"IT ME"

Feb. 20th, 2017 12:47 am
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Thanks to a link from [twitter.com profile] tgstonebutch, today I learned about queerplatonic relationships (a term coined in 2010 by [personal profile] kaz and [personal profile] meloukhia) and spent several hours going "WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THERE'S A NAME FOR WHAT I DO". A good primer is here and a post on QP not being "romance-lite" is here. I want to quote both of them at length. I want to hug them. This is amazing.

I'm not aro or ace. But there is absolutely a third category of relationship in my life, in addition to partnership and friendship. I've been calling it "partner-level friends" or "my [name]" because I didn't have a word for it. And now I do. Wow. I haven't felt this seen since I read the relationship anarchy manifesto. (Which is very relevant.)

While discussing this with a friend, he asked how "romantic" was being defined, since both "aromantic" and "platonic" were being defined in opposition to it, and I realized I didn't have a good answer. (Merriam-Webster doesn't either. Their definition of "romantic" points to "romance", which points to "love affair", which points back to "romantic".) After some discussion on Twitter, [twitter.com profile] numbathyal pointed me to this piece by a possible aromantic who asked a romantic to define romance. The definition that came out of their conversation was: "Romance is a natural high that occurs in the presence of certain people, without obvious connection to sexuality, 'good company', or emotional intimacy." That jibes pretty well with my experience, which I described as follows:
When I look at people I'm in love with, my body responds. My heart swells—that's literally a feeling I get in my chest, not a metaphor. My heart rate goes up and I feel a little breathless. My pupils probably dilate. I want to be physically touching the person in some way. I'm SUPER touchy-feely with X and J. Constant small touches as I walk past them. Always sitting as near as I can get.

When I look at people I'm in QP relationships with, I have a different set of reactions. Hardly any physical reaction at all. I do like hugging them, but I don't feel the same urge to be in contact. I get much more of a squee reaction. My brain lights up. It's still something I would call chemistry, but a different kind of chemical reaction.

Things romantic and QP relationships have in common for me: I feel a profound sense of safety. I can relax around the person. I say "I love you" and it's never by rote. I want regular communication of some sort. I feel more myself in the person's company.

All of this is shaped by my tendency toward feeling very definitely like I "click" with certain people. Often upon meeting them. A little alert box pops up that says "You and this person could have something amazing together! Pursue it!". I can tell you the exact moment that happened with both X and J, and with all four of my QP people. So I don't know what "romantic" looks like for people who don't have that zing or sniff test or instalove or whatever you want to call it. I spent literal months knowing I was going to fall in love with J and waiting for it to happen. Had to WD40 the "in love" switch. But it finally flipped hard and has never flipped back. <3

This is also not what my romantic relationships looked like when I was in my teens or 20s. Much healthier now. :) Twenty years ago, desperate longing to be loved and valued was part and parcel of romance for me. Now I love myself.
Some of the useful links that came up in conversation (h/t [twitter.com profile] tgstonebutch and [twitter.com profile] numbathyal):

Sexuality and romance as pet elephants that are invisible to ace and aro people
Limerence and "platonic attraction"
How to write about queerplatonic relationships in fiction (lots and lots of useful links there)
Various concepts of greyromanticism

I was amused to choose "oblivious" as the userpic keyword and have this userpic come up, because at first it seemed totally inappropriate for a post discussing nonsexual relationships. In its original context (Sluggy Freelance, if anyone remembers it), it's being said by a guy who is very into topless women and sad that he missed a chance to ogle some. But I've always used it because I am genuinely the sort of person to not really notice that an attractive woman is topless, because we're too busy talking about other things and connecting on other levels. So maybe it's appropriate after all.
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Ulp. Sign-ups have just closed for Once Upon a Fic, a fairy tale, myths, legends, & tall tales exchange. At some point in the next 24 hours this will look more like a letter! But just in case any of my friends were interested in signing up, I figured I'd put this here to also serve the purpose of an advertisement.

The community with all the useful info

A nice tumblr ad that mod Rosencrantz put together

The AO3 collection, with sign-up link on the left side

Dear Creator of Smuts

Feb. 19th, 2017 11:33 am
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Here is my letter. First, some general likes and DNWs, then for each fandom, the kinks requested and some prompts/starting points/favorite dynamics for each pairing. If I have top/bottom or dom/sub preferences – or other notes – they're there between the pairing name and prompts. Canon-specific notes are after the kinks and before the pairings. At the end, I've defined the kinks requested as I define them, with some notes on preferences.

Vorkosigan, TGE, KOTOR2, Uplift )
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We, [livejournal.com profile] dreamwriters, Idol veterans just recently voted out after a record-breaking streak of luck, are tossing our hat back in with the intent to compete in [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol's Season 10's Second Chance Idol!

