sholio: heart in a cup of tea (Heart)
My stocking is full of lovely things! Fic, icons, recipes, pretty pictures, vid recs, and lots more. <3

Here are the fics I wrote. First, on AO3:

Avalanche Country (Agent Carter, 9200 wds, Peggy + Jack + Daniel gen; Jack and Peggy are caught in an avalanche while on a mission.)
Droid Soul (Star Wars TFA, 800 wds, Poe + BB-8, daemon AU; Poe's daemon settles as a droid.)
Glass Walls (Legends of Tomorrow, 5100 wds, Rip + ensemble; Rip is gone, except he's not. A slightly AU take on the first half of season two.)
Sea Change (Legends of Tomorrow, 1500 wds, Mick/Ray; It happens in the middle of a firefight, because of course it does.)
Afterwards (Legends of Tomorrow, 1400 wds, Mick/Ray, explicit; Some missions end better than others.)
til human voices wake us (Captain America, 2100 wds, Steve/Bucky/Natasha OT3-ish gen-ish; Bucky is roused out of cryo in Wakanda; Steve and Natasha are there for him.)
Housewarming (The Flash, 700 wds, Iris/Barry; Iris wants to make her new place with Barry feel like a home.)
The Firestorm Wives Club (The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow, 1300 wds, Caitlin + Clarissa Stein; Sometimes you need to talk to someone who understands.)
Getting Out (White Collar, 1300 wds, Peter + Neal + ensemble; Rescuing Neal is only the first step.)

And then in individual stockings:

Once Upon a Time ficlet - Regina + Henry
Steerswoman character study - Rowan + Bel
Forever Knight ficlet - Nick/Janette
White Collar ficlet - Peter and Neal babysitting baby Neal
White Collar snippet - Peter takes Neal jogging
sholio: tree-shaped cookie (Christmas cookies)
The Yuletide reveals are out! I wrote:

And Still of a Winter's Night (Benjamin January Mysteries, 10K, gen; When a young woman turns up dead during Carnival, Shaw needs Ben's help with the investigation -- or, rather, Dominique's.)

I read six or so of the books back at the beginning of December in preparation for writing the story (this series has a very distinctive narrative voice) and I really wanted to talk about them, but I didn't want to tip my hand! Working on this story was a lot of fun. ([livejournal.com profile] sheron is probably laughing now because she got to be the recipient of all my wailing and gnashing of teeth about it, but it actually WAS fun, and I made her read the first book in case I needed to discuss plot woes with her, which as it turned out I didn't; it all went together nicely. Also, belated thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wordsofastory for doing a canon beta on it for me!)

I had already picked out this person's letter for possible treating, so I was halfway to planning to write a story based off my favorite of their prompts anyway, and opening up my email to find THIS as my assignment was probably the first time that I've gone "EEEEHEEEE" rather than "nooooo, why did I offer that canon /o\".

The other two things I wrote were treats for a book series it so happens I had JUST finished rereading when Yuletide prompts were revealed, and I discovered that more than one person wanted fic in this fandom with exactly the characters I like best, so I decided to try writing some. The stories are both fairly similar: gen 1960s-era cozy spy fic.

The Spy Who Came to Christmas (Mrs. Pollifax series, Emily + Farrell + supporting characters, 8200 wds; Mrs. Pollifax anticipates a quiet holiday with her daughter Jane's family, but instead there's spy trouble afoot.)

Playing the Odds (Mrs. Pollifax series, Emily + Farrell, 3100 wds; Tag scene after the main action in The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. She promised to visit him in the hospital, and Emily Pollifax always keeps her promises.)

The books, by the way, are adorable. The quality is uneven, as you might expect for a long-running series that was written over about 40 years, but the first one in particular is really good (if you are willing to swallow the basic premise of an elderly widow who semi-accidentally becomes a CIA operative due to an identity mix-up); it's one of my go-to books for feel-good friendship h/c. Also, having just spent most of the summer writing Agent Carter fic, this was not much of a departure. Actually, while I never got a Peggy-and-Jack vibe from these particular characters in the books, I noticed when I was writing them that it really felt like writing Peggy and Jack. Except with very different backstories for the characters, of course, and a 20-year age difference.
sholio: Christmas ornaments (Christmas ornament)
I didn't participate officially, but I wrote three treats, and here they are.

