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

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

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

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

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.
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

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...)


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

“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.


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).
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 01:28 pm
Ugh when you find spellos in the fics you wrote for an exchange!

I think all my recips have responded, and I have left kudos and comments on all my [community profile] not_primetime stories (they were all very enjoyable).

My gifts were:

title: make up your own stories
summary: Jyn Erso goes home
tags: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso, Jyn Erso & Baze Malbus, Jyn Erso & K-2SO, Jyn Erso & Bodhi Rook, Jyn Erso & Chirrut Îmwe, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Chirrut Îmwe, K-2SO (Star Wars), Baze Malbu,s Bodhi Rook, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Post-Canon, Team Feels, Friendship, Character Study
notes: This one got me good on a couple of levels - family, sisterhood, food-as-love, and K2SO who is both snarky and awkward.

title: hands clasped in undying loyalty
summary: Diana took a step forward before she clasped his hand in hers. It was not the smooth hand of a playboy billionaire. No, Bruce's rough hand spoke of untold strength and hardship. It was the type of hand that she was familiar with and she liked that Bruce was reminding her of home.
tags: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Bruce Wayne, Post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Sparring, Attraction, Kissing, Wonder Woman Compliant
notes: I think that Batman - the obsessively trained, wholly-human vigilante - would be an amazing match for Diana - both in fighting and in fucking. Given what we've learned of Diana in the Wonder Woman movie, I love the openness in her approach to Bruce, and I love reading stories where Bruce manages to find a balance between the man and the vigilante - Diana, I think, helps that.

title: The Message
summary: AU treatment of Rogue One, focused on Lyra Erso
tags: Jyn Erso & Lyra Erso, Galen Erso/Lyra Erso, implied Galen Erso/Orson Krennic, Lyra Erso, Saw Gerrera, Jyn Erso, Galen Erso, Bodhi Rook, Cassian Andor, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, lyra lives
notes: Lyra Lives! And is kind of scary - which is exactly what I asked for.

A I have a few recs besides:

not primetime 2017 recs )
tielan: (IM - pepper)
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 01:17 pm
I'll post about my gifts tomorrow (which are all wonderful fics) but I just kind of want to squee about one of the fics I found while trawling through the archive.

Title: Instantiation
Summary: It's just a patch, sure, but it's disruptive, and JARVIS isn't sure he likes it.
Tags: Jarvis, Tony Stark, AI ethics, AI consciousness, Stark isn't that good at emotion things, set pre- and post- IM1, JARVIS worries.

Why: Okay, so, maybe it's just because I'm a computer geek myself, with a background in programming, and I have been for nearly 30 years since long before much about programming was known to the general public. But this is an AMAZING FIC. It's basically The Story Of How JARVIS Comes To Be, beginning and ending with code patches.

It's beautifully written, and while I cannot attest to the precision of an AI's development of actual awareness/intelligence, it just works for me, from consciousness to language to development of protocols and the 'choices of morality', the matter of JARVIS' relationship with Tony, his perceptions of body, and even the differences between him in IM1 and IM2 (and presumably subsequently AoU). I particularly like that the author has kept JARVIS' bodilessness as a significant point throughout the story - that embodiment is something that JARVIS wonders if he either needs or wants, and the reasons why.

Frankly, I would LOVE to read this author's take on JARVIS vs Ultron, and the creation of Vision in AoU.

But yes, you should read this fic. Don't let the opening paragraphs put you off (they might, it's a bit 'technical' but that's the brilliance in the style of the fic) just go and read it all!
tielan: (Who - Eleven)
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 01:05 pm
Another rec.

title: All Of Space And Time and Place
summary: Bucky Barnes and Donna Noble, intergalactic space vagrants.
tags: James "Bucky" Barnes, Donna Noble, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Crossover, IN SPACE!, Bucky Barnes Needs a Hug, and occasionally gets one
notes: An exceedingly enjoyable crossover! In character, quirky, and delightful.


