Avengers-Sousa Thompson

Agent Carter fic: Without Maps

No, I don't write that fast. :P I wrote this for [community profile] fan_flashworks and now I'm cross-posting to the usual places since the exclusive period is over.

Title: Without Maps
Fandom: Agent Carter
Word Count: 4800
Author's Notes: I started writing this for the fan-flashworks "Memory" challenge way back in February, in the middle of the season. And then I missed that deadline, but the season ender gave me a much better opening than I was originally going to use, and I finished it for the "Purgatory" challenge for Amnesty. Thank you to sheron for helpful plot feedback and talking over Jack's characterization with me!
Summary: Post-finale. The last thing Jack remembers is taking a bullet in a hotel room, but now he's back in the war. Except it isn't his war. It's Sousa's.
Cross-posted: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6719104

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Agent Carter/Highlander fusion: Little Deaths

I wanted to write something for [community profile] fusionfest (it's an open challenge for fanfic fusions - that is, there are no signups, you just write a fusion and submit it to the collection) and ... this happened.

This probably goes without saying, but since this fic deals with Captain America continuity as well as Agent Carter, please don't put any Civil War spoilers in comments!

Title: Little Deaths
Fandom: Agent Carter
Pairing: all the canon ones
Word Count: 2300
Summary: Highlander fusion. Peggy dies in the war ... but for her, that's only the beginning. (Spoilers through the end of Agent Carter season two, but not beyond that.)
Cross-posted: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6716452

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Editing is haaaaard. /whine

I discovered last night that Barbara Hambly has a new Ben January short story out AND a new story for her Bride of the Rat God characters. (Which, incidentally, is my other favorite of her books, besides the Ben January ones, even though almost no one has heard of it. It feels slightly dated now, especially the "cursed Chinese artifact" that MacGuffin-fuels the plot, but it's still a delightful little slice of 1920s Hollywood. It was the first of her books I ever read, back in the early '90s, and I'm thrilled she's still interested in writing in the 'verse.)

There's an interesting economics lesson in this, though. When she first started writing these and selling them off her website, a number of years ago, I didn't bat an eye at paying $5 a pop for downloadable PDFs that I had to read on the computer. Her prices haven't changed, but now that ebooks are big and there's an accepted pay scale for them, it feels weird to pay $4.99 for a novella-length story. I'm still happy to buy them and support her, but it's just interesting to me, because several years ago it felt perfectly reasonable to pay $5 for a self-published short story, and now there's a different price scale in effect, and I'd only expect to pay a buck or two. An object lesson in the dangers of undercharging, perhaps.

Anyway, I've already read the Ben January one and it is a delight as always. Looking forward to the other.

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Book report

Still laboring to stay spoiler-free for Civil War, and managing to be mostly successful. Thank you for not spoiling me, flist!

I also ran across a lovely rec for the Lauren books by way of a blog pingback today. I'm not sure if this is one of you guys, but if so, thank you! ♥ (Also, let's hear it for free samples, hooray!)

For my part, I've been reading quite a lot lately. It's been the usual mix of good books, forgettable books, and unfinishable books (the latter mostly courtesy of the cheap paperback pile or impulse acquisitions from random library shelves), but I have managed to discover a couple of new-to-me series lately that I'm really enjoying.

[personal profile] frith_in_thorns turned me onto Invisible Library and Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (and, uh, facilitated me being able to read them, since they're not out in the U.S. yet). They're really delightful; I love the characters and the clever worldbuilding. Alternate Earths exist on a continuum from order to chaos, and the more chaotic a world gets, the more it's taken over by narrative/story instead of reality -- so you get an increasing incidence of worlds that are full of narrative tropes and random crazy tech like ray guns or steampunk mecha. There's also magic, dragons, secret royalty, brilliant detectives, sentient trains ... these books are pretty much "let's throw all the Rule of Cool stuff imaginable into a blender, mix well, stir and enjoy". They're great.

And for a total change of pace from that, the other series I've really been enjoying is Richard Stevenson's Donald Strachey murder mysteries. I've gone through all the ones the library had, and just discovered there are SIX of them beyond the point where the library ones stop (plus, a couple missing ones along the way). The books span the time period from the early '80s to the present day and follow the life and career of a gay private eye in Albany, NY and his straight-laced politico boyfriend/later spouse. These are a blend of funny, adorable, and bleak, with a dry narrative voice and a general optimism about human nature (aspects of it, anyway) that helps keep the darker elements from being overwhelmingly depressing.

