be easier than fighting a war.

7974 words and, mm, but canon is delicious for breakfast.

Three months, sixteen missions, and an uncountable number of attempts on his sanity after taking on ANBU captaincy, Sai was beginning to understand where Yamato-taicho's creepy eyes originated from: let Kakashi-senpai take you at unawares too often and, eventually, your face began to stick that way. )
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Handling
Part 2/?

Fandom: Naruto
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Kakashi; Minato and cast.
Warnings: Set during the Third Shinobi World War.
Summary: This is about how Kakashi handles.

1768 words of genny-gen-gen.

Part 1

Kakashi could pinpoint the day the war ended, because that day he remembered how to be hungry. )
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I'm not a 100% about posting this as an on-going WIP, but letting it sit and gather words is like watching cotton-candy grow out of proportion. Better to release it into the DW wild before pruning it down for AO3? 8D?

Also, my titling skills do not, it seems, get better with age...

Handling

Fandom: Naruto
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Kakashi; Minato and cast.
Warnings: Set during the Third Shinobi World War.
Summary: This is about how Kakashi handles.

1964 words and, mmm, gen!

Hatake Kakashi, jounin, reported to the Hokage the loss of one of his team-members; other than that, the enemy had been prevented from taking a critical position, and the mission at Kannabi could be called a success.  )
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Naruto fic! After a year of radio silence! *clutches at head* My writing feels like it's gone down the proverbial shitter! More fodder for my quarter-life crisis! /o\

Felicity on the Far Side

Fandom: Naruto
Rating: PG
Characters: Kakashi; cameos by ANBU, jounin, a hokage, oh my.
Warnings: Set in the interim between parts I and II.
Summary: When Naruto left, he had been 28, and young enough not to feel old.

1300 words, hopeless K, and floaty canon!

'Are you having a mid-life crisis?' Tsunade asked without preamble, both snide and suspicious. )


[edit:] Am also taking prompts (especially for Naruto!) if anyone has them~
karanguni: publicly thinks "?"  (good sir EAMES)
This fic took my soul, beat it up, and when I wasn't looking, took it and beat it up some more, and then kicked it in the face. I am happy to let it out into the wilds; I want to set it free so that it will let go of my heart and the claws it has sank into it. I thank [profile] charlie_d_blue for hearing my confessions. Without you, Ambiguous Backstory Is Nothing.

So yeah, my GQMF. This is Inception/Ocean's 11, Slash If You Squint, Image-Heavy, Over 4000, OMFG, BBQ. ABCD. E. F. Maybe even a G. MY HANDS. WILL THEY EVER STOP SHAKING.


There are many things I will apologise for in the morning when I have my brains, including but not limited to: managling US phone numbers, mangling Chinese, mangling Photoshop, mangling architecture, mangling Japanese, mangling your eyesight. 以上です。



I Don't Think You Think I Think About Probability

Fandom: Inception, Ocean's 11
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Every effing one. Eames, Ariadne, Saito, Cobb, Arthur, Cast. Danny, Rusty, Cast.
Warnings: Slash if you squint. In all directions.
Summary: Saito, on a vacation with thieves and thieves.

4822 words and more everything than I can ever enumerate, ever.

'Rusty Ryan,' Eames pronounced, rolling the Rs. 'And the little bastard's stolen my food.' )

[edit] Because [personal profile] charlieblue is actually a magical unicorn of awesome, Without You, Ambiguous Backstory Is Nothing actually exists and if you don't go and read it immediately there is something terribly wrong with you.
karanguni: (terry MCGINNIS)
So, in some alternate universe when K writes Batman Beyond she is actually able to stop. Clearly that is not this universe, because when K writes Batman Beyond in this universe she loses her fingers. One day I will write for active fandoms. It shall be a happy day, full of me never being able to write Inception. One day.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] au_bingo prompt Other: Mundane. Or, the Fic In Which Terry Does Not Actually Stumble Upon The Cave. Also the Fic In Which Terry Thinks Weird Thoughts About Women, Men, Workplace Attire and Everything.

Dressed

Fandom: Batman Beyond
Rating: PG
Characters: Terry, Bruce, hand-wavey Powers
Summary: There are, theoretically, other ways to fight crime than in cape and cowl.

4078 words (COUNT THEM!!) and too much Terry-brain-splody for one night.

'Don't walk,' Bruce says to Terry's back, watching him wade out amongst the sharks. 'Strut.' )
karanguni: (DICK says y halo thar)
Naturally the first thing out of my year-long fandom haitus is helplessly strange Dick and Bruce. *DESPAIR AND FOND AFFECTION*

Written for [community profile] au_bingo prompt Others: Mutants

Said the Spider to the Fly

Fandom: Batman (comics)
Rating: PG
Characters: Dick, Bruce, cameo by Alfred
Summary: Being able to walk through walls could change everything for Dick, or nothing.

2135 words with many apologies to Mssr. Caroll and Mms. Howitt!

But let it be anything, he thinks. I'll wake up anything; just don't let me wake up a mutant in Bruce's house. )
karanguni: (RUFUS looks)
One morning I woke up and realised I could make Rufus terrifying. My life has not been the same since. Many thanks to [profile] pere_chan and [profile] dnatio_memoriae for flailing through betajobs, and much has changed since - though, since it's me, not necessarily for the better... With these boys I think "worse" is always a better option.

If Talking Were Effective, Yelling Would Be Academic (1/?)

Fandom: FFVII/FFXII [community profile] nasdack AU
Characters: Rufus, Balthier, Tseng; Cast of Office Gawkers: Reno, Rude, Elena
Rating: PG13
Summary: Rufus, Enfant Terrifying. Since it would be bad advice to tell any of them to talk things out, Rufus opts for alternatives.

3275 words of ?!?!

'Draw,' Rufus saysore slowly, rolling up the cuffs of his pristinely pressed white shirt with his ringed fingers, 'the shutters.'

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A universe of unmapped grief and love
And new master light is beyond
The pleiades and plow and southern stars.

O soaring
Icarus of outworld, burn bright
The traceries of known skymarks,
Slide the highway planets behind
Your clear waxed wings.

Go conquer the everywhere left
Beyond your sad confinement
In a predicted bonehouse,
Witch thrown riddle of flesh
And water.

O soar until nothing
remains but great glittering holes
In the black godspun shirt over your head.

- John Fairfax