ducklings

Aug. 28th, 2017 06:17 am
marcicat: (duckling)

Shadowhunters fandom, r u ok? I only ask because I’ve recently been reading some fic (thanks blueMeridian!) and it seems to be approximately 90% ‘everyone is happy and gets enough sleep and eats pancakes.’ Which is totally up my alley and awesome, but I worry your show isn’t treating you right.

In light of that, here is my three step plan for how I deal with troubling canon:

1. Ignore all canon.

2. Interact with the source material solely through watching gifsets and tumblr vids of people hugging.

3. Read fanfic, especially AUs where everyone takes naps a lot. (Shadowhunters fandom seems to have this AU fully mastered, so there is a lot to choose from!)

This strategy has previously been effective with such fandoms as The Dead Zone, Teen Wolf, and Supergirl, so it has a history of success!

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marcicat: (bird with balloon)

Uh, well, see, my new schedule is going to prevent me from reading a bunch of fic this morning to find one to rec here, which is actually often what I do on Fridays.

But I do have something to say about fic in general, which is that I have seen a lot of posts floating around tumblr (again) indicating that all fic authors universally love comments on their work.

Which is ::cough:: not entirely true. I personally find comments intimidating — I’m always terrified to open them in case they’re awful, and then if they’re nice I feel this obligation to respond back in some clever and meaningful way.

Which isn’t to say that people shouldn’t comment if they want to! Just that there really isn’t One True Rule for engaging with people on the internet, and that includes fic authors, and it’s okay to tailor your experience to be what you need.

So yeah, that’s my thoughts on it.

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marcicat: (hershey kiss)

310 pinboard tags this year! Approximately. I mean, a lot of those were non-fic-related — recipes, and wishlist things, and just general helpful links.

(Seriously, it looks like I should go back to January and just start re-reading. Look at all those Star Wars cuties!)

Let’s see, in an entirely unscientific survey, the fic links appear to have the following rough breakdown:

A Lot Of:
Star Wars
Avengers

A Surprising Amount Of:
Fantastic 4 / Spiderman
Harry Potter

Timely Cameos By:
Zootopia
Supergirl

Classic Standbys:
Merlin
Teen Wolf
Star Trek

Where Did This Come From:
Leverage

As far as I can tell, my top tag is “AU.” Not shocking.

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

The other night I was doing a building check at work, and got chatting with An Important Person. She was headed out, and mentioned relaxing, which I agreed was important, and she said, ‘What do you do to wind down?’

‘Oh, I like to read,’ was my reply, and then I could see it coming at me in slow motion — ‘Read anything good lately?’

She even doubled down with ‘Do you prefer more new stuff, or the classics?’

And I’m all about advocating for fanfic, but I really didn’t want to tell this Important Person Who Could Fire Me that yeah, absolutely, this week I’ve been reading a lot of time travel fic, which is not usually my jam but is sometimes just what I’m in the mood for.

So I pulled out all my best conversational Matrix moves and said, ‘Usually newer things; a lot of self-published authors.’

Boom. She talked about re-reading things from school and how different they seem now, and the conversation wrapped up. Successful evasion completed.

Sending out a big thank you to all you “self-published authors of newer things” out there!

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marcicat: (puffin)

I have officially declared July the month when my Star Wars fic will be completed, no matter what. Even if I have to just type “The End” on it and post it up on July 31st, it’s going to be declared finished by the end of the month.

In honor of that decision, I’ve spent the last two days doing zero writing and instead falling into the Supergirl fandom. I’ve never seen the show, but come on, their ship name is supercat. What’s not to love? That’s adorable!

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marcicat: (aquarius dreamsheep)

Switching it up from Star Wars this week, with a shout-out to Jessica Jones and Bucky Barnes!

We Can Work Out The Rest, by onethingconstant

Jessica Jones meets Bucky Barnes, and he hires her to look into his past. (Note: second story in the series is fun too!)

“I’m … with the Avengers,” she says.

That earns her four seconds of staring, followed by a snort of contempt. “You ain’t even,” he says, with a surprisingly sharp New York accent. It’s so strong it almost sounds fake.

“I just punched through a floor,” Jessica points out.