Imperial Radch

Dark Watch - Something broke in her a thousand years ago, or maybe it broke when she came out of stasis. Maybe it was always broken and she just didn't know. [2270 wds, Seivarden & Mercy of Kalr]

Fragments - It was, Seivarden told herself later, the kind of stupid accident that could have happened to anyone. Not a terminal fuckup. Just wrong-place-at-wrong-time, that was all. The omens had been unlucky that day. She should've been more careful. [1800 wds; Seivarden, Breq, Mercy of Kalr, Medic]

I suppose neither of these are a big surprise given that I'd just read the books and there were quite a few people requesting it for Yuletide. The latter in particular is a very "me" kind of fic -- hurt/comfort floof, basically.


Nimona

a song for the new world order - Nimona comes home. [1700 wds, gen, post-canon]

This was a last-minute treat for one of the pinch hitters. I was looking through the pinch hitter request letters for something I was even vaguely familiar with, and decided to give this one a try.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
I really don't see this ever being a major ficcing fandom for me, or really a major fandom at all, but I wrote a little something to check off another square on my h/c bingo card.

Ça va, ça va (gen, 1000 wds)
They're all okay. Missing scene for 4x05. For my h/c bingo square "nervous breakdown".

If you want to read this without having seen the show, all you really need to know is that they're cops and one of them got shot. There's more context for the specific situation in the notes to the fic; it's really only spoilery for a couple episodes right in this immediate area.

(I suppose it tells you a lot about this particular canon that, after I'd posted it, I was rereading it and went, "Wow, there is not nearly enough profanity in this fic. They swear way more than this." So I went back and added some. XD)

I'm also the first person to post Engrenages fic on AO3! I feel like I should get some sort of fandom award for that.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
• Webcomic: Today's Kismet update is the last page of Part One. SPACESHIP LEAVING PORT! Also, this is the first time I've drawn Alex as a hologram ... because he is too lazy (or, more likely, preoccupied) to walk from room to room on a spaceship in which the living area is literally like 40 feet long. Now on to Part Two, and back to Kismet itself! On a side note, I've gotten really lax about mentioning Kismet updates on Tumblr/Facebook/etc (SOMETHING I PLAN TO FIX) but I am very reliable about updating the RSS feed. You can follow [syndicated profile] suncutter_feed (DW) or [livejournal.com profile] suncutter_feed (LJ), if these are useful for you. :)

• Posted at my other blog: today's walk in the sunshine with a cat (also on tumblr). Also, incidentally, posted on Facebook and my "woops, there's a blog here isn't there?" website blog. This juggling of multiple social media is exhausting sometimes; I think one of the main reasons I miss when everyone was doing everything on LJ is because it was less WORK. XD

• I wrote a short Saga fic after reading books 1-4, and finally got around to posting it on AO3: Day by Day, set after the 3rd book/issue #18, in which Gwendolyn and Sophie work some things out.

• Probably burying the lede somewhat, I also wrote a White Collar fic tonight for [community profile] fan_flashworks' "Unidentified Object" challenge: Box of Awesome, set post-series, mostly focused on mini-Neal but also has the main three. Gen.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
My Diana Wynne Jones re-read has now taken me through the Dalemark series (♥NAVIS♥). I vaguely remember from when I marathoned all her books the first time that the Dalemark books were among my less-favorites, but now I can't figure out why on earth, because fake-history and history-becoming-myth are among the tropes I really love. (Also. Navis. I had completely forgotten everything about the series, including the characters, but Navis basically had me at hello, because sarcastic hyper-competent characters with a secretly hidden soft side are my character kryptonite. Well, one of my varieties of character kryptonite, anyway.)

