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I should already be asleep, but I came home to find that [community profile] fandom_stocking had opened up the stockings tonight, and I just had to check out all the lovely gifts I received.

I love them all, and now I must share the squee so you can enjoy them as well. Thanks again to all who dropped in various gifts and greetings, and especially to [personal profile] medie and the various helper elves who made it all happen.

Title: Nine to Five (What a Way to Make a Living)
Author: [personal profile] jenna_thorn
Fandom: Avengers (2012)
Characters: Barton, Romanov, OCs
Rating: T
Summary: Faking busy only went so far when the person walked right up and waited. Rita ctrl-S’d and looked up, pasting what she hoped passed for a professional smile of greeting on her face. Oh god, the Black Widow was standing in front of her. “Agent Hernandez.” It wasn’t a question.

Shit. “Yes, ma’am,” Rita said as she tried to put an elbow over the pink post-it by her keyboard with the most used keycodes scrawled over it. At least she didn’t write down her passwords. Anymore.

“My understanding is that you dance.”

Only if six months of classes at the Y and a year at Hafla for Homebodies counted, Rita thought.
Why you should read it: If the combination of Romanov and bellydance isn't enough, Barton's a sweetie, and the randomly recruited "baby agent" has a really cool epiphany.

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Title: Sweetness
Author: [livejournal.com profile] thinlizzy2
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Pairing: May/Simmons
Rating: Teen
Why you should read it: The author has some cool insights into Melinda May, how she takes in and processes every detail around her, and how that applies when she is involved with Jemma Simmons. As the title implies, very sweet.

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Title: Bones/Booth wallpaper
Artist: [personal profile] tarlanx
Fandom: Bones
Pairing: Bones/Booth
Rating: G
Why you should check it out: It's a very sweet image of them dancing with what I can only call the perfect backdrop.

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Title: To Hold Hands and Run Again
Author: [personal profile] sahiya
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Eleven/River
Rating: G
Summary: The Doctor and River, after New York.
Why you should read it: One of the things that felt "unresolved" after "The Angels Take Manhattan" was the Doctor and River actually dealing with what had just happened. This fic tackles that, as well as highlighting River's unique perspective on it.

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Title: Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive
Author: [profile] dira_sudis
Reccer: [personal profile] fuzzyboo
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Why you should read it: This is an absolute classic that I haven't revisited in far too long, so it was a treat to be reminded of it. As [personal profile] fuzzyboo put it, it is 19% mpreg by volume, with a lovely plot and some unexpected twists.

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Title: Winterfair Interlude
Author: [personal profile] philomytha
Fandom: Vorkosigan saga
Characters: Alys Vorpatril, Simon Illyan
Rating: T
Summary: The story of the time Alys took a weapon from Simon's holster.
Why you should read it: Lady Alys is awesome. Lady Alys in combination with Simon Illyan is extra awesome. Actually, this fic is part of a series exploring the two characters, and one of the earlier fics in the series, Steel, was a stocking gift to me last year that was a joy to revisit as well.

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Title: Bones/Booth icons
Artist: [personal profile] chamilet
Fandom: Bones
Pairing: Bones/Booth
Why you should check them out: Just some lovely icons showcasing this adorable, quirky couple.

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There were also various lovely graphics and holiday greetings, and one very clever "gift card" for future fic. It really made my night to receive these. Perfect timing, as I'm going to be offline for the bulk of the weekend, so I'm glad I had the chance to read/view/enjoy them all now.

