gwyn: (sam wilson falcon)
To celebrate Sam Wilson's birthday today, I wrote a little Sam Hill (best pairing name ever, y/y?) fic.

This Guy (4696 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill/Sam Wilson
Characters: Sam Wilson (Marvel), Maria Hill, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Flying, First Dates, Secret Crush, Steve and Tony are Little Old Lady Matchmakers

Sam wasn’t sure what his moves were here. Because really, what did you do with someone who had literally snatched you from the jaws of certain death?

Thanks to kore for the prompt that helped me get them to actually take flight!
gwyn: (natasha face)
Just in time to be subsumed under the tsunami from VVC, but when I'm down, I vid, I guess. I also don't know why I'm posting in the middle of the night, since even fewer people will see it than usual, but…here I am. I know this is a really unusual song choice for Natasha, people usually pick these girl power/fighty/harder songs, but I really thought this fit her in so many ways and I wanted to emphasize how she relates to other people, how she's changed, as well.

Wasp Nest
Artist: The National
Fandom: Avengers-verse
You're all humming live wires under your killing clothes.

HQ download available at my vids site here.

Thanks to feochadn for the beta!
gwyn: (steve rogers fullhouse)
Dream of Caramel: or, A Recipe for Disaster (17031 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes & Clint Barton
Characters: Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Pepper Potts, Thor (Marvel), Tony Stark, Darcy Lewis
Additional Tags: Cooking, Longing, Big Eden (movie), Clint Barton Is a Good Bro, Food as a Metaphor for Love, Team Moron

But none of that explains why right now Clint’s pants are literally on fire and Barnes is pitching an entire five-pound bag of pastry flour straight at Clint’s crotch with his metal arm.

gwyn: (natasha face)
Because I didn't have enough on my plate with trying to finish this @#%$&$% story that is now at 16,000 words when it was supposed to just be stupid fluffy nonsense (writing is finished, but it needs a lot of editing), and work, and animals, and health things, and getting ready for Vividcon, now I have started a Natasha vid that I would like to finish and post before I leave for Chicago.

What is wrong with me? And it's not even the kind of song that people usually want for vids about her; it's quiet and melancholy. I'm an idiot. Kill me now and put me out of my misery.
gwyn: (steve rogers fullhouse)
[personal profile] such_heights is having an MCU kissing commentfest at her page, where lots of lovely people have left prompts for kissage and lots of people are filling them. I wrote three commentfics so far, one for Steve/Bucky and two for Steve/Sam, and I hope I might be able to do a couple more. One of them's kind of hidden since it was the second fill for the prompt. I guess they're not great, but I have been having a lot of trouble writing lately, with two stories I can't seem to make much headway on. I don't know if it's just that Things We Lost in the War did me in, or the surprise!job I got in right afterward, or general depression/worthlessness, or even just the pressure of all the stuff I have to do, but I can't seem to write. So this couldn't have come at a better time.

Steve/Bucky and baseball is here, and Steve/Sam + pool table is here, while Steve/Sam + bedtime story is here. There are some delicious prompts there that I'm thinking about. If you can't fill them with a fanwork of some type, leave a prompt or make a comment on someone's fill!

The only other writing I've been able to do was to talk about why I don't think it's that unreasonable to be sad about the ever-inflating clown car of a cast list for Cap 3 over at my tumblr. I haven't said anything here about Ultron for various reasons. Mostly my fannishness is/was squarely focused on Captain America.
gwyn: (steve rogers fullhouse)
I did the thing. Votes were evenly split among the Steve/Sam and the Steve/Bucky story, but this one was a lot shorter, so I figured I'd start with it first.

Invested (5028 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Double Dating, First Dates, Relationship(s), Implied Relationships

Natasha convinces Steve to ask Sam on a double date. Clint doesn't understand why these things happen to him.

And now I really really need to get back to work and focus on this awful book.
gwyn: (bucky winter soldier)
Wow, it's been more than a few weeks since I posted. So, uh, updates on some of the stuff from last time: I took Billy to a new foster home that has two dogs we're hoping he can model himself on. He was coming around a bit more after a few days, but he still had such fear issues on walks after the dog attack that I just felt it was better for him -- and I had to find a place for him to stay, anyway, for the weekend while I was at Bitchin' Party (aka Pacificon). I'm still really sad, because I had quite fallen in love with him, but hopefully it'll make him more adoptable -- even when a dog is as cute as he is, people are wary of dogs with fear issues.

