Movie links

Oct. 9th, 2017 05:02 pm
gwyn: (sam wilson falcon)
Of course, if I were a more functional person, I would have had these links up before Yuletide signups closed, so people could see The Adjustment Bureau and maybe add it to their requests or offers. As it is, I didn't get this done till too late, but I have two files on my Dropbox that I can share with anyone who might be interested in this movie, especially Anthony Mackie's charming performance as a sort-of angel who keeps tabs on Matt Damon and wears sweater vests and hats and trench coats.

I hope these work, because Dropbox is totally nonfunctional for me right now, probably because it's punishing me for having an old OS. I wish the file size of the movie was smaller, but I was running into serious quality issues the more I tried to compress, so it's kind of huge (1.63 gigs), but you can right click and DL it from my Dropbox at this link for the full Adjustment Bureau movie and if you'd like to see the deleted scenes, two of which feature Daniel Dae Kim in a role that was completely cut out and which I wish they'd kept in (it sure would have made the movie a little less white), you can grab that file here. (And please let me know if Dropbox doesn't work and I'll try to find a way to get the files up somewhere else.)

Even if it's too late for signups, who knows, maybe a pinch hit will come up, or there's always treats. :-D
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I'm super happy you are writing for me!

I'm open to angst, romance, humor, 'ships (slash or het), gen, character studies, long plotty stuff (I love plotty stuff), fluff, or drama. I love first times and falling in love, friendships, relationships between people who are equals. Friends to lovers might be my ultimate trope, and found families is right up there too.

What I don't like: BDSM/anything particularly kink-oriented, non-con in any way, emotional abuse, animal harm, ABO and that sort of thing. I've battled grief and depression for a while and dealt with cancer this year, so something that might make me more depressed or fic about illnesses or death would not be enjoyable, but if that's the direction your story goes, I'm also not the kind of person who'd freak out about it.

What I love about my fandoms is the canon universe they inhabit, but what-if AUs (canon-divergence) can be really cool--I love it when someone comes up with a story off of one tiny element being changed! Under my Yuletide tag here, you can find some of my past DYA letters if you'd like to know more.

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy (most of which I stole from Dorinda): right now, I really love hopeful endings, words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, found or chosen families, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. Don't be afraid of the classics: Having to Share a Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc. And if you can write time travel of some sort, I'll probably fall in love with you.

Gifted )

The Adjustment Bureau )

Political Animals )

ETA: I removed The Good Place from my requests. It seems like it's the juggernaut fandom this year, so I imagine there will be lots of good fic, and since I royally forked up and didn't nominate Mindy St. Claire, I wouldn't have a guarantee of the character I most want to see. Who knows, maybe I'll write some Mindy fic of my own...

Signing on

Oct. 1st, 2017 01:27 pm
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Usually when there've been fannish aid auctions, I've been too busy with crazy deadlines to consider putting my hat in the ring, and only been able to participate by bidding on people (never won). But even though I do have some work now, and am still recovering slowly, I felt like I could participate in a new auction that hans bekhart started for Puerto Rico, [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico. There are more fans offering all kinds of works every time I check it, so if you have something to offer to help raise money for aid to Puerto Rico, take a look and consider signing up, or if you are interested in bidding, check out the ever-growing list of participants. (It's definitely heavy on the Stucky fans, so if you have some other fandoms or 'ships that you can offer, that would be cool!) Signups close October 15, and bidding will run on October 21. My offer is here.

Also, it's that time of year to sign up for Yuletide. I'm a mess about what to do--last year, I wrote in a really popular fandom, but my story just got savaged in some places I was reading around in and had some bad juju elsewhere, the whole experience was kind of bad, and I still am on the fence about whether to de-anonymize my fic. It left a really awful taste in my mouth, just generally, so I feel like I want to be super, super cautious about what I offer, plus I just have no idea what to ask for. The Adjustment Bureau, which I posted about the other day, is microscopic and dead, but you know, I would love that most of all; I could ask for more popular fandoms like The Good Place, but I also kind of feel like those fandoms won't be hurting for requests or offers. Plus I just now feel like there are things I cannot do justice to, that whatever I do will be…lacking.

I'm waiting for beta feedback about the next chapter of Celluloid Hero, and it was really really hard to get that thing out--it's not that I don't have all the thoughts rolling around in my head, but getting words out has been really difficult since I got home from the hospital. I kept telling myself every day "I'm going to write," but then every day I just kept looking at tumblr or watching TV, and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. My focus is limited, my mind's kind of all over the place…and now I have work, which is a very annoyingly badly written memoir, so that's adding to the malaise. But I want to sign up for Yuletide, and I have to find a way to make my brain work and make the words come out.

