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Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Tools of the Trade (9095 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 昭和元禄落語心中 | Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yotaro/Konatsu
Characters: Konatsu (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu), Yotarou (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu), Kikuhiko | Yuurakutei Yakumo, Yuurakutei Sukeroku, Miyokichi (Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Supernatural Elements, Alternate Universe - Theatre, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Background Kiku/Miyo/Suke OT3, Misses Clause Challenge, Yuletide Treat
Summary: All they needed was a prop for the show. But sometimes, those old tools can seem to have a life of their own.

So here's 9K of something far different from the heart-string-ripping of the anime: it's a mundane/supernatural AU in the best of ways. Yotaro is a wonder, and Konatsu both practical and heartfelt. 

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Than Dreamt of in Your Philosophy (1775 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Additional Tags: Crueltide, Supernatural Elements, Lovecraftian
Summary: Stephen could not even have said what woke him, after - he only knew that something had called him and he had gone, up to the deck, barely decent.

So, Lovecraftian/weird fiction has been a sleeper runaway this year for the stuff I've read, and this here. My god. The mystery of the seas combined with just perfect, perfect back-forth dialogue between Stephen and Jack. Subtle and perfect and bless the Tom Pullings cameo. Bless this whole fic, really.

Tang Dynasty RPF

A Change of Season (3456 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Táng Cháo | Tang Dynasty RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Shàngguān Wǎnér/Wǔ Zétiān
Characters: Shàngguān Wǎnér, Wǔ Zétiān
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, Chromatic Source, Chromatic Yuletide, Palace Intrigue, strong women of history, corridors of power, Poetry, Love Poems, Mentor/Protégé
Summary: Shangguan Wan-er could think of no reason for the Empress to summon a palace slave to her presence. No good reason. It would be the first meeting of two of the most powerful women of Chinese history.

Hngngngngngn I'm not even halfway through the historical RPF this year but this one is just. It's Wu Zetian, for one. And has poetry, and court politics.

HP Lovecraft

The Long Summoning (2410 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:Time isn't real. There is only what you need, and what it costs.

I think I said in my AO3 bookmark, "holy crap this is good." Holy *crap*, this is good. 

Batman vs. Superman

Precision (4197 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lex Luthor/Bruce Wayne
Characters: Clark Kent
Summary: Precision. Like a knife sliding through flesh and muscle, avoiding bone and striking a beating heart.

If I chant "this is the Lex/Bruce I have waited a lifetime for" three times in the mirror, will I get more fic?
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I was given a sheer embarrassment of riches this year! Not one but THREE main collection fics, and then another amazing piece in Madness. For the Vorkosigan Aral-Jole-Simon folks out there:

My main gift was A Winding Walk (2936 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Simon Illyan/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Breathplay, Dubious Consent, Mentions of Cordelia Naismith, Mentions of Ges Vorrutyer, Book: Shards of Honor
Summary:Simon didn't deliberately drop in on Aral Vorkosigan while the latter was drunk.

Besides the kink (ALL THE KINK), it's got Simon triaging Aral before Cordelia comes back to kick ass. Self-destructive Barrayaran-ness is a given.

Then there're my treats:

Only Memories Mine (1750 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Oliver Jole/Aral Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan & Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, Oliver Jole
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Time Period: Vorkosigan Regency, Bitterness, Exhibitionism, Aral jerking Simon's chain
Summary: Aral gives Simon enough material to oust him with.

This here is Aral giving Simon plenty to... work with. If you were wondering what Cordelia meant by Simon being in a bit of a tizz when he found out about Jole, this fic presents a wonderful reason why.

Then there's the magnificently cracky and yet poignant Never Getting Back Together (Like, Ever). (1444 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Ges Vorrutyer
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: 2016 Yuletide, Yuletide Treat, Crack, Epistolary, I'm Sorry, Captain Awkward, The Bad Advisor, Advice Columns, Darth Vader Ex, Canon-Compliant, mentions of canon-typical violence
Summary: My dear Captain, I need some scripts for dealing with my Darth Vader ex, who happens to be the brother of my ex-wife.