...um wow. I have three NPT gifts. That almost never happens. Now I just have to convince myself that they're not pranks or something.
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Monday, July 10th, 2017 08:05 am
It's a small collection this year, as usual Steve is the most-written about character with Natasha second. Somewhat surprisingly (probably due to the small sample space) Maria & Pepper friendship is in equal second place for 'relationship' along with Steve/Natasha, Loki/Steve, Loki & Steve, and Steve/Sam.

My big issue with writing AUs is always getting enough information into the story so the context is clear, while still establishing the characters. Which is one reason why my assignment got changed innumerable times and ended up coming down to the wire. *sigh*

My gift is:
title: dark side of the morning
summary: SHIELD has been infiltrated by HYDRA. Maria has a very small window of time to gather together a team she can trust to take them down before they try to destroy the world. She's also pretending to be dead, so that makes it a little more complicated. It's a good thing that she has a plan.
tags: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Nick Fury, Clint Barton, Sharon Carter (Marvel), Canon AU - Maria Hill Director Of SHIELD, Canon Divergence - Post-Avengers (2012), Canon-Typical Violence
notes: It's a CA:TWS AU with Maria as Director of SHIELD and some Steve/Maria angles. It has BAMF Maria (okay, even more BAMF than usual), and all the usual suspects. Woohoo!

Some stories I rather like are:
title: don't go wasting my precious time
summary: The CEO of Stark Industries receives a visit from the Director of SHIELD. It's not a big deal. Nothing's wrong. There's no weird science or potential explosions... Yeah, right.
tags: Maria Hill & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill & Darcy Lewis, Maria Hill & Jane Foster, Jane Foster & Darcy Lewis, Darcy Lewis & Pepper Potts, Jane Foster & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, Jane Foster (Marvel), Darcy Lewis, Special Agent Hagen, BAMF Maria Hill, Jane Foster Loves Science, Awesome Pepper Potts, Assistant Darcy Lewis, roadtrip playlists require 90's music, Mad Science, Dubious Science, Explosions, Female Friendship, who needs men?, Alternate Universe - Leverage Fusion, References to Leverage, Awesome Parker (Leverage), Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie)
notes: Lighthearted cross between a heist movie and a girls' night out.

title: Dreaming Of Dragons
summary: The army doesn’t allow women. The Dragon Corps, however, does.
tags: Peggy Carter & Daniel Sousa & Jack Thompson, Peggy Carter, Daniel Sousa, Jack Thompson, Alternate Universe - Dragons, Alternate Universe - Fantasy, BAMF Peggy Carter, Dragons
notes: I wasn't entirely sure what to expect of this. The title said "The Enchanted Forest" but the summary said "Temeraire" and the story itself is apparently taken from Tamora Pierce's ouvre.
tielan: Yoda, deal with it (SW - Yoda deal)
Sunday, June 11th, 2017 02:52 pm
As I said, the quality of the stories seems really good, and I'm reading a whole bunch of fandoms that I don't usually: ones that I know of, but don't/haven't watched, or ones that I know my friends dabble in.

Sense and Sensibility
Nothing Lost But May Be Found: Elinor would have thought that now that the fatal subject had been aired, her nerves would have calmed; but her hands were trembling, her pulse fluttering even more violently than before.

Soft Place To Land: Evenings with the Danvers sisters - then and now.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Five times Queenie almost told Jacob about magic (and one time she found out he already knew): Even without remembering much, even just thinking she was some wonderful girl that waltzed out of his dreams and into his life, he’d gravitated back to her as if she was a bright star whose orbit he could never quite escape. She would have to settle for that, build from that.

Star Wars - Prequel/Original series
Pocketful Of Stories: Ahsoka travelled the galaxy, collecting tales and sowing revolution along the way.

Do I know Ahsoka? Not really. But this is an excellent story about women, rebellion, and stories - tall and true.

Pride and Prejudice
Thorough-bass and human nature: Mary Bennet agrees to spend the London season with the newly married Darcys. She discovers that she would still infinitely prefer a book. But hiding in the library at balls and parties is not the solution, as an odd young man keeps turning up there.

