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22 January 2012 @ 01:17
Title: Simple, Not Easy
Fandom: Thor (2011), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: R to NC-17
Pairings: Darcy/Clint, Loki/Sif, Natasha/Coulson
Summary: Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long.

Disclaimer: The Avengers and all related elements, characters and indicia © Marvel Studios 2012. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Marvel Studios 2012.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: This story is all Lunik's fault. HUGE thanks to my flatmate/betas/cheerleaders/people who couldn't get out of the way fast enough when I started emailing them drafts: Boosette, Celli, Victoria P, Seren, Fringedweller, Aj, the aforementioned Lunik, and everyone on El Jay who cheered me on during the nearly 4 months when this story ATE MY LIFE.

AO3 | LJ

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ljc
21 January 2012 @ 16:09
For anyone who is wondering why I'm labelling the crackfic "Marvel Cinematic Universe", lemme explain.

Not all Marvel movies share continuity with one another. And I'm not just talking about the Ray Stevenson Punisher, here. It also affects the X-men and Spider-man franchises. The Marvel Cinematic Universe consists of these (and only) these films:

Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Thor
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Avengers


Because the X-Men and Spider-man films don't share continuity with the MCU, I didn't use the AOS tag "Marvel (Movies)" which encompasses ALL the movies, not just the MCU.

That ought to make it clear as mud, I figure. ;)
 
 
ljc
21 January 2012 @ 14:42
Title: Simple, Not Easy
Fandom: Thor (2011), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: R to NC-17
Pairings: Darcy/Clint, Loki/Sif, Natasha/Coulson
Summary: Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long.

Disclaimer: The Avengers and all related elements, characters and indicia © Marvel Studios 2012. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Marvel Studios 2012.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: This story is all Lunik's fault. HUGE thanks to my flatmate/betas/cheerleaders/people who couldn't get out of the way fast enough when I started emailing them drafts: Boosette, Celli, Victoria P, Seren, Fringedweller, Aj, the aforementioned Lunik, and everyone on El Jay who cheered me on during the nearly 4 months when this story ATE MY LIFE.

AO3 | LJ

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ljc
20 January 2012 @ 21:33
Title: Simple, Not Easy
Fandom: Thor (2011), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: R to NC-17
Pairings: Darcy/Clint, Loki/Sif, Natasha/Coulson
Summary: Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long.

Disclaimer: The Avengers and all related elements, characters and indicia © Marvel Studios 2012. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Marvel Studios 2012.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: This story is all Lunik's fault. HUGE thanks to my flatmate/betas/cheerleaders/people who couldn't get out of the way fast enough when I started emailing them drafts: Boosette, Celli, Victoria P, Seren, Fringedweller, Aj, the aforementioned Lunik, and everyone on El Jay who cheered me on during the nearly 4 months when this story ATE MY LIFE.

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ljc
09 January 2012 @ 12:40
Warner Bros is having a MASSIVE clearance sale, with series like Nikita, Fringe, Scarecrow & Mrs King, Witchblade, Babylon 5, Brisco County Jr, etc. as low as $10 a season.
 
 
 
ljc
01 January 2012 @ 11:59
Keep The Home-Fires Burning (Gosford Park) for kitrazzle

This story is really set after The Servants Ball and I worry that it doesn't make a lot of sense without having read it, but I really loved the idea of Mary and Mrs Wilson as family. I wanted it to be a bit prickly and awkward, but I also wanted to examine what it would have been like for Mary once Robert went off to war. Per usual, I got seriously caught up in the research.

Brown-Eyed Girl (The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett) for kitsuneasika

This was my first pinch hit and I had THE BEST TIME OMG. I not only re-read The Maltese Falcon but I hunted up the other Sam Spade short stories, and read Joe Gores' prequel (written with the blessing of the Hammett family) Spade & Archer.

I was deeply amused that we never actually get a physical description of Effie beyond her brown eyes and "boyish" face. And also that she is only ever referred to by her full name--Effie Perine. So I possibly wanted to tweak that just a bit.

Two lines in the story were stolen. The first was the last line of "A Man Called Spade" where Sam basically asks Effie out on a date. "Want to catch a movie or have you got something else to do?" and in the story, we never get Effie's answer. The second was Hammett's own quote about Spade, "Samuel Spade was a hard and shifty fellow, able to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander or client." because I loved the idea of using it in the story itself. In my head, the secret is that Effie loves Sam, but she'll never act on it cos as she says "You're no good, Sam". Sam is gonna have to work for it.

