schneefink: (FF Kaylee excited)
Hi! Thank you very much for writing a story for me! :D

Things I like:
* I love friendship/team/found family fic. Characters who grow to like each other, trust each other, and eventually would do many things for each other, yes please. Especially when they're in slightly different positions/places/there are obstacles etc.
* Related to that, navigating relationships: how do they deal with daily life, how do they support and comfort each other at the end of the day, how do they solve conflicts, what happens if there are conflicting loyalties? I'm a big fan of loyalty, betrayal, (self-)sacrifice, and related tropes in general.
* Some other things I love: h/c, competent characters, hugs, plot, happy or at least optimistic endings, …

Things I don't like for Yuletide:
* Stories with a very dark or hopeless ending
* Explicit rape or abuse
* Character bashing
* Stories focusing on harlequin romance tropes or explicit sex
* Different world AUs, like coffeeshop AUs or Harry Potter fusions. I love the canon worlds of all these fandoms so I'd prefer to read fic taking place there. What-if AUs are cool.

Have fun! The prompts below are guidelines, I hope they help you think of ideas.

Spiderlight – Adrian Tchaikovsky )

Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky )

The Bright Sessions (Podcast) )

Elemental Logic series – Laurie J. Marks )

2017, day 1

Jan. 1st, 2017 07:56 pm
schneefink: (A:tla group hug)
Happy 2017!
I celebrated New Year's Eve with Lio&Maria and Lisa&Nati, and Maria tried out about ten or so different cocktails, yum. Three other people showed up for a while and drew Lio into a discussion on politics, and I hated that on the last day of 2016 while I wanted to play a game and enjoy myself I couldn't help but hear someone argue on the other side of the room that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were equally bad options. Bleh. Fortunately they left before midnight. We sang a bit (including to Level Up and This Year), and after midnight we played four rounds of cards and I won all of them :) I came home so late that I narrowly missed OT of the Pens-Habs game, but the Pens won so that was good too.

I wrote two stories for Yuletide this year:
See Your Silhouette for [personal profile] lilacsigil
Fandom: Gladiator – Dami Im
1.3k, background White Warrior/Princess
Summary: She hadn't seen the Princess in fifty years.
My assignment. It was pretty frustrating because the prompts were good and I had ideas, but it was hard to put them together into a story, and at some point I planned something much longer and more complex before I condensed it to its current length. It probably made the story better, but there were a few elements I'm sorry I lost.

Step Forward for [ profile] alessandriana
Fandom: Nirvana in Fire
1.6k, gen, canon-divergent AU
Summary: Jingyan had known this day would come, but for years xiao-Shu had done him the favor of allowing him not to think about it.
The first time I actually finished a Yuletide treat! Jingyu dies from natural cases and so there is no conspiracy. I'd started sketching this AU before I even saw [ profile] alessandriana's letter, and when I saw that she prompted it it gave me the push I needed to finish. I really like this AU, and there's a possibility that I'm not done with it yet because I keep thinking of more things that would be interesting to explore in it.

There are many Yuletide stories I still want to read (thanks to everyone who recced stories), but I decided to put those aside for now and try to write something for [community profile] fandom_stocking.
I also still need to do my 2016 year review, aaand I decided to try and do at least half of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge this year, so at least 7 days.

Day 1: 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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Huh. I think I'll cheat a bit and refer to "Step Forward" above, because I really like the concept of this AU and I feel like I wrote a good look into it.

Dark Blue Skies, a Steerswoman fic: "In the third year of Willam's apprenticeship with Corvus, Abremio came to Wulfshaven." It's one of my longer works and I'm quite proud of how it turned out.

Assuming Shape, a Young Avengers fic, Teddy Altman's mom's backstory. (I can't remember if her name is from canon somewhere or if I took it from another fic.) I wrote it because I wanted to make her more real (which makes canon even sadder) and I feel like I succeeded.


