tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, July 21st, 2017 01:46 pm
A very small pool this year, but I still matched with at least one person who requested Maria & Pepper!

I admit, I would have liked to write a treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] CamrynBarnes as the only other person who asked for Maria/Steve, but simply didn't have the time. I did get a couple of hundred words into several different universes, the problem is reaching a satisfactory ending...

Anyway, my assignment for [archiveofourown.org profile] finnimbrand:

title: Travel By Bubble
pairings/characters: Maria Hill & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, JARVIS.
tags: Alternate Universe - Fairy Tale
notes: I had such trouble with this, because neither Maria nor Pepper manage to fill the 'heroine' roles in femme-focused fairytales in any way, shape, or form - they're not the wanderers or explorers so much as the guardians and maintainers, and so trying to write them in as the heroines involved a lot of backstory and worldbuilding. In the end, I kind of said, "Ah, to heck with it," and just wrote them as the fairy godmothers, because they fit there!
“Why pink, anyway?” She wondered idly as she combed her fingers through the still-damp strands. “If we can magic the bubble into any color, why pink?”

“We tried making the bubble with all the other colours,” Maria reminded her from where she sat at the portable desk. “Pink’s the most efficient.”

And a treat I wrote for [archiveofourown.org profile] Rivulet027 because I had time and the idea took hold of me:

title: Break My Bones But You Won't See Me Fall
pairing/characters: Bucky/Sam, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, original characters, (background Steve/Maria).
tags: First Meeting, Alternate Universe - Single Parents, Alternate Universe - Human
notes: So I like these two flirting. They seem the type, and they work for me. Plus, the idea of Sam as a single daddy is just too much cute, and I'm pretty sure that Bucky agrees. I kind of 'reused' the character of Pippa from 'And Baby Makes Eight', only Steve is her biodad as well as her father in this universe.
Sam doesn't hold hands on the first date. Luckily, they're about to have dinner together...
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Saturday, July 15th, 2017 11:43 am
title: Four Vixens And A Bunny Cop
summary: It starts with vixens. Four of them dressed to the nines and at sixes and sevens with the club bouncer.
tags: Judy Hopps/Nick Wilde
notes: I had a bit of fun with this one, although it was kind of stressful getting it done and wondering if it was good enough. I didn't read any Zootopia fic in the lead-up - just watched the movie a couple of times through, read up on the TV Tropes, and looked up the Wiki for some detail - so it probably doesn't resemble the standard ouvre of fic in the Zootopia fandom.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Monday, May 1st, 2017 01:33 pm
The sedoretu is coming along. I may have to skip Maria's "wait, wtf" scene with T'Challa, because I don't actually have enough space in this section. I'm trying to make each 'chapter' of the story ~3500 words, but so far we're at 1900 and I've just managed to introduce the complication. And Bucky has interrupted it as per the plan.

Now we need to have the conversation about Bucky and Steve, Maria and Steve, and Sharon and Steve, and then I was hoping there'd be room for T'Challa and Maria, but I'm doubtful.

After that, Natasha gives her opinion on EVERYTHING and starts trying to staunch the bleeding (metaphorically, not actually).

I guess this story is at the usual stage of "HIT THE PANIC BUTTONS, ALL RELEVANT PLOTBUNNIES TO THEIR STATIONS" given my life busyness right now and the due date for the [community profile] wipbigbang which is Mid-June (right around the same time as my quilts for the show are due; JOY).


I took a PH for a fic exchange that I can't specify because specifying it will instantly out me as the author (as though the story itself won't).

Why did I do this? Because...I don't even know why, only that I've made my situation a lot more complicated right when I don't need to.

Self? You suck.


Two fic exchange reveals (as though it wasn't immediately obvious).

[community profile] worldbuildingex

TITLE: All The Daughters Of My Father's House
SUMMARY: Lyra and Jyn Erso bouncing around a universe where the shadow of the Empire is growing longer.
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Lyra Erso, Jyn Erso, Saw Gerrera, Chirrut Imwe/Baze Malbus
TAGS: Alternate Universe (canon divergence), Jedha, Lyra survives, Mother Bear, Celebrations on
NOTES: My assignment asked for "rogue one: give me those ladies *grabby hands* i’m super interested in the structure of the rebel alliance as well as seeing women in positions of power/getting to tell their stories *cough*lyra*cough*. alternatively, my gay azn fathers. (tell me about the jedi temple! and chirrut’s relationship with it! and chirrut/baze ofc)". There were two more chapters planned, where Lyra goes to the Rebel Alliance and tries to keep Jyn from becoming a child soldier, but I didn't get to them. The worldbuilding for Alderaan academical structures was just a little more than my brain could take at the time.

It wasn't particularly well received, but then, it's not a particularly stellar story, IMO.