I love writing banter like whoa, and actually wrote big chunks of the dialogue first, and then tried to get it story-shaped. I hope it feels story-shaped to the readers. It's set in 1934/1935 and I wanted to get a sense of time passing and how Sam an Effie's relationship changed after Brigid and the black bird not so much because of Brigid, but because of Iva Archer.

The Dust of the World (Borderland - Terri Windling) for robling_t

This is the story that freaked me right out. Elyn sent it to me because she knew of my deep and abiding love of Windling's shared universe, and I had been wanting to write a B'town story FOREVER. But after three abortive tries, I finally ended up writing it on Dec 24, into the wee hours of the night. I can't remember the last time I wrote 6000 words in 36 hours before. I really want to go back and polish it. I think it's a good idea, but it's about three drafts away from really being the story I wanted to tell. When I started, I thought it was jenny's story. But once I got into it, it turned out to be just as much Scaggs' story. I really want to write more with these two--particularly Scaggs' mother, who is a BAMF. I wanted the Biker Chick to sorta be the opposite of a La Llorona figure. Instead of a water elemental who drowns children and is the stuff of nightmares, I wanted to create an earth elemental who protects children... and is the stuff of nightmares :) Something tells me someday I'm going to write her story as well. I am also possibly a complete basketcase about this story because I really want it to be something Terri and Ellen and Holly would approve of.

The Swan Princess (Once Upon A Time) for flipflop_diva

Once I FINALLY got "Dust" uploaded, it was gone 2am, and Elyn was still awake, so I poked her and asked who still had no pressie. She gave me a list and I went through them, and picked the Once Upon a Time prompt cos I really am tickled that they named Emma "Swan" and I genuinely do think that given a choice between Disney Princesses and Pirates, Emma would so go for Pirates. I apologise to the recipient--I know she was probably hoping for a meaty plotty story instead of a character vignette written four hours before the archive opened. I may try and write a proper story as a NYR.
 
 
ljc
31 December 2011 @ 20:35
More Yuletide recs that made me glee:

The Day Flynn Rider Died (3046 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Tangled (2010)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rapunzel/Flynn Rider
Characters: Rapunzel (Tangled), Eugene, King of Corona, Queen of Corona
Summary: What starts as a potentially very bad day for Eugene turns into a very good one instead.

10 Glimpses of Rapunzel's New Life As Told By Eugene (1111 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Tangled (2010)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eugene Fitzpatrick/Rapunzel (Tangled)
Characters: Eugene Fitzpatrick, Rapunzel (Tangled)
Summary: Eugene narrates 10 glimpses of Rapunzel's new life.

A Sense of Freedom (10819 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Disney Princesses, Mulan (1998)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Fa Mulan, Li Shang
Summary: Mulan is pleasantly surprised when she is given a new post by the Emperor, but nothing ever goes quite as she expected it.

Mist (4138 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Camelot - Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Morgan Pendragon, Sybil, Guinevere, Merlin
Summary: After Arthur and Leontes fall at the Battle of Bardon Pass, Morgan takes the Crown.
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ljc
31 December 2011 @ 13:45
OMG THIS STORY.

Experiments In Intelligence (1017 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Octopus Steals My Video Camera and Swims off with It While It's Recording (Youtube)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Octopus - Character, Guy
Summary: Three Quick Flickers And All Arms Waving is young, but she is not reckless, nor is she a coward, either. She is an observer of humans. She experiments with them because she wants to solve the ancient, controversial question of whether the humans are intelligent.
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ljc
29 December 2011 @ 01:57
One last rec, cos I am trying to crash...

A Woman with Silver Eyes: Kate Welker, the Rolling Stone Interview (3787 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Girl with the Silver Eyes - Willo Davis Roberts
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katie Welker/OC
Characters: Katie Welker, Janine Verbaro (Interviewer) | OFC
Summary:

Twenty-five years after the Institute of Psychic Phenomena went public, Rolling Stone interviews Kate Welker, one of the Curtis Pharmaceuticals quartet and a long-time activist for both animal rights and the acceptance of the psychically gifted.

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ljc
29 December 2011 @ 00:37
Another Kensi rec, cos I am surfing tags...