I'm not even going to try to summarise this guy. Just go read it.

they're changing guard at Buckingham Palace (Christopher Robin went down with Alice) (327 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Simon Illyan/Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Oliver Jole/Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Polyamory
Summary: It was not possible for a man to stop loving Aral Vorkosigan.

This is Simon on the sane side of Providing Good Bad Ideas - another twist on Jole, and a great one.
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Day 10: In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources and spaces. Tell us where you go to dig up canon facts for your fandom, or where you get all the juicy details about your favorite ship. Where do you like to hang out and squee like a squeeing thing?

Resources:

I'm a writer, and by and large my biggest resource is... other fic in that canon. I rarely do research outside of canon except in technical spaces, and that's all Google. That said...

Hikaru no Go: I read the Ki-in's Japanese website, and (am very belatedly) collating some of the more interesting (admittedly Iyama Yuuta related) stuff on this Tumblr tag.

Vorkosigan Saga: the wiki, with caveats that I only trust it as far as I have time to throw on the books.

Speaking of Tumblr – it is satan's asshole for many things, but it is extremely useful for gathering random facts/pieces of inspiration. I tag that stuff as useful.

I adore writing for prompts or challenges, and while I haven't written for a comm in a long, long while, I always try to do Yuletide. I also check out [community profile] kink_bingo and related comms for inspiration when I need it. TV Tropes is a natural secondary source. *g*

Back when I was really active on DW/LJ? I had some great people in my circles who would write amazing fandom manifestos. [livejournal.com profile] darkeyedwolf is one that springs to mind at once.

Ships:

I love echoing fanon, so this is entirely a recs list for some of my favourite fandom writers:

[archiveofourown.org profile] elvaron: FFVII, Vorkosigan Saga

[archiveofourown.org profile] roachpatrol: Homestuck

[archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden: Hikaru no Go, hockey RPF

[archiveofourown.org profile] lightgetsin: FMA, every single damn thing they write

[livejournal.com profile] ship_manifesto is another great place. Like for this Tezuka/Fuji piece of great hilarity.

Hangouts:

I haven't for ages, so if anyone has chatty DW comms? Please tell me! Yulechat is really all that I hang out on, and only at EOY. The entirety of The Culture fandom seems to live there, so.
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[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 5:
Leave feedback for a fanwork. Or multiple fanworks. It can be as simple as I liked this to a detailed list of all the things you loved about the fanwork. The key is to leave some sort of feedback.


I'm guilty of bookmarking without commenting quite a bit, even though I know how incredibly frustrating it is to sort-of-see someone enjoy your work but not quite tell you about it. I'm trying to work through that backlog, and I'll leave y'all with these three wonderful stories that were part of it:

po22iible compliicatiion2 (9674 words) by jottingprosaist
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Homestuck
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sollux Captor/Karkat Vantas
Characters: Sollux Captor, Karkat Vantas
Additional Tags: Helmsman Sollux Captor, Alternate Universe - No Sgrub Session, Future Fic, Multiple Orgasms, Orgasm Delay/Denial, Quadrant Confusion, Overstimulation, Deepthroating, Fingerfucking, Aftercare
Summary:

Your systems have almost been recalibrated to properly interpret the analog data. The pain and arousal get sharper and more overwhelming with every passing second. Oh, god, you know what the problem is.

You have approximately the most ridiculous case of gold globes in the universe.

Bookmarker's Notes:

This is the perfect worldbuild for me; exactly the right kind of buttons pushed; also best Sollux.



Live and learn (or die and teach) (3106 words) by mira_mirth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Shindou Hikaru, Fujiwara no Sai, Touya Akira, Waya Yoshitaka, Isumi Shinichirou
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Friendship, Podfic Available
Summary:

An AU in which Sai has a passion for teaching go rather than playing it, Shindou befriends terrifying Koreans, and Touya wonders how this became his life.

Bookmarker's Notes:

Shoves a wonderful amount of character development into a very tight space and succeeds at doing it - one of the best 'what if? scenarios I've read. Hikaru's voice is bang on.



