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Fandom: Captain America, MCU
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Captain America 2 cast (Steve, Natasha, Sam, Bucky)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: cartoon
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Kate's art tumblr

Why this piece is awesome: Absolutely adorable cartoon strip in which the gang bakes Steve a birthday cake. Team feeeels! It's full of adorable, expressive little details like the lettering on everyone's aprons.

Link: Happy birthday, grandpa Rogers!
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Fandom: Captain America, MCU
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Hamlet-Machine's art

Why this piece is awesome: This is a nice action piece with Captain America defending an unconscious Winter Soldier. Lovely costume details and a neat protective post from Steve.

Link: Must protect Bucky

Nom + Drabble

31 July 2014 00:01
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So apparently some kind soul has nominated "Building Character" over at [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. Huge thanks! I'm still giddy at how well that fic was received.



Also, on a less jolly note, here's a drabble for [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday and the prompt "record". I always liked Lydia... I want to say Chalmers, but apparently that's all fanon thanks to this awesome fic? Anyway, here's my take on her.


Academic

Lydia’s father was a Watcher, like his before him. She studied for years, but not everyone’s fit for frontline duty; they also serve et cetera, and archivists are always needed. She grew to love it. Countless unique records going back to antiquity and beyond, brittle from age, Slayers whose entire civilizations were lost but were remembered here.

She survived the blast that destroyed the Council long enough to recognize the ashes raining down around her. Lydia grasped a burning piece of paper, all that remained of Gunda (376-391 AD), and held it tight as the walls collapsed.
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Party All the Time , Season Three by [personal profile] evil_little_dog.

Chapter One of Into the Abyss , Giles/OC by [personal profile] aadler.

[profile] scribesds ask if the Writer's Toybox should be open to more than Buffy/Angel fictions.

Hitfix talks to Jada Pinkett Smith about her love for BtVS.
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These are not the dumbest things I've ever done, but they're certainly the ones that stick the most in my memory:

1) typo-ing my resume
2) setting a cake on fire
3) forgetting to wear a shirt
4) slicing a light in half
5) accidentally insulting my whole prac group

an explanation )

rocksalt_recs :(

29 July 2014 17:21
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After a really great two years, it looks like [livejournal.com profile] rocksalt_recs is closing down. I am so sad. I haven't used it a ton in the last six months or so, but it's been such a great resource for the SPN fannish community, and I've enjoyed reccing things there.

It sounds like there might be a possibility of it staying open if they found new mods to run it, so if that sounds like something you'd like to participate in, here's your chance.

Future picspam warning!

29 July 2014 15:36
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Oof. So, I have 16 days of photos to catch up on... and on many of those days, I have several photos I want to share (we were in Yellowstone for a week and it would be a crime to just stop at sharing one photo a day!). We had very limited access while we were there (no cell coverage in Yellowstone and almost no coverage at the lodge where we were staying... in addition to sharing a connection that was only slightly faster than dialup with about 25 other people) and I was dealing with bronchitis, so I pretty much gave up on the idea of trying to update until we got back. And as I've discovered in the past, once you get behind, it seems like a daunting task to try to get current.

So, anyway, be prepared for picspam over the next day or so. I'll be putting all the photos behind cuts, so I'm hoping I don't clutter everyone's friendslists too badly!
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: My Chemical Romance
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: Watercolour and ink?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] silent-warfare

Why this piece is awesome: I love the strong lines and colouring of this work and all the emotion it conveys. That it isn't technically the most skillful doesn't matter.

Link: Fake Your Own Death
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Posted by Isadora Vibes

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This morning I heard a news item on Radio 4. It featured a studio discussion/debate around the increase in community resolution as a way of resolving domestic abuse situations rather than prosecution. In typical 'Today' programme fashion, it was set up as a head to head with Yvette Cooper speaking against and a police officer speaking for the resolution method. After driving several hours over the weekend my head was hardly in a state to focus clearly but the subject of domestic abuse/violence and the way perpetrators of this sickening crime are treated, is a subject close to my heart.

