tielan: (travel)
Monday, September 18th, 2017 11:43 am
- book the Dior exhibit for Monday or Wednesday, work out how to get there
- see if L wants to go see Much Ado at the Melbourne Popup Globe (otherwise just arrange to meet for munchies)
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tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Monday, September 18th, 2017 08:17 am
My fic for Franzi and Gecko's fic exchange - a small friends-oriented exchange. You would not believe how many times I rewrote this assignment before I finally settled on this story. Apparently I have sedoretu on the brain...
The Road That Leads To Home (1595 words) by tielan
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Laura Barton, Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Sedoretu
Summary:
He surveys the land before them as the Wakandan plane hovers over the landscape, and Natasha tries to imagine it through his eyes.

“A farm?”

“A safehouse.” Somewhere to recover, with no lingering ghosts, with nothing to trigger his responses, even now the programming has been taken out.

The expression on his face is bleak. “And is it safe for them?”
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Sunday, September 17th, 2017 07:04 pm
Also, I have a headache, although that might be from consumption of too much alcohol.

We lost the grand final, but it took us half the game to find out feet and our opponents came out the gate swinging. (Plus, I'm not entirely sure they didn't stack their team with a couple of players from higher grades, but eh. What can you do? The organiser has known when the Grand final games were going to be played for at least a month now, but we only got the update for times on Wednesday.)

Friday night and Saturday were great - a weekend away with the women from church. I had some good conversations, including one with the speaker. (She's in a situation much like my mother's was thirty years ago, and I wanted to let her know that I appreciated her candour, but also to reassure her that her children are watching her, loving her, and appreciating her - that shit happens, but we grew up and deal with it (some better than others).

I got all my assignments in, now there's only [community profile] crossovering until [community profile] trickortreatex and [community profile] yuletide.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, September 15th, 2017 08:16 am
Nominated:

nominated )

Missing:
missing )

Okay. I have to finish an exchange today, in between testing things that aren't working, fixing things that are broken, and making a list of what to pack for the weekend away... not that there has to be much - I'm only staying Saturday. And then I got to get out of here early...
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tielan: (Fringe - Olivia)
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 11:27 am
Hello dear Trick-or-Treat author!

EMPTY PROMPTS AHOY, STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

This is my first year in ToT, so this letter may not be what you're expecting. I've listed the fandom and characters we've matched on, then added relationships (optional), and prompts (also optional). They're really just places for you to start - something to catch your eye, perhaps, or something to challenge you.

I don't mind if it's a trick or a treat, take it light and fluffy, or take it dark - just keep in mind that while I don't mind a good dark/edgy story, I like there to be a little leavening at the end, a little hope!

In these canons, I'd prefer the story didn't have a specific Halloween slant, especially given that Rogue One, Pacific Rim, Merlin, and Stargate Atlantis happen in canon situations where Halloween would likely be less celebrated. (Also: I'm Australian: Halloween is becoming more popular here, but it's not a patch on the megaholiday status in the US.)

letter: still under revision )

I would also be good with any prompts from previous exchanges that match the parameters of this exchange. You can find my signups/letters at dear+fic+writer+letters if you're so inclined.

Ultimately, if none of these prompts take your fancy, then don't worry. Simply write the characters and fandom we matched on, and I'll be delighted to see your take on it!
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 09:26 am
I prefer [community profile] femmeremix. Should have asked whether we were going to run it earlier in the year...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 01:13 pm
More for my own assistance, since I'm pretty sure nearly everyone already inclined to write is participating in these.

[community profile] yuletide_admin community, nominations (tagset is hidden until after noms), the spreadsheet so far of nominations, we have until Saturday!

[community profile] trickortreatex community, AO3 collection for signing up, tag set for sign-ups, which run until Monday.
tielan: (PacRim - Mako2)
Monday, September 11th, 2017 01:05 pm
The [community profile] genex stories don't seem to be doing too well on the hits-and-kudos front right now, so I thought I'd start at the backend and work my way up to the front, in reverse of the usual procedure.

But there are some good stories in there - beautifully written, well-characterised, enjoyable stories for canons which I know but don't usually participate in.

Conversation on a Summer Morning (1050 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Faramir & Gilraen
Characters: Faramir (Son of Denethor II), Gilraen (Tolkien)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

The morning after Aragorn's coronation, Faramir has a chance encounter with someone he did not expect.

My note: A sweet little encounter, speaking of families and honour and relationships and connections.


When the Wheels Come Off (1519 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Angst, Teen Angst, Missing Scene, Guilt
Summary:

Misusing the suit had consequences. Both Peter and Tony reflect on whether they were warranted.

My note: I'd actually call this 'fathers and sons'. Some good parallels, although I don't know if they were drawn in the movie or if the author made them independently.