A Different Sort of Friends (7828 words) by shadow_lover
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cala Athmaza/Deret Beshelar/Maia Drazhar
Characters: Maia Drazhar, Deret Beshelar, Cala Athmaza, Csethiro Ceredin
Additional Tags: Threesome - M/M/M, Power Dynamics, Dom/sub, Voyeurism, Anal Sex, Masturbation, Size Kink, Consensual Nonmonogamy, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Yuletide Treat, Praise Kink, Yuleporn
Summary:

“Now,” Cala said, as something clicked in Beshelar’s hands. The lid of a jar twisting off. “Open him up for us." The use of the plural had never rung so hot through Maia’s ears.

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Day 3: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

Oh boy.

My best received fics happen to be the fics I had the most fun writing, always and without exception. Ones like:



Fun things flow, and things with flow write better and read better and lend better to just... everything. They might not be the most "hard hitting" of fics, and they might not be fics that ventured to say something important, but they are important and hard hitting to me (and hopefully some people out there!) because they stretched the imagination and were fun; they were play!

My personal favourites?

FFVII is my homeground, and Empery - a Tseng backstory AU - stands out in my memory. While it's not my best written piece anymore, or the subtlest crayon in the box, it helped me find my headspace on a lot of issues, including bicultural things and post-colonial things, and I just remember sitting down at 12 in the morning and writing it all in one long, electric go. A similar fic, Year One (Reeve and Midgar), also hits the list for similar reasons, though I like it better as an objective piece of work. If you like Midgar worldbuild, I can rec that one in all good conscience!

That said, I'd written in FFVII for so long that I never really quite feel like an... independent? Or mature? writer in that fandom - so much of what I write is derivative of derivatives, and while that's not a bad thing, it's not my own voice, per say. Batman Beyond (and DCU in general) is where I hit my stride, and Counting Down The Hours (Terry, Bruce, looking into the past) lives on in my memory of being lyrically strong and emotionally plugged-in.

Without a doubt, though, collaborative works are where I feel I learned the most, was pushed the most, and had the most fun. Executive Reform (FFVII/Pacific Rim apocalyptic AU) was born from a prompt from Elemental, is the gen fic I never knew I could write, and was somehow the seed inspiration for Crim drawing amazing doujin. It's strange, it's tiny, it doesn't get read by many people, but I love it to the bottom of my black heart and it's been a joint fandom bus effort.

And what an ingrate would I be if I didn't mention Nasdack, the FFVII/FFXII stockmarket AU (Tseng/Rufus, Tseng/Balthier, Tseng/Rufus/Balthier???) that I swore nobody would read but me and [personal profile] pendency. It was born out of the '08 crash, written on what I'm pretty sure were the dregs of the dregs of whatever energy she and I had leftover from real life, the desire to see Balthier fuck anything that moved and a good few systems that couldn't, and was just one giant route from beginning to badly defined, never written end.

If you do decide to try and give this a go, ignore the AO3 order and start with:

Is that a trust fund in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? (18393 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: FFXII, FFVII
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Balthier/Tseng/Rufus, Tseng/Rufus, Tseng/Balthier, Balthier/Rufus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Real World, Stockmarket AU
Series: Part 4 of Nasdack
Summary:

'He's a Bunansa. You're a Shinra. Tell me how this will go well, Rufus.'

Tseng's in New York, Balthier's in London, and Rufus is in the sky as the world burns around them. Hedging on futures can be such tricky things.



Then:

There is No Witty Euphemism For Dividing And/Or Conquering (15382 words) by karanguni
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: FFXII, FFVII
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Balthier/Tseng, Tseng/Rufus, Balthier/Rufus
Characters: Veld, Reno, Elena, Rude
Additional Tags: Stockmarket AU, Alternate Universe - Real World
Series: Part 13 of Nasdack
Summary:

Tseng's in New York, and so is the fledging Shinra-Bunansa empire: whether that is the point or the problem is anybody's guess. Hedging on futures can be such a tricky thing.



The fact that these collabs end up crossovers more often than not is a strange quirk of fandom that I will roll in till the day I'm too old to type. Good times!


