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Multifandom drabble! (And more.)

I've pinch hit for this before, but this year I signed up for the Multifandom Drabble exchange as a participant, and it was great! I didn't manage to write any treats (possibly the fact that I'm signed up for 50 billion exchanges has something to do with that) but I was pretty happy with how my assignment came out:

Dance Lessons (Stranger Things, Steve & the kids, set post-S2, no S3 spoilers)
The kids want to learn to dance for the Snow Ball. Steve regrets his life choices.

And I got THREE things, all of which I loved!

Equilateral by [personal profile] kore/[ profile] actonbell (Agent Carter, Peggy/Jack/Daniel)
Incredibly sweet post-S2 aftermath/recovery fic. <3

Indomitable Spirit by [ profile] Meatball42 (Iron Fist, Colleen & Danny)
Training together. A perfect little slice of life with a wonderful Colleen voice!

C'mere It's Cold Outside by [personal profile] lady_katana4544 (Agent Carter, Jack & Daniel with implied P/J/D)
Huddling for warmth, yessss.

RIGHT, okay, I currently have things to write for:
• Just Married [July 28]
• Hetswap (pinch hitting, not actually signed up) [Aug. 10]
• Into a Bar (probably the first one I'll drop if I have to drop something, since it's not an exchange) [Aug. 25]
• Daredevil/Defenders Exchange [Aug. 26]
• AU Exchange [Aug. 31]
• Kidfic Exchange [Sept. 7]
• Fandom Giftbox (okay, technically not an exchange either, but I'd really like to treat for it!) [Sept. 22]

What was I thinking. Send help.

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Happy fanfic things

Not Prime Time revealed today, and I got TWO absolutely delightful Iron Fist fics that left me full of warm nice feelings. The exchange gods have smiled upon me. <3

birds of a feather (1100 wds, Ward & Colleen & Danny)
Three scenes with games: Before, during, and after the Snap. Ward and Colleen get closer through playing board games. Bantery and delightful.

more intact (1100 wds, Danny & Ward)
Danny's a little worse for wear. Ward patches him up. Sweet fluffy h/c.

I also wrote two things for this exchange, my assignment and a last-minute treat. Happy hunting. :D

And fics were revealed over at MCU Exchange, in which I wrote two things:

Breakfast in Bed (Agent Carter, 2200 wds, Peggy/Daniel and Peggy/Jack/Daniel)
A series of vignettes of the three of them, in various combinations, bringing each other breakfast.

Tangle (Defenders, 1600 wds, OT4)
Hypothermia and near-drowning and naked cuddling.

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Dear AU Exchange Creator

My [community profile] auexchange signup is still something of a work in progress, so check back for the potential addition of new fandoms and AUs before the close of signups on the 14th.

First of all, thank you so much for making something for me! There's a varying number of AU tag requests and details on my different requests, but I would be equally delighted to receive any of my requested fandoms. I would also be fine with having more than one of the requested AU tags used in the same fic, e.g. they met in WWII and also they're werewolves! Suburban domesticity with dragons! I love genre mash-ups. Also, my suggestions are just suggestions. If the tags take you in a different direction, go for it.

I've requested fanfic for all of these in the exchange, but I am also very happy to receive art treats.

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And then I wrote some things

For Escape the Iron Triangle - which had the writing period over this weekend, and has now revealed fics and authors:

Fire Walk (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Zuko & Iroh & Ozai, 1500 wds, AU)
The recipient requested (among other things) deals with demons and tea, so my brain went to the worst possible place. Poor Zuko.

One Cool Cat Daddy (Luke Cage, post-S2, 1000 words, kitten!fic)
And my recip for this one wanted Luke POV and kittens. Twist my arm. XD

And I posted a couple of Iron Fist fics today for this year's h/c bingo card:

Pressure Points (Ward & Danny, 1500 wds, gen)
For my "motion sickness" square, in which Ward's life continues to find new and interesting ways to suck. Nothing graphic, basically just fluff based around the idea that motion sickness bracelets work using anti-nausea pressure points and Danny probably knows how to do that, too.

Typical Tuesday Night (2100 wds, Ward & Danny with some background Danny/Colleen)
For "blood loss", in which Danny almost gets sacrificed by druids, because of course he does. This one is more violent and bloody than what I usually write; see warnings on fic.

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Closing tabs

This is really cool: there's going to be an animated kids' series on PBS about an Alaska Native girl with Native showrunners/writers and voice actors.

WTF, nature: Ancient four-legged whale ancestor with webbed feet and hooves on its toes.