The police officer in question was trying to play down the use of resolution. He said this was only used in a tiny percentage of cases e.g. to deal with Facebook/Twitter abuse or similar or if someone had got angry and broken the mirror off a car. Interesting examples I thought to myself. Isn't he aware that if someone gets so angry they commit an act of violence against a car then surely this is a sign that they have serious aggression issues? Domestic abuse often, although not always, begins as a small moment. A chance comment or remark, an over reaction, a slamming of a door or banging of a fist. If this is then normalised then it tends to escalate and fast. Crimes are often not reported until the situation has got to crisis point and bodily harm resulting from assault is reported. And as for internet abuse via email or social media - well an experience like this can be terrifying. The men who perpetrate this kind of abuse can be just as intimidating as someone who carries out physical abuse. We live so much of our lives online that knowing someone can post images or abusive words about you without your knowledge is a massive intrusion into a person's life. And the effects literally last for years - if not a lifetime. They can hardly be sorted out over a cup of tea and an apology.

I am no legal expert but when I hear about crimes against a women I think that really we need either a complete overhaul of our current legal system or indeed a legal framework that deals entirely with female related crime - whether that be domestic abuse, rape or any other form of criminal activity carried out against a woman or women. Surely that would be much fairer than to try and adapt the current legal constitution to deal with crimes that demand a very specific approach. In fact, we need a whole new language and set of laws to even begin to offer a fair and decent solution. The way the media report these attacks also needs to be overhauled. Semantics can make all the difference to the way a crime is reported in a newspaper. I propose banning the use of the word 'victim' for starters. Yes the definition is correct when applied to the experience of the crime but the after effects of this term can be incredibly damaging.

But what of the current situation and Ms Cooper's speech? If you only needed one reason to vote for a new government then start with this. Resolution can never work in a domestic abuse situation. The very idea is laughable. The men who carry out these crimes are at the very least damaged individuals often with other abuse issues going on and at the very worst, violent psychotic criminals. How on earth can the police expect men like this to sort out an abusive situation amicably? In my experience, men who carry out abuse can be incredibly devious and manipulative. They will say or do anything to appear to be making the peace. Things may go quiet briefly but then they will hit out again. Often much harder than on the previous occasion. These men are sick and yes they may need help but the last option they should be given is a resolution option.

Domestic violence will never be eradicated until the sentences are far tougher and the women who report the crimes are able to do so in the full knowledge that they will receive the support and protection they need. The mental and psychological damage sustained during a relationship that features domestic violence cannot be quantified. It is an unimaginable living hell and the most frightening point for the woman can be when she has no choice but to report it. Because, if an afterwards becomes available then this is when men can turn into killers. Listen to Yvette. Listen to women. Because there can be no more needless deaths in the name of the legal systems ignorance and inability to tackle these crimes - every one with the seriousness they deserve.

Picture shows part of a brown wooden front door. Pressed against the window of the door is a hand with the wrd "help" written on it in black ink. Photo taken by Flikr user Jaybird, used under a Creative Comons Licence.


proud of self

29 July 2014 10:18
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[personal profile] deird1
I just:

1) made a phonecall to someone I don't know
2) remembered to make the phonecall while they were still open
3) arranged an appointment
4) did the whole thing in German

I will now have chocolate as a reward for doing four very awesome things.
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Blindfold , Willow/Angel by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Nostalgic and As You Wish , Giles/Buffy by [personal profile] angelus2hot.

Subtleties , Spike/Xander by Anna S. Thanks to [personal profile] herself_nyc for the link.

Chapter One of First Aid , Spike/Willow by [personal profile] pickamix.

Chapter Twelve of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

Sign-ups now open over at the [profile] iwry_marathon.

Probably the last linkspam

29 July 2014 00:33
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* Paul Bettany talks about playing the Vision. I kind of get the sense he misses showing up for 45 minutes and walking away with a bag of cash? lol

* Kevin Feige talks about Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and other Marvel stuff.

* Karen Gillan talks about Guardians of the Galaxy and her new TV series, Selfie.

* Another perspective on the Age of Ultron footage shown at Comic-Con.

* Here is a pretty thorough round-up of video interviews with the cast.

* Here is also the full playlist of Nerd HQ videos. So far, I've only watched the Orphan Black panel (which is even more off the chain than last year's - seriously, pants come off and Zachary Levi curls into the fetal position, possibly in horror at what he hath wrought).

* This post-finale video from the TVD panel is pretty hilarious. Ian: "Nuh-uh. I've been killed off a TV show before and this is not how they do it." Paul: "Does this mean that I get more money?" CANDICE'S SANDWICH. And Nina knocking down walls to expand her dressing room, lmao.