(As I dug back through my AO3 to find all of this stuff, I've got to point out that AO3 isn't where the story begins: as much as I'd like to imagine I was always a decent writer, I started off with a Mary-Sue more-or-less self-insert Lord of the Rings fic on FFN. If that's not wince-worthy enough, I even stuck in little A/Ns involving the words "slash" and "yuck." I'm grimacing even thinking about it now, but that's really the fic that opened my eyes: I got flamed about flaming slash, and it made me think about why I'd said "yuck," and here I am like a million years later. I also got defended - people stood up for my (really shitty) writing, and told me to keep going even if haters were going to hate, and I wonder what might've happened to me if I never did get that boost of encouragement. I might never have written another word. My whole life would have been different – and that's... not really an exaggeration? I've met my best friends through fandom and fic; I've become an excellent academic writer (with third-party whatevers to prove it) because of writing fic; the way I think changed because of writing and fandom.

But that's not so much a rec as self-reflection. *g*)
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By some MAGICAL FAIRY I have been gifted SIMON ILLYAN PORN, that's right, Simon Illyan porn with BREATHPLAY and POWER DYNAMICS and AGE GAPS and REAL FUCKED UP LOYALTY THINGS. This is my laundry list of porn likes and somehow my author went and slowly ticked each one off. !!!! So: Vorkosigan Saga - The Hand that Takes

Chess (Board game) - the ultimate test of cerebral fitness

WHERE DO I BEGIN. One: it is in log/diary format, which I am an absolute sucker for in the first point and which is absolutely fitting if you think about it in the second. Two: it is hilarious and poignant in equal part. Three: it is, if something you haven't read yet, something you should go read. Go!

Breakfast with Scot - Figuring It Out

FEELINGS. I HAVE SO MANY SAM FEELINGS. I HAVE SO MANY ERIC FEELINGS, AND SCOT FEELINGS, and feelings in general. Great character insight, and packed into fewer words than you'd expect for something with these many... feelings (I have lost all vocabulary, sorry).

Sam knew that Eric didn’t do subtlety. Eric liked to be told what to do. Preferably in a raised tone of voice, with lots of pointing at diagrams on a whiteboard. That was just the way his brain had been wired since adolescence. Take your shoes off. Throw dirty clothes in the laundry basket. Don’t drink the pear soda. And don’t leave any stray hairs in the soap, thank you very much.


L'Engel - Austin & Murry-O'Keef Families - & in this world of/ yes

Truth be told, I haven't read my L'Engel canon in years, but here we have something that captures the true heart of it: and that, for me, was always what L'Engel did best and brightest: heart, and faith, and science all intermingled. Great tone, great clean writing.

History Boys - The Only Education Worth Having

Scripps! Scripps! Self-aware but still bulldozing-forward Dakin! Posner recognised for his capabilities! Reflection, introspection, questions, resolutions, more questions. I'm out of nouns, but this is just... bittersweet and true to life and true to canon and wonderful all over.
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HO HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS, IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR.

I got the very wonderful Ivan, By, and Illyan which, in case the title isn't indicative, is a Vorkosigan fic that delves quite happily into the little ImpSec-y warrenholes that connect those three. Go have a gander!

In other recs:

The Martian - We Could All Use A Little Change

Okay, there's going to be a weird amount of a/b/o in this recs list, but bear with me in this first one, because this is not the a/b/o you thought you were going to read. This is a/b/o FOR SCIENCE, this is a/b/o in the solitary vacuum (sort of) of space, this is Mark Watney TALKING TO HIMSELF through heat suppressants and itching and a serious aversion to potatoes. This is on-point, in-character, out-of-your-world voice greatness, and even if you know NOTHING ABOUT THE MARTIAN, take a dive into this one for some seriously awesome genre-savvy hilarigood times. A+ CANNOT RECOMMEND MORE.

Vorkosigan Saga - Vorkosigan's Viper

No seriously. I don't normally like a/b/o. But here we have an initially cracky Ges Vorrutyer who starts off as Aral Vorkosigan's omega and ends up cutting people down in fine canon form. Wonder what might've happened if Ges ever took a walk on the slightly less politically fucked up side? Then give this one some of your day, because it straddles the wonderfully uncanny valley of what-if and dumps into "why not?" AU land, and yes yes yes. Some of the best Ges and Aral, I think.