Oct. 11th, 2016 07:39 pm
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I've mostly made muffins and cupcakes for so long that I forgot how annoying it is trying to find cake recipes that are slightly fancy but not too complicated. LB's birthday party is tomorrow, and he wants something with chocolate. Usually I like experimenting with new cakes, but this time I might just make a cake I already made once. (I think it was two years ago though so it'll be fine.)
I'm invited to his birthday party even though I know very few people who will be there. Half of his friends are mathematicians and half of them are musicians. So when he decided he wanted to do a quiz, he made up questions that are half math/half music knowledge, some of them I don't even understand. I'm curious to see how that will go ^^

I got my Yuletide assignment! It's a prompt I'd been thinking of writing a treat for anyway :) Not that I ever managed to write a treat before. This year there are a few letters I like, so maybe I'll manage at least one or two?
For my assignment I already have a (very rough) outline. Though now that I think about it, it maybe kiiiinda skirts close to one of their DNWs. (A matter of definition, really.) I'll have to revise it a bit.

Sidney Crosby has another concussion -.- Sucks. Hopefully it's not severe.
The season hasn't even started yet and I already am reminded why I watch less TV in winter: just keeping up with hockey news takes a lot of time. It's fun too though. Pens season opener on Thursday, middle of the night but I'll stay up for that one. Pens-Caps is always great :) (though it would be more fun if Sid were playing...)
schneefink: (FF Kaylee excited)
Hi! Thank you very much for writing a story for me! :D

Things I like:
* I love friendship/found family fic. Characters who grow to like each other, trust each other, and eventually would do many things for each other, yes please. Especially when they're in slightly different positions/places/there are obstacles etc.
* Related to that, navigating relationships: how do they deal with daily life, how do they support and comfort each other at the end of the day, how do they solve conflicts, what happens if there are conflicting loyalties? I'm a big fan of loyalty, betrayal, sacrifice, and related tropes.
* Some other things I love: h/c, competent characters, hugs, plot, happy or at least optimistic endings, …

Things I don't like for Yuletide:
* Stories with a very dark or hopeless ending, explicit rape
* Character bashing
* Stories focused on harlequin romance tropes or explicit sex. If you want to write low-key flirting or romance that's fine.
* Different world AUs, like coffeeshop AUs or Harry Potter fusions. I love the canon worlds of all these fandoms so I'd prefer to read fic taking place there.

Have fun! The prompts below are guidelines, I hope they help you think of ideas.

Natsume Yuujinchou – Natsume's Book of Friends
琅琊榜 | Nirvana in Fire (TV)
Elemental Logic series – Laurie J. Marks

Natsume Yuujinchou – Natsume's Book of Friends
Characters: Natsume Reiko, Natsume Takashi, Madara "Nyanko-sensei"

If you don't know what it is: Natsume Yuujinchou )

Prompts: Prompts )

琅琊榜 | Nirvana in Fire (TV)
Characters: Xiao Jingyan, Xiao Jingrui

If you don't know what it is: Nirvana in Fire )

Prompts: Prompts )

Elemental Logic series – Laurie J. Marks
Characters: Medric, Emil Paladin

If you don't know what it is:Elemental Logic series )

Prompts: Read more... )
schneefink: picture of Relena looking at the viewer (GW Relena)
For the first time this winter, we had snow in Vienna today! According to the radio it started around 6am and when I got up (around 11) there was a thin layer of white outside and it was still snowing lightly for a short time. Finally :)

For Yuletide this year I wrote Steerswoman fic: Dark Blue Skies
Summary: In the third year of Willam's apprenticeship with Corvus, Abremio came to Wulfshaven.

Thanks to [personal profile] isis and [personal profile] sholio for the help. It's not perfect, but I'm proud of this one. 9.8k! My second-longest published fic, and the longest since 2011. It's in the smallest fandom I've written in so far and especially at first it was a bit disappointing that so few people read it, but I got some lovely comments which made up for it :)

More about the writing process )
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: (FF Kaylee excited)
Hi! Thank you very much for writing a story for me! :D

General Likes and Dislikes )

Soviet Hockey Players RPF
Characters: Alexei Kasatonov, Slava Fetisov

If you don't know what it is: They were some of the best hockey players in history, and some of them hated their coach. )

Prompt: The great betrayal )

The Steerswoman series – Rosemary Kirstein
Characters: Rowan, Bel, Willam

If you don't know what it is: A fascinating SFF series currently at 4 books )

Prompt: (post)book 4 fic )

Krabat | The Satanic Mill – Otfried Preußler

If you don't know what it is: a myth-based novel about the apprentices to an evil sorcerer )

Prompt: trapped )
schneefink: Babylon 5 (Bab5)
More Bab5, and I didn't even have to wait months, this is great!

