Infinite Squee

Vid: Supergirl - C'Mon (Kara/Querl)

Who's got a new ship? Oh yeah. Me.

Title: C'Mon
Artist: Panic! At the Disco (with fun.)
Fandom: Supergirl
Spoilers: for 3x10
Summary: May we stay lost on our way home. A 3x10 episode vid with a Kara/Querl slant. (Though it can also simply read as new friendship.)

On Ao3: Here
On Tumblr: Here

Streaming: https://youtu.be/0aO_H8yOhCk

Download: MP4 (61 Mb zipped) | DivX (47 Mb zipped)
Subtitles: Download here

Embed and lyrics under the cut.

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Infinite Squee

:D

As part of the Snowflake Challenge, [personal profile] naye invited everyone to share something that's making them happy right now. What's making me happy this week? Supergirl! Surprisingly!

I actually had dropped the show at the end of last season (maybe temporarily, maybe with an option on going back to it eventually) but then they brought in my favorite character from my favorite subset of the comics and OMG. ♥____♥ I love it so much I'm making a vid (which will probably be up later today).

One of the main reasons, maybe the big reason, why I've been a comics fan my whole life actually goes aaaalllll the way back to the late 1970s. My mom saved a big stack of comics that she was into when she was a kid, a bunch of old 1950s and 1960s comics -- Classics Illustrated, sci-fi comics, Batman, Superboy, the Legion of Superheroes -- and I basically learned to read from those. I loved them all, but I had a particular fondness for the LSH ones. And my favorite character, maybe the first fictional character I had a fan-crush on, was Brainiac 5.

Which is not a surprise - I mean, super-smart, competent, sarcastic iconoclast out to atone for his family's past? How is this not going to be catnip for me? Even for 5-year-old me, apparently. I didn't keep up with the LSH comics over the years; I would occasionally buy an issue here and there, and I have a vague idea of some of the storylines, but Brainy was one of those characters that I still loved but mostly didn't like what they'd done with him in pretty much any storyline in which he was featured. I also wasn't that crazy about most of the non-comics adaptations of him over the years.

SUPERGIRL, though. Supergirl managed to not only bring in my favorite character but they did it in a way that somehow merged everything I liked about him when I was a kid with a bunch of my narrative kinks now. He's been in exactly one episode so far, and it was love at first sight.

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DarkMatter-Two & Three

I'm gonna do it :D

I've decided to run a Dark Matter fanworks exchange! (I feel as if I need to jump on this quickly, now that the show has been cancelled, while there's still a large and active enough fandom to make it happen ...)

So I have made a comm: [community profile] we_are_the_raza.

And a planning post for working out rules and details.

I'm thinking the rules will be in most ways identical to SSR Confidential, since that seems to work well, and I'm tentatively looking at having signups in early February, after Chocolate Box winds down.

If you're interested, please stop by the planning post and let me know! Please also feel free to link the comm and planning post; it's a very small fandom, so the wider I can spread the word, the better a chance that it'll get enough signups to be a fully functional exchange. :D

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Winter Sunlight

Misc. linkage

I just found something cool - an online tool that you can type the names of any two cities into, and it'll tell you how far apart they are on the Earth's surface, and how long a nonstop flight between them would take.

https://www.happyzebra.com/distance-calculator/

On a completely and utterly different topic, this isn't one of my normal reading fandoms at all, but I recently stumbled across 8K of amazing X-Men (movieverse) Erik/Charles CRACK in which the X-Men are crabs living in a tidal rock pool and it has to be shared.

"Fuck off, Lehnsherr," the mantis shrimp said rudely.

Erik's pincers twitched in annoyance. The mantis shrimps were distant cousins, but if it were up to him, he'd prefer believing that Logan was a completely different species entirely. He didn't see why that would be so unreasonable - the things didn't even have the decency to have proper pincers, they had javelins for appendages. Erik had once watched Logan spear a passing squid with a lightning-fast movement, and had promptly decided that, much like decorator crabs, mantis shrimps were not to be trusted.


It's nice to know that SGA wasn't the only fandom prone to utterly cracky AUs.

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Whaleverse-Rodney working

An AU of an AU

Back in the dawn of time (i.e. 2008), [personal profile] naye and I teamed up for SGA Big Bang and co-wrote 85K of magic/urban-fantasy AU, with telepathic whales and winged Ronon and John as an elf.

It's on AO3 if you want to read it: A Clear and Different Light.

