gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I was completely shocked yesterday when I got a notification that there was a treat for me in Yuletide Madness. Since I hadn't signed up, I never expected anything like that, and I didn't even think you could do that! Like, I don't know if it's legal, but I don't care, someone wrote me a lovely sweet interlude between Mack and Jonas from The Unit. What kindness!

the hour before dawn (266 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Unit
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jonas Blane/Mack Gerhardt
Characters: Mack Gerhardt, Jonas Blane
Additional Tags: Mornings, Trust, Fluff, Voice Kink

Even half asleep, Mack can hear everything he needs to know from the sound of Jonas' voice.

And my darling [profile] devilpiglet posted the third of her Steve/Bucky series right before the tidal wave of Yuletide broke, and even if it wasn't a gift it FEELS like a gift, the best Christmas gift we could get because it's gorgeous and emotional and funny and tender and the writing is exquisite, which is like my favorite stuff all rolled into one, and you should go read and leave her glowing feedback because she is magnificent.

The Mercy Seat (5343 words) by DevilPiglet
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov, Original Dog Character(s), Maria Hill, Nick Fury
Additional Tags: Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Psychological Trauma, Past Torture, Mind Control Aftermath & Recovery, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Series: Part 3 of A Nightingale Sang

“If you come for Bucky,” Steve says, “I walk.”

Fury’s voice is very, very soft when he replies. “Watch yourself, Captain.”

“Keep the shield. Keep the costume, give it to the next guy you run up the flagpole. Bucky and I will disappear, find a beach on the other side of the globe and live out our days in peace.” There’s bitterness, there at the end.

gwyn: (bumble _hellsbelles)
So, I had a…very productive year. Like, after years of being unable to do more than fic challenges, I wrote a shit-ton of fic, starting with last year after I went nuts for Pacific Rim, and then I thought, well, that'll die down, but nope. April came and Captain America: The Winter Soldier turned out to be the movie of my heart and then all bets were off. I'll do a vids in review post later. (Though I'm not going to put individual word counts on these things, I did total them all up at the end.) I also wrote a shit-ton of meta, but I'm not including that in the word count.

I'm going to steal the year in review meme from [personal profile] belmanoir, and I'll put that behind a cut to spare you, because I'm nice like that.

I can't remember how this started (but I can tell you exactly how it ends)
The Winter Soldier gets trapped in a time-loop story. This is hands down the most successful story I've ever written, in terms of hits/bookmarks/kudos. I'm sure by most people's standards it's not much, but for me, it is. Weirdly, my favorite part in it might be the scene where Bucky captures Sam. But I liked the whole thing.

Color Theory
This was the 2014 version/follow-up of Every Picture Tells a Story, where this time it's a post-Winter Soldier recovering Bucky who's pining for Steve. I've always wanted to work synesthesia into a story, since I'm a synesthete, but never had the chance where it fit organically, and this did. This story is weirdly close to my heart, but not necessarily for that reason.

Every Picture Tells a Story
I'd been talking to storiesfortravellers in one of those memes, about the question she'd asked, if I could rewrite or do a sequel to someone else's fic, what would it be, and I said I'd never had that deisre, but then I remembered her little fic about skinny Steve buying pornographic pictures of guys who looked like Bucky, and how much I wanted to know what happened when Bucky found out. So this is that fic. She graciously encouraged me to write it, and I really love how it turned out, even though I didn't expect angst.

Dark Approach
It doesn't look like I wrote that much on the surface, because of this thing, my behemoth project that took me all spring and summer to write. Whenever I get into a fandom hard-core, I seem to feel the need to write a novel. I don't even know.

There Must Be a Joke in Here Somewhere
Baby's first crossover, with Wendy and the Middleman from The Middleman meeting Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers. I have headcanon that MM would totally fangirl Steve, and I really loved thinking of Wendy and Bucky bonding in a back alley while drinking and admiring each other. I'm sad that a lot of people will never read this because they think they need to know The Middleman series, just because I had so damn much fun writing it and I want to share that fun with the world. Though the people who don't know the series but gave it a try did seem to like it!

Would It Be Weird If I Showed Up on His Doorstep?
This was just silly Tumblr fic, about what might have happened if Sam hadn't stopped Steve with the "It's your bed, right?" comment.