Ensemble Piece (1378 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Clint Barton, Nick Fury
Additional Tags: SHIELD, Slice of Life, Early Days
Summary:

Early in her time with SHIELD, Natasha gets tonsillitis, and starts figuring out her place in SHIELD.

My note: Home is where they bring you blue bunnies and icecream.


We Could Go to Mexico (3281 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Scarlett O'Hara & Melanie Wilkes
Characters: Scarlett O'Hara, Melanie Wilkes
Additional Tags: Gen Work, Female Friendship, POV Female Character, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

Scarlett is carrying the load at Tara, but she isn’t alone.

My note: I haven't read Gone With The Wind in decades, but this fic captures the hardships and pain of both Scarlett and Melanie as they stay at Tara, trying to make life for themselves.
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tielan: (AVG - maria)
Monday, September 11th, 2017 08:31 am
Honestly, I'm a little shocked. I got two Maria Hill fics! TWO OF THEM.

*stares at them like they're cute little Mogwai that someone is about to feed after midnight*

My [community profile] genex gift:
A Little Thing You Better Not Forget (1896 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter & Maria Hill, Jane Foster & Maria Hill, Maria Hill & Pepper Potts
Characters: Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, Jane Foster (Marvel), Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Female Friendship, Marvel Ladies Getting Shit Done
Summary:

Four women, one cause, and in the end they might just save the world.



My note: The best thing about this fic? Is that the women aren't girly for the sake of being girly; they're in-character, female and feminine, while being practical, frank, and a little bit wry/sarcastic. (The end exchange between Maria and Jane, where Jane modifies her answer? I love that. Because Jane so would! And I want the rest of that story where we see just what Maria and Jane went looking for...)

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My [community profile] auexchange gift:
The Heroes We Need (1159 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Pepper Potts, Skye | Daisy Johnson, Melinda May
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe — All Female Avengers, Alternate Universe - Post-Canon, BAMF Maria Hill
Summary:

“The world needs its heroes," Fury had said, and Maria got to work.



My note: Frankly, I would give the right testicle of every man I know for this continuation of the MCU.

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As per usual, I want MOAR FIC in these narratives... (Fic that I don't have to write myself, mind you.)

Off-hand, if anyone is inclined to Remix Madness, I've signed up here with anything and everything that isn't a remix of something else (it's always marked with 'remix' in the title).
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tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Sunday, September 10th, 2017 08:24 pm
I have adulted muchly this weekend.

Friday night, I made bechamel sauce and assembled a lasagne. Two, actually. I also adjusted/modified/fixed my exchange fics for this weekend, and they'll do, although I don't think they're as good as the two for Rarepairings.

Saturday morning, I picked kumquats off someone's tree by arrangement. She took some seed potatoes, planting garlic, and a pumpkin in exchange, and then I headed out to swap the last of the winter produce (fennel and winter greens and another pumpkin, seed potatoes and planting garlic and suchlike) for honeycomb and eggs and quite a few seedlings. So far as I'm concerned, I came out a winner!

Back in the garden, I 'bagged' the fruit trees against fruit fly, and deep-watered the newer trees that haven't been doing quite so well. I arranged to rent chickens from Rent-A-Chook (a program that allows you to try keeping chickens in your backyard) and I expect they'll call in the next couple of weeks to arrange for delivery and set up and explanation. We'll see how they do as the weather warms up!

I also measured up a section of the house for a couple of slimline water tanks to hold water when we start getting rain again. (It's been a crazily dry winter, which has been nice on the 'not getting stabbed in the eye by an umbrella on the train' front, but not so great on the 'persuading things to grow' front.) Eventually, I'd like to run our toilet and our washing machine through the rainwater tanks, but right now, I'm settling for just the garden...

This morning I played in my team's hockey finals, and assisted in the sole goal scored during the game. It was a pretty amazing game; we definitely brought our best play this week. People were doing all the right stuff, things came together, and we won! We really needed things to come together, though - the team we played against were tough stuff, and next week's team will be, once again, a hard game.

On the plus side, my body doesn't ache as badly as it did last weekend. Now I just have to hold it all together to next weekend. (You should have seen the face my sister made when she discovered we'd made it through to the finals; she's 'eh' on winning/losing, but since she gets to listen to me complain about how my body creaks, she has a vested interest in me not playing.

Then I came home, washed the kumquats and made kumquat brandy and kumquat whiskey. There's still enough kumquats to make some spiced preserves, though, so I might have to get to that tomorrow.

