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Yuletide author letter

Dear Yuletide author,

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me!  I feel very special right now.  :)

In general: I love femslash and woman-centered gen or het fic, but dudeslash pairings and man-centered gen or het are good too.  I love meta-fic: stories that are self-aware, that play with tropes and genre expectations, and especially stories made up of letters or other "found objects" (journal entries, newspaper articles, parking tickets, etc.).  I don't have many absolute dealbreakers, but I'm not a big fan of deathfic or fic that primarily focuses on abuse or violence unless it's really, really, really carefully handled.  My Pinboard is here: it's a pretty good sampling of the kind of fic I liked enough to save for later.


I think Elementary is the best show on TV right now, and that is 99% due to the character work.  Take that away, and you have a moderately interesting police procedural with some fun callbacks to the original Holmes canon.  What makes it truly amazing is the full attention given to every character's agency and importance.  Sherlock is not the only smart or useful person in the room, and he constantly relies on his friends and colleagues to make his investigations possible.  When he oversteps boundaries or dismisses someone unfairly, he gets called on it.  The show's awareness of issues surrounding race and gender is not perfect, but still by far the best I've seen on mainstream TV, ever.  I love Joan Watson with the passion of a thousand fiery suns and would love to see her life further explored in fic.

21 Jump Street

Basically, this movie is goofy fun and has great comic timing--I love the trippy drug sequence so, so, so much--but I love it for way more than that.  I love the contrast that Schmidt and Jenko discover between youth culture ten years ago and youth culture now.  I love that the movie highlights the values and priorities of modern teenagers, and in a (largely) non-condescending way.  I love the unapologetic way it borrows title and concept from the original show and then goes in a totally different direction and does its own thing.  And I think Channing Tatum is super charming.


I love DEBS because it is such a light-hearted, silly, parodic story about first love, and that love happens to be queer.  I also think Jordana Brewster is really hot.  I love the cheesiness and earnestness of it, and the cartoonish fight scenes.  I love Lucy's bro-relationship with her sidekick Scud so, so much, and I am a sucker for excellent montages set to Erasure songs.  


I've always loved this show for the pop culture references, but I've been rewatching it lately and falling in love with it all over again now that I'm in my mid-twenties.  A lot of stuff I didn't get when I was younger rings very true now (live-in landladies!  trying to scrape together the rent money!  feeling self-conscious about your lack of progress on life goals!).  I especially love Daisy's brand of female loserdom: she's physically awkward, dressed like an overgrown teenager, wildly ambitious but with zero follow-through, over-the-top effusive about how great her friends are, and kind of vaguely feminist in a buzz-wordy kind of way.  And I love how the show depicts art, both low-culture--Daisy's magazine articles and Tim's comic books--and high-culture--Brian's weird concept paintings and baffling performance art.

Thanks so much, and happy writing!


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trope bingo!


game night au: coffee shop au: steampunk kidfic fuck or die
handcuffed / bound together immortality / reincarnation accidental baby acquisition de-aged mind control
au: magic road trip FREE

au: circus day at the beach
sex pollen au: all-human au: apocalypse truth or dare genderswap
mistletoe kiss kiss to save the day snowed in alpha / beta / omega huddle for warmth
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Hockey RPF recs, seriously

I did not mean to get sucked into hockey RPF. I'm not a sports fan and I don't read a lot of RPF. But it happened. [personal profile] thehoyden recced some Blackhawks fic on slash report, and then I followed some tags on the AO3, and before I knew it I was watching behind-the-scenes videos of the Pittsburgh Penguins Christmas party and laughing at Marc-Andre Fleury's facial hair. It's a problem, I know. In any case, here are some of the better stories I've found in my whirlwind two weeks of trying to figure out what the fuck a face-off is.

The Work of Wings (47426 words) by faviconthefourthvine
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Summary: Sidney Crosby gets hit on the head and wakes up with extra memories. (This fic came out of this post on inverted tropes--went to sleep in Vegas and woke up... divorced! a game of gay chicken in the locker room turns into... a tense conversation about homophobia! They would all make brilliant stories but I'm glad this is the one she wrote.)

Heart in Hand (RPF version) (130607 words) by faviconsalifiable
Chapters: 18/18
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Alexander Ovechkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin
Summary: Sid had realized very early on that for better or worse, he would be linked to Alexander Ovechkin for the rest of his life. But he never expected anything like this. (Novel-length fic about rivalries, reality TV shows, forbidden affairs, outing and the consequences thereof, and the triumph of true love. It's really, really good, and there is a brilliant pun in the last scene that I did not get until my second read.  If you don't like RPF, there's also a names-changed-to-protect-the-innocent version here.)