Cute and amusing and a very enjoyable story of Mary Bennet improving both her mind and her marital options.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Who - Eleven&Amy)
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 08:52 pm
And win the Eurovision Song Conteeeeeest!!!

My Sunday:
0. Sleep really badly.
1. Wake at 4:45am, text friend to see if it's still okay if I go over and watch Eurovision with her; it is.
2. 5am, watch my way through The Eurovision (as it's called in Europe), decide that most of the songs are good listening, but I don't much like the visuals.
3. 8am head home to grab my stuff for
4. Hockey: watching Team 1 play at 9am
5. Hockey: playing game at 10:30am (we lost 3-2)
6. Hockey: playing game for Team 2 at 1pm (we won 2-1 and one of the goals was mine)
7. Take a bath, nearly fall asleep in it.
8. Decide going to church (driving there) with the amount of sleep I haven't had is unwise.
9. Make a sandwich and note that hands are shaking.
10. Come back and start reading Fandom 5K. The quality of the stories I've read has been REALLY GOOD, guys!

Fandom 5K recs (so far)

Harry Potter:
Charms for an Extraordinary Life: When Harry's actions throw an investigation into a Dark wizarding shop into disarray, he must work with Magizoological expert Luna Lovegood to crack the case.

Fantastic Beasts (And Where To Find Them):
Turn (Slightly) Left: A handful of minutes can throw even the most gifted Seer's prophecies off. Credence's Obscurus passes through Central Park slightly later, which gives Newt the time and information he needs to find an Obscurial with enough control over their magic that he may be able to save them.

Fairytale Of Eureka: The annual Eureka town bake-off is going great — until taste-testers start coming down with fairy-tale afflictions. With Jack out of town, Jo needs to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late.

I have four more open in the tags and will read them over the next few days. I would like people to read (and enjoy) the story I wrote, but it's been a bit touch-and-go lately.

brief on hockey )

And now that it is 9pm, I think it is time to go to bed...
tielan: (XM - scott)
Friday, April 14th, 2017 09:18 pm
Blogspot: Me-Made May - Sign Up
I'm trying to work out what to do for this - or if I do it at all. The challenge is usually to wear one thing you made every day of the month. I reckon it's easier when May is a month that's tending towards summer instead of one where everything is getting cold and rainy.


Youtube: "Clarke and Dawe: Cyclone Malcolm. This is a Watch and Act Warning."
Unlikely any but Australians will get this. Laugh and cry and weep at the passing of a great comedian.


The Guardian: The Destruction Of Hillary Clinton: Sexism, Sanders, and the Millenial Feminist Or: How To Burn Your Own Bridges While You're Standing On It Screaming That Someone In Politics Isn't Good Enough For Your Extremely Speshul Vote.


Dreamwidth: Thoughts on racism, sexism, and fandom: How to Suck Less by [personal profile] beatrice_otter.
Thinky thoughts, or how not to get stuck at an intermediate step of sucking less in fandom.


fic rec: Political Animal (Zazu/Triton, Human AU, Political AU)
From Yuletide, recced by someone else, it's both hilarious and hot!


nngroup: Participation Inequality
How the voices we hear are not a majority of anything.


And finally this Good Friday:

Common Grace: Siding With Jesus: The Real Cost
Following Jesus requires we love people in costly solidarity, and requires us to expose any ideology that pretends inequality is natural or ordained by God.
I have a lot of thoughts on this, not sure if they're coherent yet.
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: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 11:17 am

So, [personal profile] kore has just mentioned a dearth of Maria/Steve jacket fics - which is absolutely true.

I count 11 according to the AO3 Steve/Maria tag, with an added search for 'jacket'.

I particularly recommend:

Bullet With Butterfly Wings by [archiveofourown.org profile] shorti

And I Wonder What's Mine by [archiveofourown.org profile] geckoholic

Lend Me Your Coat by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philyra

Speaking personally, I think I've referenced the jacket in various fics, but not written specifically about it.
tielan: (IM - pepper)
Sunday, January 1st, 2017 09:58 pm
[community profile] snowflake_challenge is running again in 2017, and I'm one of the people helping run it.