The only book in the series I didn't manage to read this time around is Cart and Cwidder, and I'm not entirely sure if I've EVER read it, because the library doesn't have it and it doesn't seem to be among the Dalemark books I borrowed from [personal profile] senri ... WHICH I STILL HAVE, because I SUCK. I'm, uh, keeping them safe for you, [personal profile] senri. If you ever want them back, just say.


Anyway, I ended up writing a thing, which is set after the next-to-last part of the last book and is therefore heavily spoilery.

Stop All the Clocks (3800 wds, gen)
No one who knew him was surprised that the Duke of Kernsburgh, on his deathbed, set about industriously organizing his own death. (There's no actual death in this story, but the potential deaths of various characters are talked about a lot.)
sholio: tree-shaped cookie (Christmas cookies)
So [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking happened! I got a lovely Peter-Neal friendship fic and some WC pictures & recs and a podfic of one of my Highlander stories, as well as holiday greetings! 'twas very nice. ♥ ♥ ♥

I didn't write any long stocking stuffers this year, just a bunch of untitled comment ficlets. Stuff what I wrote:

Highlander: a glimpse of Cassandra in the Horsemen days

Highlander: Richie asks entirely the wrong question of the wrong group of people

SGA: a future ficlet (gen, John-centric)

Sanctuary: what Tesla was doing in "Pavor Nocturnis" (quite depressing, but it's a post-apocalypse AU; depressing goes with the territory *g*)

Vorkosigan 'verse: Mark & Kareen babysit Miles' kids

White Collar/His Dark Materials: part the first / part the second. (Hopefully I haven't totally screwed up HDM canon; it's been so long since I read the books that I'm mostly going off my vague recollections and Wikipedia as far as how daemons work.)

--> And on a rather different subject (but still fanfic-related):

[personal profile] cesperanza announces a Canadian Shack 10th anniversary party. The whole thing is explained at the link. [livejournal.com profile] xparrot! Paging [livejournal.com profile] xparrot! XDDDD (I haven't read any of the new ones except for this one but bwahahaha ... it's the Vorkosigan 'verse, and the Canadian shack blows up in the first paragraph - damn those Jacksonian thugs! - and, well, it just goes on from there. XD)
sholio: tree-shaped cookie (Christmas cookies)
The [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking reveals are up! :) I didn't have a stocking but I wrote, um ... a bunch of fic ... most of which ended up posted in multiple comments, so I'm going to repost it here for ease of reading. (I noticed AFTER I'd posted all of my long fics that some people post it on their LJ/DW and link to it, which ... does make more sense than posting something in three or four comments, doesn't it? *headdesk*)

Anyway, yeah, get your umbrellas and prepare for incoming fic deluge. :D

But I'll go ahead and link from here to the short ones. (It's not poor etiquette to link to a fic in someone else's stocking if you wrote it, right?)

For [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, I wrote Coffee Break - Supernatural, 400 wds, was supposed to be Dean/Castiel but really came out more gen than anything.

I pinch-hit an A:tLA fic for [personal profile] beckyh2112, Devil's Bargain - Azula & Long Feng, 700 wds, tag to the season two ender. (Once again, I was going for a pairing but missed by a country mile. You will notice that is a common theme with me. *g*)

ETA: WOOPS, dammit, forgot one of the short ones! For [personal profile] skieswideopen I wrote Games We Play - SG1/SGA, Sam & Vala friendship post-Enemy At the Gate, 600 wds

Everything else is SGA. Re-posting to commence momentarily ...

(ETA2: 11,200 wds of fic total, for my own reference ...)

This entry is also posted at http://friendshipper.dreamwidth.org/308069.html with comment count unavailable comments.
sholio: tree-shaped cookie (Christmas cookies)
The [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking reveals are up! :) I didn't have a stocking but I wrote, um ... a bunch of fic ... most of which ended up posted in multiple comments, so I'm going to repost it here for ease of reading. (I noticed AFTER I'd posted all of my long fics that some people post it on their LJ/DW and link to it, which ... does make more sense than posting something in three or four comments, doesn't it? *headdesk*)

Anyway, yeah, get your umbrellas and prepare for incoming fic deluge. :D

But I'll go ahead and link from here to the short ones. (It's not poor etiquette to link to a fic in someone else's stocking if you wrote it, right?)