* Completely non-Comic-Con related, Audra McDonald talks about playing Billie Holliday and her previous attempted suicide, which I never knew about before, wow. Like, when I first saw the headline, I thought it meant Billie, because that seemed more likely, but no. Audra, who went on to be a Tony-winning goddess.

I will put the rest of this under a cut, because it has precisely zero newsworthiness, and is entirely the cast of Avengers being ridiculous and adorably goofy together.

I fucking love these dipshits )

Interlude: Hot weekend

28 July 2014 20:29
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Space School blogging on hold because reasons )

And now, the happy stuff.

This weekend was rather warm. We spent a large portion of it in our garden, either in the paddling pool or next to it at the picnic table.

Humuhumu is enjoying the new set of paints that the bloke bought for her. The warm weather means we don't have to worry about her tendency to decorate herself as extensively as her canvases.


First, select tool.

More painting + paddling pool )

Drabble: Office Party

28 July 2014 00:18
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I am really, truly sorry about this, but I saw this phrase flash by on my flist (as a prompt at [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends, though as it happens Spike's not in it), and my muse went "You know what would be an awesome idea?" and wouldn't let me sleep until I wrote it. Blame the heatwave. Under a cut because of reasons.

Title: Office Party
Word count: 100
Fandom: Buffyverse, all 12 seasons
Pairings: Um... a few, none of them remotely canon
Rating: R

Somehow the Big Bad conference always ended like this )

More Comic-Con links

27 July 2014 16:23
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This is like 90% Marvel, so... sorry if you care about anything else, lol. Yesterday was the Marvel Studios panel, so.

* Here's the fully assembled (heh) Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art poster that Marvel had been releasing in pieces.

* Guardians of the Galaxy hasn't even come out yet, but Marvel has already announced that James Gunn will write and direct the sequel.

* Ant-Man roles revealed for Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll. And write-up of the Ant-Man panel.

* Attention comics fans: if you've ever wanted to try out Marvel Unlimited, you can get a month's subscription for only 99 cents if you sign up this week during their Comic-Con promo.

* MTV Video interview with RDJ. And Chris Hemsworth. And Mark Ruffalo. And Paul Rudd.

* Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans are entirely too adorable together. They should be illegal. And another interview with Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and James Spader.

* Multiple write-ups of the Avengers panel - this one kinda gives a summary by actor, this one is more detailed (including description of the footage shown, so beware if you're avoiding spoilers), and this one also includes a bit on Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. And of course, here's the video of the panel.

* There's also video of the Agents of SHIELD panel (live-blog linked on Friday).

Other stuff:

* Live-blog of the Orphan Black panel.

* Video for the Hannibal panel, plus[livejournal.com profile] cleolinda has a pretty thorough recap of all the season 3 spoilers (mostly new and returning characters) announced this week.

* Vampire Diaries panel live-blog. I'm not sure what's better, Ian Somerhalder revealing that he can write in perfect cursive with his toes, or this: "Paul. We agreed we weren't going to declare our love for each other in public. You idiot." - Ian, of course.

* And finally, if you've never been to Comic-Con and wondered what it's like, here's a diary of a day spent wandering the floor.

OH GOD I HAVEN'T EVEN GONE THROUGH THE NERD HQ VIDS YET. *dies*

Moar Fic; 3.6K of it!

27 July 2014 20:14
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[personal profile] quinara
So, I posted about some fag ends fic earlier, but here is a project that was for today. I was hoping for something deep, but it's mostly just a bit of entertainment.

Set right around now in Summer 2014, at Dawn's grad student house somewhere in North London (maybe Camden?). Following a rough sketch of some of my other post-Chosen universes, but it's really not worth worrying about that. PG; 3.5K words; you know the drill. Let me know what you think!

ETA: Ooh, though I did forget to say that of course the fanon that Giles is a Chelsea fan has been shamelessly borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] paratti, [livejournal.com profile] ljs and Magpie (whose LJ name I've never known); whichever one of you came up with it back in the day for some excellent Giles-Spike banter. He's got to support somebody!

Whether there will be more winters.
seu pluris hiemes seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam ... carpe diem - Horace Odes I 11

It's Summer, 2014. Buffy and Spike broke up a few years ago; now they're most likely getting back together.

..

1/1 )

.

Fic!

27 July 2014 17:43
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[personal profile] quinara
I wrote a fic for [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends, for the prompt 'the best is yet to come', which is apparently Frank Sinatra's epitaph.