My [community profile] smutswap was immediately identifiable:

TITLE: Trust Tease
SUMMARY: Going slow, going deep, playing games with someone you trust with your body and your vulnerabilities.
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Thor (cameo)
TAGS: Smut, Oral Sex, Multiple Orgasms, Fucked Raw, Sex
NOTES: I had [personal profile] sunspot on my treats list anyway, because I never get assigned the Maria/Steve prompts...and lo and behold, I got assigned to them! So I wrote smut. It's very vanilla smut at this point, although they discuss/negotiate kink for later times, and I was planning to write the later times, only again, the due date defeated me.

I got a bit of flak on this one for forgetting that it was smut and labelling it 'G', which then had a whole bunch of people clicking on the story to check that I hadn't signed up for a smut swap and then written non-smut. However, I found it somewhat amusing that someone on FFA apparently gathered their courage, closed their eyes, and searched for oral sex in the story - OMG THE HET SEX IT BURNS MY EYEN!


Otherwise, April was spent in Camp NaNo trying to write original fiction - back to the Shadowkids again. I have the structure, I just have to concentrate enough to write it, dammit.

So May: write fic, make quilts, seek job, get winter garden in, score goals for hockey, cook for self...
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 09:03 pm
Hetswap fic for [archiveofourown.org profile] Karmageddon
TITLE: KNight Templar
SUMMARY: Five times Natasha Romanoff protected James Barnes; and the time he didn't need it.
TAGS: James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes & Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanoff, T'Challa (cameo), Steve Rogers (cameo), Maria Hill (cameo), relationship, Spies & Secret Agents, Undercover Missions

Three [community profile] pbam Prompt Stack fics:
TITLE: Reeling Between Earth And Sky
SUMMARY: It's a reminder, not a restraint.
TAGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Light Bondage, Sex

FANDOM: Rogue One
TITLE: or what's a heaven for?
SUMMARY: Jyn has learned not to reach for anything, because it won’t be there for long.
TAGS: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso

TITLE: Ultimate Luxury
SUMMARY: The bath steaming behind Steve wasn’t just a ‘welcome home, relax a little before dinner’ – it was among the most excessive of gifts he could give her.
TAGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Smut, Bath Sex, Established Relationship

And, off the cuff, a continuation of the Neighbours AU, where Maria and Steve are neighbours and start a relationship
TITLE: Encounters And Encores
SUMMARY: Steve planned to skim her mouth, teasing her with promises of more. Instead, Maria drops them straight into the zone, adrenaline and heat striking a lightning connection between his brain and his balls, no seduction required. As opening salvos go, Steve thinks, a little blurrily, it’s a good one.
TAGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Sex, Oral Sex, Couch Sex, negotiating sex, Did I mention the sex?, Alternate Universe - Neighbors, Alternate Universe, Smut, Fluff and Smut

So, yeah, that's quite a lot of Captain Hill smut for an increasingly shrinking audience...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 07:13 pm
So, as it turned out, I wrote six stories in Chocolate Box - one assignment, one pinch hit, and four treats.

My Assignment was for [archiveofourown.org profile] chokolattejedi and was Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern - or, more correctly, the Harper Hall of Pern, centering on Menolly.
FANDOM: Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
TITLE: Rhythms Of Living
SUMMARY: Learning and growing in the Harper Hall.
TAGS: Menolly (Dragonriders of Pern), Robinton (Dragonriders of Pern), Sebell (Dragonriders of Pern), Silvina (Dragonriders of Pern), Lessa (Dragonriders of Pern), The Harper Hall, Journeyman Menolly, Dealing With Prejudice, Women of Pern
It's kind of funny; Menolly and the Harper Hall aren't my favourite parts of Pern to read - I'm fond of them, sure, but I always wanted more about Lessa/F'lar and Brekke/F'nor myself. Still, it was good to go back through Menolly's books, and even read All The Weyrs again.

I haven't read any of Todd McCaffrey's books; I think I pretty much gave up at the Dolphins of Pern, or maybe one book later? The Masterharper of Pern? IDEK. It might just be that I'd grown up and moved on, or that I wanted more complicated characterisation, or more female protags... I don't remember why anymore. I just haven't looked at a Pern book in a while.


My pinch hit was a Rogue One Jyn/Cassian request for [archiveofourown.org profile] opticalprism who prompted "5 ways they drive each other up the wall (and they wouldn't have it any other way)" which, of course, occasioned not only All The Little Things That Irk Them, but also Word Play Opportunity. I love it when a good plan comes together!
FANDOM: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
TITLE: Drive Me Crazy
SUMMARY: Chirrut’s mouth quirks. “Grow used to it from one you love. Trust me. Easier all around.”
RATING: Mature
TAGS: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso, Chirrut Îmwe/Baze Malbus (background), Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, Baze Malbus, Chirrut Îmwe, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Five Times, 5+1 Things, relationship, Humour, Cameos from everyone, Fluff
I'm extremely pleased with how this turned out, and really pleased with the response to it, which has been quite enthusiastic. I don't usually get a lot of comments on my fics. I'm not sure why. Am I intimidating?