For [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, I wrote Coffee Break - Supernatural, 400 wds, was supposed to be Dean/Castiel but really came out more gen than anything.

I pinch-hit an A:tLA fic for [personal profile] beckyh2112, Devil's Bargain - Azula & Long Feng, 700 wds, tag to the season two ender. (Once again, I was going for a pairing but missed by a country mile. You will notice that is a common theme with me. *g*)

ETA: WOOPS, dammit, forgot one of the short ones! For [personal profile] skieswideopen I wrote Games We Play - SG1/SGA, Sam & Vala friendship post-Enemy At the Gate, 600 wds

Everything else is SGA. Re-posting to commence momentarily ...

(ETA2: 11,200 wds of fic total, for my own reference ...)
sholio: tree-shaped cookie (Christmas cookies)
The reveals on Yuletide and [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa are up, so now I can 'fess up to my stories! I didn't really write outside my comfort zone this year; everything I wrote is, I think, very obviously mine (and quite a few people guessed them).

For Yuletide, I wrote three fics )

For sga_santa, I wrote two fics )

This entry is also posted at http://friendshipper.dreamwidth.org/306844.html with comment count unavailable comments.
sholio: tree-shaped cookie (Christmas cookies)
The reveals on Yuletide and [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa are up, so now I can 'fess up to my stories! I didn't really write outside my comfort zone this year; everything I wrote is, I think, very obviously mine (and quite a few people guessed them).

For Yuletide, I wrote three fics )

For sga_santa, I wrote two fics )
sholio: (NCIS-team)
The [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts reveals are up! :) I wrote NCIS fic for the first time - "Three Snow Days": 2006, 2008, and 2010. They can be read as complete stand-alones, but they also can be read as a series of snapshots following Ziva's integration into the team from Abby's point of view, and, as the name implies, each is about a snowstorm. (I got my assignment around the time that the big blizzard hit DC in early February, and I found myself wondering how the NCIS team was dealing with it. Yes, fandom has probably warped my brain, but I got 2400 wds of fic out of it. *g* So if you ever wanted to see the NCIS team building snowmen or getting involved in a snowball fight, go and read and enjoy!)

The full list of [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts fics are available on AO3: by fandom here, or here is the complete list. I got a really cracky and fun Leverage/Dresden Files crossover: The T-Rex Job, by bessemerprocess. And [livejournal.com profile] roga did a wonderful job of running the fest. :) A+++, would join again! *g* (And next year I have some ideas for making better images -- I really had NO idea what to do for images, but now that I've seen more of how other people handle it, I think I'm better armed going into next year.)
sholio: (NCIS-team)
The [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts reveals are up! :) I wrote NCIS fic for the first time - "Three Snow Days": 2006, 2008, and 2010. They can be read as complete stand-alones, but they also can be read as a series of snapshots following Ziva's integration into the team from Abby's point of view, and, as the name implies, each is about a snowstorm. (I got my assignment around the time that the big blizzard hit DC in early February, and I found myself wondering how the NCIS team was dealing with it. Yes, fandom has probably warped my brain, but I got 2400 wds of fic out of it. *g* So if you ever wanted to see the NCIS team building snowmen or getting involved in a snowball fight, go and read and enjoy!)

The full list of [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts fics are available on AO3: by fandom here, or here is the complete list. I got a really cracky and fun Leverage/Dresden Files crossover: The T-Rex Job, by bessemerprocess. And [livejournal.com profile] roga did a wonderful job of running the fest. :) A+++, would join again! *g* (And next year I have some ideas for making better images -- I really had NO idea what to do for images, but now that I've seen more of how other people handle it, I think I'm better armed going into next year.)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Woolsey baby)
For [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa, apparently to no one's great surprise (I know at least three people guessed this *g*), I wrote:

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea for [livejournal.com profile] argosy; PG-13; 33,000 words; action with McKay/Keller and a strong side of John/Rodney friendship.