I'm not really doing [community profile] sunshine_challenge as such, but the Challenge #2 looked fun, which was to talk about your username and default icon. My username is a character from one of my unfinished fantasy novels that I worked on in my teens. When I first started writing fanfic in 2000-ish, I initially used my real name (I was used to being in realname parts of the Internet, mailing lists and writing/SF-fandom message boards and such) but quickly realized I was going to want something that wasn't directly connected to my aspiring-pro-writer identity -- mixing the two up was really Not Done in those days. I used this one because it was unique and I figured it wouldn't directly connect to me. I had already occasionally used it on Usenet.

Some of you who have been around here for awhile might remember that the name I used on LJ was Friendshipper, but I eventually decided to change it to Sholio to make it consistent with the name I was using on Ao3 and

As for my default icon, the sunshine winter one - there's no particular significance to it. I just think it's pretty.

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Exchanges, recs, happymaking fandom things, etc.

Fic for me! :D

Many Happy Returns of the Day by [ profile] edenfalling for a prompt I left for any Defenders or Iron Fist character having a birthday after they meet their new friends. Delightful fic with Matt + Danny + a Special Surprise Guest. (Also on DW.)

And this goes nicely with the lovely Jessica and Danny birthday fic that [personal profile] kore/[ profile] actonbell wrote me in the Defenders Prompt Fest! Which is still open, by the way.

MCU Exchange is open with 81 fics! (I wrote 2 things for this fest. Happy hunting.) I got What a Lovely Way to Burn, an Agent Carter OT3 get-together with abundant Jack h/c that hit aaaaaallllll my happy buttons.

And the Escape the Iron Triangle Exchange (multifandom flashfic) had both the writing period and reveals this weekend. I also wrote two (2) things in this, and I got Clouds, a sweet Bucky de-aging fic!

I've just been reading through the Iron Triangle fics (they're all pretty short and the collection isn't that big, so easy enough to go through in an evening). My favorites so far:

Shoot from the Hip - Defenders/MCU. Claire/Valkyrie, PWP. Probably my favorite thing in the collection; it's sweet and hot with A+ characterization.

Gone Away - Captain Marvel. Maria and Monica in the aftermath of Carol's disappearance in 1989.

At the End of the Rainbow - MCU, gen. Three adventures Valkyrie didn't have, and two she did. (The tagged pairings are a bit inaccurate. Maybe the author isn't familiar with Ao3's pairing tagging system ...?)

Change is as good as a holiday - Good Omens, Aziraphale/Crowley. A+ character voices.

The Deserter - Original F/F. There's a wealth of worldbuilding and characterization in a really short space; feels like fanfic for a canon that doesn't exist, in the best possible way.

Oh, and signups are open 'til July 14 for [community profile] auexchange! I need to finish getting my signup together ...

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Some stray Stranger Things comments

... as of 3x06. No spoilers past 3x06, please! I also don't want to know how many episodes there are this season, because I somehow managed to avoid finding this out, can't look it up now because of spoilers, and I am liking not knowing. (I'm guessing probably about 8, but I don't know for sure.)

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Escape the Iron Triangle exchange

In my latest failure of sanity or at least of common sense, I went and signed up for this:

It looks super fun, though! It's designed to be quick, fast, and short. You match ONLY on freeform tags (you can choose from the entire canonical tagset), not on fandoms, though you are supposed to at least try to make something your recipient will enjoy. If there are no matches for you, the mods will simply match you to someone anyway. XD The one thing you can veto is archive warnings - I signed up for "no warnings apply" on all of mine, so I know I will match to a person who has at least one "no warnings" request. Signups opened a day or two ago, close today, and the deadline to turn in your assignment is July 7.


It made me think of similar speed writing events back in ye olde LJ days (Supernatural and White Collar both had them, and probably other fandoms as well), and it's making me want to resurrect the relay-race style events like White Collar's Run the Con. You need enough people to make it actually work; I think the only fandom I'm currently in that's big enough on DW is MCU. But the way it worked was - once the event starts, the last person before you gives you your prompt, and then you have 24 hours to write it. You can tap out if you're unexpectedly busy, at which point you drop to the bottom of the writing queue and will get another go at it later.