I haven't heard anything about him, but I'm going to ping them at some point to see how he's doing. I thought I was going to get a senior poodle gal, but they've never been back in touch. Animal Control hasn't, either, and the fuckwad with the loose dog isn't responding to my calls. I don't know what to do at this point; I'm not good at this sort of thing because it brings up my social anxiety issues in a big way. It's really easy for people to tell me to keep calling him or call the construction company, but that kind of thing is really agonizing for me. Just calling the times I've called was hard enough; to have to keep doing it...I don't know. Especially since I have a number of other anxiety-provoking issues at hand right now.

Anyway. Today I had my yearly checkup with my doctor, whom I love. I spoke to her about the challenging experience with the back doctor and what I was supposed to do, and she's going to follow up on some stuff for me, and she suggested I go back and just be really clear about what next steps should be, etc. She's focused on getting my back better, and though she wants me to do some other things, she said she wants that to happen first. I don't know what I'm going to do when she retires. Even though I've considered moving away from Seattle lately, I'd be willing to fly back here for my yearly appointment and pay out of pocket just to keep seeing her.

I've had another one of those situations where I have two books due at the same time, one of them a guidebook to Ecuador which was updated this time not by an author but by a fact checker, who apparently never learned basic grammar or spelling. It's hilarious -- anything he or she has updated I can spot instantly because they're so completely horrible. And the novel that I just finished has the most bizarre punctuation I've ever seen; the copyeditor was new so she didn't deal with it with the author, just left me this vague note about the author using things "stylistically" so there wasn't much I could do, but I have to admit, I'm going to be very interested in looking at reviews on Amazon or Goodreads to see what people say about it. I tend to really think the self publishing and ebook revolution is mostly a good thing; this, however, is the kind of thing I don't like about it. There are no real gatekeepers anymore.

I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier again yesterday. Stray thoughts:
Still full of feelings )
gwyn: (al cheers)
I've been meaning to post for days, but I always seem to be overcome by ennui whenever I think about it. I have only a couple days to finish my partial Team Hot Dads story before work comes in, but I can't seem to settle down and do it. And tomorrow I have to go pick up a new foster dog -- I was going to get a little shih tzu called Cordelia Chase, who has one of the worst stories I have ever heard, but she's not ready to go yet (still weaning pups and still battling a number of illnesses), so I'm going to take one of a bunch of chihuahuas that are literally wasting away in a shelter. I hope there's less drama this time than I had with Ginny in the first few months.

My love and epic feels for Pacific Rim have not died down at all, but it seems as if everyone else's has and it's following the typical path of a movie fandom, where fewer and fewer things are created for it. I was intrigued by the sudden rash of gifsets I saw on my Tumblr for The Musketeers -- I mean, it came out of nowhere, and I had no idea where it was showing and why so many people were posting about it. And now my curiosity has been sated; this weekend I went over to hang with [personal profile] killabeez and she showed me the first two episodes, and I adored it.

I have a long history with the Musketeers; I first read the book in, I think, fourth grade, and I was completely hooked on it, and then there came the Richard Lester version when I was around 12 and I fell completely in love with everyone. I am disturbed by my apparently constant attraction to Athos, and this is no different than any other time, because right out of the gate I loved him sticking his head in a bucket, but what really surprised me was that I fell completely head over heels for Porthos. I mean, in the Lester version, Athos was played by Oliver Reed and even though he was a judgey misogynistic bastard he was hot as hell and a good friend and companion to the others; d'Artagnan was swoony Michael York; and Aramis was Richard Chamberlain in his glory days. But Porthos was played more as a buffoon by Frank Finlay, and he was adorable but not as sexy as the others.

I'm really enjoying reading about Dumas's father in the book The Black Count, whom Porthos is modeled after, who was this dashing black man, so it's super, super cool to see a dashing black man portray Porthos. At first I didn't think he was attractive, he has a kind of pug face I don't usually find appealing, but now I see that still pictures don't always do him justice -- he's just amazing when he moves, and when he smiles his dazzling smile. Aramis is of course sexy, as he should be (well, I mean, he's played by Santiago Cabrera, so duh), but I think this d'Artagnan is a bit more teen love interest than I'm usually into (although not nearly as bad as the one in that Milla Jovovich thing a couple years ago), so although I like him, he's not nearly as fun as the three musketeers.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the episodes. The color palette that I saw in the gifs looked atrocious in those first few weeks, so I was kind of expecting something terrible, but wow, it's gorgeous. They make great use of the Czech locations. I really like Constance, and while I'm a bit down about Milady being just bad to the bone instead of being motivated by what happened to her before the story takes place, I'm willing to wait to see what happens (just please don't let her kill Constance!). Still, those are small complaints, I thought it was quite fun even if the plots are a little throwaway, and like I said, I'm strongly predisposed to this as an entertainment (along with other Dumas stories, among the few books that I have re-read in my lifetime).