[personal profile] naye was talking about it just recently at her journal (posts here and here) and this led to talking about the version of it that almost happened. Originally we had planned to cross over this 'verse with the canon 'verse, but when we hit that point in the plot (about 50K in) we started writing it, got about 7K into the crossover part, and realized that (for a number of reasons) it wasn't going to work; this was not the story that we wanted to tell, and the plot had to go a different way instead.

[personal profile] schneefink asked if she could see the alt-version, which we never actually posted anywhere, so rather than posting in [personal profile] naye's comments, I'm posting it here. This goes AU from the existing AU in Chapter 8, in which Rodney and Jeannie are constructing a gate to try to find Rodney's missing teammates. Originally it was going to have a very different outcome.

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StrangerThings-SteveDustin

Fandom Stocking

The stockings are live! Mine is here, and I'm completely delighted with everything I got, including the delightful icon I'm using on this post, a fantastic AU in which Peggy takes the SSR Chief job instead of Daniel by [personal profile] sheron, a darling GotG Christmas story by [personal profile] opalmatrix, and a snippet of a Fallen London/Agent Carter crossover by [personal profile] frith_in_thorns (in which Peggy has a mushroom hat and Jack is a Devil, because of course he is). Also book recs, pictures, greetings, and lots of lovely stuff. ♥

As usual, I didn't manage to treat everyone I wanted to, but I did sign up as a needy-stocking-filler, so I ended up writing quite a bit anyway! This year I wrote:

[Agent Carter] Ladyhawke AU [also on Tumblr]
[Stargate Atlantis] Rodney and Teyla are buried in an avalanche
[White Collar] Neal's first Christmas post-prison and Kate
[Ant-Man] Cassie and her giant pet ant

[Stranger Things] The kids give Steve a walkie-talkie of his own for Christmas
[Stranger Things] Kali has her own special Christmas ritual
[Stranger Things] Joyce/Hopper at Thanksgiving
[Stranger Things] The kids teach Steve to play D&D

[Dark Matter] Clothes-sharing for the win. Hey, it's a small ship. (Two/Three plus other pairings)
[Dark Matter] Two has a wardrobe malfunction (Two/Three)

All are gen unless other pairings are noted. Since they're all pretty short this year, I'll probably end up reposting them on Tumblr (and some are on AO3). I'll add the Tumblr links when they're up.

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Christmas cookies red-green

Yuletide reveals

Yuletide reveals are out! Despite not being signed up for it, I decided to try to write a treat for everyone who requested Stranger Things and a sholio-compatible combination of characters, since this is certainly the last year it’ll be eligible. (Yuletide is a small-fandoms-only exchange, and the fandom has exploded since S2 came out.) I didn’t manage to do that, but I did write a bucketload of Steve/Nancy/Jonathan (and one that’s just Steve & the kids fluffy gen), and I’m really happy with how all of these turned out!

caroling, caroling through the snow (2300 words, gen, Steve + the kids)
The Hawkins Middle School AV club gets a holiday fundraising idea, and Steve is just along for the ride. (Literally.)

Let’s Stop the World (5300 words, pre-Steve/Nancy/Jonathan with some Steve/Nancy, but really mostly friendship)
It was supposed to just be a study session. Steve’s failing algebra. Jonathan’s acing it. And Jonathan could use a little extra money from after-school tutoring. But somehow it turned into more. (Or: AU in which Steve and Jonathan become friends before the start of season 1, and everything is different.)

Elf on the Shelf (1000 words, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan)
Nancy has a holiday job at the mall. Now if she can just stop everyone she knows from finding out. Especially two of them in particular.

Home for the Holidays (3400 words, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan, futurefic)
When a blizzard prevents the three from going home for Christmas, they have to make their own Christmas in their new apartment, terrible tree and nonfunctional oven and everything.

Ghostbusters R Us (3100 words, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan)
Steve’s college dorm has a ghost. They fought a Demogorgon together, right? Ghosts shouldn’t be too much trouble.

And then there was one I wrote that actually ISN’T Stranger Things! Street Justice is an early-90s buddy cop show, and I picked up the request of a magic/urban-fantasy AU as a treat for one of the pinch hitters. I haven’t actually seen the show since it aired on TV the first time, so I watched some clips on Youtube to refresh my memory on the character voices and relationships, and now I kinda want to watch the show again.

Caged Lightning (Street Justice, 1800 words, gen)
Adam’s never seen anyone use magic like Grady does. He’s never seen anyone fight like Grady does either. Magic AU.