When I got my assignment email and saw that I was writing for [livejournal.com profile] argosy, and what her request was (McKay/Keller with a lot of John and/or team; action and plottiness; h/c), I *bounced*, because her story for me in last year's SticksandSnark ficfest (where I'd asked for Teyla/Rodney with John on the side) was so PERFECTLY what I'd had in mind as a blend of pairing and friendship plot that I figured our tastes must overlap pretty closely in that area. So I could basically just write the story I'd want to read under those circumstances (though I did not expect it to be quite as long as it was). And I was doubly flattered and pleased that the story seemed to find its target audience - it's really focused on the John & Rodney relationship, and John's relationships with all of his teammates in the aftermath of season five, so I was hoping that John people would give it a chance ... which, thanks to a couple of really awesome recs, they apparently did.

For Yuletide, I wrote two stories:

Four Things Fuzzies Obtained from Humans (and one thing humans got in return) (H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy series; 9200 words; basically gen)
This was my assignment. I kinda wrote it at the last minute (long story) so I was only able to use the first two books as resources (I didn't actually know that there were more books until too late to do anything about it, since the local bookstore didn't have 'em), which means the story undoubtedly goes AU from the end of the second book. Still, I'm actually very happy with the results; I addressed a few of the issues that I had with the books (seriously, who thinks it's a good idea to give alien people who are used to meat and plant foods a steady diet of field rations?!) and I also got to play with the books' lovely "found family" dynamic. I loved these books when I was a kid and rediscovering them as an adult was really fun - they're awfully dated in some ways (the 1950s-ness of the culture is hilarious and disconcerting) but still quite enjoyable and well-crafted. Piper was a product of his times (and who isn't?) but a damn good writer. And I remember as a kid that Piper was, I believe, the author who made me realize the difference between "sentient" and "sapient" - and then I used to get mad at authors who confused them. *g*

Two-Way Street (MacGyver; 2200 words; episode tag for "D.O.A.: MacGyver"; gen)
MacGyver was my huge crush when I was a teenager. I started watching SG1 not only because I'd liked the movie, but also because RDA was in it. So seeing a request in the Yuletide Madness list for MacGyver friendship gen - how could I not? This story, I think, is quintessential [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper - understated h/c, friendship, a little bit of banter. And it made me want to write more for this show (especially after rewatching a ton of episodes for "research" *g*).
sholio: sun on winter trees (Woolsey baby)
For [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa, apparently to no one's great surprise (I know at least three people guessed this *g*), I wrote:

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea for [livejournal.com profile] argosy; PG-13; 33,000 words; action with McKay/Keller and a strong side of John/Rodney friendship.

When I got my assignment email and saw that I was writing for [livejournal.com profile] argosy, and what her request was (McKay/Keller with a lot of John and/or team; action and plottiness; h/c), I *bounced*, because her story for me in last year's SticksandSnark ficfest (where I'd asked for Teyla/Rodney with John on the side) was so PERFECTLY what I'd had in mind as a blend of pairing and friendship plot that I figured our tastes must overlap pretty closely in that area. So I could basically just write the story I'd want to read under those circumstances (though I did not expect it to be quite as long as it was). And I was doubly flattered and pleased that the story seemed to find its target audience - it's really focused on the John & Rodney relationship, and John's relationships with all of his teammates in the aftermath of season five, so I was hoping that John people would give it a chance ... which, thanks to a couple of really awesome recs, they apparently did.