Eventually, I'll post a roundup of the fics I wrote, but for now, I'm going to get some sleep. Long day ahead tomorrow!
Rating: G
firefly124: 9th doctor - fantastic (fantastic9 by dawn_e_h)
Today has been a rough one fibro-wise, so it was the perfect day to receive stocking stuffers that made me smile, and I've received quite the range of very cool gifts, including various cute graphics and well-wishes as well as the following fics:

AtS tinyficlet by [personal profile] yhlee (Angel: the Series, Fred/Gunn, G)

A Vorkosigan ficlet by [livejournal.com profile] sheffsfic (Vorkosigan, Miles/Ekaterin, G)

Lair by [personal profile] merryghoul (Leverage, Parker/Sophie, G)

Something Different by [personal profile] tarlanx (Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, M)

I Bring Thee Glad Tidings by [personal profile] yamx (Doctor Who, Nine/Jack/(Rose), G)

Blindsided by [personal profile] sahiya (Doctor Who, Eleven/River/Jack, E/NC17)

and

Christmas in July by [livejournal.com profile] tiny_white_hats (Angel: the Series, Fred/Gunn, PG)

I am hugely grateful for all of these and hope some of you will go and enjoy them as well!

I didn't write as much as I'd hoped, didn't even manage to stray out of Doctor Who (unless you count the crossover), but I had fun writing what I did. There are two or three that I got started that ran away from me, which I hope to finish and post before school resumes at the end of the month. The ones I did complete are

Crazy for [personal profile] joking (Crossover, Eleven and Sherlock, G)

The Wedding Planner for [personal profile] sahiya (Doctor Who, Vastra/Jenny (in absentia) and Eleven/River, G)

War Games for [personal profile] yamx (Doctor Who, Nine/Rose/Jack, M)

and

Peace and Quiet for [personal profile] fuzzyboo (Doctor Who, Nine, Rose, and Jack, G)

It's been another fun year, for sure. I've said it there already, but huge kudos to the mods for pulling this off. There were something like 360 stockings to manage this year, which I can't even fathom the logistics of.
firefly124: fanfic writing is my therapy (writing therapy by savine_snape)
It took me long enough to get my [livejournal.com profile] hpcon_envy fics done, but done and posted they are. Probably just about in time for the next round for Dragon Con. *rolls eyes @ self* Also, these were meant to be drabbles. Only one came close, and one got completely away from me and threatened to keep going. Oops?

Title: First Steps
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] bambu345
Fandom(s): Vorkosigan
Rating: G
Word Count: 121
Prompt: Perhaps the moment before Cordelia sees Aral after having escaped her own planet? She's left everything for him, but hasn't seen him yet after having made such an enormous, bridge-burning choice.
A/N: Once I revisited this bit of canon, I realized I had to go a tad earlier, as we actually do get Cordelia's interior monologue as she goes from meeting Count Piotr to finding Aral. Hope this suits.

Title: Anything but Routine
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] morethansirius
Fandom(s): In order of appearance: Torchwood, Harry Potter, Doctor Who
Rating: G
Word Count: 1452
Prompt: I would love to see what happens when Doctor Ten, Captain Jack and Unspeakable Snape all arrive to investigate the same crime scene/alien phenomenon/magical occurrence.
A/N: Set just before “Reset” for Torchwood, between the “Voyage of the Damned” & “Partners in Crime” for Doctor Who, and way after Deathly Hallows for the Potterverse.

Title: Everything Hasn't Changed Yet
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] orlando_switch
Fandom(s): Harry Potter, Torchwood
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Prompt: The post Voldemort era leaves Lucius disillusioned and (according to Jason Isaac) emasculated - and therefore in dire need to regain his self-confidence/masculinity/virility and a new perspective at the world. Unfortunately, everyone in his own world is too busy building up their life to offer him a helping hand. I'd like to see an encounter between him and captain Jack, a man who has seen it all, done it all but never lost his touch to celebrate life.
A/N: Sometime in 1999, well after Deathly Hallows and before Jack assumes control of Torchwood 3.
firefly124: fanfic writing is my therapy (writing therapy by savine_snape)
Stolen from [personal profile] bethbethbeth. The deal is to pull up the stories that you have on AO3 (would work for any archive with hit counts enabled though) to see which are the top 10 in terms of hits. Then, I gather, later you compare to see what shifts. This sounds cool to me, as my overall impression is that there are more people reading (or at least leaving kudos and comments on) the smaller fandoms, like Vorkosigan and Temeraire, but that may not turn out to reflect who's reading, just who's more inclined to give feedback. So, here goes, though I'm going to go from 10-1:

10: The Morning After (HP, SS/HG/LM, Explicit, "Hermione rolled over to her left and found something in her way. Rolling over to her right, she found another obstruction. This woke her up enough to wonder what could be crowding her." 314 hits)

9: How Hermione Got Her Groove Back (HP, SS/HG, Explicit, "Hermione finds herself alone in the Headmistress’ office one afternoon with Snape’s portrait, and things get … interesting." 316 hits)

8: Burnt Offerings (Vorkosigan, Miles & Cordelia, Gen, "On the anniversary of his father’s death, Miles ponders the way they mark it." 317 hits)

7: Wherever I May Roam (DW, Jack/Doctor, Teen, "It was supposed to be a simple stop to pick up supplies at the famed market of Avicephalon." 331 hits)

6: Moulding to the Pitcher (Temeraire, Gong Su, Gen, "The chance to serve a Celestial had seemed a blessing to Gong Su, one normally reserved for those who served the imperial family. And it was, but frequently not in the ways he had imagined." 406 hits)

5. Keeping the Goal in Sight (Vorkosigan, Ekaterin/Miles, Gen, "There must be a reason she needs to learn Comparative Botanical Genetics, right?" 413 hits)

4. Never Chose This Way (Vorkosigan/BtVS, Ivan/Byerly, Teen, "Ivan and Byerly are on their way home from Beta Colony when something goes very wrong. Gigantically wrong, you might say." 442 hits)

3. The Doors We Open and Close Each Day (HP, SS/RL, Teen, "Young Severus Snape was packed off to Hogwarts with instructions to ingratiate himself to the pureblooded Slytherins who would surely be his House-mates. By the time it’s his turn to sit under the Sorting Hat, he has other ideas." 458 hits)

2. A Perfectly Normal Day (HP/Temeraire, CW/HG, Gen, "Just when Charlie thought he'd seen everything, along came Iskierka." 460 hits)

1. An Ordinary Man (Vorkosigan, Ivan/Byerly, Explicit, "Byerly gets Ivan drunk, and one thing leads to another." 557 hits)

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Some musings. An Ordinary Man is the first completed fanfic I posted online. So my first thought was, "It has the most hits because it's the oldest, so it had more time to collect them." However, it was not the first uploaded to AO3. That honor goes to #2, A Perfetly Normal Day. It'd be interesting to compare in a few months or a year to see how things shift (or don't).

Stats as of right now:

Fandoms: Vorkosigan 4, HP 3, Temeraire 2, Crossover 2, DW 1, BtVS 1
Ratings: Gen 4, Explicit 3, Teen 3
Ship type: Slash 4, Het 3, None 2, Multi 1 (Misleading, because some have implied or background ships but are basically genfic. Could also read as Slash 4, None 4, Het 1, Multi 1.)

I'm not sure any of those stats reflect the overall percentages of my fic. Even though I think of myself as a slasher, since that's where I started out, I've written far more het, mostly SS/HG, though of late there's been more and more gen or quasi-gen. It is interesting that VK fandom does have the most hits represented, as that was the impression I had going in, even though I've written comparatively little of it.

Meanwhile, I need to try and do a little writing this afternoon before it's time to run off to dinner and a blues concert.
firefly124: charlie bradbury grooving in a glass elevator (Default)
The [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking stockings have gone live, and I received lots of lovely stocking-stuffers. There are cheery holiday wish macros, an SS/HG icon by [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen, and four lovely fics:

A Glimpse of the Future by [livejournal.com profile] wendymr (DW, 9/Rose/Jack, rated T)

Steel by [livejournal.com profile] philomytha (Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan and Alys Vorpatril, rated G)

Patient, Kind, and Varied by [livejournal.com profile] sahiya (DW, Eleven/River/Rose/Jack and various combinations thereof, rated M)

Untitled TW/SJA crossover by [livejournal.com profile] fififolle (TW/SJA, Owen and Clyde, rated G)

I've already said it there, but thanks to all the lovely gifters, and also thanks to [livejournal.com profile] medie and all the volunteers that make the fun that is [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking happen! Last night was hell on wheels at work, so coming home to all these awesome gifts was just so perfect. Please go check out the cool icon and/or the great fics and leave them some love too.