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) - i give myself up to this shining place

This is such a hard damned fandom to write for, not just because of the mishmash of historicity, literary everything, and magical realism, but because to get the Ghibli pastiche down right in Miyazaki's final work is just staggeringly intimidating. This fic stands up to all of that, gives Naoko a wonderful dreamscape of her own, and is just a great tone-poem of a tribute.
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I am going to make a single post for a single rec for a fandom (?) that I know close to nothing about because it was just that damned good:

Αἱ ἡμεραι ὑπο κυνα ἐτελευτησαν, or: Exercise 66 (6090 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Greek Prose Composition - M. A. North & A. E. Hillard
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary:

ὠ παλαι, ὠ παλαι
ἐν τινι κοσμω ἐκτοπωτατω...

(story in English. Excuse the lack of iota subscripts above.)



So, you know nothing much about the classics (or you know a lot; even better), but you want a good romp, some excellent writing, a taste of space opera, a shot of great character voice, all of it contained in less than a million words. Then you want to go read this.

--- [edit: I tell a lie; here's another]

First Steps (11207 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Culture - Iain M. Banks
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: GOU Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints, Lededje Y'breq, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s), Original Non-Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: Minds (Culture), Drones (Culture), Crimes & Criminals, Childhood, Artificial Intelligence, Surface Detail, Cameos, Meet the Family, Special Circumstances
Summary:

"Did I design you a warship or a party clown, child?"



Amazingly well done piece on Demeisen and Led; great character voices; great OCs; like a little slice of Banks. It’s almost impossible to write good Culture fic without a million words, or with a million words too many: this one cuts it right down the centre with meatiness of content and economy in a world where space-operas can sprawl for untold pages. It’s poignant and smart and clever as can be, and if you’ve read Surface Detail at all you’re missing out not reading this.
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Vorkosigan Saga

The Hollow Men. – My lovely gift! A wonderful introspective Simon fic, in which Simon reflects upon the chip, himself, and even bumps into an early Aral. Wonderful, wonderful.

The Use of Negative Space – early Aral, and Ges, and oh.

Discworld

Re-windJeremy Clockson. Lobsang. Time! Clocks! Footnotes! What more could you ask for?

Justice League

But Nobody's Counting – Wally, doing things for others, being competent and warm and wonderful. Also with a generous side-helping of magnificently in-character Bats.

Xi You Ji/Journey to the West

A Peaceful Journey – perfect Monkey, perfect Dragon, perfect tone.
karanguni: everyone loves a rich boy  (cilian MURPHY)
Since I feel about as confident in myself as an adult does in the permanence of a sandcastle built upon the moats of an ocean*, it's a great time for recs! And to acknowledge that I will never enter an active fandom, ever! 8D

Naruto recs

Telephone: Kaka/Iru, but the genius is in Team 7.
White Wedding Gaara/Naruto, with much Kaka/Iru hilarity.

Both by rageprufrock.

I'm sure I don't need to sing rageprufrock's praises, but read these two fics. They'll pick your day up, shake them up, and leave you with a huge, ridiculous smile on your face afterwards.

In Bond and Blood by thehoyden

I'd just rec everything by thehoyden, but this one is a nice, meaty read that errs on just the right side of light-hearted and the left side of thoughtful to make me a happy pile of contented K.


We Might As Well Dance by megyal

One wonderful thing about animes like Naruto is that they seem to produce the crackiest, most wonderfully apt AUs. Kakashi's dogs, Iruka-the-vet, just add water.
karanguni: because those are some happy drugs  (WATA you on boy?)
While I scribble endlessly at Endless Fic, allow me to distract you with that which has distracted me.



Layer Cake, 1:40 of Craig/Gambon drug-dealer con-man awesomeness with a side-serving of Tom Hardy as a double-firsts Cambridge cocaine cutter. WHY ARE YOU EVEN STILL READING THIS?

Narratively and thematically it's an in-between the Coen Brothers and Snatch. Surprise, surprise! Because Snatch was produced by Director Matthew Vaughn, also of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame and - sort of/not really weirdly - Stardust. He's the reason why half this movie looks like amazing still photography.