Kenzi's Holiday Traditions (2667 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Lost Girl
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kenzi (Lost Girl), Bo (Lost Girl)
Summary: Five times Kenzi celebrated Novyi God.
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ljc
29 December 2011 @ 00:03
I just read a Yuletide Madness Treat that made me feel like I got another pressie. Seriously, it's like it was TAILORMADE FOR ME.

Relationships We're Not Having (A Love Story) (595 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Lost Girl
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Hale/Kenzi
Summary: So maybe they kissed.

Seriously. PAIRING OF MY HEART, paired with one of my bulletproof kinks (clandestine sexytimes in small enclosed spaces).

SO MUCH WIN.
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ljc
25 December 2011 @ 19:59
OMG OMG OMG I am still in the middle of this story, but I am reccing the f*ck out of it anyway because it is, hands down, AMAZING.

Blue Monday (11807 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batman Beyond, DCU Animated, Blue Beetle (Comic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Matt McGinnis, Maxine Gibson, Terry McGinnis, Miguel Diaz, Bruce Wayne, Wally West, Ace the Bathound
Summary:

Beetle beyond.

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ljc
25 December 2011 @ 10:15
I MADE OUT LIKE A FREAKIN BANDIT, Yuletide-wise. Seriously, people! This is amazing! I got two stories, both of which feature Kat Dennings! It's like I won the freaking awesome buxom snarky lottery! My glee cannot be textually rendered!

The Rat in the Hat (4121 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: 2 Broke Girls
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Max Black, Caroline Channing
Summary:

Sometimes people get things right, sometimes robots get things wrong.

Compelling Distraction (2685 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Darcy Lewis
Characters: Darcy Lewis, Clint Barton, Jane Foster
Summary: "Oh my god, SHIELD sent us Robin Hood."

I am literally sitting on the sofa at my folks place, surrounded with wrapping paper, and totally reading fic on the sly while my family mills around eating fancy popcorn from a tin.

*dances all around the house*

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ljc
14 December 2011 @ 17:13
What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]


Die Hard.
 
 
 
ljc
11 December 2011 @ 19:19
I has a fandom_stocking!


ETA: yes, I said "random werewolves". For example, I am a-okay with Teen Wolf and The Vampires Diaries stories having werewolves. But I am so not okay Coulson suddenly being a beta in Tony Stark's pack (hence the "random" part of "random werewolves").

EMETA: I can't believe I just felt the need to explain why "random werewolves" is a fic turn-off for me. Clearly, it is time to go to bed.
 
 
ljc
21 November 2011 @ 20:43
Things that make me happy: tiny plastic Darcy Lewis. I just need to repaint her eyes and lips.



She's on an obitsu body that actually matches her skintone, which apparently helps tremendously. Her head is still a touch too big for the scale of the body, but it feels less noticeable, now. Now I just need to find a 1:6 scale taser.
 
 
ljc
04 November 2011 @ 16:23
So, per usual, now that Hallowe'en is over, the run-up to the December Holiday of Your Choice has begun!

To that end, here are some awesome charities that can use your help!

Timkatec provides trade school training, food, shelter & medical care for street children in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

The Harbour provides Emergency Shelter & Transitional Housing for Chicago-area girls & women

Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and formerly gang involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education.
 
 
ljc
20 October 2011 @ 16:37
So I'm working on a multi-lingual site for work, and one of the countries it has to be compatible with is Japan. My boss is concerned that the "b" icon for blog won't translate.

Any Japanese natives or gaijin in Japan care to chime in?
 
 
ljc
22 September 2011 @ 23:28
sarahtales has awesome thinky thoughts on the desperate need of more diverse YA fiction.

The bits that make me happiest are these reading lists compiled by tanuki_green:

YA sci-fi and fantasy books with major LGBTQ characters

YA sci-fi and fantasy with characters of colour: authors from A-L and from M-Z

Because it gives me an awesome place to start. Because I do read MASSES of YA, and since I read mainly from, erm... the local Target, as well as recs from friends, I don't always get a particularly broad spectrum of writing. And I am always looking for more awesome books to read. Always.

Speaking up about wanting more diversity in the form of more awesome ladiez, more awesome characters of colour, more LGBTQ protagonists and supporting casts, and differently-abled protagonists and support cast is AWESOME. We should always do that. We should do MORE of that. We should keep on doing that, because that's how things change.