And now I'm going to angst over my nominations for Yuletide. Only three slots for nominations? WHERE'S THE LOVE?!?
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tielan: (IM - pepper)
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 08:43 am
I actually slept the night through last night, instead of waking up at 4am, but I'm still tired. The back still aches, but it's easing. As a result, I think summer hockey is out. I might offer to play occasionally, if a team is short, but I think my body needs the break...

Also starting to worry that I've cracked or damaged a bone near the base of my spine. The increased sensitivity/twinges in my feet, the relative ease with which my back goes out… The problem is that I had all the MRIs 18 months ago and they came back clear, so I don't want to do it all over again (paying for the scans) and discover, no, actually everything's fine.

Three assignments are in (and in need of revision, although these will do), one to go. Should be an easy one (hahahahaha) would be easier if recip had asked for my fave, but can do this otherwise. Next time, though, self, CHECK THE DUE DATES!
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tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, September 4th, 2017 12:31 pm
Seriously screwed on the exchanges front. Why is everything due THIS WEEK?

Okay, and why did I pick up that Pinch Hit? Two of 'em, even! IDIOT.

But, yeah, struggling on the writing front. Of course, all my muse wants to write right now is smut; kissing, sexing, seducing, oh and a bit of fighting before kissing. And what's due? Gen exchanges and gen prompts, of course.

Tooth is still aching, headaches are getting worse, back went out again yesterday at hockey. I had a brief session of the shakes after working out in the garden, and I'm starting to wonder a bit about the soil on this plot; the house was built 55 years ago, right before they started caring what kinds of chemicals they'd pour out in the soil when the job was done... I'm quietly worrying that I'm poisoning myself with my garden.

We lost our 1st semis to the top team in the competition, but only in extra time, and after they had about a DOZEN short corners: one of the umpires was unbelievably crappy in her calls. I had several shots on goal, couldn't make any of them stick. Frustrating (and hot; temp was 28C easy, one of our players had a touch of heastroke after) but not entirely unexpected. Now we have to win against another team next week. And I need to get my back seen to ASAP, or I'm not going to be any use next weekend.
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tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 09:42 am
One assignment, one pinch hit.

My assignment was for [archiveofourown.org profile] nasimwrites, who asked for Narnia, Cor/Aravis futurefic.

title: sons of kings, daughter of tisrocs
summary:
Aravis has renounced all else, but she cannot renounce the blood running in her veins. She is born out of the line of Tisrocs and Tarkaans, blood of Calormene rulers who have laid siege to Archenland by means both foul and fair through the ages, and she may not lay claim to Archenland’s heir.
tags: Aravis/Shasta|Cor, Aravis, Shasta | Cor, King Lune, Corin, Original Characters, Hwin.
notes: My assignment, which I left until the last minute, submitted about 4K of average fic, and over the next week wrote it into 8K of something I'm actually quite happy with. Man, trying to get the language right was difficult. As was imagining the politics of not only nationalism but also race and gender in a world that was written by a clueless white guy. I guess I pulled it off; the response appears to have been positive.

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The pinch-hit was for [archiveofourown.org profile] DesertVixen who wanted a Wonder Woman/Captain America crossover.

title: Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace
summary:
Her first sight of Bucky Barnes is over the barrel of a sniper rifle in the hills to the west of Wroclaw, deep in German-occupied territory. He is young and martial then, frowning slightly as he watches the prison camp in the snowy valley below through the scope of his rifle.
Some seventy years later, Diana’s first sight of the Winter Soldier is sitting on a seat of carved stone in a tropical garden in Wakanda, leaning back so the hot sun falls across his body, the rough arm prosthetic a jarring sight in the fluid greenery of the garden.
tags:James "Bucky" Barnes/Diana Prince, Crossover, Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie)
notes: This was a mad-panic 'waiting on this story' pinch hit that I took up after I spent the week rewriting my assignment. Do you know how hard it is to confine a meeting, history, relationship, and changed world canon in under 2K with a satisfying resolution? It's HARD. Probably just as well I wrote it in four hours last Sunday night or I'd have spent a lot of emotional energy fretting about it. As it stands, I'm pretty happy with the result.

On the off-chance that someone was wondering about the unusual word I used in both (last post), it was "ablutions".
tielan: (AtS - Faith)
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 07:54 am
I signed up for the Morning Evening Day Night prompt-a-thon and picked a prompt.

It's due on the same day as my [community profile] genex stories (one assignment, one pinch hit) and two days before the [community profile] auexchange, and I want to write it in the style of the canon and I don't have time.

I'm guessing the due date was chosen because it's the "end of summer" and possibly in time for USian Labor Day (or whatever it is) so there'll be readers for the exchange, but it's kind of seriously inconvenient for me. And I know it's a prompt exchange and there's no pressure to deliver, but I'm wondering if I should at least drop the claim for someone else. Except that then it'll never get done.

Ugh.