Basically, I'm doing the tumblr stuff. If you'd like to reblog it (the other mods/helpers should also be reblogging it), we would appreciate the promotion!

The introduction to the snowflake challenge is here at tumblr and here at DW.

Day 1 however, is self-reccing:

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

I'm going with three in 2016, which was a fairly prolific year - some 89 fics, although not all of them are complete. I'll try for three different fandoms.

1. MCU: Carter's Eleven

So, take one heist movie line, rewrite it to fit a seminal action movie in the MCU, and change all the major hero characters to women, led by Peggy Carter with Maria Hill as the enabler of it all.

I had so much fun conceiving this story and writing it. The original title was "Alexander Pierce's No Good Very Bad Extremely Shitty Day" but I felt that assigned rather too much notice to him. "Carter's Eleven" embodied the situation rather more accurately and matched the tone of the story, which is both lighthearted and serious both.

2. Persuasion - Jane Austen: any port in a storm but only one place to call home

This was written for a fic exchange, and while we get a lot of Anne's thoughts on Frederick in the book, we only get the summation of Frederick's thoughts on Anne at the point of his declaration. But even in the text, everything we see of Frederick in Bath is that of a man drowning in tides he can't control - first Louisa Musgrove, then Mr. Elliot, then the fear that she can't possibly want him... I wanted to tease that out, bring it a little more to the fore.

3. Star Wars - The Force Awakens: Interconnected Loops Of The Universe

I feel that this story didn't quite achieve the...completeness? that I wanted to depict, although I suppose it's really just a sliver of the huge universe that is seen in Star Wars. Maz Kanata is not a character I'd have thought to find myself writing - she's very much a cipher - and so I had to do a bit of reading up on her history to get a feel for who she is and what she might want.

But the thing that really kicked this story off was a wiki entry that listed one of Maz's hobbies as knitting. And being the crafty person that I am, that was something I just couldn't let pass by!
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Sunday, January 1st, 2017 12:04 pm
Unmasked (Mulan)
Looking at the Disney movie from Shang's perspective.

One thing I particularly liked about this one is that they don't take the modern American conservative view of homosexuality and transport it to Ancient China.

Non-Christian warrior societies were generally much more lenient about male sexuality than we think - although the definition of 'homosexual' as we understand it wasn't valid. In Tang Dynasty China, one of the prospective heirs to the throne was known for his preference for men - but the issue with his succession wasn't his attraction to men, but his extravagance. And his preference would not have affected his need to beget heirs - he would have had a wife and possibly concubines on which to beget children, because marriage was a question of titles, lands, politics, and money - the personal aspect didn't come into it.

Shang doesn't assign the shame or embarrassment that we might to a male soldier who is attracted to another man; he's a little surprised at it because it's never been his 'thing', but he's well aware of his responsibilities to his name and his line and his ancestry. And he still loves and is attracted to Ping, even before he realises she's Mulan.

10 Things I Hate About Reunions (10 Things I Hate About You)

For great hilarity with the texts between Kat and Bianca, and the way she encounters Pat and their reunion and catch up and all the stuff in between.

linguistic assignations (Languages - Anthropormorphic)

I'm not sure I entirely get all the references, but it's fascinating nevertheless.

Revisions To A 'Dear Writer' Letter, Yuletide 2035 (The Martian)

I just... This is brilliant. I can't describe it any better. But this is perfect.
tielan: (Angel)
Monday, December 26th, 2016 08:37 am
I always plan to rec more than I do, I just forget or get lazy after a few days:

This is my gift fic, and it's wonderful - I've always wanted a 'what happens next' for Shadow Of The Moon, but it wasn't until this year that I considered asking for it in YT.

fandom: Shadow of the Moon - M.M. Kaye
title: On The Road To Lunjore
tags: Alex Randall/Winter de Ballesteros, Alex Randall, Winter de Ballesteros, Lou Cottar, Amanda English, India, External POV, Victorian India, British Raj
summary: On the way to his new job as Major Randall’s aide, a young British officer meets someone.