After my required stories, it was a question of going back through and looking for prompts I liked and could fill. Unfortunately nobody else asked for Maria/Steve, so I went hunting for other seeds out of which I could grow trees.

I did a quick search for anyone requesting Luna Lovegood in HP (my OTP for Harry is actually Harry/Luna) and found [archiveofourown.org profile] lirin was asking for Luna and Neville during their 7th Year at Hogwarts. To quote Chekov: "I CAN DO ZAT!" (*sob*)
FANDOM: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
TITLE: Evenly Distributed
SUMMARY: They can do this. They can survive. They will.
TAGS: Neville Longbottom & Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Dumbledore's Army, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Freeform, Missing Scene, Carrows Reign at Hogwarts

Next up, [archiveofourown.org profile] Gelsey was asking for Stargate SG1, Sam Carter and Jack O'Neill. I haven't written these two crazy kids in years...
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
TITLE: Quite Proper
SUMMARY: It is totally and completely appropriate for a general to look out for his people.
TAGS: Sam Carter & Jack O'Neill, Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter, Friendship, All The Things They Don't Say, Late Night Conversations, Snacks & Snack Food
This was written at fairly high speed - no time for a significant story, just write an interlude!


Generally speaking, my friends don't tend to ask for things I really enjoy writing. I still keep an eye out for their requests. And when [archiveofourown.org profile] theladyscribe asked for Queen/Spy original fiction, my brain produced a bunny...
FANDOM: Original Work
TITLE: Emperah and Spy
SUMMARY: "A consort is for bringing up sons," said her mother, the Emperah that was. "The concubini are for pleasure and release and a little fun. But lovers... A lover is a threat to you and to the empire."
TAGS: Queen, Spy
In spite of it's limited appeal, I'm quite pleased with it. I've had several Imperial courts in my head for a while, and the idea of a beneficial Imperium vs. a corrupt and venal Republic is a concept that I think would be worth exploring in our current times. It all comes down to working out the plot, the structure, and the twist (if there is one).

And after I wrote Emperah and Spy, I figured I was done.


Because while perusing letters, I discovered [archiveofourown.org profile] bittersnake had asked for a Rogue One, Cassian/Jyn Black Jewels fusion...




TITLE: Oaths Broken And Remade
SUMMARY: It’s one thing to know that obedience isn’t the first law and quite another to look at nearly twenty males who are about to break faith with the Queens whose honor they once swore to uphold.
TAGS: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Jyn Erso, Alternate Universe - Black Jewels Fusion
The idea of honour, and of Blood male responsibilities is a theme that comes up again and again in the Black Jewels series. It's usually explored with regards to a Queen, which is understandable because that's how the society works. But I thought it would be interesting to explore further the concept of males serving an idea or ideal, mingled in with the refrain that's passed through the books, from Saetan to Lucivar to Daemon, and from Lucivar to Jared Blaed: The First Law isn't obedience. I was going to add in Everything has a price, but figured that would only muddy the waters.

Incidentally? Twenty-four men focused around a single female works as the First and Second Circles of a Queen's court. It's the little things...


All in all, I'm pretty happy with them all - not just the responses to them, but with them as stories.
tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 10:19 am
Just one gift for me, as usual. In the last couple of years, I've come to accept that treats are things that happen to other people.

My gift is Rogue One with Chirrut/Baze:
title: Shell Game
summary: Desperate times prompt desperate actions.
characters: Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus
rating: G
warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
tags: Established Relationship, Rebellion
Since the author hasn't included a lot of detail, I would add that the story is a neat little mystery/heist interlude, set just before the movie, and that I really enjoyed the 'role reversal' with Chirrut being the one to 'rescue' Baze rather than the other way around as happens in the movie. Plus, they're cute.


I wrote five fics for Chocolate Box, treats, assignments, pinch-hits. If you can work out which ones, you get a ficlet of your choice.

First one to work out which fics are mine gets a ficlet written for any character/pairing. (You only need to guess one, but then that one is off the table.)

Hint: none of the fics I wrote are anything you wouldn't expect from me, including pairings, characters, and tropes.
tielan: Yoda, deal with it (SW - Yoda deal)
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 09:05 am
title: wade into the water, learn to live again
summary: Nothing about the coolly focused captain of Rebellion Intelligence prepared Jyn Erso for Cassian Andor.
characters: Jyn, Cassian, cameos from Bodhi, Baze, and Chirrut, as well as Wes Jansen.
relationships: Cassian/Jyn
rating: PG-13

It looks like [community profile] rogueonekink is owning my soul right now.

(It doesn't help that Maria has been stalling for a month and more. Yes, Maria, you have issues, I know you don't like laying them out, but the audience needs to know why you have such a freakout about intimate relationships so they can watch you learn to deal with it.)