I feel like I've kind of hit a plateau--the incisions don't seem to be getting much better, despite trying to increase my intake of things like vitamin C, which is supposed to help wound healing, and make myself eat more good food. I did get out last week to a restaurant, which was the first time I'd been out since before surgery, and that felt like a big step. Yesterday I drove up to Shoreline and I was at a bash for four hours, plus the long drive, and that was most definitely a big deal. But I still feel like things just aren't getting better--objectively I know I'm better, but the incision that's a big seeping hole is still a big seeping hole, and the others just aren't closing completely, enough to take the damn steri-strips off, and my skin still hurts and I'm so exhausted after my walks. I don't need the cane when I start out, but even just four or five blocks and I lean on that thing so hard by the time I'm almost home. Sleep is just so difficult now that I'm off the dilaudid, nothing much seems to help. I know I am better, but it just feels, a month on, that I'm nowhere near normal, that that's hundreds of miles away.
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Last day! [personal profile] reginagiraffe asked: What your favorite hors d'oeuvre to make and/or eat?

So, I've mentioned I'm a terrible cook, but I am a very good eater--basically, I hate onions, but everything else is mostly fair game, within reason, and I LOVE me some finger foods. And one of the few things I can make well is hors d'oeuvres, as long as they're not terrifically complicated. I don't do it much anymore, though.

Once in a while, however, I make this really amazing artichoke spread with a nice little kick of hot pepper sauce that's way, way better than the usual kind of stuff you'll find at a store, though I'm sure that at least two of my arteries are closed now because low-fat it is not. But what I'm really good at is deviled eggs--standard, basic deviled eggs just will not do for me when I'm making them, they have to be interesting and there must be lots of different flavor combinations on the vintage midcentury modern deviled egg plates I've collected. One of my favorites is one I had amateur!chef!Bucky make for Steve in my fic Dream of Caramel: an applewood smoked bacon and brown sugar (or maple sugar, it works just as well) one that is just…to die for. I also really like a dill and capers one I've tried, and last year I made one with a pulled pork topping for the deviled egg mix that had a bit of smokey barbecue sauce in it. I love using different flavored salts in them, or things like smoked paprika or five-spice, and really there's no end to the kinds of stuff you mix up with egg yolks, plus it's really simple and largely idiot proof. It's also fun to bring to gatherings because people always give you this look like "how nice" and you know they think blah, deviled eggs, but then they eat one and they're all "what is in this OMG."

___

So Yuletide reveals were today but I am not posting about mine, because I just don't have the spoons for more shittery about it, at least not for now. I might at some point put it on my page with my name attached, or might orphan it completely, I don't know, but in the meantime I don't have to think about it.

I did have fun tonight, though, reading [personal profile] minim_calibre's amazing and often hilarious posts about writing two of my three Yuletide gifts (she was the author of the astounding 32k What's Your Number? fic I got, as well as the incredible pun-filled, brilliant Android Rock Paper Scissors commercial fic). It's hilarious because she had to be so super sekrit the whole time--we were texting constantly during the Yuletide process, doing write-ins together, discussing source material, and I was at her house on Boxing Day waxing rhapsodic over the stories while sitting right next to her. I had a sneaking suspicion she'd written my main story, but I didn't guess the Android treat--I wondered, a couple time, because I honestly don't know that many people who could make such deep-level puns about paper and paper-making history or name that many types of scissors, but I thought, no, what would be the odds? Pretty good, apparently! because she wrote both. But she was very good at being stealthy and sekrit and keeping me at arm's length for all these months.
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
For the second Yuletide in a row (I skipped last year, but this happened in 2014), I am the lucky recipient of three, count 'em THREE stories. I have no idea what the hell I ever did to deserve this bounty, but I am thrilled--and one of them is 32K, and I'm only partway through because I'm the slowest fucking reader in the world--work hazard, I have to be--and did I mention it's a glorious 32K? That's just…so freaking amazing I can't believe it. I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M SO LUCKY.

The Android story is just…OMG. Full of delicious puns and paper geekery and just…it's utter genius. GENIUS.

And someone took my love of Colin Shea from What's Your Number? and TJ Hammond from Political Animals and gave them a sex history together! I made a mention in my 2014 letter that I thought Colin could maybe switch teams for TJ and so this is aces.

I am sinking into and letting the 32K What's Your Number? fic unfold for me and I am really resenting like hell the fact that I have to work--I got two projects in this past week and could there be worse timing? I don't think so, because all I want to do is sink into this.