Learning Curve )

Strange Relations )

Secrets of the Soul )

Day of the Dead )

In the Kingdom of the Blind )

A Tragedy of Telepaths )

People are already publishing their Yuletide letters and I enjoy reading them. I know which fandoms I'm going to request, I'm not sure yet about all that I'm going to offer. No Hockey RPF this year because I want to try something different, and I'm contemplating a few fandoms that would be a bit of a challenge but could be interesting.

Pens vs. Leafs tonight! I'm definitely not staying up to watch it. What little self-control I have should at least be sufficient for that. I need sleep. Tomorrow I'll go with friends to an all-you-can-eat jazz brunch, it would be a shame if I fell asleep in the middle.

My mom finally started listening to "Hamilton", and I got LB interested too. I started reading the biography by Chernow, so far it is very interesting. [personal profile] capsized compiled some great quotes from letters Hamilton and Laurens wrote to each other here.

And for the less entertaining parts of life, I need to figure out how to get back to working on my thesis. I haven't done much the past few weeks and it's past time.
("figure out how to" instead of just "get back to" because I'm back at that stage where it feels like it just... doesn't work. >.< "I just have to do it" is so easy to say and so hard to, well, do.)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
Snow! Snow everywhere. It's been snowing since Monday, when we drove here. We were very lucky, with the route we chose and our timing we avoided at least three or four major traffic jams. The list of traffic jams and accidents on the radio traffic service became longer each time.
Then we got stuck because there was too much snow on the road upward. Fortunately we could roll down to a petrol station not too far away and they lent us a hydraulic car jack so we could better put on the snow chains that we fortunately brought with us, even though we were sure we weren't going to need them.
Today in the morning my dad decided to show me how to do it (one of the chains had become loose) with the mechanic car jack from our trunk. I was only wearing my pyjamas for breakfast, but I just put on a thick sweater and ski pants (English word?) because I thought it'd just be ten minutes in front of the house. Only then he remembered we still had to go shopping, and I'd wanted to try driving in the snow anyway, right? There's no shop in the small village here, you have to drive three villages further.
So I drove with snow chains for the first time and at first it was fine. Only later the road was already cleared of snow, which made driving with chains more difficult. After one turn I started to spin and ended up with the car turned about 100 degrees to the right in the middle of the road (and another car closely behind, fortunately in sufficient distance.) Not a lot of fun, but the most important part was not panicking. The car safety training I recently did probably came in useful.

Everything is white outside! Almost incredible, after how green it was at Christmas. It's still snowing, and right now there's even a little bit of sun behind very thin clouds. Yesterday we went for a long walk with the dogs, and Pierre (I think) already built two snowmen in the garden.
Pictures (sadly not very good quality) )

Pierre is a very good cook and dinner tonight will be delicious. LB is coming in a few hours and a few other people too. I hope we'll be able to see the fireworks well.

Two more quick Yuletide recs before author reveals:Jurassic Park, Asimov's Robot series )

Guten Rutsch!


Dec. 26th, 2014 10:27 am
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Christmas! I can sit here in my pajamas, Christmas cookies next to me, my head full of (mostly Christmas) songs, and read Yuletide stories :) That's almost all I did yesterday (and church music and delicious food and card games), it was fantastic.

I got an amazing story for Yuletide!
The Pivot (1678 words) by [ profile] salable_mystic
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply, but depression and a suicide attempt
Summary: Gregor Vorbarra is 26 when he decides that jumping off a balcony is how he will best serve Barrayar.

It's a very intense story. In a good way, just be prepared for majorly depressive thoughts.

I also got a lovely Madness treat! At Home (100 words) by [ profile] elstaplador
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Summary: Laliari tries to get her head around this alien concept of 'acting'.

And I got some comments&kudos on my fics already :)

I have a long list of stories to rec and many tabs open for stories yet to read that I'll hopefully get around to in the next few days. There's some minor stuff I have to do, a friend will be staying over for a few days, and then I'm visiting family for New Year's. I'll most likely do the rest of the December meme questions in January.
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
Yuletide fic: posted yesterday. I have to resist the temptation to go back and edit heavily, because I'm pretty sure it's as good as I can make it and I'd just make myself more nervous. I don't like this waiting for reveals thing.