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year to those who celebrate! We have a lunch at my mother's and I have to hurry and finish the binding on a quilt that's going to a young cousin (my cousin's son) - a belated Christmas present...
tielan: Yoda, deal with it (SW - Yoda deal)
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 10:20 am
FANDOM: Rogue One
TITLE: Never To Outgrow The Heart
SUMMARY: Galen Erso wakes with the aftertaste of bacta in his mouth and a grim recollection of dying. After that, only one question matters: Where is his daughter?
RELATIONSHIPS: Galen Erso & Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso
TAGS: POV Outsider, Romance, fathers and daughters, Shovel Talk, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Galen Erso survives
NOTES: So someone wanted a Rogue One fic where everyone lives and Galen gives Cassian the shovel talk. It didn't quite work out that way. Oddly, I can see everyone else giving Cassian the shovel talk (possibly even K2, for big hilarity) but Galen...not so much.

Anyway, now that's out, I have to get back to sedoretu where Maria is seriously stalling. SERIOUSLY. STALLING.
tielan: (mr president)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 02:53 pm
For [livejournal.com profile] crazy4orcas, who's been having a rough time with her physical health in the last week, and asked for a Clint/Natasha ficlet.

Hope it cheers you up a little, hon!

From my 'Queen For Marvel Territory' Black Jewels fusion series.

Title: A Beautiful Death (906 words) by tielan
Summary: Death sits across the campfire from Clint Barton; the question is whether he can forbear from teasing her.
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Black Jewels Fusion, Fireside conversations
Notes: I've had it in mind to write 'extra scenes' from the Black Jewels/MCU fusion I did years ago, and there are notes and everything, but this is the only one I've so far been motivated enough to finish.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 09:30 pm
Title: oh, there’s a show alright, but it may not be the one you want
Summary: “So, after months of trying to keep you lot quiet and under the radar, you’ve managed to completely blow your cover, start a manhunt, and declare yourselves gay for each other in just over fifty hours.”
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Sam Wilson, Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill
Additional Tags: Captain America 4: Road Trip, Fluff, Vegas marriage, For Great Hilarity, Maria Hill isn't paid enough for this shit, Sam And Bucky Make Mischief, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Resolved Sexual Tension, Past Abuse, Angst, Trauma, Psychological Trauma, Happy Ending, Someone Bring The Vacuum Cleaner Because This Fic Ending Is FLUFFY
notes: The story that got written because the response was rather more enthusiastic than I was expecting...
tielan: (don't mess with)
Sunday, January 8th, 2017 07:00 pm
According to AO3, I created or updated ~100 fannish works.

MCU: Maria/Steve
Ruled And Ruler - PG-13 [Narnia crossover, Phil, Trip, Darcy]
Men and Mailboxes - PG-13 [Neighbours AU]
Sokovia, Suburbia, and the Senate - PG-13
you should never know how easy you are to need - PG13 [angst]
don’t let me in with no intention to keep me - PG-13 [angst + happy ending]
Gardens And Guys Next Door - PG13 [Neighbours AU]
Pre and Post - NC17
Interludes And Interruptions - PG13 [Neighbours AU]
now I lay me down to sleep - G
a practical acquaintance with bees - PG [Maria & Everyone]
The Next Move - PG [Maria/Steve, Clint/Natasha]
intimacy and seduction - R
She Don't Do Damsel - NC17 [kink]
Misery Loves Company - PG13
House Sitting And Holidays - PG13 [Neighbours AU]
Face Value - NC-17
Wake-up Call - G
Stockholm In Subversion - NC17 [Prisoner/Test Subject AU]
Building Blocks - PG13
the one who got away - PG13
Arrows Of Paris - G
Life Can Only Be Lived Forwards - PG13
Presumptuous - NC17
What Happens In Asgard - NC17
Snow Falling On City Blocks - PG13
Pinky And The Brain - G [meta]
Keep Calm And Manage The Damage - PG13
Always On Your Side - PG13 [Civil War AU]
Lepidopterae - PG13 [Time Traveller's Husband AU]
Italian Food And Invitations - PG13 [Neighbours AU]
Limits By Moonlight - PG13 [Psy-Changeling AU]
Every Breaking Wave - PG13 [Time Traveller's Husband AU]
Return To Me - PG13
Not Comforting - G
When The West Wind Moves - PG
How To Ask A Girl To The Yule Ball - PG [Hogwarts AU]
Casualties of War - PG13
As We Lie In Fields Of Gold - PG13
Weapon Of Choice - PG13
Interludes With Jaeger Pilots - PG13 [Jaeger AU]
Once A Good Man - PG
The Same Page - PG
A Tall, Cool Glass Of Water - PG
something attempted, something gained - NC17
Short And Bittersweet - PG
What's Gone Before - PG13
To The End Of Love - M
The Measure Of A Male - PG13 [Black Jewels AU]