If you were (a) voted out in Season 10 (b) missed the original signup or (c) are only just now hearing about Idol and want to compete, feel free to come join the signups for Second Chance Idol, a concurrent race with eliminations with a certain number of members being able to re-enter the main competition.
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FFT: Bonus Essays--Violence in Religion Part 2

In which ZeldaQueen and I mythbust the author of the essay, a profoundly ignorant proto-Internet troll with pretensions of scholarship who indulges in all plagiarism, all the time--quoting herself, not attributing quotes, misattributing quotes, taking quotes out of context so that they seem to say the exact opposite of what the original authors said, and altering the quotes of others so that she can make false claims.

warning: anti-semitism, warning: child abuse (mentioned), warning: controversial issues, warning: do not want, warning: mental illness leading to death, warning: pedophilic tones, warning: potential triggers, warning: racism, warning: rape (mentioned), warning: sexism, warning: suicide/attempted suicide, warning: violence
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[community profile] getyourwordsout Literary Devices Bingo Card (due Dec 15 2017)
the work should either utilize the literary device or be inspired by that device.
Entries must be at least 500 words (prose) or 10 lines (songs and poetry)
Get Your Words Out Literary Devices Bingo Card )

Smut Swap 2017

Feb. 16th, 2017 07:52 pm
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I am a [community profile] smutswap virgin, if you will, but I'm really excited to be taking part this year! Trust me, I'm easy to please - (why does it feel like everything I type for this letter has a double meaning?) - fandoms I love, characters I love, kinks I love... It's going to be good! :D

I don't really have many set in stone DNWs because anything can be good in the right context, you know? So I've thought about this quite a lot but the only things I came up with to DNW were scat / watersports, and a focus on spitting. Like, a mention of spitting is fine but focusing on it just makes me kind of shudder and want to look away. Other than that, feel free to go wild. 

Instead, I want to talk about the things that are always absolute winners for me:

 - Praise Kink.
 - Dirty Talk.
 - Tenderness.
 - Orgasm Control / Edging.
 - Overstimulation.
 - Frottage. (Especially the frantic 'can't wait any longer' variety.)
 - Neck kissing / sucking / biting.

I've tried to give specific prompts for the other kinks I've gone with, but these are the ones that are bullet proof. I also adore stock romance tropes like fake dating, didn't know we were dating, identity porn, and general miscommunication. No trope is a trope too far for me. 

For more of what kind of stuff I'm into / typical exchange stalking, my fandom presence is spread across here (Dreamwidth), Tumblr, and Ao3 where my username is [archiveofourown.org profile] starrrz.

On to the requests; they're all for both fic and art:

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Gotham - Gordlock

Gotham (Harvey Bullock / Jim Gordon)

Kinks: Beard Kink, Desperate Arousal / Sexual Frustration, Dirty Talk, Ear Kink, Fantasizing, First Time with a Guy, Frottage, Hair-pulling, Insecurity, Masturbation, Neck Kissing, Neediness to Please, Orgasm Control / Edging, Overstimulation, Praise Kink, Rimming, Small Penis, Talked to Orgasm, Undercover as a Couple, Uniform Kink.

I'm really loving Gotham right now - it puts me in mind of a darker version of the classic 60s Batman series, it's so kitsch and OTT! 

Jim and Harvey hit just about every 'friends to lovers' feel I've ever had and then some. Jim is so dour, so miserable, but no matter how self-destructive he's being, Harvey's there for him. Can make him smile, and even if Jim doesn't act on a word of it, he will at least listen to what Harvey has to say about it. On the flipside, Jim has given Harvey back his sense of purpose and the loyalty that binds them together is just beautiful. I totally buy into the idea that Harvey's confidence is largely bluff and bluster, and he can't really believe that Jim could want to be with him. Jim, of course, is stubborn enough to eventually prove otherwise!

Prompt Ideas:

 Uniform Kink. Harvey loves to see Jim in uniform - luckily for him Jim has plenty to choose from (Arkham, traffic cop, military dress, etc...) Or the other way around, with the sight of Harvey in his fancy dress uniform (or even that paramedic uniform he used to bust Jim out of Blackgate) just does all kinds of things to him.

 Beard Kink / Hair Pulling. What it says on the tin, really. Jim getting all hot under the collar over all that hair is A++++.

 Ear Kink. I totally blame this on all the awesome shippy fanart out there. (Eg. HERE.) Kissing, nibbling, licking, sucking... it's all good.

 Undercover as a Couple. There can never be enough of this in the world. Maybe Jim's about to blow their cover so Harvey has to take action, or perhaps Harvey sees this as the only chance he'll ever get to know what it's like to be with Jim and determines to make the most of it. (Mutual pining is always a win in these scenarios!)

 Insecurity. Harvey being insecure while Jim is just desperately, embarrassingly into everything about him is my happy place for this ship.

