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)
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 11:47 am
This is mildly out of left field, but I’m starting to wonder.

What if the Steve-pairing endgame in the movies really were Maria/Steve?

yes, yes, I know, it's ridic, but WHAT IF? Hear me out! )
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, May 1st, 2015 02:27 pm
After Peggy Carter and Natasha Romanoff, Maria Hill is now the female character who's had the most on-screen interaction with Steve. spoilers )

For canon? A marginal and unimportant detail.

For fandom? That's pretty big. :)
tielan: Avengers team (AVG - team)
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 11:28 am
Seeing as it's the week that Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in cinemas through Australia and the US, I thought I'd pimp a couple of my favourite Maria/Steve fics.

There aren't very many of them. 118 works on AO3 under the Steve/Maria pairing tag.

And that's including all the stories in which it's a secondary pairing, or the ones which could be subtitled 'Everyone's Paired With Someone, Oh Look, There's Nobody For Steve, Let's Put In A Reference To Maria Hill' or 'I'm Writing This Slash Pairing With Steve But We Need Him To Fail The Heterosexuality Test'. And, of course, the 'Let's Infect Maria With Pollen And Have Her Throw Herself At Guys Who Aren't Interested For Laughs' story. (There's only one. Thank God.)

Of those 118 works, I've written 36. That's over 25% of the Steve/Maria fics on AO3. At one point, I'd written nearly 50%. That was a truly terrifying point in time - the realisation that I was fuelling this ship all on my lonesome.

It's gotten better since then.

Chiseled Out Of Brick – brandywine421

He was a grown man, hell, he was a superhero. Asking a girl out for a drink wasn't that hard. It wasn't rocket science or espionage or math or divine intervention - it was just asking a girl a question. Out loud.

If I had any complaint about this story, it's that the ending didn't quite finish on the strong note I was hoping for. However, the rest of the story is A-plus on the characterisation, story development, and relationship dynamic.

Basically, how Steve and Maria start off being fuck buddies and kind of fall in love along the way to managing the Avengers, rescuing Bucky, and keeping Maria from getting killed.

I have a thing for the stories where the Avengers come around to being on Maria's team; the ones where they don't trust her any more than she trusts them, but they get to it in the end. And this one is a doozy from start to finish, while showing exactly how awesome and BAMFy Maria is.

The introduction of Bucky is beautifully tense – die-hard Clintashas will have to read it through one eye squinting: it's Natasha/Bucky with a side-serving of past Clint/Coulson, but it's still pretty damn good.

She's written a sequel where Steve and Maria have a baby; which is self-confessed fluff all the way.

can't carve a whistle by irnan

Maria Hill's never found it easy to explain why she became a SHIELD agent, but she knows why she stays one.

This is the story that started it all off for me – and, I suppose, therefore started it off for a lot of other people, since I seem to have converted a bunch of people to Maria/Steve over the last two years.

I went looking for fic about Maria Hill, and this was one of the few that had her listed immediately after the pairings list. Most of the time, she appeared after all the Avengers, Nick, Phil, Darcy Lewis, and assorted other characters.

It's fairly safe to say that 'A Woman Of Edges' and 'Give A Girl A Moment' both had significant roots in this story.

I liked the idea of Maria having a family: people to ground her, to give her that anchor to why she's doing this – something personal. (And I'm tired of heroes/heroines who have no family attachments. At all. There's a rant in here about liminal heroes, but I'll leave that for another post.) The scene in 'A Woman Of Edges' where Steve meets Maria's family took a few cues from the scene in here where Maria's family meets Tony Stark. And Maria's conversation with Steve about the nature of their work is echoed in her thoughts on personal responsibility in 'Give A Girl A Moment And She'll Take You For All You've Got'.

Sadly, irnan only ever wrote two Steve/Maria fics, and the Steve/Maria was more of an incidental side thing than an actual focus on their relationship.

there is nothing like a dame by Anonymous

Very loosely based on an avengerkink prompt that wished for Steve going down on all the USO girls. Somehow it ended up being more about the road to Steve going down on all the USO girls, how he learned to pleasure a woman, and how these skills do not go unused in the twenty-first century.

First note: Not everyone will be able to read this fic, the author has restricted it – presumably only to AO3 users (there's a little padlock next to the anon'd author).

It's Steve/Maria and Steve/OFC – lots of Steve/OFC, in fact, and basically about how Steve gets his sexual education before he becomes Captain America and how he and Maria end up in a relationship. It's hot, it's pretty cute, and even if the author hasn't labelled it Steve/Maria, there's definitely an element whereby they're developing an actual relationship – even if that relationship is only 'fuckbuddies'. An excellent smutfic.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Saturday, February 15th, 2014 09:01 am
As part of the yearly [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon challenge (which I have completely failed to contribute to this year), [personal profile] endeni has made a bunch of graphics for my January Blog Meme Post: Day #3 MCU Movies - and they are AWESOME!

Go and check them out - and/or reblog them on tumblr!

It was a lovely start to my weekend!

(And now I'm seriously considering writing this trilogy. I'd almost certainly end up Jossed by the time CA2 came out, however.)
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, January 3rd, 2014 09:32 pm
Requested by [livejournal.com profile] crazy4orcas:

If you could write your own movie for Marvel -- who would make up your cast and what would be a general outline of the movie? Would you set it up for sequels, or maybe go the trilogy route?


Dangerous, dangerous topic this one! But at the end of this, I want you to remember that YOU ASKED FOR IT.

Okay, I'd go trilogy route, because, hey, TRILOGY. (Plus, we really need more stories about women. Lots more stories.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Trilogy: The Director, The Cavalry, The Steel Fist )

Whew! I spent most of the day putting this together, reading up character bios in the films and working out which characters could do what...