Des Plus Brillants Exploits (33066 words) by favicontwentysomething
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Semin, Brooks Orpik, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonathan Toews, Hayley Wickenheiser, Meaghan Mikkelson, Marie-Philip Poulin, Jayna Hefford
Summary: “Vancouver!” Sid turns and shouts at the last second as she goes through the doors.
“Vancouver!” Geno yells back. (Genderfuck! Sid is the first female player in the NHL, so in the Vancouver Olympics she has to play for the women's team. Sweet developing romance between her and Geno. This is exactly the lady version of Sidney Crosby--intense, focused, slightly crazy, and adorable--and if you love genderfuck like I love genderfuck this story will really do it for you.)

Tour de Force (23529 words) by faviconthehoyden
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
Characters: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw
Summary: "Write what you know” was good enough advice for Jo March, so it’s good enough for Patrick Kane. (Patrick Kane writes and publishes an epic fanfic-with-the-serial-numbers-filed-off about him and Toews, and the entire NHL needs to know what happens next.  It's brilliant.  But it's [personal profile] thehoyden , so you knew that.)
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I'm married!

 Hi folks!  I'm mostly a lurker these days--too busy for life updates or writing fic--but I wanted to leave some big news here.  My partner and I got married yesterday!  Gay marriage was legalized in New York state last year, so we had a year-long engagement and then a small backyard ceremony.  I'll post pictures when we get them back from our photographer (a.k.a. my partner's brother's awesome girlfriend).

Much love, everybody.  It's in the air.  :)
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Fic: Everywhere Can't Be England

Title: Everywhere Can't Be England
Pairing: I've written it Lewis^Hathaway but it reads perfectly well as Lewis & Hathaway, or implied Lewis/Hathaway
Rating: straight-up G
Wordcount: 850 words
Warnings: Fluff?
Summary: Fluffy fluffy cabin fluff--with tea!  and radiators!  and wool socks!  and babies!

On DW; on AO3


Fic: Semi-Skimmed

Hello Dreamwidth! I'm new to this whole crossposting thing so we'll see if I can get it to work.

Just wanted to inform the masses that I wrote a Lewis fic for the Secret Santa over at the lewis-challenge comm, and it's now up both on LJ and A03:

Title: Semi-Skimmed
Pairing: sort of Lewis/Hathaway, sort of Lewis & Hathaway, thoroughly Lewis^Hathaway
Rating: PG-13 (for murder and gore, not sex, alas)
Wordcount: 5500 words
Warnings: Murder (of tertiary OCs). And domestic fluff! It's like a two-for-one. Also, vague, minor spoilers for "Life Born of Fire."
Summary: In which there are calisthenics, severed hands, cigarettes, tense breakfasts, envelopes, suspicious surgeons, hangovers, domestics, and engagement parties.
On LJ; on AO3

I also had the most deliciously amazing Lewis/Hathaway fic written for me by [personal profile] jenwryn , who is a magical being.  It's called each to each and you definitely want to go read it right now.  My fiancee and I were visiting friends for New Years when the fic was posted, and I stole her iPhone to inhale this story ASAP--couldn't wait to find a computer.  It's gorgeous, tender, well-plotted, with the light but assured turn of phrase I see so often in Lewis fic (it's a talented fandom, what can I say).

ALSO ALSO I am typing all this with gigantic mummy bandages on my right hand!  I sliced the outside of my thumb open on a broken glass while washing dishes (uncoolest injury ever).  I can't cook, I can't sew, I can't clean, I can't play video games--all I can do is read fic and watch Sherlock.  :( :( :(              oh wait
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Northwest Passage chords

In case any other due South fans are feeling singalong-y this holiday season, I thought I'd post the chords to Stan Rogers's "Northwest Passage"--easy to play on the piano, and (probably) the guitar as well.  I got these out of Rise Up Singing, which is an excellent songbook, not least for the hippy-dippy multi-racial seventies illustrations.


Ah for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
           D           A                G                           Bm
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea
       G                     D                    Em                    G
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
            D             A                   G                       Bm
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea
        G                           DA                D               D


Westward from the Davis Straight 'tis there 'twas said to lie
                  G                    D              DA                     G
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died
         G                     D               DA             G
Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered broken bones
               G          D                        DA                G
And a long forgotten lonely cairn of stones
           G                     DA                Bm             Bm

Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his "sea of flowers" began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain

And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking West
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson, and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them I left a settled life, I threw it all away
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again

Happy holidays all!

because everyone else is doing it

No, not Yuletide--this question-answering meme.  If there's anything you're curious about, ask away:

46 questions about me.Collapse )


I'm getting married!

There aren't a whole lot of people on here who would be interested in my personal life, but I need another place to brag about this:

My partner and I are getting married!

Gay marriage is now legal in New York State, so we'll probably have the wedding while we're still living here (i.e. in the next year and a half, before the end of my graduate program).  We told her parents, who are taking it hard but clearly trying to understand, and my parents, who are delighted for us.  We have no concrete plans so far, but I am thinking of making my own dress (sewing is my primary hobby--i blog about it over here).

Rec me some wedding fics, guys!


Lewis Secret Santa!

Dear Lewis fans,

I just signed up for the Secret Santa exchange over at lewis_challenge and you should too!  Follow the link to sign up.