 Small Penis. I saw this in the tagset and had to request it! I have such a thing for when a guy is self-concious and hung up on how well he's, well, hung, and has been humiliated in the past over it by an ex or in locker room jibes. They're embarrassed to get naked with their new partner... but the partner just reassures them that it makes absolutely no difference to how into them they are. <3 Jim seems the obvious choice, but I've no set preference here!

 First Time with a Guy. I love the idea that Jim is kind of clueless when it comes to being with another guy, either because he was too afraid to admit he could be interested, or just because he's never had chance. (Jim Gordon is not the type to cheat, Batman: Year One be damned.) Harvey is more than happy to show him how it all works. (Or vice versa. I am definintely down for that.)

 Dirty Talk, etc. Harvey is clearly the more experienced in this and takes great pride in his ability to get Jim worked up and embarrassed in public places. But maybe Jim surprises him occasionally with the things his mouth can do...

 Neediness to Please. At work Jim rarely if ever does what Harvey says he should, in the bedroom it's a totally different story. 

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Supergirl

Supergirl (Clark Kent / Jimmy Olsen)

Kinks: Fantasizing, First Time, Frottage, Friends to Lovers, Identity Porn, Intercrural Sex, Licking Over Underwear, Massage, Neck Kissing, Nipple / Breast Sucking, Oral Sex, Overstimulation, Praise Kink, Rimming, Sex Pollen, Self-Sacrifice / Enduring Rape to Protect Friend / Lover / Family, Sharing Body Heat, Suit Kink, Tenderness, Wet Dream.

I am a long time Clark / Jimmy fan - I mean, in Olsen's own comic we even get to see the shrine to Superman he keeps in his bedroom. That's a serious crush, right there! Supergirl is one of my favourite shows right now, and Clark coming to help Kara out just made me so happy. In just a couple of episodes this version of Clark totally won my heart. I love how sweet and wholesome he is, just like the show itself really, and how earnest he is about everything. Jimmy getting to step out of Superman's shadow and shine on his own terms is also fab.

Prompt Ideas:

 Sex Pollen. Kryptonians have a strong reaction to *earth thing of choice*, luckily Jimmy is on hand to help Clark through it.

 Fantasizing, Wet Dream, etc. Maybe they're afraid of messing up their friendship by confessing their feelings, perhaps one of them is still loved up with another. Whatever the reason, they spend an awful lot of time thinking about each other...

 Sharing Body Heat. It's colder than Jimmy expected out at Clark's super secret fortress - Clark does his best to warm him up.

 Self-Sacrifice / Enduring Rape to Protect Friend / Lover / Family. I saw this in the tag set and it seemed very relevant to my interests! They both seem the type who would sacrifice a lot to protect others, and it throws up all sorts of related scenarios along with the obvious hurt/comfort, like unwilling arousal (maybe the other is forced to watch?) and general shame and angsting.

 Identity Porn. Jimmy didn't always know about Clark's double identity. Maybe he felt guilty about reacting to Superman the same way as he did Clark, or perhaps he told Clark what he would love to have Superman to do to him. Or, it could be the other way around - Clark doesn't know that Guardian is Jimmy. 

 Suit Kink. Most people are only interested in Clark when he's wearing the cape. Jimmy prefers to see him in suit and tie.

 Massage. Being Guardian takes its toll - Clark wants to lend a helping hand or two.

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Southland

Southland (John Cooper / Ben Sherman)

Kinks: Begging, Body Worship, Coming in Pants, Coming Untouched, Desperate Arousal/Sexual Frustration, Dirty Talk, First Time with a Guy, Frottage, Masturbation, Neck Kissing, Neediness to Please, Orgasm Control/Edging, Orgasm Denial, Overstimulation, Power Imbalance, Praise Kink, Rimming, Sex Toys Under Clothing, Small Penis, Talked to Orgasm.

I completely missed this the first time around, but I'm glad I found the show eventually! I love police procedurals (and all related genres), especially when there is a lot of focus on the interpersonal relationships. I'm a particular fan of S1 and S2 - which probably have the least obstacles to filthy Cooper/Sherman smut, after all - but I've no objection to fic set at any point.

What I really like about the idea of Cooper/Sherman is how unequal it is. Cooper is physically bigger, a superior rank, older, more experienced, etc. Sherman's kind of in awe, even as he pushes against Cooper's authority, wanting the other man to take notice of him. Cooper being reluctant at first, believing that he just shouldn't go there - he's in a position of authority, he's too old, Sherman can't possibly know his mind, etc - makes it even better, especially when Sherman does his best to prove to Cooper that he's completely serious. 