I'm feeling kind of cynical about fandom and my place in it this morning. I mean, I've always been cynical about fandom and my place in it, but this morning I'm feeling it rather more forcefully.
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Monday, August 28th, 2017 08:12 am
I wrote one assignment and picked up a pinch hit. They're both being pretty well received so far.

First person to pick which ones I wrote gets a ficlet.

Hint: they are both media canons (rather than original fic), and I used a completely valid but not commonly used word in both (which I only realized as I was reading through my stories once again this morning).

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And for a gift I got a really cute Diana (Wonder Woman)/Rhodey fic:

Shock And Awe
“You should have answered your phone.”

It feels a little like it should be one chapter in a bigger fic entitled: “The Dating Dangers Of Superheroes” that details the risks and rewards of dating in the superhero crowd. (Which I’d love to read should anyone decide to put it together!)
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Sunday, August 27th, 2017 09:06 am
My exchange fics tend to fall into a pattern. The recip and a couple of others respond during the anonymous period, but no-one else. Then, after reveals, my usual readers come in and make up the bulk of the response.

title: Now A Diff'rent Measure Try
summary: As she follows the road that winds around the edge of the lake, Diana glimpses the boxy, modern house of glass and steel and thinks, Is this not purpose?
tags: Diana (Wonder Woman) & Alfred Pennyworth, Alfred Pennyworth & Bruce Wayne, Diana (Wonder Woman) & Bruce Wayne, Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne, First Meetings, Friendship.
notes: For [archiveofourown.org profile] Apricot in the DCEU Exchange. I was hoping to write Part 2 with Diana and Bruce sparring, and Part 3 with Diana and Bruce sex, but that didn't happen this time. Maybe next DCEU story.

Waiting for the [community profile] rarepairfest to do reveals...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, August 25th, 2017 10:41 am
This week has revolved around my rarepairing entry, and next week will revolve around genex. Why did I pick up a pinch-hit? Why?

I feel like I've been having some kind of palpitations lately; I feel my heart a lot more, like it's working harder. This is of concern because I have crazy high cholesterol and I'm not on medication. However, the docs have held off putting me on medication because I have what they consider a low-risk lifestyle. I'm starting to wonder, though, if that's enough. So I'm going to deliberately embark on a low-cholesterol diet. I need to eat more fresh fruits and vegies anyway.

I've avoided posting about the same-sex marriage survey here in Australia as much as possible, particularly on FB. However, if I vote, it will be yes because of the legalities of partnership and the need for relationships of all stripes and types to be legally recognised, acknowledged, and given due rights in situations where the definition of 'next of kin' matters.

I think I need to improve my garden spacing. It's not very good right now, and I think my gardening is suffering as a result. But the weather is warming and it's time to plant! I think that will be something for the weekend...

I've applied for a job in Canberra where there are projects going that might pay me 30-40% more than I'm currently being paid, and which will be running for a couple of years. The downside is that if I get the job, my life in Sydney will go largely bye-bye for that length of time, because it will involve either living in Canberra or regularly commuting back on weekends...

Did you see the thing about the woman tried to scam to the NYT Bestseller list? It's an epic story. Oh, and if you want to read her really bad prose without buying a copy, Sarah M Carter has gotten hold of the book and is posting excerpts... As someone else noted: this is WILD.
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tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, August 21st, 2017 11:21 am
DCEU exchange was in and complete on time. I got an extension, I would have liked to write more. I might still add another chapter.

Rarepairings is written and posted, but is being re-drafted due to my not liking the way the current ending plays out.

Genex assignments have a couple of notes, but no actual words.

Just put my name down for Remix Madness. Unlikely as always, but we'll see. May or may not get involved.

Sedoretu Promptfest has a few couplets, but nothing concrete: this will probably fail, but I'd kind of like to try it all the same.

Haven't even looked at AU Exchange or Crossovering, and have given Franzi and Gecko's Friends Exchange a quick lookover but nothing more.

I haven't responded for marvel Bang: no time, no inspiration, no brain.

Otherwise I think it's quiet until Yuletide/Santa set of exchanges, which will pop up just as I've completed these...

Contemplating joining [community profile] wip_amnesty but not sure it's worth it. I mean, yes, the satisfaction of posting stories (and I have many many WIP), but I guess I can do that on AO3 and a few people will take a chance on reading it anyway...
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tielan: (AVG - maria)
Thursday, August 17th, 2017 08:28 am
The world is a trash fire right now. And even if you stay out of the flames, the smoke is still pretty deadly.

Stay safe and don't forget to self-care.

(This may include limiting news intake and taking meds. By all means decide on what news intake you can handle, but from someone who lives with a med-taker, seriously, TAKE YOUR MEDS.)