I also had fun writing a few stocking-stuffers, though not as many as I'd set out to do. There's at least one that may yet happen if I can dig myself out of the clueless-Yank hole I dug myself into. *crosses fingers*

Try, Try Again for [livejournal.com profile] ariestess (Leverage, Sophie/Parker, rated G)

Switch for [livejournal.com profile] wendymr (DW, 9/Rose/Jack, rated G)

Foreign Influence for [livejournal.com profile] philomytha (Vorkosigan, Gregor/Laisa, rated G)

Ulterior Motive for [livejournal.com profile] yamx (DW, pre-9/Rose/Jack, rated G)

Living Well for [livejournal.com profile] joking (DW, Jenny/Vastra, G)

A Night to Forget for [livejournal.com profile] sahiya (DW, Eleventy and Jack and Rose, rated G)

Yes, I never got out of G territory, even with Jack. Go figure. LOL
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Finished Cryoburn the other night. Even knowing a particular character development was destined to be coming up, even seeing all the foreshadowing for exactly what it was, that was quite the gut-punch. No wonder I put off reading it. Cut for a spoiler that really isn't a spoiler, since Bujold had said all along that the next book would contain this particular element. )

Also, an epilogue composed of self-contained, exactly 100 word drabbles? With a definition for the unfamiliar of what a drabble is? Stroke of genius. Admittedly, if someone did that in fandom, as we're so accustomed to drabbles and drabble-series, it might not have gone over quite as well. But it was such a surprise and the format worked so well for what she was doing that I just loved it.

In other news, orientation at work proceeds apace. I definitely prefer working the floor to supervising, despite the fact I'm basically just pushing pills. I apparently have two more weeks of orientation scheduled, plus the iv certification class that hasn't been scheduled yet. But I'm definitely feeling more confident about it all.

The 3rd annual [community profile] wintercompanion Summer/Holiday fest has started with a lovely bit of Jack/Nine hurt/comfort. I'm looking forward to seeing them all. Very cool approach they took with the prompts, too, using the "psychic password" format we encountered in "The Doctor's Wife" of a color, a number, an emotion, and an aroma. Very effective and evocative, and the prompts are open for people to write/draw/create other things throughout the month, which should lead to seeing some intriguing variety on how people run with them.

I think I'm about over my "What the hell was I thinking?" attack re: my [community profile] femslash11 assignment and have moved into research mode, which is a very good thing.

And now, time to run around and do stuff to get ready for this weekend's Anadikia retreat. Coming up with appropriate offerings has been rather challenging. (I got it into my head that I needed special liquor offerings for each of the Temple patrons. Ginger liqueur for Zeus and Oracle of the Sun Shiraz for Apollon were easy enough to find. I'd wanted retsina for Pan, but nobody around here even knows what it is, much less carries it, including the place Tim found it a year or so ago. So I went with Bully Hill wine that has a goat for a logo. *facepalm*)

Have a great weekend all! Don't break the intarwebz while I'm gone!
firefly124: charlie bradbury grooving in a glass elevator (Default)
I got lots of lovely gifts here. Fics, an icon, recs, graphics. A bit of everything, really. There's Snupin, Nine/Rose/Jack, Tosh and Ianto, Eleven/River/Jack, Scoobies and Giles in Santa hats, and a slew of Cordelia/Aral recs. Seriously, go check it out!

I know I've already said it in comments there, but bit thanks to everyone who wrote, made graphics/icons, or just left holiday wishes for me. And very huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] medie for running [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking. There were 286 stockings, Gods only know how many fandoms represented, and somehow, everybody got at least something. "Somehow" involved tons of work, first posting the stockings and then monitoring to be sure they were filled.