Prompt Ideas:

 Dirty Talk, Orgasm Denial, etc. John needs to ensure Ben can work well under pressure. Getting him worked up (and up and up) throughout the day and still demanding he be the model professional is way more fun than the methods laid out in the handbook. By the end of shift Ben is a desperate mess - just the way John likes him.

 Sex Toys Under Clothing. Another tool in John's arsenal when it comes to the complete wrecking of Ben Sherman.

 Talked to Orgasm / Coming Untouched. If it's in uniform, I'll love you forever! (Seriously, those uniforms. I've no idea what the patches and shiny things all over it stand for, but I know that I like them.)

 Small Penis. I saw this in the tagset and had to request it! I have such a thing for when a guy is self-concious and hung up on how well he's, well, hung, and has been humiliated in the past over it by an ex or in locker room jibes. They're embarrassed to get naked with their new partner... but the partner just reassures them that it makes absolutely no difference to how into them they are. <3 Ben seems the obvious candidate in this instance, but I wouldn't say no to John + body issues.

 Power Balance / Overstimulation. Ben is always eager to please, and even when he isn't sure he can actually take it he trusts John enough to let him do it anyway.

 Begging. Ben on his knees. That is all.

 First Time with a Guy. Ben worries that John will lose interest if he finds out that he's never done anything with a guy before - he could not be more wrong. John wouldn't be working as a training officer if he begrudged needing to show someone how things work, after all.

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Gotham - gobblepot

Gotham (Oswald Cobblepot / Jim Gordon)

Kinks: Blackmail / Sexual Coercion, Body Worship, Enthusiastic Consent, First Time, First Time with a Guy, Frottage, Insecurity, Loss of Virginity, Masturbation, Neck Kissing, Oral Sex, Possessive Jealousy, Praise Kink, Rimming, Sex Tears / Crying During Sex, Shame in Sexual Desires, Unexpected Tenderness, Uniform Kink, Virginity Kink, Wet Dream.

Another Gotham request! I have really enjoyed the sense of character development with each of these two - Oswald emerging from the shadows to rule instead of be ruled by the darkness of Gotham's underworld, and Jim losing his way again and again as Gotham does its absolute best to break him.

The weird intensity of Jim and Oswald's relationship, right from the very beginning, drew me in completely. Oswald dreams of making people grovel at his feet yet, when it comes to Jim, all he seems to want to do is worship the ground he walks on. He can't hide how happy he is to catch a glimpse of Jim, nor how desperate he is for Jim to actually want to see him in return. When he serenely takes the entire blame for Galavan's death, just to save Jim's reputation - gah, my heart! But what I really love is that in spite of how unlikely it seems, it's not all one way. Jim can't turn his back completely, can't stop caring, and even in the grip of a fever dream, Oswald is the person he considers to be most unambiguously on his side.

Prompt Ideas:

 Jim in uniform just does it for Oswald. Luckily he has a whole collection of them to choose from - traffic cop, army, Arkham guard, dress uniform... 

 Enthusiastic Consent. Oswald doesn't want there to be any misunderstandings between them - and is loud into the bargain.

 Blackmail / Sexual Coercion. Oswald wants Jim and he's willing to play dirty to get him. Maybe Jim gets into the favour for a favour thing with Oswald. (Being naked makes all the difference!)

 Possessive Jealousy. Canon makes it crystal clear that Oswald does not like sharing. Jim can live with that so long as it stays in the bedroom. 

 Oswald and virginity kink is just A++++. Perhaps he seeks Jim out and asks him to take his virginty because he knows Jim will do his best to make it enjoyable, or maybe Jim finds out that he's a virgin and can't stop thinking about it. Sex Tears are also very welcome.

 First Time with a Guy. Whether Oswald has any experience or not, it might be Jim's first time with another man. Cue lots of being frustratingly over careful and performance anxiety.

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Batman v Superman

DC Cinematic Universe (Bruce Wayne/Alfred Pennyworth)

Kinks: Age Difference, Anal Fingering, Body Worship, Fantasizing, Identity Porn, Masturbation, Masturbation Interruptus, Neediness to Please, Oral Sex, Orgasm Control / Edging, Praise Kink, Rimming, Secret Relationships / Forbidden Relationships, Shame in Sexual Desires, Spanking, Talked to Orgasm, Voyeurism, Wet Dream.

The idea of Bruce/Alfred has long intrigued me, and this film really highlighted its potential for me. I love the idea that Bruce has been into Alfred since, well, forever. Crushing on him as an awkward teen, maybe, while Alfred tactfully pretended he didn't notice. Even as Bruce got older and the idea wasn't anywhere near as off-putting as Alfred knows it ought to be. By the time we reach movie canon it's been there, simmering just beneath the surface, for what feels like forever. Or, maybe they've already taken the plunge and accepted that they are too closely bound to each other to continue ignoring it...