It occurred to me then that, since it's not an exchange, there's no reason why it couldn't be pan-fandom. You could also do a themed version where either the prompts or the fills corresponded to a certain broad theme (e.g. all AUs - you'd need a theme that was big enough to apply to any fandom). So what I'm thinking is:

1. Interested participants sign up for a certain date within a set date range. (IIRC, I think with run-the-con you could be tagged in at any point during the month, but it might make more sense and be easier for modding to have people pick a day.)
2. You'll get your prompt, provided by the previous participant and supplied by the mod, once the previous person posts their fic. You then have 24 hours to write and post something.
3. If you are unexpectedly swamped or can do literally nothing with the prompt, you can tap out and the next person gets it instead. You go to the end of the line and will get another chance.
4. If there's no communication from a participant in the 24-hour period, they're skipped and done.

Since you're not writing for someone, it doesn't matter if they aren't familiar with your fandom, pairing, or tropes. There'd need to be a good faith effort to supply prompts that are applicable for any fandom or pairing, and the mod can nix a prompt that's obviously going to be a flat nope for a lot of people.

A Poll:

This one might have to be fic-only because I'm not sure if 24 hours would be a reasonable amount of time to do art in.

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Okay, here's something that's been low-key bugging me for some time:

What order does the AO3 "assignments" page list the various things you're signed up for? It frustrates me that it doesn't put your open/unfilled assignments together at the top or bottom, because that would be really handy to be able to see at a glance. But I've been trying to figure out for years what criteria it's actually using to decide what order to put them in. It's not chronological. It's not alphabetical, at least not by anything that I've tried to make fit (exchange name, recipient name, fic name). It doesn't seem to be based on deadline date or word count or anything else.

Yet it can't be completely random because it always puts the same ones at the top. So what criteria is it using? Does anyone know?

ETA: Got an answer, thanks!

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There's a pretty big wildfire north of town right now. It's not dangerous to us, and not likely to be - it's about 20 miles away and would have to go through a whole lot of subdivisions and the Trans-Alaska pipeline to get to us. However, the air quality is absolutely horrendous (I wore one of Orion's air-filter shop masks while I was doing garden work just now, because breathing hurts and makes your mouth taste like smoke), and it was raining ash and burnt spruce needles last night, although that seems to have mostly stopped for now.

I took a couple of pictures of the ashfall on the car last night around 11 p.m. or so.

flakes of ash on car windshield

ash and spruce needles on hood of car

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The cactus fam

A little while back I talked about the Iron Fist cacti, based on a certain fic. Well, here they are:

apot of cacti

With bonus velociraptor.

Left to right: Ward (the prickliest one), Danny (a serene and cheerful cactus), and Colleen (small and prickly).

There were also cacti with yellow tops (see example), which admittedly is more Danny-ish, but I liked the pink ones better aesthetically, and I do need to enjoy looking at it in the window all the time.

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My fandom exchange problem is still out of control

Currently I have:

- 2 finished but unrevealed assignments (Not Prime Time and MCU Exchange)
- 2 pending assignments (Just Married and a pinch hit I picked up for Hetswap, oops)
- 2 exchanges I've signed up for but haven't gotten my assignment yet (Kid Fic Exchange and Multifandom Drabble)
- 1 exchange I plan to sign up for that's opening in the near future (AU Exchange)
- 1 exchange I am co-modding and may or may not write for (King of Exchanges)
- 2 non-exchange-style fests I would like to write for (Fandom Giftbox and FK Ficfest)
- 1 h/c bingo card
- A couple other exchanges/fests I would like to treat, but I mean, at this point, LET'S GET REAL HERE.

Oh, I forgot to link to this, but I'm doing Fandom Giftbox this year, so I have a treat post up! Here is my giftbox if you would like to make me something. If you have any questions about things not specifically requested, you can ask me in comments here; anon commenting is on.

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Thursday is for fanworks recs

Back to trying to do this, then! :D I bring you a couple of horrifying yet plausible Umbrella Academy fics:

the violence caused such silence by [ profile] ElasticElla
A laugh twisted into a sob breaks past her throat, as she tries, “I heard a rumor that you’re alive.” And just like that, he is.

And a follow-up: i think i destroyed them all.

Not graphic horror, but very creepy/disturbing.

Also, I don't quite feel comfortable reccing individual works from SSR Confidential since I'm the mod as well as a participant, but there are 26 new fanworks in the collection this year, and there's lots of great stuff - fic, art, vids, and loads of pairings! (Peggy/Dottie had an unusually strong showing this year, as did Peggy/Steve; there's also some good Peggy/Daniel and OT3 in there, as well as gen and rarepairs.)

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Island of Ghosts by Gillian Bradshaw

I don't remember where I saw a rec for this book (somewhere on DW, probably) but I finished it today and absolutely loved it. You know how sometimes you read a book and just want to start reading at the beginning immediately? This was one of those books.