I know that movie adaptations of some of the books exist, but I'm not watching those yet because the actors are so far off my inner-eye view of the characters (they're a good 15-20 years too young, for one thing). The more I fall for the characters, though, the less I care because I just want MOAR DON AND TIMMY, so I'm sure I'll be watching those at some point.

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Free Shifter Agents short story

On the Lauren Esker front, I posted a free short story over at Lauren's website, Chasing Bigfoot. Well, I say "short"; it's actually around 14K. Oops. Anyway, it's set shortly after Guard Wolf and stars Jack and Casey from Handcuffed to the Bear. Casey gets her first case as a trainee field agent, and it involves ... well ... Bigfoot. OR DOES IT???

I actually meant to write this one around Halloween, but one thing led to another and I didn't get around to it until after finishing the rough draft of the dragon book.

I've got it up for download in several formats: Kindle - Epub - PDF (right-click/save as for any of these). Or you can read it on the website.

Have at! And should you encounter any formatting weirdness or download issues, please let me know! (Or any issues of spelling, grammar, or research fail, for that matter, should one happen to jump out at you.) I included a few images in the ebook - nothing important, just pictures of Pacific Northwest woods - but those caused me more formatting headaches than the rest of it put together, so if they come out terrible or squashed on people's ereaders, I'll probably just end up deleting 'em.

(I also finally went and made myself a bear icon, now that I have all this extra icon space ...)

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Avengers-Sousa Thompson

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.... so I went and signed up for mcu_aufest (with utter predictability in which characters/pairings I asked for). I have mostly managed to talk myself out of signing up for Not Prime Time, mainly because of difficulty in coming up with a third fandom that I'm really enthusiastic about; Agent Carter and White Collar are easy, but there isn't really anything else I'm that into right now. Also, let's face it, after a couple years of not signing up for anything, I am going to regret it if I end up overloading myself.

On a random side note about Agent Carter fandom, it has been really an interesting experience to FINALLY get into a fandom that has an active and chatty fanbase on tumblr. Suddenly I understand what people actually get out of doing fandom on tumblr (beyond lurking and looking at shiny pictures), because if there are other people who are into the same thing and actively monitor the tags and talk back to text/meta posts, it's a whole new experience! It's the first time since I got on tumblr that I've actually started to feel like I'm getting to know people a little bit over there, and feel an actual sense of community. The chat feature definitely helps. But also, when I post a fic announcement on tumblr, I usually get at least a few comments over there; when I say something about the show, people talk back.

The size of the fandom probably makes a difference; it's at that sweet spot where it isn't so huge that the amount of content in the tags is overwhelming, but it's not so small that there's just nothing. And it helps to have a few chatty people who talk back and forth with each other a lot. I get the impression that Rivers of London fandom on tumblr is similar: not too big, not too small, with a few chatty people, and therefore an overall welcoming and socially active vibe.

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Agent Carter fic: Jewels on an Empty Beach

I wrote yet another finale tag, this time for the "Shot" challenge at [community profile] fan_flashworks; figured I'd just wait and do the announcement post when their exclusivity period was over and I could crosspost at AO3.

Jewels on an Empty Beach (Peggy/Daniel w/a little Jack, 1400 wds)
2x10 tag. Peggy and Daniel in those early hours.

I noticed when I posted this that it's been over a month since the last time I posted anything on AO3. I've been super busy with original stuff, but I'm now in a "slightly less busy" phase and I'm hoping to write more! I did get my [community profile] marvelismarvel fic written and posted; those will be revealed on May 8. Now I need to start working on my SSR Confidential assignment ...

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Avengers-Agent Carter OT3

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Apparently I am now contemplating a signup for mcu_aufest. So many AU possibilities! So fun! And all my Agent Carter ships are in the tag set. (Okay, I nominated some of them, but some were nominated by people other than me.) Do want.

I should probably get to work on the other fests I'm signed up for first, however. AUGH. I know what I'm writing for [community profile] marvelismarvel; I just need to ... actually write it ...