Other than that I don't have any Christmas presents at all :( And only a few ideas. I'm starting to feel guilty and panicky, ugh. Let's hope I find something in the next three days.

For the December meme, a question by [personal profile] dhampyresa: Tell me about being Austrian in fandom. There's got to be a couple of things that trip you up, right?

Not so much anymore. The biggest difference was when I entered English-speaking fandom and suddenly there were so many different cultures represented that I wasn't at all familiar with.

When I found online fandom I spent some time in German-speaking anime fandom, where everyone wrote about Japanese highschools and they were exactly like German ones. Highschool AUs in English-speaking fandom were very strange: the years don't make sense, there are a bunch of stereotypes used that I was unfamiliar with, and why are they so worried about going to uni anyway? But I've learned a lot by now, especially about the US but also about other countries, and it's become easier.

Specifically Austrian things specifically in fandom, hmm, nothing really comes to mind. I still get extremely excited whenever Austria or something associated with it is mentioned in canon or fic, and I wish I knew more about Vienna so I could set an urban fantasy story here. (There's probably a lot of death magic in Vienna. We sing about graveyards a lot. If I had to pick a couple of things that Viennese magic centers around, it's probably music and death, with some strong Balkan influences.)
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Yuletide deadline is in two weeks! I have a first draft, but haven't touched it in a week. I don't like editing -.-

Yesterday the Pens had an afternoon game, so D. and I watched it live! With some connection problems, that was annoying, but we had pizza. And they won, despite all the injuries, which is nice :)

For the December meme, a question by [personal profile] kate: Do you write things you want to read, or do you read things that are different from what you write? Any tropes/premises/worlds that are favorites, in reading and/or in writing?


I'll read pretty much anything if it's well done, tropes/pairings/fandoms, and I've discovered many great things by following recs or authors I know into the unknown.

Favorite tropes to read: many, and it depends on the fandom. Sometimes I like harlequin fic, sometimes I prefer trope subversion. I like alternate history AUs and different world AUs a lot (mundane AUs less, but they can also be written very well.) I like stories that center around close-knit communities, like teamfic.

I read a ton of things I haven't written yet, but that I might write in the future. I have many more ideas for stories than I actually end up writing, sometimes because of time or energy and sometimes because I think I'm not good enough to write it yet. For example porn: I enjoy reading explicit fic (if the sex scene has a purpose in the story), but I don't like writing sex scenes because I don't think I'm good at them (yet.)
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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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.
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
Today I was finally smart enough to take painkillers against my weather-induced headaches. I don't know for sure where I got my aversion to non-prescribed medicine, but sometimes it's really annoying.

I wrote over 500 words of Yuletide fic! And that's with constantly editing it because I wasn't happy. (Current step: try to make long sections of narration seem less boring by adding a few lines of dialogue.)
I have almost 1k words, and I'm not even a quarter through my outline. But it's a detailed outline, so I think I'll be okay.

(Still a tiny bit concerned that it's not my recipient's favorite fandom. Oh well.)

The downside of writing Yuletide fic, it makes me feel like I've accomplished something even when I'm brilliantly procrastinating on uni stuff.

I'm also working on progressing from "eat three meals a day" (took me long enough) to "eating something when I'm hungry." Small steps.

I'm currently procrastinating on going to sleep, I thought I was over that.
schneefink: (FF Kaylee excited)
Hi! Thank you very much for writing a story for me!

Some things I like:
* I love friendship/team fic. Characters who grow to like each other, trust each other, and eventually would do many things for each other, yes please. Especially when in the beginning they're in slightly different positions/places/etc. and their friendship is rather unexpected.
* Related to that, navigating relationships. Could be platonic or romantic partners: how do they deal with daily life, how do they solve conflicts, how do they support and comfort each other at the end of the day?
* Worldbuilding! How do things work? Both on a large scale and the mundane details. I love to learn about a world's politics, economics, cultural details, even administration and bureaucracy.
* Plot is great. Stories where they stay at home and play boardgames are also great. 5-things/times-fic is fun. I like stories that span an hour and stories that span years.

Things I don't like for Yuletide:
* Stories with an unhappy ending. Some unhappy elements are fine if the general outlook is optimistic, but nothing extremely dark, please (torture, rape, abuse…)
* Stories focused on explicit sex
* Complete AUs, i.e. coffeeshop AU etc. I love the canon worlds of all these fandoms so I'd prefer to read fic taking place there. Canon-divergent AUs are fine, or canon-with-small-details-changed.