MCU: Other Pairing
Small Intimacies - PG-13 [Maria/Bucky]
Jesse's Girl - NC17 [Sharon/Bucky]
Dreams Don't Count - NC17 [Sharon/Bucky]
Refresher Course - NC17 [Sharon/Bucky]
trying to break the mould - G [Peggy/Steve, Steve/Bucky]
an inconvenient time of day - NC17 [Natasha/Bucky]
In From The Cold - PG [Jaeger AU, Clint/Natasha]
oh, there’s a show alright, but it may not be the one you want - NC17 [Bucky/Sam]
One Night In New York - PG [Sharon/Sam]
Luck and Loyalties - PG [Maria/Bucky]
Detective Hardboiled And The FBI Fatale - PG [Bucky/Natasha]
Antiquated Communique [Jane/Thor]
a bit of magic waiting somewhere - NC17 [Maria/Natasha]
sing thee to thy rest - NC17 [Steve/Bucky]

MCU: Gen
How To Terrify Men And Influence People - [Maria & Wanda]
Trouble In Twos - G [AU, Tony Stark, Maria Hill]
The Goddamn Batman - G [humour, Maria Hill, Melinda May]
Livery of Seisin - G [Maria & Rhodey]
The Other One - PG [Maria & Peggy, Maria & Melinda May's Mom]
The Heads Of Her Enemies And A Spoon - [Maria & Natasha]
Not The Hero They Want - PG [Maria]
Not The Standard Model - PG [Jaeger AU, Maria & Pepper]
Fire Breathers - PG [Jaeger AU, Maria & Pepper]
Only Half Barton - G [Lila Barton, Cooper Barton]
holding on to what I haven't got - G [Natasha & Maria, Maria & Peggy, Maria & Steve]
There Is No In-Between (the Fight The Good Fight Remix) - PG [Peggy, Maria, Clint, Steve]
Fall In, Fallout - PG [Nick Fury, Gabe Jones, Dum Dum Dugan]
Frayed Edges - PG [Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Maria Hill]
The Older Brother - G [Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Natasha Romanoff]
Carter's Eleven - G [Maria, Peggy, Melinda, Natasha, Bobbi, Isabelle, Skye, Akela, Sharon, Steve]
The Measure Of Their Days - PG [Jaeger AU, Wanda Maximoff, Peter Maximoff]
Reasons Of Presence - PG [T'Challa & Maria, T'Challa and Okoye]
what's dead is sacred - PG [Steve & Natasha]
united with holy purpose - PG [Bucky & Maria]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Contexts of Possession [Rey/Finn, Rey/Kylo (minor)]
Pacific Rim - Unexpected And Deadly [Mako, Kaidonovskies]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - a jedi craves not these things [Rey & Luke]
Angel the Series - Air: Foetid and Fresh[Fred/Gunn]
Pacific Rim - the noble art of blanketforts [Mako/Raleigh]
Jupiter Ascending - The Centre Of Scent [Jupiter/Caine]
Pacific Rim - Crushing On The Commander [MCU Crossover, Mako/Raleigh, Maria/Steve]
Persuasion (Jane Austen) - any port in a storm but only one place to call home [Anne Elliot/Frederick Wentworth]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Interconnected Loops Of The Universe [Maz Kanata]
Pacific Rim - Warm And Bold [Mako, Kaidonovskies]
Pacific Rim - still in it for the fight [Mako/Raleigh]
Angel the Series - Watcher, Resurrected (the Ascending Tartarus Remix) [Faith Lehane, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Dawn Summers]
Angel the Series - Dust From A Distant Sun [Kate Lockley, Dawn Summers]
Ghostbusters - Heroes And Fans [MCU Crossover, Patty, Holtzmann, Rhodey, Tony]
Egyptian Gods - Older Than the Deserts [Ra]
Order of the Air (Melissa Scott & Jo Graham) - Voices For The Voiceless [Stasi, Douglas]
tielan: team under umbrella (H50 - team)
Sunday, January 8th, 2017 01:52 pm
Usually by now they would have gone live with the gifts. However, it's been a little delayed this year - 11th Jan.

My stocking has all the usual suspects that you'd expect me to ask for, and maybe a few that aren't.

There's a call for last-minute fills (it was posted on the 1st, but just in case).


Right now, I am writing *mumble mumble mumble* and [community profile] rogueonekink promps. They're not very kinky, TBH, it's pretty much just answering prompts.


Also, the Captain Hill Secret Santa is ready to read!

I started kudosing fics, and then realised that if I did that but didn't kudos my own, it would stand out like a sore thumb! So, yeah, I only kudos'd two - my gift, and one other - before I stopped. I'll kudos and comment on the rest when the reveal happens in a few days.

But go forth and read! (And see if you can guess which one I wrote.)


I got about 5K into Fake Marrieds and realised I have at least a 30K story on my hands. *gulp*

I've started posting the Steve|Maria|Natasha\Bucky sedoretu fic under the title 'downright complicated'.

And the Bucky/Sam fic wants just one more scene. Just. One. More. Scene...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Sunday, January 1st, 2017 09:06 pm
One assignment, one PH, one treat. All got excellent receptions before reveals, with the recips all commenting, and kudos and comments arriving independent of the recips.