I could make comments about how much I love the OST (STARSAILOR) asjklfjal and go on about dialects of English and how they make my head spin around in happy circles, but then I COULD PICSPAM LIKE THE SHALLOW, SHALLOW PERSON I AM RIGHT NOW:

You really really really really want to click this link. )

Please go watch this film as I expire on the cutting room floor of its goodness.
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While I'm working on a) prompts, b) not getting beheaded by work and c) putting things down on my diary like "take over the world", "write your first short story or novel", "find someone to commission that painting you have in your head" and "de-entrail the neighbours" (guess which are real!), I leave a few recs lying about to compensate for my Paul Bettany-afflicted rabidity. I love inventing new words, god, "rabidity"...


Antique Bakery

I watched two episodes of the anime and was not initially impressed, but by the time I hit the main stride of the series you could not have pried me off of it with a crowbar. It's as though the animators thought, "hey, let's make the first 2 eps really yaoi-cliche-like, and then beat everyone up with the sheer awesomeness of the characterisation for the rest of the anime."

Fools and their Money by treneka - oh jesus. Tachibana's a hard enough character to understand, much less write, and trenaka has him down so perfectly that I weep and roll around in the sugary goodness of her confection. Actually, everyone is brilliant in this piece - Ono is as mild and acidic as he could ever be in canon, Chikage is heart-warming and heart-breaking, and oh, Kanda? I NOW QUOTE:

"Dolce - Doesn't that mean sweet?" Kanda asked, with a quick glare in Tachibana's direction.



Undertow by [livejournal.com profile] devikun. ALjsklfjaskljflasjflasjf lkasjf Tachibana/Ono that I CAN BELIEVE IN. There are not enough braincells left in me to make this rec any more wordy than it already is. Just. Just. Just go clicky and licky or something.



Omikuji by Tenika D. Says "manga only", but really, you can read it with just anime knowledge. Where do I even start? This is a Tachibana/Ono not lead by Ono, not dominated by Ono, and not Tachibana-warping. Tenika D underscores Tachibana's entire attitude to life in this fic, and then blows everything out of the water with the sheer amount of in-character hilarity, poignancy and austerity that she puts in. Everywhere. Like icing. On cupcakes.



Final Fantasy VII

Petronia's stuff. I request that you go read her and read her and read her and read her and then read her again. Shinra-centric!



Ouran

This fic by [livejournal.com profile] mercurial_wit. An OT-everyone, written in the most amazing, accurate and immensely un-melodramatic way you can imagine. You kind of want to read on how Kyouya'd answer the telephone or what Haruhi's make for dinner or how Tamaki's couch might look like in this universe after you finish the fic.



Yeah, um, if anyone had any illusions that I'd finally be writing? *BEAMS!*
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The people

It was my second time participating, and my god I was a young and silly fool to have missed out on yulechat last year. Because this year's [livejournal.com profile] yuletide experience was characterised by late-night/early-morning flailings and made possible only by the insane generosity and madness that is the #yuletide channel. Coming off the plane three days before stories were due, I didn't think I'd make my pinch-hit, much less come out with eight stories and a boatload of awesome new friends. ♥ to everyone: sara(aah), whetherwoman, mjules, deejay, kristin, Snow, deepa, hh, Jaded, voksen, Lferion, Llwyden, yf, moontyger, Grey Bard, Livia, kankeigo, Franzi, Piru, Truth, MsMcK, Now I Am Running Out Of Space and Memory For Names Here. You guys (whether named or tragically unnamed by my failure to recall) are the bestest thing since the thing before and the thing after sliced bread. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ You guys are the bringers of comfort and joy.

The fic!

I do not know what amazing small god I pleased, for serious. I came in expecting nothing, and came out with four amazing, amazing fics in fandoms that I feel have been sorely lacking love. Here, let me rec them to you with great reccage:

Lucifer, Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries )

And now for some quickrecs before lunch:

One rec each for Boston Legal, The Graveyard Book, History Boys, Junjou Romantica, Wild Adapter )
karanguni: (CLAIRE is amazed)
Busy as a house on fire, lately, but there's always time for distractions, and I figure smaller ones are better than bigger ones. Ergo:

One-sentence drabble meme!