My story's not exactly going gangbusters, and my recipient still hasn't said anything (I guess I'm not surprised, all things considered). So I have the flop sweat, but whatever, I enjoyed thinking about it and talking about it with a couple people so that's what matters most, I guess.

Anyways. Look at my bounty, look:

You're Gonna See, It's Our Destiny (1534 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Android "Rock Paper Scissors" Commercial
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rock (character), Paper (character), Scissors (character)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Bullying, Friends to the Rescue
Summary:

"You know in some way you're a lot like me/You're just a prisoner and you're tryin' to break free"



You Might Think I'm Crazy (32363 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: What's Your Number? (2011)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ally Darling/Colin Shea
Characters: Ally Darling, Colin Shea, Daisy Darling, Ava Darling
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Family Dynamics, Love, Bad Relationship Habits, Canon-Typical Sexual Content, Romance, Holidays, Canonical Terms For Genitalia, Actually Ever After
Summary:

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Any way you want it/That's the way you need it"
- Journey



full of light and sunshine (according to twitter) (1134 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: What's Your Number? (2011), Political Animals
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ally Darling/Colin Shea
Characters: Thomas "T. J." Hammond, Colin Shea, Ally Darling
Additional Tags: Past Relationship(s), Yuletide Treat
Summary:

"You had sex with the son of the first female President of the United States?"

"See?" said Colin. "If you'd just checked my Twitter, you'd know about these sorts of things."

gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I'm super happy you are writing for me! Yay, we have fandoms in common and you love the same people I do -- this is wonderful, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with about these characters and fandoms we share a mutual love for. I may be adjusting this until signups are closed, but for now, this will suffice.

I used my Optional Details in the signup to provide more specific info on the individual fandoms or possible prompts, so I haven't added a lot of specifics here in this letter, just general thoughts about the fandoms I requested. I'm not always the best at providing prompts, but if you'd like more ideas than what's in the signup form, you can have the mods ping me and I'll do my best!

General stuff about me: I'm open to angst and romance and humor and slash and het and gen, character studies or long plotty stuff (I love plotty stuff), fluff or drama. I'd generally prefer not to have anything really grimdark, though, but if that's where your story goes, I'm not the kind of person who'd freak out about it. But I've been battling depression for a few years, so stuff that's going to make me more depressed might not be the healthiest thing. I love first times and falling in love, friendships, relationships between people who are equals. Friends to lovers might be my ultimate trope. Banter, sass, and having fun is always catnip to me.

Stuff I don't like includes BDSM/anything particularly kink-oriented (I don't mind mild, characters-flirting-with-some-kinks stuff, but if it's more than lightweight I might not be your best audience), non-con in any way, emotional abuse, any sort of animal harm, or deliberate cruelty. I'm not fond of AUs such as coffeeshops or sports or ABO, any of that sort of thing--what I tend to love about my fandoms is the canon universe they inhabit, that's what made me fall in love with them in the first place. What-if AUs (canon-divergence) can be really cool, though--I love it when someone comes up with a story off of one tiny element being changed! Obviously, I tend to hew pretty closely toward canon, is what I'm saying. :-D

Two of my requests involve twins, and I'm a twin, so I'm kind of sensitive to the way twins are often misrepresented in media--a little homework about twins and what we're really like would go a long way if you end up writing either TJ or Jack with their twins.

In some of my requests, I would love slash if I can get it (and you're comfortable with it), but slash doesn't automatically equal porn. For me it's about the depth of the bond between the characters, the discovery of a new intimacy or a strong connection. With straight relationships, I like seeing behind the expected: not simply love or sex because it's the standard, rather the exploration of what two characters may learn about one another or find in themselves through the relationship. I don't have anything against sex scenes (I love them!), but I prefer if a sex scene has a reason to exist within its story.

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy: right now, I really love hopeful endings, words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, found or chosen families, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. Don't be afraid of the classics if you like 'em! Having to Share a Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc. And if you can write time travel of some sort, I'll probably fall in love with you.

Specific fandoms )
gwyn: (veronica takethat _jems_)
After sort of taking a break from Yuletide (I ended up writing a treat, and someone wrote a treat for me, even though I wasn't signed up) last year I think I'll sign up this year. I was surprised to see that two other people nominated the little commercial fandom I nominated--the Android Rock Paper Scissors ad I fell in love with. I love stories of unlikely friendships and people sticking up for one another and having each other's backs (like, oh rlly, you say, pointing to the ridiculous amount of fanworks about Steve and Bucky), and there's so much potential for stories around these little characters, I think. So I've added it to the pimping post, too, and I confess it's one I hope someone writes for me so I can write something else that I've sort of vaguely got an idea for.

