schneefink: picture of Relena looking at the viewer (GW Relena)
I should be writing my thesis instead of fic, but better than nothing?

Sufficiently Advanced Crystal Orbs, for [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Steerswoman & surprise crossover, gen, 1.4k
Summary: Willam opens a wizard's chest and finds something unexpected.


Some [community profile] fandom_stocking recs: Babylon 5, Leverage/BtVS, Hockey RPF, Star Wars:TFA )
schneefink: (Kaylee with umbrella shiny)
I got very lucky this year, I got two amazing stories!

For Hockey Festivus:
Battle Ready by [personal profile] downjune
Relationships: Marc-Andre Fleury & Jeff Zatkoff, Sidney Crosby & Marc-Andre Fleury
So many goalie feelings! Goalies supporting each other, goalies in eyeliner, goalie & captain hug… goalies <3

For Yuletide:
Navigational Aids by [personal profile] genarti
Steerswoman series, post-canon epistolary
I love this fic a lot, instant new headcanon. The relationship between Willam and Rowan and Bel is great and so warm, I just want to hug the story and the characters too.

Some people liked the stories I wrote, so I'm happy :)

I spent Christmas with my family, it was nice. I even went to evening mass, which I originally didn't intend, but mom said she'd really like it if I came to listen to her and LB and also she needed someone to turn the pages for her on the organ. (The sermon was okay, but the mass as a whole emphasized that church is currently not for me. I am proud of the parish for taking in a refugee family.)

Among other things I got a cupcake recipe book from my parents, I'm looking forward to baking a lot! LB said he thought about what I might need now that I live in my own flat and got me a "Minions" DVD xD He's the best.
schneefink: (Fleury)
There is currently a vidding love meme going on. You should go and tell vidders how great they are. I'm being reminded of many vids I love, I should rec more of them. To start with, 4:

Mad Max: Fury Road:
Na Na Na by [personal profile] violace
The aftermath is secondary.
I watched this vid maybe twenty times or more. (I also watched the MCR music video and then read some MCR fic.) It's a perfect fit for the movie.

Making Waves by [archiveofourown.org profile] niyalune
Can you hear my voice this time?
I found this one via a rec post by [personal profile] goodbyebird that I'm still making my way through (and I spent way too much time thinking about if I should put this one before or after "Na Na Na". I put it after because the other one has some of it in Immortan Joe's PoV, but it doesn't really matter.) They complement each other well, and both have that "fuck yeah"-feeling to go with the explosions.

Phil Kessel ft. Taylor Swift:
we are NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER by [archiveofourown.org profile] pollyrepeat
To: Toronto
From: Phil Kessel

Like, ever. Great vid.

Phil Kessel Shakes It Off by [twitter.com profile] whatajerkdragon
“(s)He doesn’t even go here.” Welcome to Pittsburgh, Phil!
PHIL KESSEL IS A PITTSBURGH PENGUIN. Fuck the Toronto media. Rumors say Jeff Zatkoff showed this vid to his teammates on the plane, that makes it even more hilarious.
schneefink: (Fleury)
My favorites of the stories I read so far from the Hockey Rarepairs Exchange: 1 Caps, 1 Habs, 1 Monarchs, 2 Pens )

Plus two fics from the Sid/Geno exchange:both AUs )

And one Hockey RPF fic not from any exchange:NCAA )
schneefink: (Fleury)
I wanted to rec these for a while, and I'm procrastinating on other things. If you appreciate recs like this I'd love it if you could drop me a note, so that I know I'm not just doing these for myself :-)

No Word for This by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sonia_vice
Gabriel Landeskog/Danny Briére, 160k
Summary: They don't know what they're doing. But they're doing it anyway.
Why I love it: Every once in a while I complain that I want more hockey in hockey fics, and this series is a fantastic example of things I want more of. It's very clear that these characters are hockey players, and it's very grounded in the everyday reality of what that means, wins and losses and team and what the game means to them. And yet they're people at the same time: their private lives influence their professional lives and vice versa, and their different roles on the team affect their relationship. Both characters have their own issues to deal with, and sometimes they can share and help each other but sometimes they can't. I never would have thought of that pairing, and I'm not a big Avs fan, but the author does a great job selling me on a pairing that nobody thinks will work, even in the story, but somehow it does.
The author wrote the series during the season, following actual events, so the series also reflects how crazy a hockey season can be. There are many minor characters, family and team mostly, and I really like how they fit in. I like how the team is portrayed: it might be a kind of family, but that doesn't mean it's perfect.
To be honest I haven't reread the whole series since it was recently finished, because many chapters have a sort of grey mood, and in several it feels like the characters are struggling with something similar to depression which is sometimes hard for me to read. That's just another sign of how well it was done. The series doesn't have a perfect happy ending, but a hopeful conclusion, fitting with the tone of the story.

