gwyn: (bucky steve mouths)
The friending frenzy has begun! It'll be a bit before I can sit down and respond to all the recent friending but I'm super thrilled to see so many folks here, and I usually friend back (unless I'm not sure who you are and there's nothing in your journal to give me an idea). I very, very rarely lock posts. I'm locking more old posts, and probably will lock more posts in the future, thanks to the sleazebags at fanlore. If you're interested in access but don't want to subscribe, PM me. If you would like to link to an unlocked post or quote, I'd really appreciate a heads up, and I do not give permission to repost my journal postings anywhere, especially not fanlore.

I haven't been great about posting here, mainly because I'm one of the weirdos who actually enjoyed tumblr, it was a nice way for me to rest my eyes with visuals in between editing chapters or stories or whatever, and I liked the ease of reblogs. I am a little dubious about the future, because to say I'm a tech nitwit is a vast understatement, but I do post about some life stuff and fannish things, and most of my after-LJ posts use the tags feature. I also need to take some time to update all my links and things, I haven't done that in...years and years, but I will try to do that.

Other stuff is linked on my profile page, and as of last week, if you want to help support my efforts to make writing and vidding less physically painful for me (which took a big hit when my cat decided to try to die), I have a Ko-Fi page where you can throw a few bucks my way (and a paypal address: gwynethr at gmail).

My big fandom is still Steve/Bucky, but I am somewhat polyamorous in the MCU or Cap fandom, and I also create fanworks for other things, which you can always find on my AO3 works page. Currently, almost all my vids are available for downloading at my vids site, but that's likely to go away in 2019. Get 'em while they're sorta hot! I'd like to post more meta stuff, but I'm still really confused by the image hosting here and how to post pics that aren't enormous and force people to scroll sideways. So that might be a while.
gwyn: (steve rogers shield)
I wasn't sure I'd be able to go to Escapade this year because my usual travel partner wasn't going, but I did find a roomie and so I bought a plane ticket--unfortunately right before all the financial stuff came down hard on me and boy did I regret that, but it's nonrefundable, so. I'm glad the hotel has a huge breakfast buffet, because I think I can stock up on stuff for the day and they also have refigerators in each room, so I can kind of scam my way through (as well as make the very long walk to In-N-Out Burger, because OMG I love INOB like crazy and it's cheap, too).

It also meant I didn't put in any suggestions for panels, but I ended up doing a write-in alt track panel for Cap fandom once I knew I could go (also, jeez, snowmageddon here made me really nervous that I'd never make it to the airport; here's hoping we don't get any more snow). It was kind of difficult to deal with the signup form, so the only day I could see available was Friday at the lunch hour--which means it may not be well attended, but if you're interested in talking Cap fandom specifically (as opposed to the Saturday panel with a wider focus on phase 4), I'd love to have you join me:

Friday, Feb. 22, Noon-1 p.m., Marina del Rey room

Captain America MCU: The End of the Line
Captain America fandom has taken a lot of hits lately: we didn’t even get a real third Cap movie, the Cap Family barely existed in Infinity War, and the end of Chris Evans’s contract means Steve Rogers as we know him in the MCU has left the building after A4--and a lot of fans are convinced Steve will in fact be killed off. Will Cap fandom wither and die the way most closed canons do, or will things like the Bucky and Sam streaming series and the comics help keep it alive in some form? Can we keep the Cap love alive?

Featuring me, your hostess.
gwyn: (skinny steve helmet)
A while ago, when AO3 started allowing people to make their own collections, I remember something about people collecting works and then deleting the collections would make your own fic disappear, and it was suggested we set our requirements to "must ask" before adding to a collection. Which I did--I don't recall why that was an issue, or if it was ever resolved, because it wasn't something that I figured would ever affect me, but I got a request to add a fic to someone's Stucky collection recently but wasn't sure if that was a good idea or not. The FAQ info about collections is woefully outdated and doesn't include personal ones, or information about this issue.

If you allow someone else to add your fic to their collection, and then they later delete that collection, will it still delete your fic too? Or has that been fixed?
gwyn: (penguinsucks infinitemonkeys)
For once, the predicted snowpocalypse is in fact a snowy apocalypse--over 8 inches and counting. I couldn't sleep last night because I was so worried about a tree limb falling on something, anything: power lines, the garage, my house, another plant. As it is I might lose the main part of my lilac bush, which is about 70 years old, and I'm not sure how much more the black bamboo can handle. It's scary af because there's more expected, but no one is saying it's going away at any point, and temperatures are hovering around freezing every day. Multiple snowstorms are expected.