I'm definitely more on the fence about Festivids. I couldn't even get signed up last year and in the end, I was okay with that since taking off the year for all the challenges was a good one. I have a vid I'd like to make for a usually eligible fandom, but I also can just…make it without that, if I can find the external footage I'd like to work with to supplement the canon.

Speaking of challenges: thanks for the sometimes hilarious responses to my post about the Stucky Big Bang. I'm still bitter and angry about the whole thing and the way the mods just basically fucked those of us who aren't BNFs over, and the complete lack of support for making all of our fics more visible. It's been incredibly soul crushing to put that much work in and have no support, but even more just galling to see how much praise is heaped on them over it--but the most amazing thing? They said they're going to do it again. Ah ha ha ha. I can only hope that most of the smart people know better now and will run like the wind once it's announced, or will already be participating in a Stucky Big Bang that is being run on LJ for next year (I was going to link to it, but I can't find it on this computer and LJ utterly sucks at searches). All the credulous people will probably be excited, though.

You know what makes having a story bomb and disappear even worse? Weird or creepy comments, especially when they're almost the only comments you get. Like, are you insulting me, or is this your idea of a compliment, I can't tell. Or did you simply feel you had to share your antipathy toward [thing] because you needed a place to air grievances and I seemed like someone who'd care (hint: I'm not). The downright awful ones you can delete, sometimes, but occasionally you're just flummoxed and left with only a WTF? I know not every comment deserves a response (I'm one of those people who believes in responding to comments, and it's not exactly like it's a hardship), but so often I'm just left feeling deflated and can only sit there going, "thanks for sharing" in a regretful, Leslie Knope sort of voice.

Time to try to pep talk myself into finishing a fic.

ETA: Oh, and I meant to say--I watched the first few episodes of Kristen Bell's new series The Good Place, and I thought it was cute and okay but I was totally blown away by the guy who plays her soulmate, Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper). Like, I immediately was upset that nominations for Yuletide happened so early that I wouldn't be able to nominate it, since it hadn't premiered yet. But it was on the tagset! Someone did somehow manage to nominate it, and now there might actually be fic for Chidi and Tahani Al-Jamil (oh god, I love her) and all the rest of the characters. I am really happy with this. The show is charming and weird and that slightly askew quality that I really enjoy, but seriously, Harper as Chidi is just a thing of beauty and I'm completely in love.
gwyn: (steve rogers fullhouse)
Miss “No Way, It’s All Good” (4965 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: What's Your Number? (2011)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ally Darling/Colin Shea
Characters: Ally Darling, Colin Shea, Daisy Darling
Additional Tags: Self-Esteem Issues, sex discussions, Sexual Experimentation, Sexual History, Ally Has Relationship Doubts but Colin Has None
Summary:

She frowned. “You’re not breaking up with me? Are you sure?”

“Okay, one, the sex is not bad and two, even if it were, I wouldn’t break up with you over it, and three, I love you. What is it you think I meant?”



--

I didn't think it was possible to write in a more microscopic fandom than the Unit, but wow, it was!
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
Summary:

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
Summary:

“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.

Booyah

Dec. 23rd, 2015 10:52 pm
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I was able to post a 5,000 word Yuletide treat for someone today, so that makes five fanworks in as many weeks. Which is a record for me, I usually spend way too much time on things to churn out that much stuff that quickly, fic or vid. And it brings my word count for 2015 almost 40,000 words over last year, and last year boggled my mind with how much I'd written.

I asked [personal profile] belmanoir the other night when it became laughable how many fanworks in a specific fandom you had listed on your AO3 dashboard. Because when I was posting, all I could do was laugh at the 33 listed for Captain America--I mean, my most-fanworked fandom was like 18 before. Admittedly I don't have the numerous Buffy vids posted to AO3 and at least four of the Cap ones are vids, plus the MCU ones contain a bunch of other vids, but still...I just thought that was hilarious and maybe embarrassing? I don't know when it becomes comical to others. But it's comical to me.

I'm glad I was able to write a story for Yuletide, since I hadn't signed up. It felt so odd not doing it, and this way even though I won't get the glee of finding a story for me on Christmas, I get the glee of (I hope) getting a comment from a happy reader.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve (it's still time here), and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and happy Friday to those who don't.
gwyn: (kirk iconziconz)
This year, I'm not doing Yuletide, and it feels really weird. It's the first time in a long long time I haven't signed up or nominated anything.