But one of the ways we can stand up and be counted (particularly when we are invisible) and convince the publishing industry that there is a market for such things is to support the authors and books that are already out there in addition to asking for more, and better.

Too often, fans only speak up to say negative things. But by buying these books--for ourselves, for our friends and families, for our libraries--and writing to specifically thank the publishers for publishing them helps encourage them to keep on making those decisions in the future. We can be positive in our efforts to change the world for this generation and all that follows in addition to demanding diversity in our entertainment that better reflects the world. It's not an either-or. And while you can do one without the other, if you are able, why not try to do both? Especially since you might find some awesome books to read along the way?

No, 1% of the entire YA market featuring characters other than cis-gendered heterosexual protagonists is not enough. But while working to increase that percentage, we can also encourage the publishers to KEEP ON publishing them when they do publish them. Because feedback can and does help. Especially if the sales aren't, say, as massive as those of YA novels with straight white characters, and the publisher might not "take a chance" (and it pains me to even write that, but that's how most marketing departments see it and I'm not gonna gloss that over) publishing YA fiction with more diverse casts of characters the next time.

These days, a book doesn't just rise or fall on its own merits. A LOT of it depends on marketing departments, support from the publisher, support from the buyers at Target, Barnes & Noble, Scholastic, libraries, etc. If those organisations get letters saying "Yay! More please!" it can't hurt--and might help in the long run.
 
 
 
ljc
01 September 2011 @ 20:02
Ever wanted to watch The Vampire Diaries but don't have time to catch up on the first 2 seasons on DVD before the 3rd season premiere?

iphignia939 can get you up to speed in one easy LJ Pimp Post.
 
 
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28 August 2011 @ 20:58
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26 August 2011 @ 16:16
I am doing some flist maintenance. Please not to be wigging out if you were removed; 99% of the comms and folks I'm cutting from my default view are either from fandoms I no longer participate in, or folks who didn't have me friended anyway. Which means you prolly won't even notice.
 
 
ljc
15 August 2011 @ 01:47
If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
— Alfred Hitchcock
When I write a story, what do you immediately look for?
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ljc
04 August 2011 @ 11:50
I can haz fan_eunice! She is on my sofa, watching So You Think You Can Dance.
 
 
 
ljc
20 July 2011 @ 13:31
Author: taraljc
Title: Last Night
Pairing: Becker/Jess
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Set between 5.04 and 5.05 and after "Unofficial Secrets Act". If this is their last night on Earth, at least Becker and Jess are together.

Disclaimer: Primeval and all related elements, characters and indicia © Impossible Pictures. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Impossible Pictures.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: Set between 5.04 and 5.05, and after the events of "Unofficial Secrets Act". Huge thanks to my amazing (and patient) betas boosette, marymac, and seren_ccd.

( Last Night )
 
 
ljc
20 July 2011 @ 11:50
So my darling boosette arrived safe and sound last week from Virginia, and is looking for work. Retail, clerical, data entry, "anything that's not construction or at a grocery store". She's computer saavy, has a car, and also bakes like a FIEND.

Anyone have any leads?
 
 
ljc
23 June 2011 @ 17:31
Today has sucked! Time for Velociraptor In A Bowling Alley!

 
 
ljc
21 June 2011 @ 23:50
And more total dorkitude....

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Author: taraljc
Title: Unofficial Secrets Act
Pairing: Becker/Jess
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Set between 5.04 and 5.05. Jessica Anne Parker was sat in the middle of her living room floor, surrounded by books when her phone chirped to alert her to a new text.

Disclaimer: Primeval and all related elements, characters and indicia © Impossible Pictures. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Impossible Pictures.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: Huge thanks to seren_ccd for betaing!

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ljc
15 June 2011 @ 15:40
Title: Semper Paratus
Pairing: Becker/Jess
Rating: PG
Summary: Set between 5.03 and 5.04. By nine at night, only Jess Parker remained in the ARC's operations centre.

Disclaimer: Primeval and all related elements, characters and indicia © Impossible Pictures. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Impossible Pictures.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: Set between 5.03 and 5.04. Huge thanks to seren_ccd for betaing and listening to me burble excitedly at her!

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ljc
11 June 2011 @ 23:30
OH NOES CAMELOT IS FINISHED. :(

It's going to be a very long summer between now and new Doctor Who.