The Best is Yet to Come

During is quest for the soul, Spike is introduced to the First Evil... It actually saves his life?

PG-13; ~850 words; generally angsty and stuff.

I haven't had anything else to post about that isn't sad, so I haven't been, but I've been annoyed about my lack of fic for ages, so I'm glad to have some! There should actually be some more tonight, because I am really that bored of my characters sitting around doing nothing, and I'm not sure there's any way at all that I can wank it for fag ends, so I'll be posting here! Don't get confused and think it's this one again. :D

It is very hot.
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This is a guest post by Anne Daly, who wrote and co-produced Mothers Against The Odds (directed and co-produced by Ronan Tynan), a documentary by Esperanza Productions that can be watched at esperanza.ie

Mothers Against the Odds examines maternal rights in Ireland and Kenya, showing what happens when women's rights are ignored. Making this film took director Ronan Tynan and I on a three-year odyssey that opened our eyes to one of the great unresolved injustices against women in modern Irish history: the symphysiotomy scandal we only became aware of when we sought to compare the experiences of Kenyan and Irish mothers.

Mothers Against the Odds was initially conceived as an attempt to compare maternal rights in Ireland and Kenya, in keeping with our approach to directly link the so-called 'developed' and 'developing' worlds, and did not expect to spend so much time uncovering a great injustice against Irish mothers.

The UN statistics suggest Ireland is one of the safest places in the world to deliver a baby, while in Kenya a mother has a one in 25 chance of surviving childbirth. However, we found the Irish experience much more traumatic than the statistics suggest as we discovered the untold stories of mothers forced to endure a level of cruelty, up to recent times, that was both shocking and incomprehensible. Both the procedure of symphysiotomy in Ireland and FGM in Kenya show that when any culture ignores or fails to respect the rights of women and girls, unimaginable cruelty can be inflicted on them.

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Symphysiotomy is a brutal medical procedure that was performed on Irish mothers up to 1984. Described by one Irish politician in the film as "medicine from the dark ages", it involves breaking the mother's pelvis to facilitate childbirth when problems arise. The key question that survivors and campaigners raise in the film is why such a painful and medically unnecessary intervention was allowed in response to a prolonged labour when the Cesarean section was the safe and available alternative at the time. The symphysiotomy procedure is described by some survivors as "torture" as in sundering the mother's pelvic bone during childbirth, she is left with lifelong medical problems including severe pain, mental trauma, walking difficulties and incontinence.

Campaigning group Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) claims that these operations were carried out without the prior knowledge or consent of the mothers and mainly for religious reasons by obstetricians who were opposed to family planning. Today, there are 250 elderly survivors who endure many severe health problems and filming the stories of some of these survivors was not easy as recalling their stories is very traumatic and painful for them. Our film shows not just the emotional and physical toll this surgery has had on survivors but it also examines the Irish cultural context that allowed such brutal procedure to take place unchallenged up to very recently. The question which still remains unanswered is why symphysiotomy, banned in the rest of Europe, was reintroduced in Ireland in 1944 and performed in some of Ireland's top maternity hospitals.

In Kenya today and Ireland a few decades ago it always seems to be economically vulnerable women who are subjected to appalling treatment when they seek to give birth. One Kenyan lawyer cited the examples of women being "slapped, pinched, and told to shut up" if they complained. Without resources or rights, many Kenyan mothers are forced to remain in the maternity hospital until someone produces the money to pay the hospital for the delivery. In Nairobi's Kibera - one of Africa's largest slums - we discovered that many women are refused help by doctors with the delivery until the money is paid in advance. It was shocking to see the "pay first" sign outside Pumwani maternity hospital in Nairobi, the largest one in the country, where thousands of women deliver their babies each year. One woman told me that if you are unable to pay the hospital bill, your mobile phone and other possessions can be accepted in lieu of payment.

Similarly to Ireland in the 1950s, Kenya today is a very conservative country in terms of women's rights. In Mutomo Mission Hospital - in the district of Kitiu, run by the Sisters of Mercy - a young male paediatric nurse explained how women have " little or no say" over their reproductive health. In many cases when a woman became ill, even during pregnancy, her husband would do the talking for her, especially in rural areas. Women are making progress in asserting their rights in Kenya but they have some way to go: as we are reminded by one very progressive midwife, they are still "traded like cattle" in too many situations.