Partly it's because I have a book due at the end of November, and I know from experience that I won't be able to start on anything, really, until after that, and the pressure I always feel is tremendous--the past few years, the books have been really problematic and took every bit of my attention, plus there's my birthday in there, and other things that sometimes take time away from work. They're guidebooks, so the amount of detail is incredible that I have to pay attention to, and this publisher uses a really time-intensive and strange author querying system. The past few books I've done, the author hasn't been the one updating; they've all been updated by other people and inevitably they're someone who barely knows how to string words together and they never, ever check their facts.

But I think it's also that last year I had the best Yuletide ever, it was just so perfect: I had the chance to write two stories (both for Kings, feeding my SebStan obsession), my main one and one for destina that allowed me to write the story of my heart, which was just a fantastic experience, and then on top of that, I got THREE freaking wonderful stories (my squee post here). All adjacent to my current obsession of Captain America: one Political Animals-Cap crossover, an exquisite Kings story that was kind of my Kings dream come true, and a hilarious Losers-Cap crossover. So I sort of feel like I won the lottery last year, and I might never have that experience again (Yuletide has very, very often been less wonderful on the receiving front than the giving front, but fortunately I was in it for the giving part).

And also, I have this ginormous fucking Cap story I'm trying to finish because I have to devote my energy to the book now, so I need to post it, and then another one in the works, and a bunch more besides (I keep hoping that I am done with this. That I have tapped out my reserves and I can finally be finished with writing fic for this fandom, because it is really a study in feeling worthless and invisible, but no, ideas keep coming, fuck them), and I'd love to post fic on my birthday again, something I used to do every year but that stopped after sis_r died.

I think I will try to pick up a pinch hit (though I've never been able to), or do a treat, once the book's finished, we'll see. And I'm waffling on Festivids--I nominated some fandoms, and I would love to do it, but…then I think, maybe I should take a break for a year, too. I had kind of the same thing last year with vids, where I got my dream assigniment and made a Jack Benjamin vid for destina, and also got two amazing vids as gifts.) I just don't know. We'll see. Challenges are challenging.

Ah, the book has arrived. I'm tired already.
gwyn: (bucky confusedface)
Last post of 2014!

So this year I wrote two Kings stories for Yuletide. The first was my assignment, and the second was one I wrote for Destina as a treat because she was an awesome beta who wrestled my nearly 13,000-word story to the ground for me and made it way better than it had any hope of being otherwise. Also, she ended up on the pinch hit list TWICE and that is shit that should just not happen to anyone.

The only soul I have I stole from you (10663 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings (TV 2009)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd, Jack Benjamin & Michelle Benjamin
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Michelle Benjamin
Additional Tags: Post-Series, Friends to Lovers, piano playing, Reconciliation
Summary:

We take lovers into our souls like we take water into our throats, Jack thought, we drink in their kisses and breathe their breath. We fall in love and we’re unmade. “Have a little faith,” David said.




Strangers to the Fire (5894 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings (TV 2009)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Silas Benjamin
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Friendship/Love, 69 (Sex Position), Fix-It
Summary:

This is what his hands have tried to grasp since he knew what desire was, the prayer his burning mouth has longed to say.

gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Holy shit, y'all. I got three wonderful stories this year, THREE. An assignment, a treat, and a madness story, and they are all wonderful. Please go read my fantabulous presents and leave comments and kudos!

Hell of A Good Universe Next Door (Let's Go) (8094 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Political Animals, Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thomas "T. J." Hammond/Steve Rogers
Characters: Thomas "T. J." Hammond, Margaret Barrish, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Crushes, Crossover Pairings, Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Getting Together, Huddling For Warmth, Hurt/Comfort, Protectiveness, Recovery, Slow Build, Stranded, sassy everyone, you choose your own fate
Summary:

Or how T. J. Hammond went looking for himself - and kept running into Steve Rogers' broad chest along the way.

If this is a love story, it was inadvertent. Also, ridiculously unsuccessful supervillains, dear old dead friends, Secret Service, TJ's grandmother being inappropriate, and a lone match-making deer.



I just…flail. I got a TJ Hammond story!! I never dared hope for one, honestly. And it's not just TJ, either, it's TJ finding himself while also finding a really awesome boyfriend in one Steve Rogers. I can't even. Really, the summary does a great job of conveying what's in it--it's just delightful.

Echo (2920 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings (TV 2009)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Thomasina (Kings)
Summary:

David has faith in his most loyal soldier, even when Jack has no faith left to draw upon.



AND THEN. Then I got a Kings story that is everything I could have hoped for and more. Jack being a soldier, and loving David, far into the future, and finding faith in each other. AUGH MY HEART.

