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Wings! (part 2)

[personal profile] wingficex has had the authors revealed! I was gifted with a late treat AND I LOVE IT - eeeee. ♥

in the Himalayas by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lake (Iron Fist, 1000 wds, Danny + Ward)
It's just their luck that Ward got cursed with bat-wings and they had to camp out on the side of a mountain all on the same day.

WARD HAS SOFT WARM BAT WINGS and I am weirdly fascinated with them.

And I wrote this:

Things With Feathers (5605 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Fist (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ward Meachum/Danny Rand
Characters: Ward Meachum, Danny Rand, Harold Meachum
Additional Tags: Wingfic, Alternate Universe - Wings, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Season/Series 01, Getting Together, Cuddling & Snuggling, Wing Grooming
Summary: It was the last straw, really, when Ward's dead childhood frenemy Danny Rand came back not just grown up, not merely with magic kung fu powers, but with wings. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1339456.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Fandom 5K reveals

I wasn't signed up for [community profile] fandom5k, but I was browsing currently running exchanges looking for fandoms I could treat, and I really loved this person's request - they were interested in Jack/Ianto and Ianto/Lisa (his Cyberwoman fridged girlfriend), were fine with poly, and liked AUs, especially Pacific Rim AUs. The canonical backstory with Lisa and the Cybermen worked surprisingly well in a canon where the characters are giant robot pilots ... and so I wrote my first PacRim AU.

Atlantic Rim (12679 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Lisa Hallett/Ianto Jones, Lisa Hallett/Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
Characters: Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Lisa Hallett, Martha Jones, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Gwen Cooper, Suzie Costello
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Pacific Rim Fusion, Alternate Universe, Friendship, Families of Choice
Summary: Pacific Rim fusion. After the Greenland Shatterdome falls, Ianto Jones shows up at the Cardiff Shatterdome, bringing a secret.

The focus is on Ianto and Jack and Lisa, but it's me, of course, so there's plenty of found family/team going on in the background. And a tiny bit of Owen h/c because I can't help myself. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1339289.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Wings!

Wingfic Exchange is open for reading! And my gift is GLORIOUS.

Remake (Torchwood, 6300 wds, Ianto/Owen + canon pairings + team)
The bitter taste in Owen's mouth was an illusion, bile-like nothingness. Everything was even more ruined than it had been before. He’d already been scorched earth, and now he was salted, too. “He gave me wings.”
He said it mockingly, because how else could he say it?


Body horror, poly, xeno kink, and all of canon's darkness along with the boundless warmth and love that these people, at their best, have for each other. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1339028.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Creatures from the fic lagoon

Using a combination of Google and rec comms, I've been exploring Torchwood fic from ye olde internet, back in the 2007-2008-ish era of the original fandom. It's such a nostalgia trip. People rating fic R for language and including warnings about it. Multi-part fic posted across 5 or 10 LJ posts. Finding an absolutely brilliant little gem of a fic and then realizing that nothing in their journal is tagged, so you just have to look through every entry hoping you'll hit on something else relevant to your interests ...

The pre-AO3 days, y'all.

Other things I've found: so much Gwen-bashing. So much porn. Some familiar, half-forgotten LJ names from other fandoms. A surprising amount of love for Owen, who I remember being widely hated or at least unpopular when I fell head over heels for him and took my very brief 2008-era dip into the fandom. But the impression I'm getting now is that while a lot of people did dislike him or were at best neutral on him, a small corner of the fandom really loved him.

One thing that's been a little bit disconcerting about getting back into it after all these years is that the fandom pretty much loves the entire OG team equally now. It's nice. The early fandom feels much more brittle and divided, more ship-warry and just generally harsh.

Anyway, I'll do a recs post for what I've found soonish. I'm surprised how much of the fic is still online. I expected more dead links. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1338850.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Thursday recs: Torchwood pt 4

Part One | Part Two | Part Three

Some general fics from the season one/two era, and a piece of meta.

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Also, I recced Dancing in the Midnight Garden in a previous post (really good AU version of season one in which Gwen is an immortal faery) but after I left the author some comments, they're now updating it again, so there are new stories to read! This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1338611.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

SSRC is revealed!

SSR Confidential 2020 creators are revealed!

I wrote two things this year:

True Blue (Peggy & Jack & Daniel, post-canon, 5300 wds)
Jack's been given a truth drug, and someone's got to look after him.

Jack is drugged and out of it, and trying not to let anything slip about Okinawa to Daniel, with less than perfect success.

Better than Burnt Eggs (Peggy & Jack, 800 wds)
Jack has a few unexpected hidden talents.

In which Jack and Peggy run into each other in the kitchen of Howard's place, and make omelets.

And that's the 2020 exchange finished! I'll be back to run it again in 2021. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1334845.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Equalityauction bidding is open!

[community profile] equalityauction is now open for bidding! Winning bids will be donated to a charity of the bidder's choice.

My auction offer is here. I am offering one fanfic of 1000+ words (likely to be much longer based on how I write, but only the 1K is guaranteed). I'm offering any fandom I've written in the last 3 years - see my AO3 page here, with the possibility of writing older fandoms if you query first to make sure it's something I can do, and any pairing aside from the disallowed types at my auction listing (basically won't do incest, aside from any I've written before, or adult/underage pairings). See all details at the auction listing link, and comment to bid; I've set my minimum bid at $30.

See all auction offers here and Buy-It-Now offers here.