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marcicat: (freakout squirrel)

Work has been a little wonky this month, and January as a whole usually makes me feel sort of cold and dreary (despite having my birthday in it, what’s up with that???), but fanfic writers win all the gold stars for keeping my spirits up.

Star Wars fic writers are churning out stories left and right and making my day all over the place. And every few days something else will come along — Teen Wolf, Avengers, Narnia, whatever it might be — and I’m all ‘yes, good, I like it!’

Anyway, this was going to be longer and make some kind of a point about fanworks, but that sort of got lost along the way. Regardless: Gold star for you, writers! Thank you!

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marcicat: (dreamsheep (wolf))

I went looking for a quote from a Sentinel fanfic I read ages ago, that went something like this:

[Jim, thinking to himself, as he drives the truck — or maybe gets out of the truck? — at night]

“Ears like a bat; eyes like a cat. He was like a goddamn menagerie.”

Knowing my memory, it was probably only vaguely close to that, and I was unable to find the fic. (Still can’t find the one where they move out of Cascade and Jim eats a popsicle at a town fair, either.)

But I did manage to dig up one classic!

Walking The Cat, by DL Witherspoon

Blair shrugged. “Jim likes ice cream.”

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marcicat: (blue footed bubi)

“Sometimes they buy me pie,” Clark confessed.

-from Just Pie, by Liviapenn

And as a bonus, the Author’s Note includes this (surprisingly memorable!) quote from popfantastic: “A fandom without tons of hookerfic is like a day without orange juice.”

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marcicat: (pacman stealth)

Been laughing about this one ever since Saturday:

“Well I can’t throw out Scott can I now Charles?”
-Erik

From a very funny fanart comic strip created by seadeepspaceontheside.

Because tumblr is kinda weird about links, here it is again just in case.

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marcicat: (kitteh hug)

Not a fic rec today, but a shoutout and kudos to AO3’s “subscribe” option. I never used to be a huge fan of reading WIPs as they’re going, mostly because I either a) forgot about them; or b) checked them every day, which was handy for helping me remember them, but frustrating in terms of the number of updates compared to number of checks.

AO3’s handy “subscribe” button makes all that a non-issue! I can subscribe to specific works, series, or authors — and now I get an email alert any time something gets updated, or a favorite author posts a new fic! I love it!

Thanks, AO3!

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marcicat: (dreamsheep stargate)

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long on this one.

From the series Bell Curve, by rageprufrock

“Things like this never happen when I kept office hours, Rodney! I never accidentally get a baby, Rodney!”

Exponential Curves, or, Chance

This series is like the double whammy of quotable quotes, since it’s also the source of:

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAVE US.

Skew Curve

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marcicat: (starburst)

I enjoyed watching it!

You know what it reminded me of?

Who’s Left and Who’s Leaving, by fiercelydreamed

Where’s Betty? Oh, tra la la, why would she be intensely interested in what the Avengers are doing? Nothing to see here.

Where are Pepper and Jane? Oh, off doing other things, ha ha, why would they be here? Very busy, you know how it is.

Where are Darcy and Ian? Who? No, no, they’ve gone off, we’re not tracking them, no idea what they’re up to at all.

Where’s Bucky? Oh, we don’t know. Nope. Still a Complete Mystery. No leads. Nothing. They say he’s a ghost, you know, have you heard that?

Where’s Pietro? Oh, he’s “dead.” Did I say that with air quotes? I meant dead, it’s very sad, so sad. Crying. These are tears. Tears of sadness.

Where’s Bruce? Oh, you know how it is, sometimes you just disappear off the grid in a stealth jet that no one can track, right? Nothing to worry about.

I’m just saying, one of the amazing things about fandom is alternate readings of the canon, and when I combine ‘the Avengers are aware that there is a much larger threat looming’ and ‘public opinion of the Avengers shifts faster than the wind’ it’s not a super far jump for me to get to ‘Avengers secretly build secret hideouts all over the world for secret planetary defense plan.’

It’s a secret. Obviously.