Just My Type (1485 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Losers (2010), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen, Jake Jensen & James "Bucky" Barnes
Characters: Jake Jensen, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Crossover, Fluff and Humor
Summary:

The guy's name is Jake Jensen and he's a motormouth ringer for Steve from another dimension. Hopefully the same one where Loki sent Steve.



Then today I got this delicious treat in Madness. Dimension swap! Jake Jensen in bunny slippers! Bucky and Cougar bonding over how much they love their feisty boys! This is adorable and so much fun.


Seriously, what the hell did I do to deserve all this?
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Holy shit. There are THREE gifts listed in the Yuletide archive for me. I can't freakin' believe it. I don't know what I've done to deserve this largesse, but wow, I am really thrilled. And kind of verklemmt.

So dear authors, if you see this, I want to let you know that I'm heading out to have dinner with friends, and I won't be able to read things until later. I will comment as soon as I can! But know that I already thank you profusely.

And I'm also thrilled that I got to write two stories this year. I wasn't sure I'd be able to sneak another one in, because the assignment story turned out to be a behemoth, but I did, so I am excite!

Cubs, maybe

Dec. 9th, 2014 01:14 pm
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Finished writing my Yuletide story yesterday. So at least not bears, yet, but cubs, I guess…because this thing both sucks and blows, and it's huge, and I need to edit. But today is doing Christmas, so I won't have the time to get going on edits as quickly as I should. (For the first time in years I'm going to get a real live dead tree instead of my swingin' '60s turquoise tinsel tree.)

I wish I could have the time to write something else, but I have a feeling this will pretty much suck up all my time before it goes live. Who knows, though. Plus I'd love to get back to my Steve/Bucky dead-drop story.

But let us not speak of Festivids. I have the song, I have the source ripped, but starting on it is terrifying me. And it's going to be a hard one to make, to try to get the images I have in my mind onto the timeline and finessed.
gwyn: (veronica takethat _jems_)
Over three thousand words of my Yuletide fic today in one sitting--booyah! I kind of can't believe it. I've been struggling with the idea for so long, whether to write the story I wanted to write (which I know would be challenging) or just toss off something simpler to make the word count. I still don't know if this will be any good, but it's feeling more doable. I wish I could make it something a little less people in a white room talking, but we'll see how the editing process goes.

For the first day of the December meme, [profile] daria234 asked: A vid you would like to make or see made for a rare pairing.

Okay, this goes back a ways, but I have always wished I could have made the Lord King Bad Vid I had in mind for Veronica/Weevil on Veronica Mars. I made one Veronica/Weevil vid, but it was short and even then I had a lot of trouble finding enough clips, especially the right kind of clips. It seems, when you're watching the show, that there is an abundance of scenes with the two of them together. But then you start clipping, and you realize how much of them are either talky face or extremely static shots, and Weevil's mostly missing from S3. I don't know if the movie would change things or not. Probably not, judging by what I remember of their limited scenes together.

I enjoyed the ship with Logan in S1, but not the subsequent years, and I always felt a little weird about wishing Veronica and Weevil would get together. Honestly, I always felt like he was the only one who got her besides Wallace, and I didn't want her and Wallace's friendship to turn into something else. So I always secretly wished for it, even though I felt very alone in it (not that there weren't other fans of the pairing, there were, but let's face it, not many of us). And this vid would have been EPIC and so LKBV it would have HURT. Seriously--Patrick Swayze's She's Like the Wind. EPIC I TELL YOU. My inner 12-year-old, which is what a LKBV should be about, would have been so happy. I laugh every fucking time I think about it. I laugh like a drain. I laugh so hard I get tears in my eyes.

But the likelihood of me ever making it is really small. And if anyone sees this who wants to tackle it? I will love you forever and ever and build shrines to you and buy you drinks till you pass out on the floor the next time I see you. Because think of it: Just a fool to believe I have anything she needs. She's out of my league. EPIC FEELS.


There are still some days left in the meme if you want to give me a topic to discuss or a ficlet/5 things prompt to write.
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
I'm super happy you are writing for me! Yay, we have fandoms in common and you love the same people I do -- this is wonderful! Because of that, I'm pretty sure I will be a very happy recipient, just because I will have a gift story in a fandom I love. I'm terrible at giving prompts, I really am, so if you'd really love some actualfax prompts, have the mods ping me and I will do my best!