And hey, hi, I haven't been around much since I finished the 31 flavors recs. To be honest, I probably won't be as much as I used to: between the awful discussions about money that have made me feel like I'm some sort of sleazy scam artist for being in a financial crisis right now and having a ko-fi account; the backlash about people wanting control over their posts; my inability to understand this where-fandom's-going-next stuff; and most of all, feeling like I can't trust my own community of fans because they're scraping decades-old personal shit from journals and posting it and bullying anyone who takes issue with it being on fanlore (seriously fuck fanlore to hell, they're violating the very community they're pretending to be about documenting), I just...don't feel like fandom's a fun place right now. And really, it doesn't matter--I have never felt more like what is the point of working so hard on things, about loving fandom, when no one even sees me.

Existential crisis: it's what's for dinner.

On a work note, I just finished a really weirdly written book that I thought for sure was a new author; turns out she's published a few books. I was just O.o . None of the basic mechanical things that current publishing standards require, like section breaks or clear POV shifts, random time jump whiplash, no dialog tags. But I'm sure it wasn't intentionally ominiscient narrative. Seriously, there are so few dialog tags even I, a professional reader, couldn't easily follow.

Read more... )
gwyn: (joy)
I made it! 31 different recs (well, 32, because Selfie got a twofer) in 31 different fandom flavors! And not one of them was Stucky! I wasn't sure I could make it, because I'm so behind in my reading of everything and watching vids and just...all the things, but I did. Hopefully, a few people found something new to them they enjoyed checking out.

Prove It On Me (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries)
Summary: Mac is a swanky, dapper lesbian.

This is a delightful Festivid for the wonderful Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries character of Mac, Phryne's BFF and a big old lesbian doctor with the most wonderfully acerbic wit. I haven't finished watching MFMM (I know! What's wrong with me!) but I asked if I needed to have seen all the eps, and was advised I didn't need to--so if you've only seen one or two, or are just osmotically familiar with the character, go forth and watch. It's set to Ma Rainey's old song, and couldn't be a better fit.

Flourish by [ profile] cookiegirl (A Quiet Place, 2834 words, G)
Summary: The first winter.

I usually read fanfic at night before I go to sleep, since I read all day for work. I ended up having serious Quiet Place dreams after reading this--not quite screaming nightmares, but creepy and sinister, like the movie, and I can't even recall ever having a fic influence my dreams. This captures the feel of the movie, the loving family relationship, the grief, the fear, really well, and has a lot of details I wouldn't even have thought about in terms of how they'd survive the unique challenges of winter. I don't want to oversell the creepy factor, because this is a really sweet story with such genuine humanity.
gwyn: (natasha face)
Atomic Secrets (Atomic Blonde, Wonder Woman, 1119 words, G) by [ profile] marcelo
Summary: No operation ever goes as expected, but no operation ever went so "not as expected" as this one.

This is a brilliant crossover with two warrior women, from Lorraine Broughton's point of view. The last line's a killer, but there's a lot of other good ones too.
gwyn: (pete sdwolfpup)
Two Festivid recs, one from this year and one from last year:

Elevation (The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne)
Summary: You make me feel like I can fly.

I was genuinely surprised to see this microscopically small fandom on the list this year. If you enjoy steampunk and lots of great 19th century action stuff, I think you could watch this without necessarily knowing the fandom.


they're good dogs Brent [VID](We Rate Dogs) by [ profile] bessyboo, [ profile] Platinumvampyr
Summary: h*ckin good dogs.

I doubt there's anyone who didn't see this last year, but just in case, this celebrates the dogs of the We Rate Dogs twitter account, and it's adorable.
gwyn: (sadness)
Well, this has been...a day. I woke up this morning to an email from the person doing the new meta fandom newsletter--which I sort of had read about, but not really paid attention to but thought it was very cool that someone was doing--asking if I had a linking policy, because they'd posted about a fanlore post of one my old LJ entries and a couple commenters had mentioned that it might be good to check with me about it.