The Fire Ships
I wrote this originally as a prologue for Dark Approach, but the hatred for prologues in my writer's group left me feeling like I should do something else with it. Then I just said fuck it and finally posted, before I finished the fourth chapter of Dark Approach, which references The Fire Ships many times. I also tried to talk myself out of writing in the second person, but that ended up being what I needed for the story, and I like how it turned out.

Sam/Steve and Clint/Natasha fluff generated by a comment from [personal profile] aerye, about Natasha finally getting Steve to ask Sam on a double date, and Clint spends the whole time rolling his eyes at everything. Man, I love writing Clint and I need to do more of it.

C'est la Guerre
A YT treat I wrote for storiesfortravellers, for the TV series The Unit, with a character who only appeared in one episode. I seem to do that a lot. I really loved writing Mack Gerhardt's point of view.

The Hot Dad Mix Tape
The other The Unit story from Mack's POV that I wrote for Yuletide. I had a lot of fun with this, and creating the teenage girl original character Mack is kind of charmed by.

year in review meme )

Total word count (not including Yuletide):

sparkle text from [profile] simcatsubame
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: (keith mars infinitemonkeys)
Gah, every time I vow to post more often, I fall behind. LIfe's been kicking my ass in a bad way lately, though there have been a few light moments in there, like last Friday when a bunch of us went out to dinner at a fantastic sushi place and had the most amazing meal. Good company, great food, what more could you ask for?

But now I've got a huge book that's looming over me and I really want to just write and vid. Converting my vid files for my Festivid is taking forfuckingever. For a show that didn't last long, there are entirely too many episodes. I had no idea. I used to always post a story on my birthday, and I would really like to finish what would be the third in a Hot Dads sort-of series, but I'm not sure if I'll have enough time to work on it and have it read over.

I've also been really battling the depression that settles on me this month, the whole dealing with my birthday without my sister, and now there's December and my dad's death, and everything feels very lonely. I went to see Gravity last week, and wow, I really found myself wrapped up in Ryan's pain and isolation. The way she remembered the details of her daughter's death. I don't know that I got out of the movie what other people got out of it, because I was really focused on that specific part, but I respected it a lot and I'm so glad I saw it in 3D. It truly was stunning.

I'm going to try to see Thor 2 on Thursday, even though I shouldn't since I'm already behind on this book. But I feel like I'm the last person in America to see it (at least, among people who count Thor and Loki as fandom objects of affection).

I've been watching a lot of TV. I have thoughts on many things, but I wanted to specifically mention Sleepy Hollow )

But as for Almost Human )

I guess this is the hard part of finding yourself in a movie fandom like Pacific Rim, especially where your pairing is the smallest one out there. I keep checking for new fic, but there has been nothing for Team Hot Dads that isn't also an AU, has multiple other pairings, or is a crossover with something else. I'd hoped there might be more after the DVD came out, but so far, no, and I haven't really seen a lot of vids, either. This is where movie fandom sucks -- when you only have one film to work with, and you aren't in the dominant pairing, and you don't have any friends to squee with. I never could have foreseen that PR would make me so crazed, but it has, but man does it feel lonely.
gwyn: (born to run)
I'm sorry I'm so late with this letter. But here's the thing about me: it's all good. No, really. I've only been doing Festivids for a couple years, and in both those years I got wonderful vids that made me really happy, because someone made them for me me me, and it was fabulous. The fact that we share some fandoms and love vids is the very bestest thing ever, right there.

I am mostly pretty easy, as well, in terms of music. There's very little I don't like -- there are specific artists I don't like, but the only music genre I don't enjoy is modern jazz. Other than that you're good to go. Country your thing? That's cool! Hair metal your bag? I can be convinced! (I can also be very O.o about show tunes used in vids, but sometimes those work, too.) Whatever you think works well for the subject, that's what you should make.

I don't have a ton of stuff to add to my details for my requests, but here's what I can tell you:

Big Trouble in Little China, Case Histories, Charlie Jade, Eyes of Laura Mars, Happy Endings, MDs, The Unit )
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Thank you so much for volunteering to write a story for me! Me me me!! I don't have a lot of stuff to add to my optional notes for the fandoms I requested, but I can give you more background about my general likes and dislikes if that will help you write.