Have fun! The prompts below are just guidelines, I hope they help you think of ideas.

1) The Young Protectors (webcomic)
Read more... )

2) Galaxy Quest (1999)
Read more... )

3) Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold
Read more... )
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
I'm tiiired and I'm procrastinating on going to sleep because my brain is being weird, so have a post full of random things.

Why are people posting Yuletide letters already? It's not a bad idea to start writing them especially if you know that you won't have much time next week, but it's making me feel stressed. I wanted to rewatch Galaxy Quest, finish reading "Barrayar", and go through the tag set to see if I've missed anything... oh well, still some time left.
(A friend got me a copy of Galaxy Quest but in such a high resolution that my laptop doesn't want to play it properly. I really need to declutter it soon.)
I looked through nominations and I was very happy to find some things that had been accepted, & I know what I hope I'll be matched on! Fandoms where I don't want any particular stories myself but would be happy to write one.

I did not stay up to watch the Pens game against Dallas, which was good because Duper :( But he's back on his feet! I watched the new In the Room and grinned broadly the whole time. This team. Olli and Kappy! Sid and Duper! Suttsy and Kuni discussing D-pairings and calling Despres "Desi"! (Did they assume Scuds would play top4? Ahaha Olli is sooo much better.) Suttsy and Duper mic'd!
Islanders tomorrow, I won't watch it live either but afterwards. It'd be fantastic to break the Isles' streak.
(Btw the Oilers are so bad, if they get McDavid it would be terrible and hilarious.)

Today was the first day of a two-day "voice and movement" workshop at uni. Six hours today, seven tomorrow. Sooo tired. But it was ok, some of it very interesting. Debating taught me not to be afraid of speaking to people and to stand comfortably, singing taught me breathing, but presentations and making contact with the audience is something I have less practice in.
I was told several times that I look very strict, huh. I thought I was not smiling but still friendly.

The whole week I was looking forward to watching Bab5 yesterday, but then another friend came to visit too so we watched Star Wars 3 instead (I tried not to look too unhappy about it.) Wow does that movie have a lot of pretty cloud backgrounds and dramatic face shots and people being stupid (also the Jedi philosophy is still very weird.)
I also got LK's excellent salad recipe (completely different from how we usually make salad at home) that I'm looking forward to trying out.

I'm not very happy with the progress I made on my thesis this week, but at least I got my phone repaired and met my new Russian conversation partner. He seems nice, I'm looking forward to it.

There are some things I should get done for debating and some other things that I'm not feeling up to right now, but whatever.
schneefink: (FF River and Kaylee)
Yuletide nominations are open! This time, I'm telling myself the third year in a row, is definitely the year I'll participate in Yuletide for the first time. I guess we'll see :)
I think I even understand the rules, more or less, and I know that there are enough fandoms that I could offer.

I'm still thinking about what I want to request, especially what I'd need to nominate. Most things that I currently follow are either bigger fandoms or I'm not that interested in fic.
*) Vorkosigan Saga: Greg, Aral, and Miles, probably. And maybe Ivan. I think I'd like a fic set between Barrayar and Vor Game. I'm pretty sure I don't have to nominate this, but so far it's not on the unofficial spreadsheet.
*) The Young Protectors: I want worldbuilding (will probably be jossed, but who cares) and teamfic. Stupid character limit. Four of Kyle, Paul, Mitch, Spooky, and Amanda... (I hope the comic progresses in a way that next year I can request Platinum Priestess/Amanda rivalry fic.)
*) Montréal Canadiens RPF: Teamfic! Poly is also good. Gally, Chucky, PK, and then either Prust or Price or Scherbak. Probably Scherbak, he's adorable.
* I know that Penguins RPF (magical realism teamfic would be nice, for example) is already nominated. I might perhaps request Galaxy Quest (Laliari post-movie), and I'm sure the list will give me more ideas. I feel like I'm forgetting something, which is probably normal but annoying... Oh well, I still have time until Monday.