I've never formulated any kind of policy because I'm a no-name fan and to be honest, I don't really pay attention to these sorts of things, not to mention that I hardly ever lock my posts, and I wasn't even sure what the post in question was. (And I want to make it very clear before I get into this longer thing that I have no issue with the meta fandom newsletter person, I appreciate her thoughtfulness and willingness to work with me.) But I went to the metafandom journal, and found the post, and started reading through the comments, and got kind of upset. I didn't even know what post this was talking about, because she'd kindly taken the link down while waiting to hear from me, but I started to grok from some of the kind of mocking comments that it was a personal rant about entitled kids these days.

From 2006. That someone on fanlore called mrs. potato head put up last fucking year, with absolutely no context or background. And never once asked me about, even though I'm still active in fandom and they could easily have written to me on LJ or in PMs. And the thing is, I was very upfront that I was writing a personal rant (I still haven't gone back to look at the post, I simply don't have time), but the fanlore person basically used so many excerpts and pejorative content descriptions that I don't need to, it seems like most of the post is there, along with a bunch of comments, many of which I think the commenters would be as upset as I was to find them there. I wrote that post in the assumption that it was my personal journal that I was making a personal rant about fandom in, and I wrote it less than a year after my fucking TWIN SISTER DIED, and after the death of a fandom friend whose absence I was keenly feeling at the Escapade con.

I was a really different person in 2006 from what I am in 2018 and 2019. I've changed a lot in 13 years, and fandom has changed, and really, the Internet has changed. Back then, LJ was the primary game in town, and the way we interacted with it was different from how we interact with tumblr. I've been profoundly affected by my sister's death, my friends' deaths, knowing the people I know now. It never would have occurred to me that someone would be combing through my LJ, which I don't even use anymore because of the whole Russia thing, looking for posts I made about fandom and culling them to post in completely contextless history posts, opening me up to attack or ridicule when someone else finds them and links to them.

And I'll restate--I have nothing against the idea of keeping fannish histories about meta posts, or linking to them in a kind of historical way. I think documenting fannish history is vital, and it's one reason I was active on fanlore when it first started (I have lots of reasons for not staying active, but this is sort of one of them). And I'm really glad they thought I had something of interest to link to! One of the comments was from [personal profile] kore, pointing out how uncomfortable she'd be if a personal vent she'd made 13 years ago in her own space after the death of a friend was linked to without making sure it was okay. I really appreciated that, because the me 13 years ago was such a different person, and that was a time when we weren't really locking things a lot, or at least, in my sector, we weren't. And again, there was no context for this fanlore post, nothing that explains why it's there.

But the thing is, not every single piece of fandom meta has historical value. (I hear the archivists yelling NO! Samuel Pepys! All those old APA zines and newsletters and stuff! How would we know what the daily life of fans were like otherwise or what the hot topics were! I hear that, but again, sometimes we're not writing these things wanting them to survive in a time capsule. Sometimes it's personal venting, sometimes it's us trying to work stuff out, and we don't want them to survive.) I wasn't given a choice by the fanlore person. They never asked me, hey, I'm going to comb (stalk) through your LJ that you don't even use anymore and take so many excerpts from this ancient rant of yours that I might as well publish the whole thing, and I'm going to open you up for ridicule in the future, and also the people who left comments who might be horrified by language they used casually back then they'd never ever use today, and I'm going to do this 12 years after the fact for no particular reason, 'kay? All they had to do was PM me, so I could have ruminated on that, and looked at the post, and then maybe said, hm, you know, not okay, I didn't remember a single thing about that post and it was from a bad time. And I could have gone back and locked it.

I'm upset that the fanlore person picked this crap to post 12 years after the fact--like, WTF?--and now I have to, at a time when I'm absolutely swamped, deal with all of this and don't really have the spoons or the time. It took me a long time to unravel this morning. And I could have said, hey, you know, I have a number of nicely aged, oaky, pleasant vintage rants about fandom that don't have that unpleasant terroir of grief and misery and unhappiness. Shit, I have a vertitable SMORGASBORD of ancient ranty meta posts that people could ridicule me over, do you prefer a booth or a table?

But I didn't get that chance. I knew nothing about the fanlore post till today, and I don't have time to search out how many other posts this person might have culled from my goddamn LJ that I don't use anymore and they never bothered to ask me about. And now they're forcing me to a) spend the time coming up with some kind of links policy (which, I'm old skool, I've always believed that public posts are public and people can do what they want up till now) and b) trying to decide how to handle locking in a journal I don't even use--do I lock down the whole thing, which means people can't access the public posts like vids and fic or do I have to invest the ridic amount of time to read through nearly two decades of postings to find the individual ones I'd never have wanted to be made historical documents in freaking 2019?