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Christmas cocoa

New Year's resolutions

Thank you so much to everyone who sent me holiday cards! ♥ I got another batch of them in the mail today ... probably the last ones (the overseas ones). They all look lovely above my desk and I'll probably leave them up for awhile, because I was gone for the last half of December so I didn't really get to enjoy them until now!

New Year's ... I don't exactly do resolutions as such, but it's more like, I make plans, and I came up with something last year that I'm going to keep doing this year. The year before that, I actually got one of my self-improvement ideas to stick by doing a couple of specific things, which I'll get to in a minute, and last year I couldn't decide what I had strong enough feelings about to focus on for the entire year, so I decided to pick one thing each month and do it all month, and then if I liked it enough to keep doing it, I would. This actually turned out to be a great idea, because it meant I got to try out different habits and find out if they worked with my lifestyle -- a month is not a terribly long commitment, and I also gave myself permission to drop it if I wasn't having fun (I only made it about a week and a half into "paint every day" and not even that far into "exercise every day before breakfast", for example). On the other hand, a few of them, like closing all my browser tabs at the end of every day or my current writing schedule, are things that worked out so well I've just added them to my standard routine.

Basically, the way I'm doing these is that it's not just anything, it's got to be something I can make a habit out of. Supposedly a month is how long it takes for a habit to "set". (Or, I've discovered, it's enough time to give a habit a try and find out it's not going to work.) So it's got to be either something I do every day, or something I do regularly enough that I can establish it as a habit (e.g. my writing schedule starts on Monday and goes 'til I've written through my weekly word count goal, which apparently was regular enough to work; the clock starts over every Monday).

So it's got to be concrete enough to be able to be turned into a habit - not just "learn some French", but "spend 20 minutes after breakfast every day doing French practice on Duolingo". It's got to be something relatively sane - I was going to say "easy", but my writing schedule is actually pretty tough; it is, however, something that I knew from past experience I could do without straining myself too much (I don't think it would've worked if I'd started out with "write 10,000 words a day", even though I'm theoretically capable of it). It's got to be something that doesn't break anything I like in my existing schedule; that's why the exercise one didn't take, because I like to wake up gradually, eat breakfast while checking my email and social media first thing in the morning, and trying to not do that didn't work (I might try again with a mid-morning workout after I finish my first writing session, which I think would work better for me). I've also got to give myself a few built-in "outs" so I can skip some days without breaking my habit; it's important to build a few days off into the design of whatever it is.

This month's habit is just "get up early and do a writing session in the morning." With the option of sleeping in a day or two a week if I want to. Mainly I'd like to stop sleeping in quite so much and be more productive in the morning. So we'll see how that goes.

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Chess piece oh noes

Help help, I'm old

I have a pretty little lamp in my "reading nook" where the couch and a bookcase are. This morning my pretty lamp fizzled and died.

Oh no, I thought, what's wrong? Is it broken? I flipped up the lampshade and ... oh.

Incandescent bulb.

I FORGOT WHAT A BULB BURNING OUT LOOKS LIKE.

Remember when we used to do this all the time? Lamps fizzling out and having their bulbs replaced was just ... a thing. You had to do it every year or two for every single light fixture you owned.

Now it's going to be one of those things that the next generation of adults don't even know about.

D:

(I mean, yes, non-incandescent light bulbs don't last forever either, but it's not a "constantly buying lightbulbs" kind of thing like it used to be.)

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Christmas ornament

Fandom Stocking: The Stockening is upon us!

Fandom stockings are here!

My stocking is up!
Fandoms: Agent Carter, Stranger Things, Dark Matter, Guardians of the Galaxy, One Punch Man

AO3 collection | Intro post & rules | Sign up post ('til Dec. 15)

If you haven't done this before, basically you fill out the form at the signup post with your fandoms and favorite ships/characters and likes/dislikes. And you "fill" stockings by posting fic snippets or art or whatever else they requested, which are screened and will be revealed in early January. You do not need to sign up to "fill" stockings or vice versa. You can look at my Fandom Stocking tag to see what I've done in the past. I first did this in ... 2009, I think? Something like that? Long before I was consistently using tags on my journal, anyway. So ... awhile. :D

I'm also reccing Stranger Things fanart at [community profile] fanart_recs this month and last month - here's the tag.

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Christmas ornament 2

A few quick fandom links

DECEMBER ALREADY, AAAAA.

It's [community profile] fandom_stocking time again! Signup post here. I love f_s; I think it's my favorite winter fandom event. ♥

And there's a new Agent Carter fanworks exchange in town: Agent Carter Valentines. It's a relationship-based exchange (gen or ship) due on Valentine's Day. Tumblr comm here; the exchange itself is run through AO3.