In other news, Blues broke one of his fangs off the other day. I found the tip of it near the dining table, so I assume he was either chasing his spongeball and smacked into a chair leg or the table, or else he was tormenting Olive and did the same thing by harassing her. We need to give him another dental even though he had one just 9 months ago, because his teeth are so abysmal, so they will x-ray it to see if it's cracked above the gumline. His quest to become the world's most expensive cat continues.

I ended up just DLing the Veronica Mars movie and watching it at home. I enjoyed seeing everyone again, but I definitely had some issues with it. I may or may not write them out later once I've watched it again. I am glad, though, that it's done so well in the theatre opening weekend. Maybe we'll get another one sometime soon.

Recently I finished the last of the six Winter Soldier compilation books I bought a while ago, and my Bucky feels have reached almost hilariously epic proportions. I don't know how I can stand to wait till after opening weekend to see it, but I can't really handle opening weekend of movies like that anymore. I can't wait in line. But the one compilation I'm missing was the third part of the death of Captain America, and I need to go out and find that one so I can have all the back story. I just don't trust that something from the comics won't pop up that would help me out if I knew about it, so ... I'm a completist, if nothing else. Ugh, it's so close and yet so far for the movie. SO CLOSE and yet so far!

Lately I've wondered if I'm not developing early onset Alzheimer's or something. Over the course of the Escapade trip, I lost my complete itinerary, my room card key, my camera, and between security and the gate, I lost my boarding pass. None of these things have ever happened to me before. Ever. I'm way too anal retentive to lose that kind of important shit. And Tina says I seemed a little spacey, although I didn't feel like it. Thank god that the housekeepers at the hotel turned my camera in; I had to have it shipped home to me, but at least it was there and intact. I may not have liked the hotel for the con, but I can't fault them for finding the camera and sending it back to me.

Some really grararrry stuff is happening with my teaching situation at the UW, but I'll save that for another time since, you know, grraarrr. I need to get back to working on my Club Vivid vid and that kind of mindset won't help me.
gwyn: (bond&vesper perceptible)
I've barely tapped the Clint/Coulson pairing, but a lot of what I have read has been pretty good. I have a kind of "talk to me" kink, so this story was pretty much a no brainer for someone like me.

Talk to Me (11738 words) by laceymcbain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Marvel Avengers Movies Universe, Thor (2011), Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, Marvel (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, Clint Barton & Phil Coulson
Characters: Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanov, Jasper Sitwell, Original Characters, Nick Fury, Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Slow Build, Romance, Workplace Relationship, Humor, Angst and Humor, Injury, Hurt/Comfort, Developing Relationship, Slash, First Kiss, Marriage Proposal, First Meetings, Pre-Canon, Post-Canon, Fix-It, Backstory, Panic Attack, Relationship Negotiation, Archery, Dating, Action/Adventure

The first words Clint ever remembers Coulson saying to him are "talk to me."

Any story that features Peggy Carter, M, and Eve Moneypenny is automatically awesome, but this is also just a really good story.

Protégé (2012 words) by girl_wonder
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: James Bond (Movies), Skyfall (2012), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: M (James Bond), Eve Moneypenny, Moneypenny (James Bond), Peggy Carter
Additional Tags: Bechdel Test Pass

M passes on what she's learned.

gwyn: (soar infinitemonkeys)
This artist has done some amazing work, but this one of Thor and Loki is my favorite. I've reblogged their art in my Tumblr but that was before knowing the artist doesn't want that, so I want to respect their wishes and not repost it here -- this is just a link. It's a beautiful piece of Thor holding Loki, with his head on Loki's shoulder, and Loki's back is to the viewer, his head hung down. It's beautifully melancholy and could be read as either slash or as brotherly love, however you wish to view it. It's really gorgeous.
gwyn: (hearts wizzicons)
This was definitely the most active fan fiction year I've had in a very long time. A lot of people know that when my twin sister died some years ago, my creativity sort of died as well -- I've participated in Yuletide and made vids, but it's been a serious struggle to write. Downright agonizing. But I've plugged along, writing something outside of Yuletide for the first time last year when I wrote a little Loki & Pepper Avengers story.