You might notice a strange similarity to my requests. I have loved all my requested fandoms for a long time, and have even requested them before, but this year I have been so utterly obsessed with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (well, and the first movie, too) that I can't even see anything else, so I've chosen Cap2-adjacent fandoms -- stuff with Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans. SebStan's been ruining my life for years, and now Chris Evans is too. I hate them. I love them. Hate them. Love them. Sister! Daughter! Ahem. Anyway. What this means, dear author, is that for the first time in my life I'm reading crossovery things. So if you want to cross any of these characters over with someone from another adjacent fandom, or someone else, or even write an OC, that's cool, as long as the focus is on the YT character. If you'd like to know what fandoms I'm into, you can see a lot of that in my tags on my journals <LJ handle is gwyn_r), and also in the list of fandoms I've written/vidded on my AO3 account.

General stuff about me: I'm open to angst and romance and humor and slash and het and gen, character studies or long plotty stuff, fluff or darker. This year, I'd kind of prefer not to have anything really grimdark, though, but if that's where your story goes, I'm not the kind of person who'd freak out about it. But I've been battling depression, and so stuff that's going to make me more depressed might not be the healthiest thing. I love first times and falling in love, friendships, relationships between people who are equals. Stuff I don't like includes BDSM/anything particularly kink-oriented, non-con in any way, emotional abuse, any sort of animal harm, kid/baby fic, and all that stuff that's kind of AU-y like wingfic and ABO or other things I try never to know about. I tend to hew pretty closely toward canon. Also, two of my fandoms involve twins this year, and I'm a twin, so I'm kind of sensitive to the way twins are often misrepresented in media--a little homework about twins and what we're really like would go a long way if you end up writing either TJ or Jack with their twins.

I'm going to steal heavily from Dorinda for this part of my likes list:  I love slash if I can get it, but for me slash doesn't automatically equal porn. For me it's about the depth of the bond between the characters, the discovery of a startling and unexpected intimacy. I don't have anything against sex scenes (I love them!), but I prefer if a sex scene has a reason to exist within its story. (And honestly, the same can be said for het for me as well.)

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy: right now, I really love hopeful endings, words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, chosen families, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. Don't be afraid of classic frameworks if you like 'em! I mentioned hurt/comfort, but I also won't turn up my nose at Having to Share a Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc. 


Political Animals )

Kings )

The Losers )
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
Hey, you guys, I got a Ripper Street story for Yuletide! I didn't dare hope that I would get that, so I was very excited. It's one of the rare shows where I love everyone in the cast, so it was hard to name just four characters for my request, but this focuses on the relationship of Jackson, Drake, and Reid (with bonus awesome Susan) while solving a crime in Whitechapel. Go read and leave feedback for my author!

Nostalgia for the Light (6602 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ripper Street
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Edmund Reid, Homer Jackson, Bennet Drake, Susan Hart
Summary:

Inspector Reid, Sergeant Drake and Captain Jackson investigate a case that leaves them more than a bit worse for wear. At least they have each other.



Man, I'll tell you, these days you can only expect to get feedback on anything at Yuletide time, it seems, but I rather hilariously chose to write two stories in a fandom so small that no one but the recipients are going to read these stories. Sigh. I mean, I don't even know anyone in my own fannish life who reads this fandom, so I figured it was going to be pretty much invisible.

But this is the first time in YEARS I've been able to just fuck around all day Christmas eve and day and do nothing. I mean, I know I need to do my Festivid, but outside of that I don't have a single thing weighing on me as I have for so long, no deadlines to meet beyond that, and it is just glorious. Yesterday and today there was sun in Seattle, which never happens here at this holiday, and I strolled up to Starbucks listening to my Christmas playlist, and just enjoyed not having to do anything and not having anyone dying. Today I've just read most of the day. Soon I will start drinking (which I did last night as well) the alcoholic beverages and reading more fanfic. And there's so much good stuff so far!!!

Starting in January, I'm going to steal [personal profile] raveninthewind's 31 flavors rec meme, and make a rec a day for the month in something different every day. So I'm saving up some Yuletide recs for that, but I've found some lovely stuff so far.

I am behind on memeage.

Today's question: [personal profile] quarter_to_five said: talk about The Middleman.

I haven't got to the Ms yet on my Yuletide wanderings, so I haven't read this year's crop of Middleman stories, but I can't wait. People seem to always bring their A game to this fandom, I don't know why.

There is so much to love about this show: its balls to the wall weirdness, the clever banter and pop cultural references, the hilariously low production values that somehow seem to transcend their quality, the fact that even if bad people were doing nefarious things, no one was all that evil. But mostly what I loved about it was that it had a female protagonist who was best friends with another young woman, in an extremely positive relationship, and that the male mentor of the show believed in and supported that female protagonist all the way. He was never patriarchal or condescending to her, in fact he picked her out as his successor, and he genuinely loved her and wanted her to succeed.

