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Captain America MCU fic: The Care and Feeding of Traumatized Ex-Assassins

.... I wrote a thing. (I can't even bring myself to apologize for the title.) Thanks for the help with my questions earlier, guys!

Title: The Care and Feeding of Traumatized Ex-Assassins
Fandom: Captain America (movie 'verse)
Pairing: Gen
Word Count: 6700
Summary: Steve starts to notice someone's been in his apartment while he's not there. Set after Winter Soldier; SPOILERS.
Cross-posted: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1485853

The first time it happens is after one of Sam's VA meetings.Collapse )

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Three MCU-related questions

For those of you who are familiar with the Marvel movies, I have three questions:

- Do we ever see Steve's apartment in the new movie, or get any indication where he lives? (I'm really hoping the answer is "no" here.) ETA: Ha, yeah, and as soon as I posted this and then left for campus, I remembered which scene takes place in his apartment. OOPS. I think I have a workaround, though.

- What does Steve call Natasha? Does he use her full name or nicknames? Or does he ever use her name at all?

- And finally .... is there an active fic comm(s) for announcing Avengers fic?

(You can probably guess exactly why I'm asking all of these ...)

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More Captain America comics talk

I am finally done with reading (most of) a decade's worth of Captain America comics. *facepalms a lot*

Not especially happy spoilers for the most recent comic plot developmentsCollapse )

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Decisions decisions

Now that I've fallen hard for something that's mostly tumblr-based, I'm not really sure whether to consolidate my tumblrs and just post/reblog everything to one tumblr again. I'd originally created a separate fannish tumblr because I didn't want to subject everyone following me to a fanpocalypse whenever something new and shiny came along, but that was back when I originally thought I was going to be using my tumblr to post mostly original art and other "pro" stuff. But that's not what I'm using it for; it's mainly reblogs anyway, and I've been posting my fanart there anyway (when I have fanart) -- so now I'm torn. Talking about stupidly geeky stuff is a big enough part of my life that I've never been terribly successful at creating specifically geeky spaces and keeping my real life out of them; that's why this, the Sholio journal, has become my main journal and my realname journal gets posted to maybe three times a year. So I'm tempted to just reblog Captain America and White Collar stuff to my main tumblr along with whatever else catches my eye; putting the fan stuff elsewhere is starting to feel like an entirely arbitrary distinction anyway.

Thoughts?

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Just keep moving, nothing to see here

The Captain America comics, you guys.

I am losing the ability to can.

CA comics spoilers and general squeeful flailtastic incoherency; you know what I'm like when I have a new shinyCollapse )

P.S. On a completely different note, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight! It's visible mostly from North America and will be at maximum eclipse for the next hour or so. If your skies are clear, look to the southeast; it is very red and cool. It looks like a moon on an alien planet.

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I fell headfirst into a giant pile of Captain America comics SEND HELP

Sooooo this past week I went out and bought an enormous stack of Captain America TPBs. (DON'T JUDGE ME. A GIRL HAS NEEDS. XD)

I mostly stopped buying superhero comics about a decade ago, having wandered away due to getting sucked into indy comics much more heavily, and then DC's reboot/retcon of Justice League International was the final nail in that particular coffin. (I haven't bought a DC book since then. I am STILL bitter about it.) However, I was always more of a Marvel fan anyway, and I have been slowly wandering back over the last couple of years -- not with huge comics-fan intensity (well, er, prior to the last week), but there is some really good stuff coming out of Marvel right now. [personal profile] ratcreature turned me onto Mark Waid's Daredevil, which is really great, and now I've found that I really enjoy Brubaker's Captain America as well. It helps that I really like the art, which is very moody and chiaroscuro and heavily photo-referenced -- I realize this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I find the general effect very pleasing, and with comics, art is frequently the thing that makes or breaks a book for me.

Anyway, if you are a comics-reading sort of person, I definitely recommend the Captain America: Winter Soldier TPB; it's the start of Brubaker's run on the book, which makes it a good jumping-on point and kicks off a fairly coherent and self-contained storyline (by Marvel standards), as well as having a very obvious connection to the movie's plotline.

Under the cut there's a scan of a page from the 'Red Menace' TPB that made me squeak; it's spoilery for the end of the movieCollapse )

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A couple random things about Winter Soldier

Spoilers for Captain America 2 - also a question and a prediction for the next movie that's spoilery for comics canonCollapse )

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I wrote a thing

Last night we watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And so ... I wrote a snippet of a White Collar fusion. (WHAT.) This is not an actual fic, just a vignette, and it basically stops in the middle of a scene. I don't know if it's going to grow into the epic story it apparently wants to be, but I figured I'd toss it out there.

There are only the mildest of spoilers for the movie. If you know who the Winter Soldier is, you basically don't have to worry about being spoiled. If you aren't familiar with the Marvel universe, you can assume "generic spy shenanigans with bionic soldiers" and proceed accordingly.

White Collar/Winter Soldier fusion (about 2500 wds)Collapse )

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OH THANK HEAVEN


(My score finally topped out at 23344 on this round, which I'm noting for posterity, mostly.)

.... can I have my life back now.

(Also, when I shrieked, "I finally beat this stupid game!", I heard laughter from downstairs. THERE WILL BE PAYBACK THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE IS UP 'TIL 5 A.M. PLAYING SKYRIM.)

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Better living through technology: I installed Tumblr Savior and I absolutely love it. (Missing E, on the other hand, I had on my old computer but didn't bother installing on the new one, because I never used any of its features.) I mostly put it on because I wanted to avoid spoilers for the Captain America movie, if possible. I got so thoroughly spoiled on Tumblr for Thor 2 that I really can't see any reason to watch it (not blaming anybody, it's 100% my own fault) and, even though I'm not super excited about the movie, hey superheroes so I figured I would give this a try. So far it's working like a charm, and I've also been able to filter off a couple other things I really didn't want to see. (For anyone who doesn't already know, I'm laylainalaska on tumblr, with a second one, alltheirfaces, for fandom stuff. My tumblr usage is pretty light and mostly limited to reblogging things that catch my eye, although I keep meaning to put more original content on there, but just never seem to find the time or energy ...)

In other news, it's lightly snowing today, which is depressing, and on top of that, it's supposed to get colder over the next couple of days, plunging to highs around 20F. But after that there's a major temperature upswing in the forecast, and we might really start getting some spring action going around here! We've already lost a lot of snow; there's even some bare ground showing along the driveway - \o/!

My computer is nagging me about upgrading to OS X Mavericks, but based on what I'm reading about it on review sites - HAHAHA NOPE. I'm already not that fond of 10.8, which is really laggy compared to 10.5 (it's sad to go back to the 6-year-old computer and be impressed at how much faster the Finder is ...!). I would be interested to know if anyone's tried Mavericks yet and what you think of it, though ...?

On the other hand, I tried Adobe Creative Cloud this past month for a biggish freelance project, since my old CS2 Adobe apps don't run on the new computer, and I like it a LOT! Basically, Adobe has gone to a subscription model for their software. I thought I was going to hate it, but actually, for my infrequent use, it's perfect -- I thought I'd have to drop $600 on an upgrade, but instead I can license just the apps I need on an occasional monthly basis. (I did buy Photoshop Elements since I have a continual need for Photoshop for webcomic reasons.) You can also do full-featured month-long trials of any of the Adobe apps if you want to test them out. Yeah, it's a little frustrating that Adobe has locked down most of the graphic design market and their programs keep getting more and more bloated and slow, but I'm pretty happy with this and looking forward to seeing how it works out in the long run.

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