Prompt Ideas:

 Bruce is always getting himself into trouble - Alfred has given up trying to instil some sense of self-preservation into him. Instead he makes sure he is always there to pick up the pieces afterwards.

 Shame in Sexual Desires, Secret Relationships / Forbidden Relationships, etc. Give me all that pseudo-incest angst!

 Talked to Orgasm. There's nothing wrong with what they're doing so long as they never touch each other...

 Voyeurism. Bruce knows he shouldn't be such a creeper, but he can't stop watching Alfred in the shower / his room / etc, etc.

 Age Difference. Bruce likes a man with experience.

 Fantasizing, Masturbation, etc. Being so close to someone you can't have is perfect agony. 

 Spanking. Bruce is never too old to be put over Alfred's knee.

 Identity Porn. Sex chatlines, dating sites, all the usual suspects. They both think they can't have the other so go looking elsewhere, not realising that they're actually talking to each other the whole time. (Or maybe one of them realises, but they just can't help themselves.)

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It's not that I haven't been reading actual books, but they have been re-reads: Gentemen of the Road,The Goblin Emperor. But the new stuff is manga and comics.

I got volumes 2 and 3 of Behind the Scenes!!; I have finished 2 and am about a third of the way through 3. I'm expecting that, like Ouran, this will eventually develop a running plotline, but at the moment, it remains episodic. Maasa, the girl who specialize in special effects makeup, is convinced that she ought to have a boyfriend, but her attempts in this direction always end in disaster because she's fascinated with gory horror flicks, and her interests always come out at inopportune moments. She tries again with a group date, fails, and drags herself back to the Art Squad, where her friends are sympathetic but not pitying. We also see more of Ranmaru's seemingly perfect and snooty cousin Soh (he lives with her family), a high school student: in fact, her life is not what it seems, and the Art Squad helps her find herself a little more. In vol. 3, the Art Squad participates in Film Camp, in which one of the uni film clubs goes to film full time on location while classes are on hiatus. The film features an actual paid actor: a 7-year-old prodigy who rubs Goda, the Chief, the wrong way. I'll have to see how this plays out.

I also read the latest Ms. Marvel volume, Civil War II. This series is certainly full of All the Feels. The first part of the story finds Kamala Kahn dealing with a squad of rather fascist-leaning do-gooders whose plans put Kamala's ethics through a veritable obstacle course. One of the pieces of fallout from this episode breaks Kamala's heart and sends her in search of a change of scene to Pakistan, her family's homeland, where she learns another lesson in why it can be tough to do good.

Fandom 5K 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:02 pm
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Hello, fellow [community profile] fandom5k-er! You can rest assured that I will love whatever you create for me. Seriously, fandoms I love, with characters I love - anything else is just icing on the cake!

I don’t really have any set in stone dislikes - anything can be good in the right context, you know? - so I’ll just write about some of my absolute favourite things instead. I’m a huge sucker for romance tropes:

  • mutual pining
  • unrequited pining
  • happy endings
  • bittersweet ‘better to have loved and lost’ endings
  • totally tragic endings
  • proposals
  • break-ups
  • dealing with insecurities
  • angsty misunderstandings...

I love it all, from the fluffiest g-rated handholding, to the dirtiest x-rated pwp, but I also really enjoy canon style stories, case fic, slices of life, friendship, family relationships, and character introspection. I'm a big fan of horror - on the ghostly, spooky side of things - so a little creepiness always goes down well, and I adore stock tropes like fake dating, didn't know we were dating, identity porn, and general miscommunication.

If we're talking smut, I'm big into praise kink, body worship, edging and tenderness. But, again, I will totally read and enjoy smut that is the complete opposite too. *shrug* Getting more specific, somebody getting their neck kissed/sucked/bitten is always a winner, as is dirty talk and frantic 'can't wait any longer' frottage. (For more smutty talk, check out my Smut Swap letter.)

For more of what kind of stuff I'm into / typical exchange stalking, my fandom presence is spread across here (Dreamwidth), Tumblr, and Ao3 where my username is [archiveofourown.org profile] starrrz.

That's really quite open-ended, I know, so I've included a few more fandom specific prompt ideas for each request for people who prefer that kind of thing. With that said, I’ve requested fic for:

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Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot [TV] (Arthur Hastings / Hercule Poirot).

Genre Tags: Angst, Canon Style Plot, Character Development, Darkfic, Established Relationship, Fix-it Fic, Fluff, Getting Together, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Interpersonal Drama, Mystery/Procedural, Slice of Life, Smut, Worldbuilding.

Confession time: I am a huge murder mystery stan. Seriously, if I'm not to be found watching detective shows, I've got my nose stuck in a historical true crime book. I'm a particular fan of Poirot for a number of reasons. I love the time period - so much clothes porn! - along with Poirot's personality quirks (what fun is a detective who gets straight to the point?), and the open and honest affection between Hastings and Poirot. I'm especially partial to the way Hastings is always seeking Poirot's approval, but what makes it all the better is that Poirot goes out of his way to ensure Hastings know that he is appreciated when the need arises.