And it was the same kind of year, going along, making vids, until July happened. I didn't expect it, but man did I fall hard for Pacific Rim. I was just obsessed, still am, and it's been weird, because I don't know anyone else in the fandom with my pairing interest that I can spend time around talking about it, or anyone who's at the obsesso level I still am at. I'm the kind of person who really needs to squee with people. Still, I have a third part of a story kind-of series coming up, and more vids I want to make, and I guess you could say Pacific Rim changed my life, because suddenly, for the first time since my sister died, I felt like I could create, I felt the overwhelming DESIRE to create, particularly in writing. I can't tell you how monumental that feeling has been, and I wish I could share it with people.

Yuletide reveal and year in review for fic and vids )
And I guess that's it? Not too bad for someone who's had such a hard time creating.
gwyn: (vids)
Here's my Club Vivid premiere vid. Unfortunately, my hard drive is toast, so the only copy I had of it has one clip that is the wrong size, but fortunately, it's short, so I'm hoping most people won't notice it. Grrr. This drive was such a workhorse, and I'm just so surprised that it's gone belly up. My vidding life is on it, though. If I can't recover some data, I've lost...well, I just can't think about it, because it will make me want to kill myself.

How You Like Me Now
Artist: The Heavy
Fandom: Iron Man/Avengers
Summary: Tony Stark is the little black dress of the Avengersverse.


Streaming here
gwyn: (peter g-man)
So I made this Avengers teamy vid for Escapade:

Worth Fighting For
Artist: Santigold (Disparate Youth)
Fandom: Avengers-verse
If we go, we go together.

You can download it there at my site, and it's streaming here:

Lyrics and notes under the cut )
gwyn: (painscary  impetus_icons)
I finally set up an account at YouTube for my vids. There's not much there right now, just the first few I've put up including my Festivid for Miracles. I'm kind of nervous about it because of all the takedowns I've seen people go through, but I'm going to just do whatever other people have done if I get one and go from there. I'm trying to tag things in an unobtrusive way, too, so that I won't have too much attention to them. Boy, they look a lot better than on Viddler, that's for sure, but whoa are they dark. I still make vids with an eye toward the TV screen, so I really have to reframe that because these days, no one cares about viewing vids on a TV/DVD sitch, and that really affects how things look, I think. And I still, even after asking and getting some input, can't find a way to make decent web copies that aren't a hundred megabytes. I just seem completely unable to do it.

ETA: The fuckers at Universal are already creating a limit on one of the vids I uploaded. Can anyone point me to language I can use to dispute it? I need something I can paste into the little box that says I have a right to fair use...

Obvy after Escapade I'll have a new vid for the channel, though. I haven't even figured out how to pack yet. I want to try to pack light this time as practice for traveling to Boston/England/Wales in May, but packing light has never been my strong suit. It's too complicated!

I haven't been able to start on the story that was writing itself in my mind the other night. Haven't been able to do more than lay in a few clips for my Club Vivid vid. But at least I found a fantastic freaking song for a vid to take to Vidukon, for the series Awake. It's so perfect I could die.

I read a wonderful, wonderful story the other night. Though it's a Steve Rogers/Phil Coulson story, it's also a love letter to fandom and being a fan, and what it's like to be the object of fan adoration and to be a fan and meet the object of your affections, what it's like to be friends with them. I just...seriously, people who know me know how vanishingly rare it is for me to come over all flaily about a story, because I'm usually so stuck on the minor issues and spelling mistakes and things like that that I can never fully rec things. But this was easy for me to handwave any issues -- it's just lovely, and swoony, and you should go read it right now, I don't care if you don't want that pairing. It's got friendship with everyone as well, and it's just lovely.

Ask Galatea (7251 words) by thingswithwings
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phil Coulson/Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner & Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers & Thor, Nick Fury & Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Thor (Marvel), Nick Fury
Additional Tags: Fannishness, Fans, Soldiers, Patriotism, Service, Service Submission, Steve Feels

The trading cards and the costume redesign are Steve's first clues, but he doesn't recognize them at the time; he's too new to the world, too angry at it, too busy fighting a war.

I had a rough weekend emotionally. One of the last things to do with my dad's estate left me really sad and shaky on Friday (honestly, why are people so shitty to someone when they know they've lost their entire family and have nothing and no one left, someone who was deferent and polite to them? What makes a person behave like that?), and then being around mean people on Saturday was just kind of the icing on the shit cake. But at least I got to spend many hours with Buffy, my previous foster dog and the happiest dog on the planet. She is doing so well! All her fur has grown back on the nakey spots she had while she was here, and she hasn't lost any of her joie de vivre. And of course she was loving being loved all night.