Ironically, I ended up writing both more and less than I'd planned for others' stockings. More in the sense of volume. Less in the sense that I had made a list of friends' stockings with the intent to write specific things for them, and that pretty much didn't happen. Mostly, with a couple of exceptions, I wrote for people I don't know at all or don't know well. I'm not sure what that's about. It bothers me, though, especially as quite a few of the people I'd intended to but didn't succeed in writing for did write lovely things for me. Then again, part of the point to the [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking deal is that it isn't an exchange and there aren't supposed to be expectations. I just put expectations on myself anyway. *eyeroll*

At some point, I'll post the things I wrote to AO3 and wherever else makes sense. It was definitely an interesting experience that I look forward to repeating, as it stretched me to write some pairings I'd never done, Martha/Jack and Jaenelle/Karla circa "Prince of Ebon Rih" for two that come to mind.
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When [personal profile] annietalbot gave me the heads-up about Lois McMaster Bujold being at Boskone, I really should've taken the Fri-Sat shift off to be sure I could make it up for at least part of today. At 5pm, she was scheduled to (and presumably did) give a 45 minute reading from her new VK book, Cryo Burn. Panels and autographing earlier in the day. I was, theoretically, going to attempt to go up just for the reading, but didn't get anything like enough sleep for that to be a sane idea.

This is the third Boston con I've attempted to convince myself I could "just run up to" without taking any time off work. Three strikes and that nonsense idea is out. Just because it's local doesn't mean it can be squeezed in between a couple of third shifts. I have the pool time; I just need to use it.

Starting to come back to life now, which is good as I've still got 8 hrs to go. Little work-work to do, thank goodness, but plenty of studying. Plus disc one of "Doctor Who and the Silurians." I'm not crazy for Three yet, but it generally takes a bit for me to warm up to each Doctor. I am, however, growing increasingly fond of the Brigadier.

Watched Sherlock Holmes with dinosaurs last night. Hated mailing it back to Netflix, so I guess I'll be buying that at some point. There were apparently lots of things to pick up on for the true Holmes buff, which I am not, but even without that it was enjoyable. Hysterically funny at points, even. Well, it would be. Because it's Sherlock Holmes with dinos. Though, alas, no pteranodon. ;-)

Done with my nearly useless decaf coffee. Time to upgrade and have some green tea, which, in all honesty, I should've made sure I'd had before I ever left the apartment. The only thing decaf coffee really does is stave off the caffeine headache, not wake me up. Unless it's decaf cappuccino, and I didn't leave myself enough time to go to Starbucks. Annoyed as I still am with my coworker, I probably was unintentionally rude, which I honestly didn't mean to be however much she may have deserved it. Dammit.

Also, I've been pretty complainy of late, which I don't really like to see. It's probably more obvious since there hasn't actually been any fic to post to offset the bitchery. Need to work on that. Both being less complainy and managing to write anything that is not TFTWSD and thus postable. Even if it's not something from the backlog of birthday fics. Maybe I'll make that a goal for this week.
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I can't seem to get my [community profile] summer_of_giles fic moving. At all. I have 17 days to reverse that. Eep! If I can't get it moving by Tuesday (my next day off), I may have to stop trying to make the third Giles/Snape happen and try for something else. Maybe a continuation of "Strange Interview" (Giles/Hermione) or possibly *gasp* write something that isn't a crossover.

Meanwhile, in the interest of being somewhat productive, I've been catching up a bit on tagging for the [profile] fangirl_tour and sending out my reminder notices, which I completely forgot to do last week. And possibly the week before. Good thing actual posters are on top of their schedules. :-D

Also got the prompts for the [profile] bujold_fic fest organized and up for claiming. Never did manage to come up with any prompts of my own, but there are already far more than will get written as it is. I keep nudging for people to get artsy, but the Bujold fandoms seem to be very fic-heavy and art-light. Which is kind of amazing compared to HP. You'd think a fandom (or rather group of fandoms) lacking much in the way of visual canon would be even more into fanart than a fandom with movies as well as books, but if you did think that, you'd be wrong. But I'll keep nudging anyway. *g*

I think I'm calling that a good morning's work and hitting the hay. *g*

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