Island of Ghosts is set in Britain towards the end of Roman rule. A detachment of Sarmatian cavalry -- effectively hostages from a conquered steppe tribe, considered dead by their own relatives -- arrive to reinforce the defenses at Hadrian's Wall. The Sarmatians are baffled by the settled farming people around them, struggling to cope with the idea of living in houses rather than wagons, chafing under Roman laws and trying to learn a foreign language; meanwhile the local Britons (who have only recently and very tenuously become Roman themselves) consider them incomprehensibly barbaric, these horse-riding people who wear coats made of their enemy's scalps and solve their differences through duels to the death, while the Roman provincial rulers and cavalry commanders can't see why everyone can't just peacefully assimilate and be part of the empire already.

I couldn't say how true to historical fact the broad strokes of the characters' attitudes and cultural details are, though the specific events of the book are obviously fictional. However, the general tone of the book is a lot less dark and grim than historical fiction frequently is, which I noticed a few reviewers on Amazon taking it to task for, along with the fact that it's tropey as hell (which for me is a feature, not a bug). I don't want to give the impression that dark stuff doesn't happen -- this is a book that includes Some dark/triggery stuff (no big spoilers)Collapse )

But on the whole, this is a book that's about picking up the pieces. It's about people looking beyond their differences and learning to lay aside old hurts in the aftermath of a war, putting themselves back together and making each other better. This book mashed down all my buttons for making friends with your enemies, found families, getting back up after you get kicked down, and soldiering on (literally) in the face of loss and pain. I adored the characters, and there's a side romance I really enjoyed, but there's also a strong focus on friendships, parents and children, and community as relationships of equal importance. It's a book about being torn away from your home and family, and then finding a new one.

I haven't read anything by this author before, or even heard of her, but I'm definitely going to be looking up her other books. (Looks like she has one that's about werewolves in the Crusades. I AM THERE.)

ETA: One thing I should mention is that the Kindle edition contains a lot of OCR errors, including a recurring problem getting the protagonist's name right. It's also fairly expensive. I don't regret having paid for it because I loved it Just That Much, but the print version is probably more readable; I assume it doesn't have the same issue.

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Midsummer colors

A couple of bright pictures from a few nights ago (we sometimes get these beautiful glowy midnights on nights when there's cloud cover to diffuse the light, but still the all-night sunset colors that we tend to get around midsummer here).

sky that is nearly all brilliant pink

driveway reflecting pink colors

And a picture of the clouds to the north right now, at 3:30 a.m., with the sun about to rise. ♥

puffy clouds tinted by sunshine

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My cactus has aphids, and other minor woes

This requires some backstory.

Last fall, the first long-ish story I wrote for Iron Fist was Cute But Prickly, a post-S2 story in which Ward accidentally gets turned into a cactus.

This turned into a running joke when [personal profile] rachelmanija and I were in Tucson in February, where there are CACTUS EVERYWHERE (including loads of little potted cactuses) and led to me coming home not just with cactus-themed everything, but with three miniature potted cactuses that Rachel helped me pick out. I was only going to get one (Rachel: "Which one of these cactuses looks like it's saying 'I have been turned into a cactus and I'm not happy about it?") but then I realized that I could also get a Danny cactus to keep my Ward cactus company, and you can't have a Danny cactus without a Colleen cactus and, uh, this is how I ended up with three potted cactuses.

The Ward cactus is the absolute prickliest cactus I could find (it pokes me every time I try to water it, I swear); the Colleen cactus is tiny and cute but also very prickly, although in a somewhat less in-your-face way than the Ward one; and the Danny cactus is a very serene-looking cactus with only the smallest of tokenistic prickles. (Rachel and I decided that Danny would probably be pretty okay with being a cactus; it's good for meditating.) If these cactus each had a philosophy of life, it would be, respectively: "I am a cactus and I hate it," "I am a cactus; plz don't touch me or I will poke you," and "I am a cactus; life is good. :)"

(I don't know how much of our conversation the nursery staff could hear, but they really must have wondered about us.)

Anyway, the reason why I'm making this post is because I just have to say that I really wish I'd owned a cactus before writing that story, because I would have had SO MANY MORE THINGS for Danny to panic about than just making sure Ward-cactus has proper humidity and doesn't get too much sun. Since becoming a cactus owner, I have:

- Dropped my cactus.
- Accidentally broken spines off my cactus.
- Poked myself on my cactus. A lot. (Particularly the Ward cactus, which is the prickliest cactus imaginable. The Colleen cactus pokes me occasionally. The Danny one never has.)
- Gotten one cactus stuck to another cactus, to my hand, to the plastic dish in which they live, etc.