(Does anyone notice that you never heard the term "ficathon" anymore? I think it's fallen out of favor completely. It's all "fest" and "exchange" now ...)

I was also talking to my sister about Civil War tonight. Or, more like the other way around.

Sister: So you still haven't watched the trailer yet.
Me: No.
Sister: And you're somehow miraculously unspoiled.
Me: Miraculously, yes.
Me: NO.

I realize the odds of me making it through another three weeks unspoiled are slim, especially once it premieres in European markets. She suggested I avoid social media. hahahaaaaaaaa AS IF.

ETA: Also, I am having a good month on the writing front, so I decided to treat myself and bought more icon slots on both LJ and DW. Because 100 icons is not enough. I am a sad and pathetic human being. (I can't BELIEVE Tumblr limits you to only one icon. They are clearly missing the mark on gratuitous self-expression.)

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I'm spending my day being useful

Today I stumbled upon [tumblr.com profile] shieldsynopsis, which has snarky recaps of Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD episodes (from Reddit, I gather) -- think Television Without Pity, but graphical. I'm dyyyiiinnnnggggg. (Though the recapper is rather unfair to Daniel, imho. Poor Daniel.)

Some examples:



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Catching up

Somehow on tumblr I ended up writing some bits of an Agent Carter YA paranormal romance AU. (I'm linking to one of the reblogs instead of the original because the reblog notes are GOLDEN. I also love this reblog speculating on werewolves with three legs. Please tell me I have many things to write and I do not need to write an Agent Carter high school paranormal AU.

My Agent Carter season one rewatch stalled out after two episodes because I've been too busy to watch TV. If you judged me based on the general content of this blog, you might think I never do anything but watch TV, but in actual fact I watch very little. It seems to go in cycles; I'll get hooked on something and watch a bunch of it, then lose interest and won't watch anything for a month. The last couple of weeks, I've been in a "not watching anything" phase. However, I've now gotten the next Lauren novel off to beta, and cleared a bunch of other "to do" stuff off my plate (WHY ARE TAXES), and I'm looking forward to spending the next couple of weeks in a more leisurely mode: catching up on stuff, spring cleaning, working on my Kismet page buffer, rewatching more Agent Carter, and so forth. But most importantly, not being under a huge brain-consuming deadline.

Other things I have neglected to mention lately: ellenmillion has a Kickstarter you should check out - (More!) Fantasy Coloring Books for (so-called) Grown-ups. I did the editing on the video, featuring Ellen's acting talents. I am especially proud of the 1960s-Batman-inspired special effects and the cheesy logo morph at the end.

Finally, I give you a very Alaskan photo. (Link goes to Facebook; I don't think you have to be logged in to see it.)

ETA: Picture of migrating trumpeter swans that I took this afternoon at our local wildlife refuge and posted to Tumblr. We are having record numbers of them this year. It's the first time I've been out there this spring and I think I missed Peak Swan, but there were still a lot of them, mostly traveling in pairs.

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One last reminder

SSR Confidential signups close in about 24 hours, in case you are on the fence about signing up! You can look at all the requests so far here. We've got 21 people signed up so far, and I'm really happy with the variety of different relationships and characters represented - it looks like a very diverse field of signups, while still having enough overlap that I don't think matching will be difficult.

Here is a countdown timer to the close of signups.

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Infinite Squee


They've cast their Colleen Wing for the Netflix Defenders shows! (For Star Wars fans, it's the same actress who played Jessika Pava, the female X-Wing pilot.) Which means that, while we may not have Night Wing Investigations yet, we are definitely going to have both Misty AND Colleen in the Marvel TV 'verse, and my inner 10-year-old will now expire quietly of squee in the corner.

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SSR Confidential letter

Thank you so much for creating a fanwork for me! I know it's probably intimidating to get the mod as your assignment, but I really am very easy to please. I know I will love whatever you make me!

General likes: casefic, action, h/c, friendship, cuddling, curtainfic, domesticity, quiet downtime between cases, futurefic, AUs, missing scenes. I love alllll the hurt/comfort tropes, but I'm also totally fine with none at all if it's not your thing.