Talking to women in Kenya about how they are treated during pregnancy, we almost felt we learned more about Ireland than we did at home.

The first picture is a portrait of Anne Daly.

The second picture is from the launch of documentary at Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. From the left: Anne Daly; Marian Finnucane (RTE presenter & one of Ireland's leading broadcasters); former midwife Laura Mann, who features prominently in the documentary; Ronan Tynan, co-founder of Esperanza and the director of Mothers Against the Odds.

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Today's poem comes from Issue 55 of Apex Magazine. If it moves you, please do leave a comment at the publication post.
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TURNING THE LEAVES
Amal El-Mohtar

These are the days of silver, and of gold —
the panting cold, the burst of bright on black
as coins sprout from trees, shiver, fall,
pave the streets with change.
Strange is the turn and tilt of day,
when stray, streaming, fingerling light
gleams slant against the eyes — the scold
of crows, magpies, jackdaws, gulls,
shouting the season in.

We count our birds. We read their wings. We script
stories in the scrim of puddled ice, tell tales
to ease the winter in. We sing

/we had a lady, tall and fair/ )
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Posted by Amber Collins

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Recently the "Who Needs Feminism?" tumblr was set up in response to a similarly-named meme by women who didn't understand feminism very well. These women posted pictures of themselves holding up paper bearing such words of wisdom as "I need feminism because I love being a victim!" and "I need feminism because I hate equality!" (Paraphrased, but might actually be real.) "Who Needs Feminism?" has done a great job highlighting the problems we still face in a world that does not yet address the imbalances faced by marginalised people, including women. Feminists help to ensure these problems are recognised, the first step to the eventual goal of getting them fixed.

I've been struggling with the fact that being a feminist blogger means that the vast majority of what you write about is, by necessity, unpleasant. I've caught myself searching for blog topic ideas through newspaper misery, comment rage, anecdotes of injustice, all of which yield essential, worthy posts that can effect real change - but few of which I feel qualified to write about. It can get a little overwhelming.

I'm not going to make that kind of post today. Instead I'd like to talk about the specific positive impact that being a feminist has on your life.

Yes, I need feminism. We all do. But I also LIKE feminism, and I LOVE being a feminist.

When in the middle of a heated discussion with a friend or family member being a feminist can feel like a burden. In fact, it has added more value to my life than any other principle I hold, and I don't appreciate or celebrate that nearly enough.

I love being a feminist because it instantly connects me to a community of people I like, respect and have fun with.

I love being a feminist because it has given me the vocabulary and context to tear apart and neutralise concepts like "bitch" and "slut" that used to make me feel bad.

I love being a feminist because sometimes, when I stand up for what I believe in, unexpected people thank me afterwards for saying what they could not.

I could go on and on, but I'd rather hear from you about the positive impact being a feminist has had on your life. Why do you love being a feminist? Please comment with your experiences!

Image is of a small, 3D, red heart shape with a smiley face on it is held up in front of a blurred background of trees against a blue sky. Image by fauxto_digit, shared on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

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My last post for the day. Probably.

* I'm all caught up with Mighty Avengers just in time to find out that it's being relaunched soon as Captain American and the Mighty Avengers (because Sam Wilson is going to be the new Captain America, as you've probably heard). It's going to have the same writer, Al Ewing (YAY), and a new artist (YAY), and is going to keep building on what came before, just with more Sam Wilson. In general: YAY. This continues to be my favorite team book.

* I also caught up with X-Force. I still hate Kim's art, but this is a smart, clever book that really rewards careful reading. Spurrier has a lot going on in it, and things that are presented as facts early on are given the lie to later on. House to Astonish has a great review of the first arc. (I love that they review arcs instead of just individual issues. I wish more review outlets did.)

* Also caught up on: X-Men. Ugh what is even happening with this 50-50 split. This is so dumb. And yet I'm invested in Storm's daughter from the future, Kymera, and I want all the Storm-Kymera stuff. Also, am I supposed to take that Psylocke really actually was sleeping with the danger room guy? In summary: UGH.
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Oh hey! Only six weeks after first talking about this, I'm finally starting this meme! I decided that seven days was much too restrictive if I was going to talk about, like, ALL FIC, so instead I have narrowed it down by theme, and I'll probably repeat the meme periodically as I feel like it. For now the theme is mpreg, because as you know, Bob, it is the favorite of all my favorites.