In other news, the cast of Primeval continues to be a) pretty and b) total dorks. Here, have picspamCollapse )
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11 June 2011 @ 19:13
Author: LJC
Title: Ceasefire
Pairing: Becker/Jess
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Set between 4.06 and 4.07. Mandatory firearms training.

Disclaimer: Primeval and all related elements, characters and indicia © Impossible Pictures. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Impossible Pictures.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: Set between 4.06 and 4.07. Huge thanks to seren_ccd for betaing and general cheerleading!

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Author: LJC
Title: Scars, Visible and Otherwise
Pairing: Connor/Abby
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Set during 4.01. Abby had thought, once they got back, that everything would change.

Disclaimer: Primeval and all related elements, characters and indicia © Impossible Pictures. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Impossible Pictures.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: Huge thanks to my betas cadhla and marymac!

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ljc
06 June 2011 @ 14:46
Today is AWESOME. I can't find my glasses, so I'm wearing an old pair and just dealing with the headache.

In other news, this video of Ben Mansfield discussing how Becker's a moron where girls are concerned, and pining for Becker's old guns amuses me MUCHLY.


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17 May 2011 @ 13:39
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03 May 2011 @ 22:34
To anyone and everyone who has wondered where I've been lately...

erm... sorry? Been a crazy crazy winter and spring. Long story short: I kinda sorta have 3 jobs, plus 2 very demanding hobbies, and managed for a chunk of April to be flat on my back due to a back injury. I then spent the rest of April preparing for (and then visiting with) my parents for a week. OTOH, my house is now VERY CLEAN. On the other, April went away. And I hadn't even got used to the idea of MARCH, yet. So that tells you where my brains are.

So, I'm alive. Just very very BEHIND on correspondence, El Jay, and life in general. If you're waiting on me for stuff, I apologise. I really am trying to get caught up! In the meantime, Doctor Who is back and it's awesome, and seanan_mcguire is posting NEWSFLESH fic. Go enjoy. I'll get back to everyone as soon as I no longer need 6 hands and a clone to keep up.

Honest.
 
 
ljc
Apparently, there is a voting widget. However, having attempted to post it, it has become apparent that, well, Livejournal doesn't like it.

So instead, here is my audition link.

Despite the fact that this genuinely frightens me, I think doing things that frighten me are good for me. So, if you like the tiny audition sound file, please vote for me. If you don't, that's okay. We can still be friends.

I still can't quite believe I am doing this.
 
 
ljc
08 March 2011 @ 14:36
 
 
 
ljc
So, the time is upon us! The time to choose sides. The time to embrace the sparkle-text and create silly manips. That time, ladies and gentlebeings, is 'Ship Olympics. Here is what I said last year:

So, 'Ship Wars is coming to a close this week at st_respect. And it's been one hell of a ride.

What's interesting is that, despite the word "War" in the name, it was really more like 'Ship Olympics. Each round, the teams would be given a prompt and specific length and format requirements. So it's not so much like a football match where you have fans of each team meeting under bridges to hit each other with pipes whilst singing "Blowing Tiny Bubbles" or anything. It's more like you would do if you were watching the Pair Skaters. You'd watch the short form, and long form, and you'd ooooh and aaaaah at the choreography and choice of music and costumes, and the skill displayed with the leaps and catches and spins and stuff. And even if you disagreed with the judges, you still enjoyed the experience of watching highly skilled people doing their very best in a chosen art form, on a grand global stage.

Team PikeOne really went into 'Ship Wars with one major objective: to sneakily seduce people with our pairing. Not seduce them away from their OTP. But to expose them to the awesome that is Pike/Number One and encourage them to check it out. Seeing as how a LOT of comments on our entries were from folks who'd never even seen "The Cage", or read exclusively slash, or hadn't come out of Star Trek (2009) thinking "I would hit that like the first of an angry god" re: The Greenwood, we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. We have a lot (well, for us, since our comm is tiny) of new people at pike_numberone thanks to 'Ship Wars, and we've had a complete BLAST participating in the wacky party posts full of macros and sparkletext, etc.

So in short: whatever you thought 'Ship Wars was going to be when you first heard about it, here's what it was for me personally. And I hope next time we do this, more folks will give it a shot. Because it's been a massive orgy of fun--even with the herding cats aspects, deadlines, tears and so on.