A crossover of two of the big hits of the year - Ghostbusters and Hamilton, with a focus on Patty, and some wonderful humour! I don't know if Angelica ever got to compel Jefferson about including women in the sequel, but I love that Patty gets to sit Jefferson's ectoplasmic ass down and give him the book, chapter, and verse on slavery!

fandom: Ghostbusters (2016), Hamilton - Miranda
title: A Revolution's Revelation
tags: Jillian Holtzmann/Patty Tolan, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan, Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Crossover
summary: They've learned over the last year and some to give Patty the lead when there's some sort of historical grudge at play. Your everyday jealousies, revenge killings, souls with unfinished business, and random demons they're all good at dealing with, but there's something about the long-gone that only Patty can handle.

I asked for Jason Bourne fic in my YT request, focused on Nicky, and while I didn't get it, it looks like other people struggled with the same issues I did in the recent movie (which I haven't seen btw).

This one is focused on Nicky:
fandom: Bourne (Movies)
title: Phoenix Rising
tags: Nicky Parsons (Damon movies)
summary: She's like the ancient myth, being reborn from the ashes of her old life.

This one is long and seriously bittersweet:
fandom: Bourne (Movies)
title: All That Is Good
tags: Jason Bourne/Nicky Parsons, Jason Bourne, Nicky Parsons, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, unprotected sex
summary: That is the difference between the two of you. Jason wants to be left alone. You want vengeance.

This one is more up my alley in tone, but I feel I'd have appreciated it better if I'd seen the movie.
fandom: Bourne (Movies)
title: this kite-flying wind
tags: Jason Bourne/Nicky Parsons, Jason Bourne/Marie Kreutz mentioned, Jason Bourne, Nicky Parsons, Fix-It, Fuck canon anyway, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
summary: Nicky wants to save the world. Jason wants her to be safe.

And a couple of BvS: Bruce/Diana fics:

More psychological, headspace kind of interaction between them with an almost flirty angle:
fandom: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
title: Katanóisi
tags: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Bruce Wayne, Diana (Wonder Woman), Bruce Wayne, Enemies to Friends, Post-Canon, Pre-Relationship, Pre-Justice League (2017), Bruce Wayne has issues with boundaries
summary: When he sends her the flowers, he isn’t quite sure how she’ll take it.

And the straight-up hotness of the fakeout makeout:
fandom: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
title: oh cameraman, swing the focus
tags: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Bruce Wayne, Diana (Wonder Woman), Bruce Wayne
summary: Public displays of affection make people uncomfortable.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 01:43 pm
So, there aren't so many Steve/Maria fics about (particularly ones that aren't written by me and which are actually focused on the relationship between them) that when I find a good one, I don't rec it.

The fic is "A Thousand Years" by [archiveofourown.org profile] DizzyDrea, and it's her sequel to "I'll Be Seeing You". Both are wonderful stories, a good 15K each, and a solid read - characterisation, drama, relationship, and side characters. It helps to read "I'll Be Seeing You" first, of course.


And the long-awaited (by me) Natasha-centric story "I Came To Thrive" from the "Get Ready For It" MCU Hockeyverse story by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philyra came out last week!

Now I just have to pester her for the post-Olympics story of how Maria and Steve actually hook up and manage their relationship in the course of the competition and the face of the media...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Sunday, October 30th, 2016 08:40 am
And the archive is open!

My assignment was for [archiveofourown.org profile] Persephones_Keeper | [profile] crossing_hades

title: Reasons Of Presence
summary: The traditions of Wakanda are heavy, and in these changing times, T’Challa is always and constantly aware that if the armour of the Black Panther weighs down upon his shoulders, it will be that much heavier with the weight of crown and kingdom added to it.
tags: T'Challa and Okoye, T'Challa & Maria Hill
rating: G
notes: This was not strictly the request, but I thought a little delving into T'Challa's history and how Wakanda decided to return to the world as more than merely a shadow power would be an interesting diversion. There was, initially, meant to be more.