FANDOM: Order of the Air Series - Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
TITLE: Voices For The Voiceless for [archiveofourown.org profile] mari4212
SUMMARY: Stasi and Douglas have a conversation about the war, about people, and about right and wrong.
TAGS: No Archive Warnings Apply, Stasi Rostov & Douglas Sorley, Douglas Sorley (Order of the Air), Stasi Rostov, parenting, Growing Up

All in all, I'm very happy with how this one turned out. A little bittersweet, but also with hope.

It's the most well-received one among the target audience - the ratio of kudos to hits is the best of the three.

FANDOM: Ghostbusters (2016), Marvel Cinematic Universe
TITLE: Heroes and Fans for [archiveofourown.org profile] Bodldops
SUMMARY: Patty had a moment when she thought, They’ve separated us! And then she had a moment when she thought, It’s a trap! And then she had a moment when she thought, Get a grip on yourself, Patty! This ain’t no weirdo mad scientist – this is Tony Stark!
TAGS: No Archive Warnings Apply, Jillian Holtzmann & Patty Tolan, Patty Tolan & James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan, Maria Hill, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Tony Stark, Friendship, Crossover, Post-Movie(s), Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Misses Clause Challenge

Hit-wise, this is the most popular story out of the three, thanks to the megafandom crossover.

FANDOM: Ancient Egyptian Religion
TITLE: Older Than The Deserts for [archiveofourown.org profile] Delen
SUMMARY: Then, he was bright and unyielding, burning and nurturing both, the source of light and joy. Ra, they called him, and Khepri – the holy scarab that pushes the sun through the sky, and Atum – the final burning blaze before the darkness and the long journey through the night to the reborn dawn. Now, he is known in scrolls and in books, but no longer worshipped, no longer adored.
TAGS: ancient gods in a modern world

This one was surprisingly well-taken; I expected only the recip would read it, let alone kudos or comment, but quite a few people have enjoyed it.


I have at least one reasonably-sized treat that didn't get completed due to time and brain. It's on the New Year's Resolution pile for Yuletide, which I have every year and somehow fail to ever complete...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, November 18th, 2016 05:59 pm
Series: sharp Evening stars and bright Morning flame
Characters/Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes, Maria Hill/Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rogers/Maria Hill, Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers.
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 10621
Warnings: Choose Not To Warn
A sedoretu is a four-person marriage, an intricate mesh of six dynamics - sexual and non-sexual - between Morning man, Evening woman, Morning woman, and Evening Man, a bond of delicate trust.

When Steve Rogers makes Bucky Barnes a promise at age sixteen, he doesn't know that he'll be keeping it at age ninety-six.

When Bucky Barnes meets Natasha Romanoff in the course of their work at the KGB, he won't remember her for another seven years.

When Natasha Romanoff encounters Maria Hill in SHIELD, she isn't thinking of desire or fondness, only of trust - and that it's the first time she's been allowed the choice.

When Maria Hill lets Steve Rogers climb into her bed, she can't imagine the fall - but love is more than sex and emotions, a hard and sometimes lonely road to walk.

When a sedoretu consists of Captain America, the former Deputy Director of SHIELD, the Black Widow, and the Winter Soldier, things are bound to get downright complicated...
Notes: I started this series with the intent of writing eight short-ish stories, and then discovered it was actually going to be one prologue, six stories, and one EPIC FINALE. I’d written the prologue and the first of the six stories when the Marvel Bang came up, and wrote the remaining five of the six stories as my challenge.

The link above takes you to the series on AO3.

I was assigned two artists for the [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang ([livejournal.com profile] flipflop_diva and [livejournal.com profile] sandrasfisher), but I also commissioned Jiinsy Designs to make some art for some of the stories, because I had some money at the time and she was looking for commissions.

The EPIC FINALE is still a bunch of notes and 3K of Steve jealousy. I hope to get around to it before Christmas...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, October 7th, 2016 08:26 am
So, apparently my Pottermore Patronus is a Manx Cat.

According to Wikipedia, the characteristics are "docile, good-tempered and sociable", but also "also shy of strangers", and at their best "an alert, active animal of much power and energetic character".

Works for me.


Ethicists Say Voting With Your Heart Without A Care About The Consequences Is Actually Immoral


At the entrance to Dachau, buried among the weeds and gravel, is an old railroad track. It's uneven, hastily built, and ends abruptly at a small unmarked concrete platform.

Here, not even a century ago, thousands of people were herded out of train cars, across the platform, and through the wrought iron gate emblazoned with the words "ARBEIT MACHT FREI."


I've just been reading Jo Graham and Melissa Scott's "Order Of The Air" series, which is one part history, one part fantasy, all parts awesome, and very very relevant in America's current political situation - not just the election, but in mentality, perspective, and the echoes of the past that are rippling through American society now.

If you haven't read the series, I highly recommend it, not just for the historical perspective, but also because it's a damned good read.

The first five books are available in ebook format at Crossroads Press - a straight download in ePub or mobi.