You give me a fandom, and then a character, or a word-prompt, or a small unicorn, or a scenario -- I'll give you a sentence. You are free to a) give me as many prompts as you like b) cross things over like stitches c) ask me for fandoms I don't usually write. No promises on how many sentences I'll get back to you if you ask me for a million, though. :D


And some recs:

Stained Glass Sky, by [livejournal.com profile] icor. Final Fantasy VII, Cissnei/Aerith - such beautiful worldbuilding, and easy-to-read characterisation. Some of the best and only femmeslash you'll get in the fandom these days.

Tiny Halloween Crisis Core cast fanart, by [livejournal.com profile] mogumogu. I weep at the Kunsel. Weep.

[edit]

And some meta:

People who've read my stuff tell me that I worldbuild a lot, which is kinda funny, because it's not something I realise that I do. How can I? I live in a tiny island. I'm young. I haven't seen enough of the world. Sometimes I wonder, how dare I, but I never really thought about it.

Neil Gaiman did, when he wrote American Gods. The book's practically cult reading in fandom, and if you're read it, or will ever read it, that tiny little introspective by Neil will both humble you and make you want to see more than what the viewport of your life has let you see.

And then dare to be daring.

Recface!

Jul. 28th, 2008 07:44 pm
karanguni: (ED high)
Interwebs seems to be full of pain and suffering and RL at the moment, and so - like a Santa losing weight because he's clambering over rooftops - I take a sec, and come out to deliver recs! Most of them will link to IJ, because, man, Kinkfest Happens (TM).

Blue Snakeskin Sky, by [livejournal.com profile] laylah: Final Fantasy VII Turk fic! Written for [livejournal.com profile] writerz_bloc and I for the LLNM auction, and maaaan, do I appreciate this fic. I know it's been a helluva long time since L's written FFVII, and how mine-field like it is for her, so ♥ for putting together a really succinct and cool cross-section on the Turks. Oh, and, have I mentioned Turks yet?

Also by L, Cut Up Boy, a Baccano! Claire/Ladd fic with mentions of Luck. It was a prompt of mine on Kinkfest, and I don't know how in hell I missed it the first time, but this is an honest-to-god fun read. It sounds exactly like how a good fic should sound: like it's been a blast for both the writer and the audience, and maaaan. So good.

Batman!wise, because I have been sucker-punched by this fandom, and have watched probably more Justice League than I really ought to be watching during a busy period:

Come build in the empty house. A Batman Beyond fic by Livia, from the Yuletide Archives of Awesome. It doesn't matter if you don't really know the canon to Batverse - I sure as hell don't. It's about Bruce and Terry McGinnis (the future Batman) dealing with -- everything. Aging, which we all know Bruce must eventually do. Bruce, who is someone no one really expected to have to deal with, Batman (which one?) least of all. Tim, and what happened to him during his time as Robin. It's not about the canon, it's about the humans in it: the wholly human humans, the too-human humans that make the Batfamily as brilliant and deep as they are wide and fucked up.

A Cure For Common Boredom, an Ouran Tamaki/Kyouya feel good porny happy fic by [livejournal.com profile] hooloovoo_too. I remember reading her other Ouran stuff, and man. So good. It's nice to just slip into characterisation that's believable and awesome and cool all at once. My vocabulary has not been much improved by my nap, so I'll leave it there.

OKAY. BACK TO WORK.

TODAY'S TO-DO

[x] Essay outline
[] Paper outline
[x] Write essay
[x] Maths

So....

Jun. 14th, 2008 11:50 pm
karanguni: (Imai TSUBASA)
Would anyone be interested in doing an exchange of a megahuge recs list of the fics that have pushed our brains in the direction they currently go in? The internets is huge and scary, and finding good stuff is so hard and no, I'm not being shamelessly lazy, just... :D :D :D
karanguni: (JUDGE)
Mmm, ficspam. Working on everything that I'm not meant to be working on, as usual.

[edit] Because I have no willpower whatsoever: Rufus/Tseng porn. Tseng's going to have one hell of a laundry bill.