ETA: ...and I just saw the news about the Peggy Carter TV series. Almost certainly would go a very different direction.

tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, August 9th, 2013 08:04 am
Do I even try to finish [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang? I mean, I got 20K in, but this story is BIG. Like, EPIC. And I have two weeks before I head out to the US for my trip.

Rough drafts (16K or 80% finished) are due on the 29th although the story isn't due for another month or so after that. I can get to a stopping point, but I don't know if I can get to the end of the story. Honestly, we're looking at another 10K to reach the end of Part 1, and there's at least Parts 2, and 3 to go in the big arc.

Did I mention it's EPIC?


Initial reviews by betas have been positive, although at least one isn't in the fandom at all, so his tastes might be different.

And meanwhile I have at least two big PacRim plotbunnies warring for space in my head, and I need to finish at least this one Mako/Raleigh story, if only to get my FEELINGS out of the way so I can move on to other things. I strongly suspect it will not be a very well-written story, more cathartic than appreciated, but it's one of those things that I need to do to make brainspace.

Also, Pacific Rim fandom is full of amazing writers. It's a little intimidating, really.

So: Marvel Big Bang - to finish, or not to finish?

What should I do with my story so far?
Dump it and write something else.
Put your all into it and finish the big storyarc.
Complete Part I and worry about Part II and III later.
Something else which I will detail in the comments.

I am looking forward to your:
Steve/Maria short fics
Steve/Maria epic
MCU fic
Pacific Rim fic
Pacific Rim epic
Mako/Raleigh fics
other fics which I will specify in the comments

tielan: Avengers team (AVG - team)
Friday, May 10th, 2013 01:54 pm
A local paper has contacted my hockey club to let us know that there'll be a photographer along to take photos of our game this Sunday.

His name is Phil Rogers.
tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 08:48 am
So we've come out of the honeymoon period for Marvel Cinematic Universe, and are entering into canon territory.

I kind of expect my fic output to derail as new canon comes in, spoilers arrive, and my favourite characters will be shunted off to the side in favour of more emo-able characters.

Ironically, it's right about now that there are a couple of good Steve/Maria writers starting to pop up.

recs )

There will probably be meta for May.
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Friday, April 12th, 2013 09:10 am
A scene from my fic "From A Certain Point Of View". Discarded, because Jane playing 'dead letter drop' was more fun and actually involved Steve and Maria.

in which Jane drops the bomb, Tony is disbelieving, and Pepper makes a resolution to fail more better in future )
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 09:15 am
Note to self and f-list: the Steve/Maria tag on AO3, now includes stories which are about Maria being kind of pathetic after Steve, when he really wants someone else.


On the other hand, it also contains utter and absolute gems like chiseled out of brick now. Which you need to read. Go on. This post (and everything else in your life) can wait.

Unless you're in a meeting that you really have to pay attention to. Or about to go into one. (Like me.)

Okay, and unless you're not into WIPs. Although it's kind of a series of little interactions.

Steve tripping over his tongue! Maria being droll and humourous. Awkward, messy sex (to start with). Adorability. And holy cow I just hit the action and yet now I actually need to pay attention to what's going on in this meeting.


Although it did provide me with this fic, so there is yet balm in Gilead...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 03:11 pm
Oh wow. WOW.

Learning Lilith, Claiming Kali
Biological implications of being a hetero-normative homozygous-X hero – fluff, chocolate, heartache, and blood. Six stories of women of the Avengers movieverse. Betty Ross, Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster, Maria Hill, Natasha Romanoff, Peggy Carter, Pepper Potts and Sif. Plus assorted heterozygous characters of lesser note.

This is AMAZING. Beautifully written, well-thought out, very female-focused, uncomfortable and complicated and poignant and sharp all at once. Natasha and Peggy's sections are particularly moving.

I admit, I had to skim Darcy's section to get to 'the good stuff' which pretty much started with Betty Ross, who I don't even know. And I would have liked a bit more in-depth Maria, but still.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 09:49 am

Because the number of people who would actually prompt for this pairing is most likely in the single-digits, I'm making up a post for Maria/Steve prompts that people would like to see written, just to collect them all together.

It's pretty simple - leave a Maria/Steve prompt and maybe someone (not just me, I hope) will fill it!

Prompts can be words, phrases, songs, or scenarios. You can be vague as you like, or you can be intricately detailed. You can specify romance, friendship, or colleagues; movieverse or comicsverse; action, drama, angst, romance, anything, whatever!

I'm thinking of this as an "inspiration" post rather than a "fill the prompt" post. This is just somewhere for the ideas to run wild and free.

the little details )

Please link/forward/post around - the more the merrier!
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 09:55 am
It started off as a "Five Times..." and then took a sharp right towards "In The Middle Of Nowhere With Each Other" heading for "Undercover Lovers" but has now taken an about face and is firmly in "The Avengers Give Dating Advice With Expected Results" territory.

tielan: Avengers team (AVG - team)
Monday, July 9th, 2012 09:43 am
Once again I find myself in a fandom with a heroic team leader and a snarky genius as the fannish favourites and all I can think about is writing the girls. And, moreover, my baby is the more stoic (and less developed) of the two Stoic Action Girls, who even the people who like the girls tend to be 'meh' about.

The Gods of Fandom (or possibly of the Gods of Fiction Tropes) do not like me. At all.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, July 6th, 2012 11:04 pm
Avengers fic, ~6,700 words.

I blame [livejournal.com profile] madjm for the bunny, although I suspect she was probably expecting the casting significance to be the other way around...

Now for betas and edits and a weekend, and then the Next Fic Of Doom. (I might have to take the month out for the [livejournal.com profile] atlantisbigbang. I really want to finish the AU where the Pegasus expedition comes to a Goa'uld-controlled Earth...)