This year, it genuinely is 'Ship Olympics. Officially. With banners, even!



There's been a LOT of planning going into the structure of the challenge this year, and I think that folks who played last year will breathe a sign of relief when they read the updated Admiral's posts. But it's still going to be the rocking good time with your fellow fans--just with simpler scoring systems and less cat-herding!

So what are you waiting for? Signups are here!
 
 
ljc
10 February 2011 @ 01:32
So for a while now, I've had my eye on this dress from pinupgirlclothing.com:



I only just realised why it looks so damned familiar...



and then I discovered an outtake from the Haute Doll Mad Men shoot:

Mad Men Haute Doll Magazine Mar/Apr 2010


So I've decided, if I do go to WorldCon, I have my Hugos Ceremony dress all picked out... if I go to WorldCon.
 
 
ljc
06 January 2011 @ 20:11
Reply to this post with ICON ME! and I will pick five of your icons. Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts. This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee...


I gots these icons chosen by jigglykat:

xanatosii Once upon a time when I was a wee fangirl at uni, I was a HUGE Disney's Gargoyles freak. As in, I wrote something insane like 300,000 words of fan fiction, had websites, attended cons--you name it. And I first saw the episode this screencap from from at Crescent City Con in New Orleans in 1995, before the 2nd series premiered in syndication, because Frank Paur was a guest and brought it and the Hallowe'en ep to show at the con. I'd always loved David Xanatos, but the revelation that he and Fox were an item just made me GLEE. And when you could clearly see that, despite all his faults, he genuinely loved her, they became pretty much my fave canon couple. Somewhere on a lost harddrive, I started a story about how they first met while on a cruise ship taken hostage by Dingo and a crew of thieves. That story still lives in my head. And in the very first Yuletide, when I got matched on mtgat I had a blast revisitng them 10 years later.
 
bunny slippers I may not have always been as stalwart a Doctor Who fan as I am now, but I remember with amazing clarity the first time I saw "The Five Doctors" and just shook my head at the constant "______ of Rassilon". So I always referred to Time Lord Bullshit as "The Fuzzy Bunny Slippers of Rassilon". Then eventually (2006?) I made the icon.
 
brothers bloom Last year, when I was determined to steal a ficathon, I was ALL ABOUT con men, grifters, and thieves. I'd seen the trailer for The Brothers Bloom and immediately thought "THIS FILM WAS CLEARLY MADE FOR ME" but then the theatrical run was blink-and-you'll-miss-it and it took ages and ages to come out on DVD. I think the first time I saw it was a pirated DVD with Korean subtitles. I did eventually buy it, and requested it as a Yuletide fandom, and got a FANTASTIC Boom Boom vignette as a result. This pleased me. I'd made the icon pretty much in the event that I gots a story, so I could sue it to gleefully post about it... which i then did.
 
batcat So I have this Batman Begins sequel that lives in my head, with Alexa Davalos as Selina Kyle, and Summer Glau as Talia, and Brian Dennehy as Ted Grant, wherein Selina believes her 13 year old sister Maggie (who was home alone while Selina was out turning tricks) died in the Narrows the night all that shit went down with the mob and Arkham and the Scarecrow. And Selina gets taken in (and off the street and out of the trade) by the geezer who runs the gym down the street--a former wrestler who went by the name "Wildcat". And she ends up involved in underground Ultimate Fighting circuit, and at night rips off the Falcome family while wearing motorcycle leathers and a skimask. And they put a hit out on her. Meanwhile, supermodel Talia is romancing Bruce Wayne, and he has no idea that her father was Ra's al Ghul, and he's still prowling around rooftops at night and runs into Selina when she hits a Falcone nephew. And there's like crazy violent UST and stuff. And then he has a Hallowe'en costume fundraiser at the newly rebuilt Wayne Manor and Selina steals Ted's Wildcat mask so she can sneak in, and she accidently foils Talia's assasination attempt, and STUFF HAPPENS and it turns out Maggie is alive and well and living at the mission run by cranky nuns and everyone lived happily ever after (kinda). And HUGE CHUNKS of it are my taking the events of Her Sister's Keeper and Year One and Long Halloween and trying to think how they would play out in the Nolanverse.
 