Not sure when the 6th one will be out right now...


ficbit )


A shipment of fabric and leathergoods has gone missing. The tracking details says it's been delivered, but we haven't seen it at all.

At this point, I'm hoping that it got delivered to another house in the area - one with the same house number on a parallel street - this happens sometimes. But I'm kind of pissed off with the mail service, because I was hoping to have that delivery last weekend to complete something, and it still hasn't turned up! GRARGH.


B2 is having a birthday party tonight. I've been asked to provide a meat dish and a dessert dish. I was going to make cheesecake, but I'm not going to have the time to do it unless I go home around lunchtime (which I admittedly could).

Although, after a conversation with B1, it looks like I am to be let off by just buying some ice-cream and fruit on account of it being a rather warm day...
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Sunday, September 25th, 2016 01:08 pm
Written as a pinch-hit for Avengersfest 2016:

Carter's Eleven
“Have no fear, Director,” Zola said in primly satisfied accents. “I assure you that there is no one person who can make a difference to Thursday’s events.”

I angsted a lot about this story - what to change, what to keep, how to rewrite the timeline and the scenes reasonably to give the women the opportunity to shine as they are, not just slotted into the appropriate character positions. This may not be the Carter's Eleven I originally envisioned, but it one works better in-canon, I think.


Interludes With Jaeger Pilots
Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, and the questions of war, friendship, and love, in the battle against the Kaiju.

Second part of a story in a series about an MCU Pacific Rim universe. Maria & Pepper focused, although this one has background Pepper/Tony and foreground Maria/Steve.
tielan: Hulk angry (AVG - wtf)
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 09:02 am
I received one fic, and wrote three:

My gift was:
accustom the eye to calmness by [archiveofourown.org profile] syllic: It's Pacific Rim: Stacker, Mako, and their first meeting from Stacker's POV rather than Mako's.

Go read it, it's sweet, simple, and uncomplicated. Sometimes you just want that.

My assignment was for [profile] crossing_hades | [archiveofourown.org profile] Persephones_Keeper (we seem to be meeting a lot in ficathons; can't imagine why...)

I ended up writing two stories, because I started writing one and posted it, but decided I didn't like it, so I wrote another one. Then I ended up rewriting the original one to be better, and now I'm pretty happy with both.
title: The Older Brother
summary: A parent should never have favourites.
relationships: Nick Fury & Maria Hill, Nick Fury & Natasha Romanoff, Nick FUry & Peggy Carter
characters: Nick Fury, Peggy Carter, Maria Hill, Natasha Romanoff
warnings: None
ratings: PG-13
notes: A retelling of The Prodigal Son, from a different angle. Or: most people don't care about the ones who do the duty; but good parents don't have favourites - just children they love in different ways, for different reasons. I'm not sure fandom actually gets this.

title: Fall In, Fallout
summary: "Sometimes it’s not being the only brother that makes the difference. Sometimes it's the company you fall in with. Caterpillars and all."
relationships: Nick Fury & Gabe Jones, Gabe Jones & Dum Dum Dugan
characters: Nick Fury, Gabe Jones, Dum Dum Dugan
warnings: Use of a time-period accurate slur.
ratings: PG-13
notes: I don't generally read Nick-focused fic, so I don't know how most people look at his background/upbringing. However, given SLJ's age, Nick would have been among the first generation post-Civil Rights, which I thought was worth addressing - and glimpsing, as a sideline, how Gabe Jones got through the 40s and 50s as a black American hero, and member of the Howling Commandos.

And a pinch-hit.
title: Frayed Edges
summary: It’s one thing to know that Steve would go to the wall for Bucky Barnes – hell, isn't that what Sam’s been doing hanging around with Steve for the last two years? It’s another to believe he’d do the same for Sam.
relationships: Sam Wilson & Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson & Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson & Maria Hill
characters: Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Bucky Barnes, various other Avengers
warnings: None
ratings: PG-13
notes: Like the rest of fandom, I tend to write Sam in as the helper and counsellor character, and I wanted to avoid that in this fic - particularly in light of several Tumblr posts pointing out how damaging it is to write 'perfect' black people, there to help the 'damaged' white people (where the stories naturally focus on the damaged whites and how they reach resolution).

I don't think it's quite what the recipient wanted - she actually requested Steve/Bucky/Sam and c/p'd her Steve/Bucky prompts from Smut Swap, just asking to insert Sam at the top. *shrug* This was what I had in me, and I'm kind of glad to have written it.

Now, I'm frantically trying to finish [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang: 7241/8000 (the minimum), to be handed in by tonight... And then I have to hope I get someone to do art who actually likes Maria, which I suspect is going to be an exercise in futility...
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, August 8th, 2016 11:38 am
A lot of remixes that came out all at once! And the RemixMe and FemmeRemix were due pretty much within days of each other, which made things a little crazy while I was on holidays...