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marcicat: boy dreaming a tiger dreaming a boy (tiger dreaming)

This is one of those memorable quotes that never really works out loud, so even though it pops into my head at odd moments of the day, I try to keep it to myself. It’s from that fic (I thought it was a yuletide fic, but I could only find it on tumblr) with the State Farm agent and the demon summoning ritual.

This is the line I always remember:

“In the Vatican!”

From this untitled insurance agent fic over on tumblr, now with a sequel!

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marcicat: (tree under rainbow)

I think I’ve read hundreds of these fics, and could read hundreds more: the Avengers (in this case, mostly Tony and Stella) navigate becoming a team, post-Battle of New York.

Come On, Come On, Settle Down, by kahn

So they do the press conference. When no one gets punched in the face and the building doesn’t explode, they’re scheduled for a whole media blitz.

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good times

Mar. 24th, 2015 08:43 am
marcicat: (yin yang hearts)

I have been having a great time ::cough:: at work ::cough:: working my way through all my pinboard tags. I mean, it’s taking a while, but having an AO3 page up on your computer is a lot less obviously non-work-related than, say, a seven and a half minute youtube video of the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol prison break scene. (Just as an example.)

I have particularly been enjoying my “summaries,” such as they are. I’m not a very detailed pinboard tagger, and in order to get myself to do it at all, I typically just put down the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the fic. This leads to a lot of random summaries, like:

“The one where Tony does a hail mary and Wanda sends him back in time to fix everything. Skrulls!”

(For This time tomorrow (where were we?), by dorcas_gustine. Surprisingly, I’m pretty sure I actually remember this fic!)

It’s also made me especially grateful for AO3 (not just for it’s blending-in-at-work attributes), because so many of the lj links no longer work. (For instance, apparently I once read a fic in which Kurt wears Puck’s hoodie, and also one I summarized “Lucifer gets handsy with Sam, who’s not sure the best way to deal with it,” both of which definitely sound like they’d be worth a re-read.)

In conclusion, reading is fundamental.

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

I really wanted this week to be:

“I’m being promoted to Atlantis?”
“Sure, let’s call it that.”

Which I thought was from the story “Where Eagles Dare (We’ll Be Playing Poker A Hundred Miles In The Opposite Direction)” but the internet informs me was actually from “A Team is Borne.” (Both stories by 01100100, aka Danvers.)

But I can’t seem to find a working link for either of them, so, switching over to the Supernatural fandom, another classic line:

“They’re good dogs!”

-from Leader of the Pack, by astolat

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marcicat: (misha collins yoga superhero)

February has been a tough month for my gym attendance. I’ve been searching for ways to motivate me to get there at least once more before March — something strong enough to overcome the dual hurdles of 1) it’s cold; and 2) I could be sleeping.

Yesterday, I was driving to work, listening to the radio, and a Taylor Swift song came on. Naturally, this led me to think about the Supernatural fandom. Which led me to think about The Fourth Wall series, by entanglednow. Which also has a podfic version.

I COULD LISTEN TO THE FIC AT THE GYM.

Now, let it be said that as I type this, I am not at the gym. And it is cold. But I am not, currently, sleeping. So I am cautiously optimistic that I will be at the gym at some point today. With fic.

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

I was considering writing about how cold it is right now, but then I spent a few minutes on facebook and decided the one thing I absolutely didn’t want to write was another post about how cold it is right now.

Then, as one does, I got distracted reading Inception fanfic for about an hour, before realizing I’d never actually posted *anything,* and that I should probably do that.

So essentially what I’m saying is, if anyone else is in need of some serious distraction today, for whatever reason, I recommend the Inception fandom. They have juice boxes!

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marcicat: (freakout squirrel)

(Still trying to track down the X-Men fic about baking cookies…)

In the meantime, a story with multiple memorable quotes!

Knocking Over the Table, by astolat

1. “People you can’t replace; guns get you anything else you need.”

2. “Spreading out the decision isn’t going to make it less stupid, it’ll just waste time arguing over it.”

3. “I’m the guy he was trying to put away.”

And the Grand Prize Winner! (Fun fact: this is actually where I first learned the “knee high by the fourth of July” thing about corn.)

“You’re growing corn?” Frank said. “Isn’t this too early for it?”

“Goddammit,” Sonny muttered.

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