The show itself is one of my favourite comfort watches, but I would be equally happy to see a similar tone, straight up comedy, or even something much darker - be it the result of a case, the lingering shadow of WW1, or the ever creeping advance of WW2. If you want to make me cry, don't be afraid to go for it! 

Prompt Ideas:

Sweet domesticity. I've always loved that scene when they're both washing up and Poirot makes Hastings re-wash the same cup about five times. Does that cause arguments? Does Hastings cut corners when Poirot's not looking? Does Poirot let him get away with it?

One of them is injured on a case - cue much angst. Alternatively, one of them is recovering from being injured on a case - cue much frustration!

 How did they get together? Did Hastings try to keep his feelings a secret and Poirot worked it out? Or maybe even vice versa? Were there any angsty misunderstandings along the way? 

 Case fic. I am always down for case fic, and I absolutely love the associated tropes and cliches - an aspect of the case turning out to involve homosexuality, for instance, and one or the other freaking out that their own secret will be discovered...

 All the period typical problems their relationship would face. Does anyone else know / suspect? Have they ever been blackmailed? Does one or the other deny their feelings, afraid of bringing disgrace on the other? Perhaps the real issue is more internalized - religious angst, for example. 

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Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink (Steff McKee; Duckie Dale; Andie Walsh; Blane McDonnagh). 

Genre Tags: Angst, Canon Style Plot, Character Development, Darkfic, Established Relationship, Fluff, Getting Together, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Interpersonal Drama, Mystery/Procedural, Slice of Life, Smut, Worldbuilding.

This is one of my all time favourite movies - it's just so perfectly 1980s! The soundtrack, the fashions, Steff's hair... ♡♡♡ I find it really interesting too as an example of a film that underwent some pretty major changes very late in the day - the original ending had Andie and Duckie dancing together (just as friends) at their high school prom, with Blane simply watching on like a coward. Of course, by the time test audiences demanded Andie and Blane get back together, Andrew McCarthy had shaved all his hair and lost a ton of weight for another role. He looks so ill and pale in the reshot scenes... any canon explanations for why that might be are much appreciated!

(I was never in the 'Andie and Duckie should have got together' gang, at least not at that point in their lives. I really enjoyed the tie-in novel which kept the original ending though, because it bigged up the importance of their friendship, and how they weren't afraid to be themselves in front of each other . I guess what I'm saying is, I'm happy for canon divergence on the point, but only so much as the original script.)

It's not just Blane though, I love all the main characters. I want to know more about their backgrounds, their hopes and their dreams. What they're up to during the timeline of the movie, and what they do afterwards. I related so much to Andie in my teens, and Duckie as the archetypal geeky friend was wonderful. Steff is just something else entirely - a bully who gets no redemption arc, and doesn't appear to learn anything from the experience either... I'm sure on the inside it was a totally diferent story. ;)

Prompt Ideas:

 Do Andie and Blane stay together? If they do, how do they overcome the class divide? If they don't, do they keep in touch at all? Does his time with Andie really inspire Blane to stand up to parents and change his outlook on life? Or does he give in and go for the easy life, just the way he did in the film's original ending, until one day he looks in the mirror and doesn't want to know the man staring back at him? (Feel free to go as dark as you like! Blane swiping away tears in the corridor is a scene that has a special place in my psyche.)

 How about Andie and Duckie - do they remain BFFs for life, or do they meet again accidentally at some point in the distant future? Does Andie make it in the world of fashion? Does she ever see her mother again? Or is it enough to be able to see her dad living again, and taking pride in himself? All the Walsh family feels are welcome. What about Andie's relationship with Iona, and her other school friends? Does she end up a soccer mom reminiscing about the times she hung out in grotty new wave punk clubs? Or maybe one day she's running the joint, and has Iona's kid working for her on the weekends!

 Just, Duckie. ♡ Anything exploring his character would be amazing - he was always the one that really pulled at my heartstrings. His home life clearly sucks (that scene where he's in his dive of a bedroom with a mattress on the floor!), apart from Andie he's so isolated, and it's made abundantly clear that he has no plan whatsoever for what he's going to do after high school. How do things pan out for him? Molly Ringwald once said that she saw Duckie as a gay guy who crushed so hard on Andie because it was safer than admitting it to himself - does that theory hold water? How would he deal with it?