I'm not thrilled at being forced by someone else's lack of thoughtfulness to do something, but now I have to. And I have to see what other things fanlore might have there that'll surprise or piss me off. Not everything is a historical document, not everything we've done as fans was created with the intention of surviving more than a dozen years to be discussed like it's something new and noteworthy. Sometimes, we're happy to let things die in the past--that's okay. There's lots still that could live on. I don't really want that thing to be my legacy, or lots of other things--there's plenty of better stuff for a legacy. I could have even pointed that out, if they'd bothered to ask, and I might even dig some of it up and see if the meta newsletter person would be interested, since I sort of caused them a lot of bother today.

The changes I've gone through in 13 years, a lot of them have come from wounds and scars and loss, but you know, that's life. Hopefully, I'll be here in another 13 years, and I have no idea what fandom will look like then, but I really hope that we don't have to fear the stuff we say now coming back to haunt us or that we can't control our own spaces. I love fandom, I love its history, but I hope we don't forget in our efforts to document that history that individual people are the ones behind it.
gwyn: (beaten cap shield)
I'm a few days behind--life's been...not terrific.

Bucky Bear and Pizza Dog (Together, They Fight Crime) (A-Babies vs. X-Babies, 1146 words, G) by [ profile] Odsbodkins
Summary: For Yuletide - what if Bucky Bear was a robotic teddy bear designed by Stark Industries?
There's a robotic Bucky Bear lost in the city, but fortunately Pizza Dog is there to save the day.

I accidentally stumbled on the previous A-Babies fic in Yuletide the other day, and was charmed to reread all of them. This one is really unusual for the fandom, and a delightful look at Bucky Bear and Lucky the pizza dog together.


Living in Oz (13 Going on 30, 1245 words, T) by [ profile] misura
Summary: Jenna vs. the horrible, no-good future. (She's got this. Totally.)

I absolutely adore this movie, but had somehow never thought to look for fic for it, and stumbled on older stuff too--this one is a lovely look at Jenna's concern that she could have created a butterfly effect for the future by knowing what happened.


The Actress and the Inventor (Captain America, 1271 words, G) by [ profile] Orangistae
Summary: In walks the most beautiful dame Howard’s ever seen, and he’s seen a few. Glossy black curls, long-lashed blue eyes, creamy pale skin, a regular Snow White, if Snow White had the legs of a pin-up. Howard lets out a low whistle. “Honey, has anyone ever told you you should be in pictures?”
***A bit of fluff about Howard Stark and awesome RL actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr.

When I was writing Celluloid Hero, I went looking to see if anyone had done fic with Hedy Lamarr before, and found this charming little story about Howard meeting Hedy when she's doing USO shows with Steve. He responds to her in true Howard Stark fashion.
gwyn: (sam wilson falcon)
Side Effects May Include (Selfie, 3828 words, E) by [ profile] scioscribe
Summary: “I’ll be blunt,” Saperstein said. “The released powder appears to be having some unintended side effects. We saw the signs in the lab at first, and soon we’re going to be seeing them up here. Damn this fully-functioning ventilation system!” He paused. “I regret to inform you all that the KinderKare building is about to become a love shack, as chronicled in the song ‘Love Shack.’”

Of all the tropes I never thought I'd ever be interested in, sex pollen was right up there at the top of the list, and I blame Cap fandom for making me actually interested in it. I also never really expected to read anything in Selife, because I loathed the pilot episode so much, it was such a traumatic watch, but my friends who loved it convinced me to give the series a shot as they promised it got much better (spoiler: it did, very much). This story has all the elements that made it a fun show, especially the humor aspects, and it's got some laugh out loud lines, as well as being a very in-character exploration of Eliza and Henry when faced with sex pollen.

(I couldn't decide between this or the other Selfie fic minim calibre got for Yuletide, so have a bonus rec of the zombie apocalypse, Sefie style: TEOTWAWKI by [ profile] hbthomas. I totally believe that Henry would see finding out his house has a bomb shelter under it as a logistical challenge and make most doomsday preparers look like amateurs.)
gwyn: (liz lemon go to there)
Today, I have two very different sort of recs, because fandom is my fandom and I love how creative and interesting people can be. (This is for yesterday and today.)