lost girl MY NEW SHINY, OH YES. Sure, the actor playing Bo isn't very good. but her breasts are MAGIC, and I quite like everyone else. And Kenzi and Hale and ARESOME, and Dyson's junk could cure cancer, and Trick is SO MY FAVE OMG, and did I mention (practically) canon OT3 of glee with Lauren/Bo/Dyson? Cos YES, PLZ.
 
 
ljc
01 January 2011 @ 00:25
Now that the archive has unveilled our true idenities, here is what I wrote for yuletide:

The View From Seven Miles Down for zebra_in_dream

You guys, I got to write Man From Atlantis!!!!!!!!! I cannot begin to tell you how much I have wanted to write Man From Atlantis. It has been one of my childhood fandoms, and I'd always requested Yuletide fic, but never offered to write before. HUGE thanks to my betas, especially annlarimer who may never forgive me for the erm... scene in the bathroom.

This was a really difficult story to write. Partly because the entire time I was writing it, I just kept thinking about susanmgarrett who was the only other hardcore MfA fan I knew, and who loved it even more than I did. We used to have epic phonecalls about it, and when I went back over my MfA lj posts, and possibly kept crying just a little, when I read her comments. So even tho the story was for Zebra, really it was also very much for Susan. Which made it mean a lot to me to write, and also sorta raised the stakes. It's not the best story ever--after all, it's really just a series of missing scenes from the first hour of the pilot--But I really loved getting inside Elizabeth's head.

The Latina Progenitor Invasion for areyoumymemmy

I may have pounced on this pinch hit like a tigger. All the good stuff in it was stolen directly from the series, and I had some fantastic cheerleaders who were made of awesome. This is also the story where I accidently rang up one of my betas at, erm, 1am. Ooops? (Luckily she--mostly--forgave me.)

In The Dark for thepouncer

I CHEATED ZOMG SO MUCH. I had written this waaaaay back when "In The Light" first aired, but it had languished on my harddrive ever since. Then when I was going through the Yuletide Madness prompts, I saw that this woudl have worked, and plus I felt guilty for not being able to beta for Pouncer. So voila! Treat got dusted off, tweaked, and posted. And I giggled when yahtzee63 left a comment, since she was the one who took a peek at the oriignal first draft, all those months ago.

Was (Wasn't) for brokengravity

This was one of the stories which pretty much had my name written all over it--granted, possibly only for the folks who read my Owenfic way back in the day (which may just be mtgat, settiai, cadhla, and hawkmoth). I've always maintained that Owen and the Puck are the same person--however, the Puck shows one face to the world, while Owen shows another, based on their audience. And also, the Puck plays the fool because people underestimate him--for much the same reason Owen plays the boring, stoic manservant. In both cases, this gives him opportunities. And in both guises, as Demona once said, he's a tricky one.

Clever Rosebriar for calenlily

This was something I'd wanted to write for ages and ages. I'd actually even started writing it once before, but then the notebook I'd written it in was lost when my bag was stolen. It had lurked at the back of my head for a long time, and I decided to just play with it as a treat. It's not so much a fairy tale (there's no magic, and it doesn't follow fairy tale rules) as it is a folktale.

Seeing as how I almost never write original fiction, I kinda freaked out about this a whole lot.
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ljc
25 December 2010 @ 19:59
In my sleep-deprived state this morning, I forgot to glee about my Yuletide story! I got a Mag Cabot's Heather Wells Mysteries Heather/Cooper story from Cooper's POV called A Fine Romance. I had been DYING to see Heather through Cooper's eyes, since we never leave Heather's POV in the novels and as such, Cooper can be a bit of a cipher.

I am now back at Sibling's following pudding-less Christmas dinner, The Lion in Winter is on, and I have a gazillion and one Yuletide tabs open. This Yuletide has been like my DREAM Yuletide. Probe! Jake 2.0! The Girl With The Silver Eyes! Man From Atlantis! Max Headroom! Embarassment of riches, seriously. I hardly know where to begin...

YAYS OMG.
 
 
ljc
What's your favorite holiday TV special or movie, and why?


Dood. That's easy! Die Hard. Tho if I have to choose my favourite holiday episode of a TV series, Bones "The Man In The Fallout Shelter" pretty much edges out the competition thanks almost entirely to wet mostly nekkid Hodgins, tho the Remington Steele Christmas bottle show, and the Cupid ep where Trevor and Claire gets stuck on Jury Duty are also topping some lists.