Keeping fingers and toes crossed for full sunshine at Escapade. I really need it.
gwyn: (troy abed hug)
I had a sudden desire for some fic last night for a...pairing that's not...common, I think, and I searched on AO3, like ya do, and only six things came up and they were all either not really about that pairing or the pairing was one of about a hundred pairings and the fic was all tagged with these annoying Tumblr style tags that made me want to run in the other direction. There were two things I read, and they were not really about that at all. Whispers: is there any, um, Thor/Coulson fic out there in the universe? ::hangs head in shame:: Please don't judge me.

I also had this story start unspooling in my brain that was...uh, Coulson/Steve, and Coulson/Clint, and it was going pretty well in my mind as I fell asleep and I'm trying to decide if I should start writing it and see where it goes. Who the fuck AM I anymore? I don't know. I don't even know.

I'm also finally -- FINALLY! -- starting in on the Coulson/Clint fic that I asked for recs for an eon ago. And I've discovered a whole new squick I didn't know I had! Thank you, fandom, for helping me to find out how many things make me curl into a helpless ball of whimpering misery, even when something's really well written.

I do not have Panda Bear anymore. I had to give her back to the person who was caring for her when she had her pups. To say I feel like a failure is putting it mildly. But I could never stop her whining, no matter what I did, and she kept trying to run away (successfully on a few occasions), and wouldn't stop chasing Blues, and had gotten really bad. I took her to the dog park many times, and realized that she needed to be around other dogs. She would growl at people who tried to pet her -- or, well, anyone, really -- on our walks, which is tough because everyone wants to pet her since she's so effing cute, and the previous foster mentioned how she was a) silent, b) sweet, c) uninterested in cats, and d) completely obedient, the only difference being she has other dogs and I don't, and we realized she had to be in an environment where she wasn't the only dog. At the dog park, she was sweet, friendly, happy, and silent. She would make an amazing agility dog, though, I realized as well.

Cesar always says on Dog Whisperer that dog parks are not for exercise, but he has clearly never been to the dog parks here. They are so different in California, but here the dogs can run and run and explore to their heart's content. We did two miles at least at Marymoore Saturday, after she'd spent the day with one of her puppies, and she ran and ran and ran, to the point I almost lost her in the parking lot when she attached herself to a pack who were leaving. But it was amazing to watch her go. I hope whoever gets her recognizes that in her. And now I realize I missed the Westminster dog show...crap. This is the first time in years I've missed it!
gwyn: (OMG OH NOES)
Three excellent questions. Yuletide nominations are on and I haven't had any time at all to even think about them let alone go through my stuff and figure out what I want to do/get. Gah. I hate being this busy.

I went and spent a boatload of money getting the other Avengers lead-up movies in anticipation of the street date tomorrow for the dvd, on iTunes so that I could use the method of vidding that [personal profile] killabeez discovered through a program called Tune4mac that removes DRM crap. One thing I hadn't considered but that is giving me heartbreak is that I can't convert the deleted scenes. Not only does the iTunes versions of the films not seem to have more than two deleted scenes per movie, (like, does the Iron Man 2 dvd include the alternate opening, where Tony's ralphing in the suit and Pepper kisses his helmet and throws it out the plane door? Because that was my favorite scene in the trailiers and then I went to the movie and spent the whole fucking time going, "Where is that scene? It's my favorite scene!" and now the version I bought on iTunes doesn't fucking have it) but the Tune4mac program only converts the movie, not any of the supplemental materials. (Also, apparently the Marvel One-Shots are not on the iTunes dvds. Bastards.)

So, being tech-incompetent, I opted for this method because I was daunted by buying all the movies on Blu-Ray and also having to buy a BR drive, another terrabyte drive for storage, and everything else. But if I can't get the deleted scenes for the Thor Lord King Bad Vid I want to make, I lose something really important to what I want to do.

(I guess I could also ask: Does anyone actually already have the deleted scene between Thor and Loki before the coronation, in HD, in a viddable format and could hook a vidding sister up?)

WHY is vidding so difficult? WHY do I do this freaking frustrating hobby? ::Bangs head against desk.::
gwyn: (bond&vesper perceptible)
I actually wrote fic. And it's Loki and Pepper Potts friendship gen. No really. I'm just as surprised as anyone else. Seriously, it's like I don't even know who I am anymore.

I can't vouch for its quality because as most of you know, I have had a really hard time writing since sis_r died, and I always feel like I'm so rusty and haphazard.


Who Only Stand and Wait (4483 words) by favicongwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Loki, Pepper Potts, Tony Stark

Loki and Pepper hang out, keeping vigil while the Avengers fight evil.

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