 Does Steff ever manage to be less of a jerk? Is there a reason why he is the way he is, beyond the usual 'rich kid syndrome'? His parents certainly don't seem to give a damn what he's up to - when Blane chooses Andie over his friendship (at least, that's how it seems to him), how does he deal with it? Maybe he's unrecognizable at a future high school reunion, or maybe he turns out exactly the way everybody expected. Perhaps he can't stay away from the drink and the dope and ends up doing time - a fall from grace so bad that even the old 'zoids' he runs into are doing better than him. Maybe he and Duckie run into each other and they go from enemies to friends, bonding over the sad truth that Andie wasn't romantically interested in either of them!

There are no ships in the tag set, but I'm totally happy to give you free reign in that direction. From canon to the most off the wall fanon you can imagine, if you have an idea - go for it! :D 

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Batman v Superman

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Bruce Wayne/Alfred Pennyworth)

Genre Tags: Angst, Canon Style Plot, Character Development, Darkfic, Established Relationship, Fix-it Fic, Fluff, Getting Together, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Interpersonal Drama, Mystery/Procedural, Slice of Life, Smut, Worldbuilding.

The idea of Bruce/Alfred has long intrigued me, and this film really highlighted its potential for me. I love the idea that Bruce has been into Alfred since, well, forever. Crushing on him as an awkward teen, maybe, while Alfred tactfully pretended he didn't notice. Even as Bruce got older and the idea wasn't anywhere near as off-putting as Alfred knows it ought to be.

By the time of this movie it's been there, simmering just beneath the surface, for what feels like forever. Or, maybe they've already taken the plunge and accepted that they are too closely bound to each other to continue ignoring it...

Prompt Ideas:

 Bruce is always getting himself into trouble - Alfred has given up trying to instil some sense of self-preservation into him. Instead he makes sure he is always there to pick up the pieces afterwards. This could be taking care of him after a brutal night of crime fighting, buoying him mentally when the bleak things Bruce encounters threaten to overwhelm him, or mending his broken heart after another relationship turns sour. 

 Getting together. Bruce has been crushing on Alfred since forever, has tried and failed to move on again and again because Alfred did too good a job at gentle rejection all those years ago. Things are different now though, and Bruce is determined to make Alfred see that he knows his own mind on this.

 Somebody works out that the best way to get to Bruce is to go through Alfred. Bruce has to try to keep it together both as Bruce Wayne, lest he give away what the real nature of their relationship is, and as Batman, because it would make it all too obvious. 

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Gotham

Gotham (Oswald Cobblepot/Jim Gordon; Harvey Bullock/Jim Gordon)

Genre Tags: Angst, Canon Style Plot, Character Development, Darkfic, Established Relationship, Fix-it Fic, Fluff, Getting Together, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Interpersonal Drama, Mystery/Procedural, Slice of Life, Smut, Worldbuilding.

Gotham is my favourite TV show right now - it's so camp and OTT, while also breathing new life into characters I have long been invested in. I have really enjoyed the sense of character development with each of these three - Harvey stepping up to the plate and getting his own redemption as he takes on the most responsible job he could have gone for, Oswald emerging from the shadows to rule instead of be ruled by the darkness of Gotham's underworld, and Jim losing his way again and again as Gotham does its absolute best to break him.

As far as ships go, these two are currently battling it out for my OTP of all OTPs - I am a massive fan of both of them! 

The weird intensity of Jim and Oswald's relationship, right from the very beginning, drew me in completely. Oswald dreams of making people grovel at his feet yet, when it comes to Jim, all he seems to want to do is worship the ground he walks on. He can't hide how happy he is to catch a glimpse of Jim, nor how desperate he is for Jim to actually want to see him in return. When he serenely takes the entire blame for Galavan's death, just to save Jim's reputation - gah, my heart! But what I really love is that in spite of how unlikely it seems, it's not all one way. Jim can't turn his back completely, can't stop caring, and even in the grip of a fever dream, Oswald is the person he considers to be most unambiguously on his side. 

Then you have Jim and Harvey which just hits every 'friends to lovers' feel I've ever had and then some. Jim is so dour, so miserable, but no matter how self-destructive he's being, Harvey's there for him. Can make him smile, and even if Jim doesn't act on a word of it, he will at least listen to what Harvey has to say about it. On the flipside, Jim has given Harvey back his sense of purpose and the loyalty that binds them together is just beautiful. 

Prompt Ideas:

 Harvey and Jim mutually pining, both believing that the other would never go there. Jim because, well, Harvey has told him often enough that anybody who gets involved with him needs their grip on sanity examined, and Harvey because underneath all the bluff and the bluster he's too insecure to imagine somebody like Jim could even be interested. (On finding this out, of course, Jim puts his considerable stubborness to good use, convincing Harvey that he is totally wrong about him.)

 Jim finally gets into the whole 'favour for a favour' thing with Oswald. (Being naked makes all the difference!) 