ETA: Also, I should mention that prior to seeing Die Hard, my answer was always The Lion In Winter because it is the BEST dysfunctional family Christmas movie ever in the history of ever.
 
 
ljc
09 December 2010 @ 01:02
Stoled from fan_eunice:

If you were asked to pick one scene, one shot, one detail, one moment of some kind out of all the things I've made and say "This, this, for whatever reason, I remember, this is something that struck home with me, that I wanted to keep," what would it be?
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ljc
20 November 2010 @ 01:53
I stole this meme from MANY PEOPLE. And I changed the last question into an actual question, because I dislike tagging people chain-letter style. Also, given how many stories I've written in however many fandoms (hint: more than 9, less than 50, vaguely), I decided to limit my answers to Star Trek fandom.

Five Ways to Tell You're Reading a Star Trek Story by taraljc

  1. It's Pike/Number One and it features flagrant abuse of em dashes and an almost complete and total lack of semicolons

  2. It's a bit smutty (or sometimes more than a bit)

  3. It's almost always either calapine, boosette or possibly_thrice's fault(s)

  4. It's longer than 2000 words, yet I still refer to it as "a tiny snippet" because my normal range for short fiction is 7000-11,000 words

  5. It involves the USS Yorktown in one universe or another, and bears more resemblance to Vulcan's Glory than "The Cage", in terms of interpersonal relationships

Fifteen questions about my works

1. Which is your favorite story?
Paradigm Shift, probably because it was something I'd always wanted to read and it made me realise how much I LOVE writing Boyce and Barry as the Peanut Gallery. If I have a second runner up, it's Night Shift (which is the second in the Second Chances series).

2. Which is your best-received story?
One Thousand Words For Snow or The Size of His Dream because they feature Spock, Uhura, and McCoy rather than the Pike-era folk and therefore were actually read by more than 12 people. Tho T'Kay Tales (excerpted from From The Terran Coyote to The Klingon K'Ortar: Tricksters of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants - Revised Expanded 4th Edition) actually got a lot of attention for something so off-the-wall, which made the folklore-obsessed geek in me GLEE.

3. Which is your worst-received story?
Pretty much any of the Cognitive Dissonance series stories, as they take a niche 'ship into a niche part of the fandom, and don't appeal to a lot of the folks who normally gravitate towards Mirror Universe stories.

4. Which is your angstiest story?
No Small Dreams, hands down. It was heartbreaking to write, and I had to write fluffy swimming pool shenanigans to cheer myself up, afterwards.

5. Which is your funniest story?
The Benefits of Pragmatism, mainly for the last line of the first bit.

6. Smuttiest?
Aside from some as-yet unarchived kinkmeme fills, I'd say Safe and Sound, probably because it was the porniest porn I'd ever written at the time, and started, erm... a trend.

7. Fluffiest?
Crossed Wires

8. Have you ever made someone cry with a story?
Yes.

9. Which story frustrates you the most?
Cognitive Dissonance mainly due to trying for something that I fear didn't entirely come across the the reader as clearly as I'd hoped.

10. Which story was the most fun to write?
Oddly enough, I'm going to say Nick Of Time for angst-free TOS UST.

11. Who is your favorite OC you've ever created?
Hands down it's Commander Atoa, the first officer of the Yorktown in my AOS stories. You haven't seen a lot of him yet, but hopefully it'll make sense when you do.

12. Are you better at oneshot or multipart?
One-shot.

13. What character do you think you're the best at portraying?
Number One. Though I do love writing McCoy, even tho I've only written him a few times.

14. What character is the most difficult to portray?
Weirdly enough, I'm also going to say Number One. I have more freedom with AOS and MU Number One, but TOS Number One I have to walk a fine line with. And I admit that a lot of the Number One I write has more to do with Dorothy Fontana's Number One than Gene Roddenberry's. But I hope wherever she is, Majel might approve (except for possibly the whole writing porn part--tho she did play Lwaxanna Troi too, so who knows?)

15. What story do you want to write, but you haven't (yet)?
The one where Sulu and Gaila go undercover on an Orion colony, which I continue to refer to in my head as "Sulu and Gaila Go To White Castle" despite having never actually seen either H&K film. Just because a) it amuses me and b) it would be swash-buckling zany ADVENTURE.