For Yuletide, I wrote two stories:

Four Things Fuzzies Obtained from Humans (and one thing humans got in return) (H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy series; 9200 words; basically gen)
This was my assignment. I kinda wrote it at the last minute (long story) so I was only able to use the first two books as resources (I didn't actually know that there were more books until too late to do anything about it, since the local bookstore didn't have 'em), which means the story undoubtedly goes AU from the end of the second book. Still, I'm actually very happy with the results; I addressed a few of the issues that I had with the books (seriously, who thinks it's a good idea to give alien people who are used to meat and plant foods a steady diet of field rations?!) and I also got to play with the books' lovely "found family" dynamic. I loved these books when I was a kid and rediscovering them as an adult was really fun - they're awfully dated in some ways (the 1950s-ness of the culture is hilarious and disconcerting) but still quite enjoyable and well-crafted. Piper was a product of his times (and who isn't?) but a damn good writer. And I remember as a kid that Piper was, I believe, the author who made me realize the difference between "sentient" and "sapient" - and then I used to get mad at authors who confused them. *g*

Two-Way Street (MacGyver; 2200 words; episode tag for "D.O.A.: MacGyver"; gen)
MacGyver was my huge crush when I was a teenager. I started watching SG1 not only because I'd liked the movie, but also because RDA was in it. So seeing a request in the Yuletide Madness list for MacGyver friendship gen - how could I not? This story, I think, is quintessential [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper - understated h/c, friendship, a little bit of banter. And it made me want to write more for this show (especially after rewatching a ton of episodes for "research" *g*).
sholio: (Scrubs-Carla)
Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] cupidsbow for looking this over for canon compliance and character voice. :) Torchwood ficlet for the [livejournal.com profile] cliche_bingo square "Magical healing cock". ~450 words, late season 2; nothing more risqué than innuendo.

Some days Gwen wishes she'd just stayed home. )
sholio: (Scrubs-Carla)
Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] cupidsbow for looking this over for canon compliance and character voice. :) Torchwood ficlet for the [livejournal.com profile] cliche_bingo square "Magical healing cock". ~450 words, late season 2; nothing more risqué than innuendo.

Some days Gwen wishes she'd just stayed home. )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
This is for [livejournal.com profile] derry667 -- your ficathon story, at long last! I hope it was worth the wait (ha.) and bears at least some resemblance to what you asked for...

Title: Sam's Journal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 for language, because Sammy's been hanging around Dean too much. Gen.
Spoilers: General spoilers up to the end of the second season, and big ones for "All Hell Breaks Loose 2".
Summary: The journal was Ellen's idea.

Notes: Mostly images, with plain-text version included for most pages.

Click here to begin reading Sam's journal.

If you find any broken links or missing images, please comment or email and let me know -- I've tried to check it all as thoroughly as possible, but I might have missed something.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
This is for [livejournal.com profile] derry667 -- your ficathon story, at long last! I hope it was worth the wait (ha.) and bears at least some resemblance to what you asked for...

Title: Sam's Journal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 for language, because Sammy's been hanging around Dean too much. Gen.
Spoilers: General spoilers up to the end of the second season, and big ones for "All Hell Breaks Loose 2".
Summary: The journal was Ellen's idea.

Notes: Mostly images, with plain-text version included for most pages.

Click here to begin reading Sam's journal.

If you find any broken links or missing images, please comment or email and let me know -- I've tried to check it all as thoroughly as possible, but I might have missed something.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Who-Martha batmobile)
As mentioned in a previous post, Aug. 6-12 is International Blog Against Racism Week. From [livejournal.com profile] ibarw, you can get useful information and links; from me, you get (mostly) useless fanfic. But entertaining, I hope. Here's #3! It's for a fandom I haven't written in before, so I'm fretful as to whether I did the show and the characters justice. *frets*

Title: This is the Price the Angels Pay
Fandom: Doctor Who
Word Count: 2600
Summary: Sometimes Martha gets a phone call.

Future-fic, which I realize is a bit of a nonsensical term with regards to Doctor Who, but, well, that's what it is! Takes place after the Season 3 finale, and, I am sure, will shortly be very, very AU. Gen, at least according to me. Perhaps I should say, no less gen than the show itself.

This is the Price the Angels Pay )

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