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Atlantis city

No spaceships in our solar system, just keep moving, nothing to see ...

I mean, rationally, I realize that the weirdo asteroid that observatories have been tracking for the last month or so is NOT A SPACESHIP.

Almost certainly.

But.

... it's just so spaceship-like. I mean:

• It's literally the first extrasolar object we have EVER detected, that is, the first comet/asteroid/etc that is known for certain (because of its trajectory) to have originated beyond the solar system.
• It's shaped like nothing else we've ever found. It is shaped, not to put too fine a point on it, like a spaceship. (That is, it's spindle-shaped -- much longer than it is wide. We've never found any other space rock shaped like that.)
• All we really know about its composition is that it's metallic or rocky, and, unusually for an object of its type, appears not to be icy.
• It slingshotted around our sun before heading out of the solar system ... like one might expect a spaceship to do (even if it's long since defunct and is just continuing on a course that was set long ago).

Wikipedia article | Article from Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy

Realistically I know that the odds are vanishingly, microscopically low that it's a spaceship and not some oddball natural space phenomenon we've never encountered before (since space is absolutely FULL of the latter). But. Still. It's such a weird/creepy/cool feeling to think that it actually could be?? It's not likely that we just had our first extraterrestrial encounter, but we can't prove that we didn't.

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Christmas ornament

Hand-painted Christmas ornament sale!

[personal profile] ellenmillion and I are running a Facebook event this weekend, selling/auctioning off our remaining ornament inventory from the holiday craft bazaars. We'll be putting up new batches of ornaments throughout the weekend and offering giveaways and livestreaming. (Ellen is livestreaming an ornament painting demo even as I type this!)

Trim Your Tree Facebook event | Ellen's ornaments - batch 1 | My ornaments - batch 1

Individual ornament listings have prices and details. Starting bid amounts range from $2-10 US; Buy It Now prices range from $5-15 plus opportunities for special pricing on batches of ornaments. Ornaments can be personalized at no cost, and picked up for free in Fairbanks Alaska, or mailed to any U.S. address for a flat $5 fee for all ornaments (mine and Ellen's) that you buy this weekend! International shipping is at cost.

Most of my ornaments (and a few of Ellen's) are glass, and we haven't actually tried shipping them - at least, I haven't - but in the relatively unlikely event that ornaments do not arrive intact, I will of course refund or replace them at no cost.

We are running this event will run through Sunday noon Alaska time; all auctions will close at that time.

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DarkMatter-Two & Three

Trick or Treat reveals

So the author reveals are out on the Trick'or'Treat exchange (did I mention my gifts were awesome?) and I went, um, kinda nuts writing stuff for it. I wrote six different fics in four fandoms.

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Halloween-jack-o-lanterns

Happy Halloween!

We never get trick-or-treaters because we're half a mile off the highway in the middle of nowhere, and I forgot to buy candy anyway, so I guess I'll have to make do with leftover cookies from a week ago instead. Pffft. However, tomorrow is Cheap Candy Day, the best holiday of the year, so tomorrow evening I will have all the candy.

And the Trick'or'Treat fic/art exchange is open!
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/trickortreatex2017/fandoms

And the gifts I got were awesome.

Flustered (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora & Nebula)
Pitch-perfect Gamora & Nebula missing scene from near the end of GotG2, with just the right balance of prickliness and family feels and subtle humor.

think of everything you've got (Guardians of the Galaxy, post-GotG2 fixit)
Someone wrote me 11K of plotty, teamy, feelsy fixit fic!! It's like it was written for me - OH WAIT IT WAS. :D!!!

I haven't really had a chance to go through the rest of the archive yet, but there's so much there! This exchange is really taking off; there's so much energy to it. Totally doing it next year. I ended up writing six fics for it; feel free to play "spot the Sholio fic". (Some are kind of obvious, others I doubt if anyone will find.)

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Infinite Squee

Ben January #15(?): Murder in July

So, although I think I knew this at one point, I COMPLETELY forgot the publish date on this book changed from December to October after I pre-ordered it. So this was a lovely surprise to find on my doorstep! Magic books from heaven! (Or from Amazon and UPS, anyway.)

I love this series so much. My problem with the last few books is that they haven't really been delivering the found-family feels that are what I'm reading this series for (murder, shmurder) - every book has had its moments, but the only one since The Shirt on His Back that really did it for me was the Haiti book ... up until this point, because oh, this one delivered. ♥

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