Honestly, I can't think of a male-female relationship like it on TV, and we so rarely see female friendships as portrayed by Wendy Watson and Lacey Thornfield. It didn't hurt, either, that Wendy was Latina, and how incredibly rare is that, as well? Wendy was smart, cool, acerbic, capable, without vanity, artistic, and just plain brilliant. And for a show created by a man, the treatment of her was shockingly nonsexist -- it was clear that everyone involved in the show loved Wendy Watson, that she wasn't there to be the Middleman's sidekick only or an object for the male gaze.

We used to talk about how much alike The Middleman and Benton Fraser were, and I still would love to see them meet up at some point. But I'd also love to have Wendy meet a couple people -- Buffy and Willow, and Dana Scully. I think that would be a wingding. You can put Wendy and Lacey and Noser and Ida and the Middleman into almost any kind of fabulous pop culture product and have fun, it's deeply crossoverable (I mean, in their own last episode, they do into an alternate universe where the Middleman is basically Snake Plisskin from Escape From New York, and the Star Trek mirrorverse rules the day with everyone in goatees). As much of a canon girl as I am, I love the idea of something so malleable.

I'm looking forward to more comics (the final episode, never filmed, is available as a comic and you can hear the cast reading it in a YouTube "table read" video from Comicon a few years back), but I have to admit, if I could get just a few more episodes of the show or a movie, I would pay huge money for that. There aren't a lot of shows I would like to see resurrected, because you can rarely capture lightning in a bottle a second time, but The Middleman is definitely one.

I wrote a story for Yuletide a few years ago, and I got a note from someone who'd worked on the show that it read like an episode. That is still the single greatest compliment I've ever received on a fic, because i admire the show so, so much. And a while later, I got this awesome vid in Festivids. If you haven't seen the show, this vid is a wonderful introduction!

ART CRAWL!
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: (al cheers)
So I nominated some fandoms yesterday for Yuletide, and the experience was bizarre, annoying, and really really frustrating and I don't remember this ever happening before, so I need a reality check.

Two fandoms I nominated were TV commercials -- Progressive Insurance, specifically Flo, and Allstate Insurance, again, because I got a Mayhem story last year and I think there should be MOAR Mayhem stories than just one in the archive, you know?

So, like, both of those already exist because Flo and Progressive have been nominated before -- they exist in the tag sets for the fandoms and the characters. But it wouldn't let me use those already existing fandom tags in the autofill -- it kept giving me a ridiculous error message that said someone had already nominated both of them with ____ tags (which were completely different, because whoever nominated them didn't bother to look to see if the tags already came up in the autofill) and that I couldn't nominate them. I had to "be more specific" and basically it took me like 8 tries to find some kind of specific name, that was COMPLETELY different than what this other person did, that would go through. Now, the other more normal fandoms I nominated both went through without a hitch, and they both have previously existed in the database.

I don't understand this at all, and it seems stupid. Now there will be however many other people nominate the same, exisiting fandoms in AO3, all for basically the same fandom, but because someone is careless or doesn't wait long enough for the autofill, we have to keep creating different names for tags, and what if whoever wrangles the tags doesn't realize they a) already exist in AO3 and b) are the same fandom? I thought there was this huge issue with tag bloat, and this seems to be actively creating tag bloat! I don't get it at all, and it was enormously frustrating, especially when the fandoms keep coming up on the autofill over and over again. How does this help?

The other thing that bugs me about it is that I'm afraid they're going to do what they did a couple years ago, where they lumped all TV commercials into a category, and since we were forced to choose 2 characters to offer in a given fandom, those of us who only were knowledgeable about one couldn't really offer the fandom we wanted to, and so those went unoffered (for instance, I talked to a couple people who had wanted to offer Mayhem/Allstate Insurance, but they couldn't just offer him -- they had to offer someone else and none of us felt like we could write the other characters listed, many of whom were from commercials we'd never seen). Last year I mentioned this problem to Elyn, and they had fixed it so that the individual commercials were their own fandoms -- and lo and behold, I got a Mayhem story for Yuletide! Which was awesome in the extreme. I'm afraid they're going to go backwards and push us back into that problem, which will mean many of us won't be able to offer fandoms we'd love to write.

This doesn't make the least bit of sense to me. Why force people to create a bunch of different fandom names for the same fandom just because someone else nominated it under less than correct information?

ETA: OK, the always wonderful [personal profile] arduinna has provided me with an explanation I can at least understand. Thank you, arduinna!

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