My gift was by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dazzledfirestar:

title: Comfort
summary: The real fall out would come later. For now, Helen needs a friend and a good meal.
tags: Helen Cho, Maria Hill, friendship, food
rating: G

It's a wonderful little post-Age-of-Ultron glimpse into the professional relationship of the two women and how it verges on the personal.


My recommendations so far:

title: On Your Left
author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ladydeathfaerie
summary: Two tours of duty as a pararescue have left their scars on Sam Wilson. In order to live and function with his emotional wounds, Sam's developed a simple coping method. After a particularly bad night, Sam resorts to said method to clear his mind. Imagine his surprise when it results in new friends and, ultimately, a new purpose in life.
tags: Sam Wilson, Riley, Nightmares PTSD
rating: PG-13
why: A little pre-Winter Soldier look into Sam and his coping mechanisms, what happened with Riley, and Sam's internal monologues.

title: A Waltz In The Woods With My Brother
author: [archiveofourown.org profile] kyburg
summary: When you have no loyalty shown you, what makes you wager everything on gaining it from those who would imprison you?
tags: Hogun, Jim Morita, World War II, Taking Liberties With History And Canon
rating: PG-13
why: This is a very unusual story, not two characters that you'd think to put together at all, and I'm not sure if the backstory they've used for Hogun came from the comics, or if they made it up. But I liked the look into Jim's mindset (although, I believe he said he was from California?) as well as Odin's evident trust in Hogun.

title: Play On
author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Dazzledfirestar
summary: Sam has a rough night, but he's got some help on hand.
tags: Sam Wilson, PTSD, Bucky Barnes, Bucky Barnes/Sam Wilon
rating: G
why: Because I like the idea of Bucky making Sam a cup of tea at oh-whatever-hours to settle not only Sam's memories but his own...

There are others I like the look of, but these are the underappreicated ones - more gen than slash/ship and about characters who don't get a lot of love. There's at least one story with Raina, several with T'Challa, quite a few with Sam, and one Sam/Rhodey that I think I do gotta take a closer look at.

Go forth and read!
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 09:58 am
[livejournal.com profile] vervainwolf noted my nomination of Maria Hill in Ultimates!verse for Yuletide, and wrote this little ficlet!

Comics are difficult for me to get into - a lot of it relies on the quality of the art, which can be very variable. But the panels I've seen of Ultimate!Spiderman where Maria is featured look really high-quality.

(And I'm still SALTY AS HECK that they didn't go with Miles Morales Spiderman and include Maria working with him - particularly after she finds out that Tony recruited a TEENAGED BOY.)
tielan: (meh)
Monday, August 29th, 2016 08:31 am
Wow, so I'm the last minute last minute Emergency Pinch Hit for [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest.


eta: someone picked it up and posted a very nice fic in a very short time! Inter-Agency Co-Operation [Maria Hill/James Bond crossover]

eta the second: I got a second fic! I'm Not Sure What To Call HIm [Maria Hill/Bruce Wayne crossover]
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, June 6th, 2016 03:47 pm
And on a slightly more cheerful note, I found an amazing fic written by [livejournal.com profile] fickery which was just posted today.

fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Arrow (TV, 2012)
title: Who Run The World
summary: Lyla Michaels and Maria Hill meet for drinks to bond over the pressures of running a black-ops government agency and being awesome badasses.

This is amazing. AH. MAY. ZING. If you know anything about Arrow and the MCU then you must go read it. Seriously. I don't watch Arrow, but this was AWESOME.

It's just a couple of women discussing the insanity of their lives, dealing with superheroes (day and night, vigilantes and avengers), love lives, family, and so forth, along with a call from the President. (I loved the call from the President.) It's the competence, the easy way they talk to each other - the kind of writing that shows you everything you need to know without having to shove it in the reader's face. Subtle writing, the likes of which is far too infrequently seen in my segments of fandom.

Go forth and read. If you like my stuff, I'm pretty sure you'll like this.