But then there was today, when O. was looking at my cactuses in the window and said, "Did you know one of your cactuses has fungus on it?"

It was the Ward cactus. OF COURSE it was the Ward cactus. If ever there was a cactus this sort of thing WOULD happen to ... Though the Colleen one has a little of it too. The Danny one does not. (He's too serene.)

So I panicked about having over-watered them and put them outside in the sunshine for awhile, and then I decided it would maybe help to take a Q-tip and clean off the fungus. I was diligently working on this when I realized that the white fluffy stuff all over the cactus wasn't fungus or mold, it was the white fluff that aphids produce, and I know this because IT'S MOVING. D:

Brand new panic time! I know how to get rid of aphids on houseplants by spraying them thoroughly with soapy water, but can you do that to a cactus? What if getting wet kills them?! We Googled this and it turns out that the soapy water treatment is fine for this, so we did that and now the cactus are drying in the sun. I assume they're going to be okay. I hope. I didn't realize that getting aphids was a thing that could happen to cactuses, but apparently it is.

(Also, I'm pretty sure the Colleen cactus caught aphids from the Ward cactus, which does seem like something that would happen to her.)

So basically the point is, I missed an opportunity to write Danny panicking about Ward having aphids*, and I had to tell you all about it.

*Pretty sure there is no h/c bingo square for this.

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Fandom things

* The Defenders Prompt Fest is still going on! I left a big pile of new prompts on both posts yesterday, and there have been some new fills added as well.

Main Post | List of Fills | JJ3 spoiler prompt post

Come play! :D

* I seem to be one of the rare people for whom the Good Omens miniseries wasn't particularly to my taste; I mean, I liked it, but there was also a lot of "... this isn't my Good Omens" when I was watching it. However, watching people's delighted reactions and the subsequent giffing/vidding/meta has been really delightful, and I think it's made me like the show better than I did before, seeing it through the lens of people's squee. I like it when that happens.

* I signed up for [personal profile] kidficexchange, but there is a tragic lack of signups so far, and it's going to make people hard to match. Anyone tempted? :D It's for any kind of fic (or art) involving kids: characters' canonical childhoods, characters raising kids, characters getting turned into kids, etc. So if you are, say, squicked by de-aging but would like fic about your faves getting married and having kids, you can easily tailor your signup for that option.

* And I've mentioned this already, but [community profile] kingofexchanges is a new Stephen King exchange, run by [personal profile] rachelmanija, [personal profile] iknowcommawrite, and me. Nominations/signups will open in late July.

UGH I need to write my other assignments! I've currently got open ones for MCU Exchange and Just Married. I did get my Not Prime Time one finished, yay. And then I went and signed up for Multifandomdrabble, the Defenders exchange on Tumblr, and the kidfic one (don't have assignments for any of those yet), and I'm planning to sign up for AU Exchange as well. (I did manage to talk myself out of Rare Pairs and Hetswap, because I had to draw the line somewhere.)

I also haven't managed to read anything at SSR Confidential yet, except my gifts (which were absolutely lovely! ♥). I need to go get some reading in before creator reveals, which are happening on Friday.

It's only 2 weeks (give or take a bit) 'til the new season of Stranger Things comes out. So many of my ongoing shows have been cancelled; I think that and the next season of Umbrella Academy are the only things I'm really looking forward to right now. But I really can't wait to get some new episodes of STh. Please don't kill Steve, show.

... oh, and I'm absolutely loving the "post about all the books you read in June" initiative that [personal profile] rachelmanija has been spearheading! It's been lovely to see so many book posts on my reading page. ♥

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Defenders Prompt Fest - Jessica Jones S3 spoiler prompts


This is the post for all prompts containing spoilers for Jessica Jones season 3!

Fills with spoilers may be left for prompts on the main prompt post (please put "SPOILERS" in the subject line so readers will know). You do not have to warn for spoilers here, since spoilers are assumed in all prompts and fills.

Also, the main post is still open for new prompts as well as fills!

Main Defenders Prompt Post | List of Fills

ETA: I'd like to keep this post for prompts and fills, not a general discussion post for the show. So all comments should be prompts, fills, or direct discussion of the story idea in a prompt (e.g. asking for clarifications, offering encouragement, talking over a plot point). Thank you!

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