Invisible Man links. This is a really cool post from [personal profile] arduinna where she talks about updating a comprehensive listing of fanworks for the show Invisible Man, in light of a rewatch someone has organized for the series. A lot of my friends were seriously into IM/I-Man fandom (oh how things have changed, since most people see IM these days and think Iron Man), and I just love the fact that something like this exists and wish some of my older fandoms had a resource like this and someone who cared enough to update things. If you think you might be into checking it out, start with this post, and join the rewatch, linked in the post.

If you're a vidder or vid fan, [personal profile] trelkez has organized a cool challenge to Make a Vidshow Using Only Your Own Vids. Basically, it's a chance for vidders to curate their own work by a theme they want to, and obviously vid fans would get to reap the rewards of seeing a vidshow of works chosen by the artist themselves. I'm not sure if I'll have time to do something for the deadline, but I kinda love the idea--vidders especially don't get to have much of a response to their works, or blow their own horns. I really hope my fellow vidders will participate, or if you know someone who vids, prod them to join!
gwyn: (beaten cap shield)
The eclipse is still ongoing, but the big part of the event is over, and wow, what an eclipse! It was worth freezing my nips off. I saw a shooting star while I was admiring the stars around the moon shortly before it was completely covered. Sigh. I'm a happy stargazer.

For 31 flavors, have comics Bucky and Tony!

Tony Stark and the Mysterious Marksman (Marvel Noir and 616, 18,510 words, T) by [personal profile] sineala
Summary: The year is 1943, and the war is swinging into an unexpected front: the Allies need to get their hands on every magical item they can find before someone else does. There's no one more qualified for the job than Tony Stark, former adventurer for Marvels magazine. When Nick Fury sends him on his latest mission, Tony finally gets the chance to work with Captain America... and the guy won't stop extolling the wonders of his partner, some kid called Bucky. But when Tony gets back to base, he meets someone even better than the Bucky of Cap's stories: an enigmatic -- and incredibly handsome -- marksman by the name of James Barnes.

In the MCU, I can't imagine anything more NOTP for me than winteriron, but in comics, especially Marvel Noir Tony, I guess I'm game on. I found this really charming, a great way to fill in the art that was created for the Cap Reverse BB a couple years ago. I liked how they got together in this, the respect they have for each other, and it's a super fun adventure for a backdrop. (You don't need to know Noir comics, if you haven't read them, as sineala's notes give you the background. Obligatory disclaimer: I had the privilege of beta'ing this.)
gwyn: (hearts wizzicons)
No Colors Anymore (Vantablack Pigment Feud RPF, 465 words, G) by [ profile] neveralarch
Summary: Anish Kapoor kicked it up a notch. Stuart's ready to match him.

Honestly, both the entries in this fandom this year were cute, but I thought I'd rec this one since a lot of times the Madness stories don't get as much attention. This has a delightfully ridiculous solution to staying relevant in the artist feud (and if you're not familiar with the war between these two artists over pigment paints, this has lots of handy dandy links inside it.)
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Two movies from this year, both in Yuletide

Heavy (Annihilation, 2820 words, G) by [ profile] mautadite
Summary: Failure suggests purpose, and if you were ever given one, beyond “find Lena”, then you have forgotten it.

This reverse chronology story looks at the events that led to Kane's "return" in the movie. Like the movie, it's weird and spooky and haunting.

The Bamboo Bridge (Crazy Rich Asians, 5516 words, G) by [ profile] jehane
Summary: The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.

This looks at Eleanor's thoughts about Rachel and what she "won" at the mahjongg game, and the friendship between Rachel and Astrid that changes into something else, and features so many fascinating cultural and location details that I had to frequently pause to look things up (which I love).
gwyn: (music happiness)
Yay, it's More Joy Day! I'm mostly just working, so not really any chance to spready joy. To counter that, I made a pretty poppy peppy playlist to share. It's not, like, a work of staggering genius but I hope you enjoy it.

Apparently, Dreamwidth won't let me embed it, sigh. This site...I just can't even.

You can find it here on Spotify
gwyn: (natasha face)
Carved Our Love in the Mountainside (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, 1,738 words, T) by [ profile] burglebezzlement
Summary: Bethany and Martha, after Jumanji.

This is a really charming post-movie story of Bethany and Martha discovering a new relationship.