MCU Rolling Remix

title: there is no in-between (fight the good fight remix)
summary: We’d rather have you with us, than against us, Peggy Carter told her after Madripoor. At the time, Maria thought it foolish flattery – appreciated it, sure, but it was a sweetener, not the truth. Then again, she’s now Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D, so it seems the former Director was right.
tags: Maria Hill & Peggy Carter, Maria Hill & Clint Barton, Maria Hill & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Peggy Carter, Melinda May, Backstory, Friendship, Parallels.
notes: Okay, so I seriously twisted the story around so that I could shoehorn Maria into the plot, because the original story didn't even mention her and, well, I knew that if I didn't rectify that, she wouldn't get mentioned for the rest of the remix. But apparently I spearheaded the charge into 'Team SHIELD' territory? At last according to the MCU Rolling Remix Masterlist. So, it's interesting to see where people took the original story and how they interpreted it.
original: Between The Wars by [archiveofourown.org profile] MarnaNightingale


fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel the Series
title: Dust From A Distant Sun (the Hellburned remix)
summary: Kate was never the kind to lie to herself. She picks the corner table because it means she can keep an eye on everything in the bar – and it’s definitely an everything kind of bar.
tags: Kate Lockley, Dawn Summers, Walk Into A Bar, Post-Series, Not comics compliant
notes: I had a brief panic attack when I saw my assignment, because the characters weren't my usual ones, then I got a grip and started writing. I think it turned out okay, even if it wasn't quite the story I wanted to tell ("a ghost, a cop, and the Key walk into a bar - and it ain't no joke").
original: Sunfaded by [archiveofourown.org profile] shobogan

fandom: MCU
title: holding onto what I haven't got (the sitting in an empty room remix)
summary: The hardest part of ending is starting up again.
tags: Natasha Romanoff & Maria Hill, Peggy Carter & Maria Hill, Steve Rogers & Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Soul-Searching, Natasha Romanov Is a Good Bro
notes: This came to me as a PH since the recipient has boasted that they don't kudos or comment on their gifts, and the person assigned them found this out and promptly deflated, quite understandably.
original: just a voice like a riot by [archiveofourown.org profile] meatball42

Remix Me

fandom: Angel the Series
title: Watcher, Resurrected (the Ascending Tartarus Remix)
summary: A lot can happen between death and re-life.
tags: Faith Lehane, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Lorne | Krevlornswath, Dawn Summers
notes: It was a little surprising to end up writing two Buffy&Angel remixes after such a long time since being in the fandom. But, yeah. This was seriously abbreviated from what I felt should be an EPIC STORY about the end of the world. (Again!) I really liked the idea of time having passed and the world of the Watchers and Slayers being very different to how it was at the time that the shows ended, but I was out of time.
original: Ascending Tartarus by [archiveofourown.org profile] Persephones_Keeper
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, August 1st, 2016 07:41 am
So, it's been a week of Remixes live for me.

1. Remix Me 2016: a story-specific remix, where we submitted stories to remix, and someone picked one of our stories out to remix.

The remix of my story is amazing! The original is "And Miles To Go Before I Sleep" with a Stacker Pentecost focus, but its remix "See Me Stopping Here (a remix from away)" has done more than I would ever have asked for!

2. [community profile] femmeremix: AO3 Archive: a female-character centric remix. I wrote two stories - one assignment, one pinch hit, and while neither are brilliant, they're sufficient unto the day thereof. :)

3. MCU Rolling Remix 2016: The idea of this was that one person would write a story, then the next person would receive the story and remix it. The person after that would remix that story, and so on. So it's a chain of remixes, all down the line.

If you can guess any of the ones I wrote, then...you're doing pretty well, I think!


Finally, my fics for the Franzi and Gecko's Friends Write For Each Other exchange were:

title: still in it for the fight
summary: Anyone with any sense knows that the media storm around Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket is going to be a hurricane; their friends are mostly just hoping that the PPDC's newest pilot pairing don't capsize in the middle of it all.
tags: Raleigh Becket/Mako Mori, Alison Choi/Tendo Choi, Sergio D'onofrio/Caitlin Lightcap, Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket, Vanessa Gottlieb, Alison Choi, Tendo Choi, Sergio D'onofrio, Caitlin Lightcap, Hercules Hansen, POV Outsider
notes: I haven't written Mako/Raleigh in quite a while, so this was kind of a challenge.

title: Only Half Barton
summary: Lila Barton is bored.
tags: Lila Barton, Cooper Barton, Siblings, Kids say the darndest things, Before Dawn They're Your Children, parenting is hard, Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie)
notes: A fun little bit that I developed after a conversation in YT chat. :D

title: weapon of choice
summary: She’s sharp and cold as the rocks of the Austrian Alps, a knife of a woman from the precise click of her bootheels across the institution floor to the icy condemnation of her gaze as it rests on Steve.
tags: Maria Hill & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Steve Rogers
notes: Quite a few people asked for Maria or Maria/Steve, unfortunately, I only just squeaked in my assigned fic, and was trying to write my Remix fics (all three of them) at the time, so I didn't manage to do more than just one ficlet. Which I think is a bit of a pity...