General dislikes: character bashing, crossovers, PWP (as noted in details below, I don't mind explicit content in fic, but it's not really something I go for). If you are going to write fic set after the season two finale, please don't kill Jack! (Unless it's temporary; I'm also thoroughly fond of "presumed dead" as a trope.)

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Dispatches from the Dept. of Squee

1. I read an Agents of SHIELD-related interview this morning with Jeph Loeb (the head of Marvel TV) in which he said he's "optimistic" for an Agent Carter renewal. \o/ Obviously that's not the same as an actual renewal announcement (we probably won't know one way or another 'til May), but it seems like a good sign that the head honcho is on board with a new season of the show, which means that even if ABC decides not to pick it up, it also has a pretty good shot at getting a new lease on life at Netflix, Hulu, or something like that. Right???

2. Homestuck is back! And into the endgame updates, apparently. It's going to be really weird not having this comic around anymore. Not that I remember anything that was going on when it stopped updating last July, besides "apocalypse". But it's great to see the characters again.

3. I can't remember if I've posted about this here, but one of my new favorite things is the webcomic Stand Still, Stay Silent. It's basically the zombie apocalypse meets Scandinavian mythology. (Not Norse gods and things of that nature, but trolls and spirit animals and such, through a post-apocalypse filter.) Despite the depressing premise (and very high body count in the first chapter), it's character-focused and very sweet and funny, though it also has moments of gore, body horror, and general creepiness. The art is absolutely gorgeous and it updates 5 days a week.

4. I was in Barnes & Noble yesterday, and I wasn't going to buy anything except a hot chocolate, I SWEAR, but they had this shelf of Japanese import stuff, and, uh, I saw a really adorable little Bulma figure (grown-up Bulma, with the short hair). And there was also a Vegeta, and she couldn't just be alone, right ...? I haven't bought DBZ stuff in forever (almost a decade and a half), but now they're on the shelf above my desk, and they're tiny and adorable and both scowling, it's great.

5. Signups are still open at SSR Confidential 'til the end of the week! We have 17 people so far (and I still need to write mine, so that'll be 18 when I get that done). I'm really delighted with the variety of character and pairing options that people have selected; it looks like there will be something for everyone.

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I'm rewatching Agent Carter season one

And I watched the first episode tonight. (My comments as I go through these episodes will contain spoilers for the whole series, including season two.)

Don't expect anything particularly insightful, just random natterings.

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The Agent Carter fanworks exchange IS HERE!

SSR Confidential signups are open! Writers, artists, and vidders can all play.

Announcement post with links to rules etc.

Since I'm new to running exchanges on AO3, I am going to hold off announcing it at fandom_calendar and other places until Friday noonish, in the hopes that any issues with the signup form (should any occur) will have come up and been fixed by then.

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Agent Carter vid: Queen of Hearts (Carter/Sousa/Thompson)

Fandom: Agent Carter
Song: Queen of Hearts
Artist: Juice Newton
Pairing: Carter/Sousa/Thompson
Summary: The joker ain't the only fool who'll do anything for you. They're really pretty good at catching the bad guys ... on those rare occasions when they aren't fighting each other. (Clips from seasons one and two.)

Streaming: https://vimeo.com/159997224
Download: 127 Mb MP4 | 100 Mb DivX (smaller download options at the Vimeo link)
Other crossposts: Tumblr link

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Some Agent Carter ficlets

I asked for Agent Carter fic prompts last night on Tumblr - normally I do this kind of thing on LJ/DW (when I do it) but I decided to give the Tumblr people a shot at it this time. So here are the results:

Rose doing field work
Jack gets Winter Soldier’d
Daniel has a mechanical breakdown
Peggy and Jack bodyswap
Peggy and Daniel sparring
New York SSR follow-up after season finale
Peggy has a terrible day & people try to make her feel better

I'll do this again at some point, I think! Doing shortfic from prompts is a little hit or miss for me (I tend to end up using up as much creative energy to do a 500-word short fic as doing 3000 words of a longer story; it's just how my brain works) but I did a little better this time at letting go of the need to make each one a complete story (some are; others are just vignettes of bigger stories - I was only guaranteeing people at least 100 words of whatever it was) and had fun.

You can comment here if there are any you have comments about! I'll get them up on AO3 eventually.

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