I finished writing my Stucky AU Big Bang! I wasn't sure I could squeak it out, but I did, though my god my hands hurt. I know no one will want to read 45k of Desk Set AU--how I managed to get that many words out of what's essentially a rom-com is beyond me, but I guess that's what happens when you add in lots of stuff about canon history and PTSD for soldiers and 1950s politics and social commentary.
gwyn: (band of brothers mrbnatural)
I hit 40,000 words on my Stucky AU Big Bang story yesterday, which is why I missed posting new recs. I was so close to the end scene I could taste it, but my hands and wrists were just hurting so bad that I couldn't continue, and I'd taken as many longish breaks as I could. My house might be a sty and I might have work that I should have done before, but by god, I'm gonna finish this if it kills me. I feel like the artists are just waiting for me and it's terrible that this is taking so long. Hilariously, I'd estimated 20-30k in my signup, and I think I have at least 3-4 more to write to finish this off. Then the slightly less hard but still hard work begins in editing--I'm not a person who can write great drafts, anything decent comes in editing. For an AU of the movie Desk Set, this seems to be stretching things, but I've created all kinds of interior monologues and opened up the story with new scenes and stuff. I know almost no one will read this, but whatever. Baby's first AU.

On to recs!

Man, Band of Brothers has just taken off recently, with muccamuk and kore both writing in it and this year there was a holiday exchange, since it's topped out of Yuletide. But I am so far behind I haven't had a chance to read any of it. ::wails:: So this is a rec from a couple Yuletides ago, when it was still eligible.

You want some bourbon/I want some oranges (Band of Brothers, 18294 words, M) by [ profile] jouissant
Summary: Dick could take a little tedium for the sake of the men, and he could take a hint of moral turpitude for Nix.

This is a lovely, slow build between Dick and Nix during the war.

Cover of Night by [personal profile] killabeez (Star Trek TOS, 12,533 words, M)
Summary: While waiting to learn what will come of the fal tor pan, Kirk relives memories of his destructive and secret relationship with Spock. How can he find redemption when Spock doesn't even remember him?

A couple years ago, I was talking with killa about stuff and she'd mentioned this story, and I realized it had been, like, decades since I'd read any Trek. This is such a lovely, melancholy K/S story about Kirk's fears of whether Spock will remember him, what he'll remember, and if their future will be different from their past.
gwyn: (bucky end of the line)
I thought I'd recced this back when it came out, but I can't seem to find any evidence of it.

Single Use Weapon (Kings, 67407 words, E) by [ profile] Fahye
Summary: "The king is dead," says Samuels. "Long live the king."
A story about fealty and destiny, spies and secrets, and the things we do to hold onto power.

This is a fantastic long, plotty, slow burn story where Jack gets to be David's warrior boyfriend and spymaster, plus a little bit more. I love any fic where Jack gets to be a competent badass, but the fact that this is such a rara avis in Kings fic with its length and great writing elevates it even more.
gwyn: (beaten cap shield)
these fragments (Thor, The Avengers, 4073 words, E) by [ profile] Wildehack
Summary: “Someone has to survive this day,” Thor grinds out, pressed briefly close to her by the fight.

“Someone will,” she tells him.

This is a really interesting look at Valkyrie fixing Infinity War via time travel, told through a nonlinear narrative (though that's not mentioned in tags, so I'm mentioning it here in case that's important) and seemingly from a post-Thor: Ragnarok place. Other ladies--particularly science ladies--get to help. It's kind of heartbreaking, and yet also hopeful and beautiful.
gwyn: (chris evans)
That's the Impression That I Get (What's Your Number?, 18,526 words, M) by [personal profile] minim_calibre

I was noting a while ago to min that between the two of us, we have claim to probably about 2/3 of this tiny fandom's works--either as recipients or creators, in one case both. A couple years ago, she wrote the longest story in the fandom and the second-longest story for that Yuletide for me, and it's hilarious to me that we've both consistently either requested it or filled requests for it. I mean, it's objectively a difficult movie with a lot of problematic things in it, but it also has this weirdly forward-thinking approach to certain things, especially the way women are judged for their sexual histories, and Chris Evans makes a damn good Manic Pixie Dream Boy, plus he's naked a lot and was in a particularly hot phase of life. There's also enough empty spaces that you can create really interesting stories for the characters, and fan writers adore that. Which is a long way of saying that min wrote another good, long, meaty Yuletide story for WYN? this year, and you should go read it.

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