Something Old:
Hexed, by [archiveofourown.org profile] Randominity - Harry Potter, Harry/Draco
In which Harry flubs a spell and accidentally knocks up Draco, and there are all sorts of unexpected consequences.

You have to understand, back when I was a wide-eyed new fan (ie, six years ago), there was not nearly as much mpreg as there is now. Since then there's been some kind of fannish revolution re: certain tropes, which I find fascinating, although that's neither here nor there. So when I figured out mpreg was a thing that existed in fandom and I went hunting for it, Harry Potter fandom was a treasure trove - it was a big enough fandom that even back then there was tons of mpreg for a variety of ships, and on top of that there was painless-j and her epic HP mpreg recs list. As a result, I read a ton of HP fic back then, despite having only read one of the books and part of another one.

Out of them all, this was and remains one of my favorites. It's got the mpreg-is-weird angle and also the unlikely-friendship thing that I adore, as well as a lot of the kinds of moments that I read mpreg for, like when Draco awkwardly explains to Harry why he's decided to keep the baby, despite finally being given an out. It has some awkward first-time (and second-time) sex, too, which I also appreciate.

It does have some weirdness, such as the fact that Harry's spell has taken away Draco's boy bits and given him girl bits, which a) is implied rather than ever outright stated, so that I didn't even pick up on it in my first couple of reads, and b) leads to this awkward post-partum conversation where Draco inquires whether Harry will even be sexually interested in him anymore, now that he has his dick back. (Spoiler: Harry is.)

Still, I have a lot of nostalgic fondness for this fic, which is what the "something old" category is all about. So. :)

the entire meme )
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[livejournal.com profile] rahirah asked me a question that I thought merited its own post, because it's a question that I'm always interested in seeing other people answer, too: What attracts you to fandoms where you write fic, as opposed to fandoms where you may just read/watch?

I used to think there was some complicated and mysterious alchemy that determined what my next fandom would be, but in fact it seems to boil down to two things:

1. A character I obsess over. This character has so far always been male, which might surprise some of you given my enthusiasm the last few years for female characters. Historically, though, my pattern is: fall in love with male character, get into fandom, eventually switch allegiances primarily to female characters. (Who knows what this bodes in terms of hockey fandom.)

Now, why some male characters do this for me and not others is mysterious; there are some similarities that can be drawn between Spike and Dean Winchester, but my most recent obsession is character/RL person Evgeni Malkin, who has basically no similarities with either of the other two.

2. Lots of fic already existing about said character. It turns out that I can love a character to bits and pieces, but if there isn't tons of fic to feed my interest, it withers and dies. And what's more, I need all that fic to play off of when I start writing my own, which is what rahirah really asked. Writing fic for a small/non-existent fandom is hard work, as far as I'm concerned - much harder than writing for a larger fandom. I'm not great at inventing the wheel; I will never be one of those authors on the forefront of a new fandom, blazing the trail. I need a fandom to be in conversation with.

--

Now, the exception to all this for me is Marvel comics.

cut for long description of the shape of Marvel canon and fandom )

Having given you all that background, Marvel comics really does not look like the fandom for me, does it? Current fannish communities and fic are clustered largely around a handful of titles I'm not fannishly invested in, and the only male character I care all that much about, Fantomex, has like five fics on AO3.

And yet, like I said, Marvel comics are the exception to all my fannish patterns, because I've loved the female characters right from the start and because I continue to love the canon so much that I keep offering various pieces of it in exchanges and trying my hand at it. I'm pretty sure Marvel comics is never going to be my main fic fandom, because there just isn't enough concentrated community and fic. (This means when I write fic, there aren't a ton of people interested, either.) But apparently I'm going to keep plugging away nonetheless.

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Now that I've said all that: What does it take for a canon to move you to writing fic/making art/getting fannishly creative? What are the secret ingredients?
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When the linkspamming gets out of control. Between the TCA press tour and Comic-Con, there's a TON of TV and movie news and related fun stuff coming out.

Under a cut because it's so damn long )
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gerard Way & Bert McCracken
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] nezumi-zumi

Why this piece is awesome: I absolutely love this work. It's so bold and bright.

The body language of Bert and Gerard, the sweeping curves of the mic cables, and the way the lyrics are worked into the whole composition, all makes for an incredibly dynamic and intense work. It really showcases why nezumi-zumi is one of the best artists in the fandom at the moment.

Link: Under Pressure

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