Recently I'm getting kudos every third day or so, which is nice. But sometimes I really wonder how people found that particular story. Especially my SGA stories, because all my other ones have one or two tags people might search for. But short older random SGA fic? Sometimes it's a reminder that I even wrote that stuff. It's always great :)

Recently I'm also trying to leave more comments. After one very sincere thank-you I thought I should try more because it makes people happy, and I resolved to start with one a day. (I'm not sure how many fics I read each day on average, I'm pretty sure it's more than ten.) I'm above that now, and I think I'm getting better at it. It's nice.

Third day in a row of not doing any work on my thesis... Better tomorrow. (We had a debating workshop at a school, I have too many unread emails, there's debate club drama going on, and I get random headaches. I think tomorrow I'm going to steal some chocolate from the cupboard.)

Music I'm currently listening to on a loop: Calling All Dawns
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I haven't been as enthusiastic about One Piece recently. I'm not sure if it's because the last two arcs are not that good or if they're just not as good as Marinford. In the latter case, it will be very hard to make anything as amazing as Marinford again. But I really enjoyed the most recent chapter!
Spoilers for chapter 698 )

And before I forget: Have some very late Yuletide recs.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, by fennellaevangela
The Bloggess tries her hand at running a kitten livestream.
"The Bloggess" fanfic, whee! I hadn't dared hope someone would ask for it. A series of blog posts that could have happened just like that.
Btw, I got the Bloggess' book "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" for Christmas and I started laughing when I read the chapter titles. It's also a very warm book about living your life differently, and I enjoyed it very much.

On Being Female, by Nomad
Discworld: It began, as did so many bewilderments small and large, with a declaration by Captain Carrot.
This fic, in which Carrot is a member of the Dwarf Women's Guild, has great Vimes and Carrot voices. I love how it approaches the female dwarves and societal change, and it's also very funny.

Perigee, by radondoran
Isaac Asimo's Robots: The Universe's most boring assignment becomes a lot more interesting.
This is a very good Powell&Donovan adventures-with-robots story, with an interesting robot, a solid adventure, and Susan Calvin. (Susan %"§$&$"%/& Calvin, I love her so much. That reminds me, has anyone written Susan Calvin meeting Granny Weatherwax?) The romance wasn't necessary imo, but it was barely there and didn't distract at all.

The Emissary, by Beth Winter
Spirited Away: The construction of a new power line across a mountain range has stalled due to unexplained accidents. The woman inspector from Tokyo says that her job is to make sure the work is done in harmony with nature. Ogino Chihiro has a mystery to uncover and a mission to undertake.
This is probably my favorite Spirited Away futurefic I have found. It shows how modern humans and the spirit world can live together in peace, and how Chihiro might find her way between both worlds to help them. I also like the outsider POV.
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I haven't seen enough recs for some of the amazing Yuletide stories I found, so to help you find them:

With One Eye Open
She's still waiting, but she'll be damned if that's all she's going to do.
How it should have ended.

Amneris does not always know what she wants.
A fantastic look at Amneris and the race issue in Aida and Egypt at that time.

China In Your Hand
Tiffany had given her a china shepherdess.
Granny Aching, her granddaughter, and the magic of finding beauty.

Hen Party
Tiffany was beginning to regret ever asking Nanny Ogg to be involved in preparations for her impending marriage to Preston.
Perfect character voices for Tiffany, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny, and all the witches.

Ronia the Robber's Daughter
Inflammable Substances
On the fifteenth winter of Ronia and Birk’s lives, Undis’ prediction is finally coming true.
I don't remember much of that book, but even without this is a beautiful story about growing up and falling in love.

Hebrew Bible
She Will Place on Your Head a Graceful Garland; She Will Bestow on You a Beautiful Crown
King's wives; king's sons.
An amazing story about Bathseba, Abigail, and King David's harem.

Hansel and Gretel
lovely, dark, and deep
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep— and well-protected. There shouldn't be anyone living there, and Gretel had learned enough from her mother to know not to trust mysterious lights in the forest.
This is one of the stories that reminds you of the dark and scary core at the heart of fairy tales.

Day 214 on the campaign trail of Steve Rogers for President. Twenty-sixteen's turning out to be a hell of a year.
Something light and funny, with great character voices (Coulson!)

Michael Fassbender With Pugs
It was quite unusual, really, that Pugsley had made a Tumblr in the first place. What came after that was just downright weird.
Adorable crack.

My little brother is here! I probably won't be online much in the next few days. :)


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