Hawks and Hands by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dira
Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski (main), 203k
Summary: Eighteen sex scenes strung together with angst and hockey.
Why I love it: A due South hockey AU that was recced to me several times before I finally read it (I kept putting it off because it starts with a funeral scene.) It does a great job with the hockey side of things, showing how it's an integral part of their lives, with games and bruises and team and supporting staff and all that comes with it. (With footnotes, even!) It was written about ten years ago, so I didn't even recognize the hockey characters, which I kind of liked.
I don't know dS, but all the characters were fully fleshed out and fit really well in their roles. Ben and Ray's relationship is great, how they both have their own issues but fit together well. The supporting cast was great as well, the Vecchios and Mark with two sides and coach Welsh and Hack and the rest of the team.
Midway through the story changes from a more hockey-focused one to a more crime-solving-focused one, but I liked that part too.

Make His Brown Eyes Blue by [archiveofourown.org profile] jezziejay
Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews, 9k
Summary: Jonny's an FBI agent. Patrick's on the Most Wanted list. Occasionally they tie each other up and make out.
Why I love it: And now for something completely different! An AU with no hockey at all, sort of completely ridiculous. I'm not sure why this one grabbed me and I immediately put it on my "to rec" list, but it's a lot of fun.

All hockey vids by [archiveofourown.org profile] pollyrepeat
Why I love them: There are five of them so far (everybody wants, change-over, Pilgrim, Houdini, and absolution), all of them Pens-focused, and all of them are great. (Getting better, even, which makes me really look forward to the next ones.) Her notes to "everybody wants", which imo could apply to all of them, say this "ended up turning into Polly Has Too Many Protective Feelings Re: Multi-Millionaires Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (I KNOW) and Will Fight You in the Street About Them", which is a feeling I know well and that she conveys perfectly. The vids also show how pretty hockey can be, and sometimes how brutal.
schneefink: (FF Kaylee in hammock)
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, but because it fits right now: I'm extremely thankful that I'm lucky enough to live in a place and be in a position where I feel safe and can be confident that the authorities will treat me fairly, and my loved ones. Otherwise it would be fucking terrifying. Best wishes to everyone who has to face that.

I finished the rough first draft of my Yuletide fic! I even already got first impressions back, so now it's editing time. Every time I'm happy I have a first draft done I forget how much work editing is.

To celebrate, have some fic recs. 3 Hockey RPF:

i know who i want to take me home by [archiveofourown.org profile] electrumqueen
Sam Gagner/John Tavares & Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews, 23k, PG13
Summary: "Wait," Kaner says. Something strange and terrifying flickers through his voice. "Gags, are you saying it's you for Jonny?"
Why I love it: I just call it the Oilers!Toews fic. Yes, it's exactly as cracky as that sounds, and much more hilarious. Apparently not everyone in fandom knows this one and they really should. (Bonus points to Nealer for best guest appearance.)

only the game fish swims upstream by [archiveofourown.org profile] TheDukeofAvon
Tyler Bozak/Phil Kessel, 10k, PG13
Summary: Twitter suspects they've broken up, Bozie and You Can Play are mortal enemies, and they're probably going to miss the playoffs again, but other than that it's going great.
Why I love it: A great take on accidental outing. Phil is a great PoV character in this, with his known love for the media, his calm, and his idle murderous thoughts about Carlyle. I really liked his and Bozie's relationship, and the rest of the Leafs.

I could be wrong, I could be ready by [archiveofourown.org profile] 12ways
Alex Galchenyuk/Brendan Gallagher, 45k, PG13
Summary: In which the internet finds some photos from the WJC '13 celebrations that change Alex's life forever, and he and Brendan find out quickly exactly how gullible and reactionary people can be. Things escalate. Feelings and shenanigans ensue.
Why I love it: Accidental outing with bonus fake dating, both very well done. I like both main characters, especially Alex and how he learns to deal with stuff, and the supporting cast is great.

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