I'm a huge fan of stories that have shape and themes -- but I'm also happy when it's an interior monologue or a couple of people sitting around talking, because those things can also lead to character insight and change. Characters figuring themselves out, finding out something new, learning about themselves or another person, are always my favorite kinds. All the fandoms I've chosen have characters that I care deeply about, so if you're writing them, we have something in common! Other common tropes I love include competency porn (man do I have a competency kink), hurt/comfort, especially when it's derived from a situation where someone has to get hurt in order to maintain a cover, idylls or R&R type holidays, and road trips. God I love road trips.

I'm equally at home with angst, suffering, fluff, PWP, happy endings, first times, romance or friendship, slash or gen, you name it. I'm not one of those people who only wants happiness for Yuletide -- whatever floats your boat, I'm in. There are a couple things, though, that I don't deal well with: any kind of animal suffering, misogyny or portraying female characters as bad just because they're female, and sexual kink (bdsm, torture, that sort of stuff). I'm also really, really not keen on AUs -- the classic what-if kind of AU is often OK, but if the characters are suddenly in Regency England or they're garden gnomes or socks, or werewolves...well, that's definitely not my cup of tea. Otherwise, I say, go to town!

My fandoms:

Luther )

Ripper Street )

RocknRolla )

Now and Again )

The Unit )

Most of all, I hope you have a lot of fun writing the story, because hey, we like the same things and the same characters! That's awesome!
gwyn: (don and coop raeyashi)
Last Friday, [ profile] feochadn told me that the names of my two currently running fave bad shows are both names of gay porn mags. Or maybe just regular porn for guys obsessed with size. I didn't ask. I should feel ashamed. Numb3rs has become increasingly lame and formulaic, lacking even the really striking visual scenarios of first season, but I don't care because they give me the huge family love and terse Don angst that I crave, so I suffer the dumbassness for the hit of the good.

Also on CBS, which seems to specialize in the lamest of lame shows with lame dialog and cardboard casts and lame acting, I now have The Unit, which sucks like a wormhole inside a black hole and by gum, I love it. It has Dennis Haysbert, whom most folks think of as President Palmer on 24 (or hell, the Allstate guy), but who will always be the mercurial, whimsical, satanic, brilliant, arrogant, and sexy Dr. Theo Morris from Now and Again (with Eric Close, and let me tell you, that show made my eyeballs very happy indeed). It has Robert Patrick, my little T-1000, who's been in everything, it seems, but who recently knocked my socks off with his performance in Walk the Line, and he goes around yelling macho things and giving us arm porn every single week (man is in *good* shape). But most of all it has Max Martini, my new obsession, best known to Numb3rs fans as Special Agent Smokin' HottieBilly Cooper.

Even if you're busy with whatever the hell else is on Tuesdays at 9, (Wah! Scrubs! I miss you), you should find a way to watch this show just for the quien es mas machoness of each week. It is so lame and pathetic and I love it so. I'm ashamed. But I'm not. If people aren't ashamed of SGA or House or whatever, then I'm not going to be ashamed of The Unit! Or, well, maybe just a little bit. Because of the b-plots and the wives, who are all heinous.

But the next best thing to being there is [ profile] mspooh's screencap reviews. She has the same love hate I do. This week's is, as usual, stellar. If you don't know the guys, she calls Bob, lead newbie guy (Scott Foley), Noel because that's who he played on Felicity; Haysbert (Jonas, team leader) the Prez from 24, and Patrick she calls Col. ArmPorn, because he is. And Max is always HotGuy, because, well, he is what he is, too. We share a mutual appreciation for HotGuy. The two guys who seem to be in and out of the series and who have names but I can't remember them are Thing 1 and Thing 2. Even if you never plan to watch it, the reviews are hilarious and you should read them. Pretty much gives you a good idea of the show and its lameness, but you still get eye candy. The only thing missing is HotGuy's voice, which is low and sexy and primal, and the Prez's stentorian, sexy rumble. Sometimes it's fun to listen to Col. ArmPorn bellow at the dumbass wives.

At some point I need to hunker down and make a Unit icon (of HotGuy, why do you ask?), but in the meantime it feeds my Max obsession in a way those awful Lifetime movies and multiple viewings of "Man Hunt" from Numb3rs cannot.

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