Personal ref of random blabbery ideas for the prompts I've got left to do \o/ ENGLISH IS NOT A LANGUAGE THAT I CAN SPREAK. Go ahead. Comment. I DARE YOU. )

Also, Iron Man fic rec of major amazingness: The Value of Secrets by Maya Tawi. Jarvis/Tony Stark. You know you want to.

Meanwhile, a FMA/Final Fantasy VII drabble of mine on IJ, linked to avoid 242904 Posts of Death on your flist. Zack and Hawkeye and dogs. Yes, dogs.

And then the real post:

Title: When The World Ends
Fandom: Baccano!/Ocean's 11
Characters: Claire; Rusty, Luck, Danny and Linus cameos
Rating: PG
Warnings: Crossover written for the No True Pair challenge over at IJ; prompt being: Rusty and Claire: it's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. Genfic is the way to go, because I fail at plot and all that other cool stuff. D:
Summary: Playing poker until Armageddon.

2192 words and the epic failure of plot!sense. \o/

Time for an old man to get to bed. )
karanguni: (Imai TSUBASA)
Because January is here, and since I am a slow, slow human being, I present to you [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic recs.

Yuletide

Self-pimping: I wrote, for [livejournal.com profile] zhiverny6 two American Gods fics: In Symbols and Two Man Con. Two Man Con is a follow up to In Symbols, but can be read more or less as a standalone. Both are backstories to the novel. I wrote Reunification for Jedi Buttercup, a little Silmarillion fic with Elrond and the usual suspects.

Author pimping ♥ : My most excellent author, Aevir, wrote me a beautiful Glorfindel and Ecthelion piece entitled Not marble, nor the gilded monuments that goes through Ages and change with delicacy and amazing finesse.

Akihabara@DEEP

A hilarious Japanese drama remake of a more serious manga based on the life of otakus in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics/gaming/geek district, it focuses on the trials and tribulations of a few friends with very strange personal habits who come together to defend their way of life. A nice, relatively light and quirky watch!

Touch, written by Jain.

I was not expecting @DEEP to appear in the archives at all, but turns out that refreshing the NYR page gives some pretty amazing things. ♥ Box and Page get through some... personal issues in a way that can only be deemed as entirely @DEEP-like. Cameo appearance by Akira, who is kick-ass in every sense of the word.

American Gods

By far one of my favourite non-classic fantasy books, American Gods is a mind-shattering read all on its own - if you've never picked it up before, you should. It's 700 pages but reads like a 100, and is chock full of the most amazing mythological parallels and rewrites set in a very real, very rich 20/21st century America. The country doesn't quite matter: if you're from any place or city where migrants come and go, and it's almost every city nowadays, really, this book is worth the time. By happy chance, it also has a lot of really good fic written for it this year, by loads of writers far better than myself.

One Phone Call, written by Laylah.

Amazingness of this author aside, this small ficlet is, on its own, one of the best Low Key and Wednesday characterisation pieces I've read. It's small, to the point and every word is delicious. Set up just before the novel, but needs the rest of it to make full impact.

The Journey West, by Oyce.

Anyone familiar with the Chinese/Japanese character of Monkey/Goku will be sucked into this. Anyone not familiar with it will be pulled in anyway. The writing is a kind of amazing, evocative, word-rich writing that makes a short piece feel like a small legend all on its own.

Discworld

It's Terry Pratchett. Do I really have to... say... anything.. about... that?

Thrill-Seeking, by Cadence.

It's Vetinari/Moist, it's smut, and it's more than just believable, it's pretty damned hot, too. Moist is exactly as he should be - pushing, pushing, and pushing a little bit more. Vetinari is - - - perfect beyond words. Vidi... vici... Vetinari.


In other news, [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday just had its reveal, so I throw a very big THANK YOU to my author, [livejournal.com profile] thblackflame, and make a pimpnote for the Kinki Kids fic she wrote, So Perfect, This Moment. My own fic was written for [livejournal.com profile] sollasollew11, and is a V6-centric Okada-rian thing called Growing Up Okada. Banzai!

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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