ETA: Also, this is such a good idea I wish I'd thought of it and I'm noting this for my own reference for future events - this creator is offering a week of ficlets. If you bid on me and would prefer to have that instead of a single fic, I will happily do it! This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1334451.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Torchwood recs part 3: Countrycide tags

Part One | Part Two

You know how every fandom has That One Episode that everyone writes tags for? Countrycide seems to be that episode, not at all surprising since this is the episode in which the fandom's favorite woobie gets badly beat up and acquires several years' worth of nightmare fuel while still being canonically devastated over his girlfriend's recent death, and then there's no real aftermath or follow-up for most of the cast. Hence, a sea of episode tags and missing scenes.

These aren't really organized like my recs normally are because I was just throwing them into an email the other day, so each one just has a little bit of descriptive text and that's it.

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Winter Sunlight

New Iron Fist fic

Capsized (1951 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Fist (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ward Meachum & Danny Rand
Characters: Ward Meachum, Danny Rand
Additional Tags: Huddling For Warmth, Drowning, Sibling Bonding
Series: Part 5 of The Epic Post-Series Road Trip of DOOM
Summary: Further adventures on the Road Trip of Disaster. Their boat sank and they're in the middle of nowhere and freezing and Danny just might have been poisoned. Ward hates his life.

For a request on Tumblr: Danny and Ward's boat sinks on a river out in some remote wilderness (why are they on a boat? who knows!), and now they're wet, lost, and possibly injured in the middle of nowhere with limited supplies. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1333809.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Torchwood recs part 2 (plus some vids)

Part One is here.

Expect several more of these posts; I've been reading a lot of Torchwood and bookmarking a bunch of it to rec, but never actually writing up any recs posts. So here's a smattering of not especially themed recs. Pretty much everything is season 1 & 2.

Torchwood fic

Snowdon by [archiveofourown.org profile] rivier
In the aftermath of season one's finale, Ianto tries to walk away, and Owen goes after him. Really lovely, detail-rich relationship-building; the fic is tagged Ianto/Owen but it's really more gen friendship with a lightly flirty vibe. I didn't realize 'til reading the author's notes that this was actually written just after season one, because the author does a fantastic job of anticipating the softer, more caring Owen from season two.

Does Africa Know A Song Of Me? by [archiveofourown.org profile] etmuse
Epistolary fic told in the form of letters exchanged between the team while Jack and Ianto are on location investigating alien shenanigans in Namibia. Set around mid-season-two but very slightly AU. Really fun banter and character interactions, with snark and friendship and a touch of h/c. Also, Martha. <3

Dancing in the Midnight Garden by [archiveofourown.org profile] Fionn_Sgeul
This is a really unusual and well-written AU of the first episode of season one, in which Gwen is actually an immortal being pretending to be human. I'm generally not fond of season rewrites that retread the plot of canon, so I loved this because it's not that; it's much more like an original episode than a do-over of 1x01, with a completely different plot, and Gwen is also a very different character, recognizably Gwen-like but also believably enigmatic and inhuman. It's full of clever and fun details, and different-from-canon interactions between the team and Gwen. This is the start of a series, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest.

Aftermath and In Between Days by [archiveofourown.org profile] Squash
These are two really lovely Owen-Ianto friendship fics, the first a series of emotionally hurt/comforty aftermath scenes from episodes from Cyberwoman through the end of season two; the second is a series of snippets after Owen's death. Both involve his canonical perma-death, so they're somewhat heartrending, but full of lovely relationship-building details as the two of them slowly evolve from prickly co-workers to close friends.

In general, I recommend checking out the rest of Squash's Torchwood fic if you like Owen-centric fic, and Owen & Ianto friendship; they really like writing both of these things. There is a caveat, however, which is that this author also doesn't shy away from dark and depressing subject matter, and some of it (though not, imho, the above-recced stories) is bleak.

Other fic of theirs I particularly liked: Hang On To The Thought Of Me (Ianto tells Maggie - the suicidal woman from "A Day in the Death" - about Owen's death post-2x13) and So We Wonder What Peace Of Mind Could Be Like (Owen & Ianto huddling for warmth). Their longest fic, In Losing What I Am, I Become Who We Are is plotty horror, very well written, with good team moments and probably THE MOST depressing ending I have ever read in any fanfic ever; "rocks fall, everyone dies" would have been positively cheery compared to what actually happens.

Beggars would ride and Mistaken for Home by [archiveofourown.org profile] Amand_r
Two gently sweet, well written, and ultimately heartbreaking team fics taking place from early season one to after the character deaths in season two, the first about a "birthday machine" that celebrates the team members' birthdays (and gets increasingly wrenching over time) and the second about an afghan that Gwen brings into the Hub when she's first hired.

I also generally recommend looking through the rest of Amand_r's Torchwood fic, though it is highly diverse in subject matter (they write a bunch of pairings and kinks), but there is a lot of it featuring a wide variety of different characters.

Vids, general

Human or Dancer by LilMissLola (Torchwood, Owen character study; link goes to Youtube)
This is from 2009 and the quality isn't that great, but it so completely hits the notes that I want from a vid study of Owen's post-undeath afterlife. I particularly love the way that his relationships with his teammates are showcased in this.

Burn Burn Burn by [archiveofourown.org profile] BeatriceEagle (A:TLA, Zuko character study; AO3 link)
A lovely Zuko character study to a really beautiful female-vocalist cover of the Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire."

We Didn't Start the Fire by [personal profile] beccatoria (A:TLA & Legend of Korra, DW link)
A fun, fast-paced vid with clips from both shows. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1333723.html with comment count unavailable comments.