 Identity Porn. Did they ever meet (virtually or otherwise) somewhere before? Maybe Jim was writing letters to someone who wasn't quite who they made out they were during his time in the army. Perhaps Harvey was so wasted in a club one night he now thinks he is just dreaming he once made out with a guy whose eyes were as blue as Jim Gordon's. What if Oswald still remembers the time this kid with a hero complex saved him from getting yet another beating... I'm sure you get my drift!

(My kind of half sketched out headcanon is that Harvey was one of the beat cops who dealt with the traffic collision that killed Jim's dad, for all the parallels between the way Jim tries to comfort Bruce after the Waynes' murder. Feel free to do with that what you will.)

 Taking care of each other. Let's face it, at any given time one of these characters will be receiving or recovering from a near fatal beating. I can never get enough hurt/comfort as they're lovingly patched up afterwards. Jim giving Oswald's bad leg devoted attention in such a scenario is A++++.

 Case Fic. E.g. Jim has to turn to Oswald for help on a case, or maybe Oswald comes to Jim for help when Ed (or some villain of the week) threatens to topple his empire. Or, Harvey and Jim being boys in blue together, putting the clues together and capturing bad guys. Maybe their past is dragged into it - Jim's dad's dodgy connections, the things Oswald saw as Fish's umbrella boy, more of Harvey's bad life choices catching up with him... No trope is a trope too far either. 'Undercover as a couple' (and fake relationships in general) is one of my most beloved things, and the world can never have enough 'your loved one has been kidnapped to make you do as we say' plotlines. 

 Domestic sweetness. It might not seem the fandom for it but, oh, boy, I can never get enough fluffy domesticity for these guys. Jim and Harvey clashing over the former's military instilled neatness and the latter's total indifference to the state of the kitchen counters. Oswald appreciating Jim's attempts to be romantic, even as Jim nearly kills him via food poisoning. Harvey proving to Jim that the sky will not fall in if he takes it easy sometimes (though, in Gotham, this might take a fair few attempts!), or Oswald getting the chance to dress Jim in whatever fancy duds he wants to see him in. 



Letters & misc

Feb. 15th, 2017 03:36 pm
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The Friendship Day letters have been posted. (If you'd like your own, there's still time: I'll only close it on Saturday.) Because I am a poor student, they're second-class, so let's hope they make it over in time for Christmas.

I'm also testing the new Create Entries page now. It's nicely customizeable, except that it is New and Different and thus inspires ???? feels in me. So far, the only real problem is that I want the comment box and (optional) the stuffs sidebar to be the other way round.
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FFT: Bonus Essays--Violence in Religion Part 1

In which the author rewrites pre-history by making up a utopia and trying to pass it off as real and claims that monotheism and men ruined everything. Also, consistency does not exist in this universe.

warning: anti-semitism, warning: controversial issues, warning: do not want, warning: homophobia, warning: pedophilic tones, warning: potential triggers, warning: racism, warning: sexism, warning: transphobia


Next week: Plagiarism from the author. Lots and lots and LOTS of plagiarism.

Chocolate Box!

18 Feb. 14th, 2017 07:42 am
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"A toast!"

Feb. 13th, 2017 01:46 am
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Today was my mother's 75th birthday party. Instead of making a traditional toast, I wrote her a poem.

~~~~~

A warm baguette with fresh unsalted butter
Good whiskey served in glasses meant for wine
Fine art and jazz and clothes with flowing lines
I learned appreciation from my mother

Speak from the heart; don't ever silence others
Defend our rights and fight to right what's wrong
Wave signs, wear buttons, sing those protest songs
I learned my activism from my mother

Write eagerly, then edit out the clutter
Read lit and genre, dictionaries, poems
A wall of books will make a house a home
I learned the joys of language from my mother

Immense affection for my younger brother
No matter how we'd argue, snark, and fight
"You'll sort it out," Mom said, and she was right
I learned both love and patience from my mother

Abundant hugs and kisses, but don't smother
Praise every scribble as a work of art
Be honest and respectful from the start
I learned to be a parent from my mother

Find endless ways to cherish one another
Build families from friends through joy and trust
Each day, she teaches that to all of us
Please join me now to toast my splendid mother

~~~~~~

Happy birthday, Mom. :)
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Written for [personal profile] oneill on [community profile] fic_promptly, this also fills the "Alternate Professions" space on my [community profile] genprompt_bingo card. (This makes two lines across with two filled spaces and one line down with three filled spaces. I'm getting there!)

Title: Mirror Marching
Author: Gehayi
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 3,991
Characters: Regulus Black, The Cultural Attachée, Sirius Black
Additional Tags: Mirrors, Potions, Escape, Passing Mention of Threesome, Bring Back Black, Looking Glass, Literally Through the Looking Glass, Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Crossover
Summary: Regulus is eager to escape to anywhere that isn't Voldemort's England--even if it means a trip through the looking glass to an unknown destination.
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