nenya_kanadka: Martin Stein on a fiery glowing background (Firestorm Martin)
I got the most lovely pile of presents in my stocking! (Jump to what I wrote.)

Fic: Hornblower (smutty) and Third Doctor (fluffy) and origfic lesbian SPACE pirates! <3 And the most adorable tiny Mrs. F- drabble for [personal profile] the_comfortable_courtesan! SQUEEE.

And art, and recs (Janeway, and Seven of Nine, and origfic f/f) and 2048 games! (More Janeway, more Seven! With the best picture choices evar.)

And icons!


Mockingbird (comics) by [personal profile] tarlanx


Firestorm (Jax) by [personal profile] falcon_horus and a matching Firestorm (Martin) one by me

If any of that looks fun, my stocking is over here and you're welcome to the icons or the fic recs or whatever. :D





Fic what I wrote: I wrote two fics (and a recs list). [personal profile] muccamukk talked me into kittens. I said, "But I don't know what to write!" and she said (picture the world's most adorable grin), "KITTENS!"

So I wrote kittens.


Title: Artemis At Sea for [archiveofourown.org profile] aqwt101
Fandom/Characters: Hornblower (TV miniseries); Hornblower/Bush, Styles
Rating/Word Count: 2600 words, gen/pre-slash
Summary: The ship's cat has kittens. Bush has opinions; Hornblower exhausts himself; Styles is given a heady commission. Started out meaning to be Hornblower vs kittens but ended up as Bush vs kittens. (Bush 0, kittens 2, ftr.)

Title: Tubbs, In Repose for [archiveofourown.org profile] schneefink
Fandom/Characters: Steerswoman (Rosemary Kirstein)/Neko Atsume crossover (yes really); Rowan, Willam, hints of Rowan/Bel and Willam/Corvus
Rating/Word Count: 2600 words, gen
Summary: Rowan vs Willam's "wizard cats." Spoilers through the end of the currently-published series (The Language of Power). My recipient asked for Rowan and Willam mentoring each other. This may have ended up more tilted in the "Rowan discovers new weird shit" direction. :P


In theory, there were several other stockings I wanted to fill. Quite possibly someday I will write Cordelia Vorkosigan vs the Cetagandan Embassy's bioengineered gift kitten, or Breq vs...any kitten at all. (Mucca: "What the hell does Breq do with a kitten??" Me: "Exactly! :D :D")


I also put together a lesbian romance (origfic f/f) recs list, since I've been reading so many of those lately. (Sometimes I want romance, and specifically want lady-loving romance. Fandom usually fills my m/m needs, and while my het needs are specific I usually know where to go for those. But I've been on an f/f binge lately and have been delighted with many of the results.) I should probably copy & paste the whole recs list in here at some point--maybe after I've read the last couple on the list, and a few of the ones recced to me in my stocking. (Notably, there was exactly one book that appeared on both lists. Since I've been waiting for Romancing The Inventor to exist for a couple of years, I don't mind. :D)
nenya_kanadka: Agent Melinda May in fighting posture (MCU Melinda May)
The MCU Rolling Remix was really fun. Belatedly linking my fic!

Title: Seventeen Minutes (The Heartbeats Remix)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] nenya_kanadka
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Pairing/Characters: Maria Hill, Nick Fury
Rating: G/T
Word Count: 1850 words
Summary: When the world ends, Maria Hill is the one who brings a man back from the dead. But it's one thing to know how, and another thing to press her hands to his cold chest and hope against hope for an elusive heartbeat. (Or, Maria's POV on the whole faking-Fury's-death thing.)
Notes: Remixed from Raisons d'être by [archiveofourown.org profile] rmc28, and then further remixed into Can You Keep a Secret? by [archiveofourown.org profile] scribblemyname.

This whole thing was scads of fun. It's the first time I've written for MCU, which I found a bit intimidating, and we each had only two weeks to write so the fest wouldn't take sixteen years to finish. So I scrambled around researching and scribbled madly, but the accomplishment of writing a thing (which I haven't been basically at all this year, not since Fandom Stocking in December/January) absolutely made up for it.

And then guessing what order the fics had been written in was deeply entertaining. :D I'm pleased to note that I guessed the first four in my stream (the one before the one I remixed, the one I remixed & mine (obviously), and the one after mine). I also guessed that the last two in the stream were related to each other (OMG go read the Extremis!Pepper!Cap one right now) but not that they were related to the other four. Still working my way through the other streams but it's all really cool and I would totally do it again.
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
I LOVED this book. It has so many things I want out of romance in it, while managing to avoid many of the tropes I often stumble over in the genre. And it was super hot and really sweet.

Three people--a straight woman, a bisexual man, and a gay man--fall in love in a steampunk city. The woman is a debutante trapped by her life, the bi man is a rich but base-born adventurer who made his money "in the sky" (I'm not sure what this is, but the author has more books in that setting), and the gay man is an titled noble fallen on hard times. It's a classic tale of finding yourself and telling society to fuck off, but I really liked how it was done.

Rosamond's conflicts are not specifically with the man she's supposed to marry (he does not even get a name, that's how tangential to the story he is) but with her own internalized sense of who she's supposed to be and how she's meant to act. And she's very, very good at the role society has placed her in. She has many skills that go into keeping up the mask and I like that the story shows that being a high-born socialite is a job that takes effort (and some of those skills are transferable). She's not the sort of rebellious heroine who knows all along that she wants a different life and chafes against her chains: part of her character development is even realizing that she's unhappy. And she's not always a very nice person, partly because she is so unhappy, and has learned to be unkind to others in order to survive. And yet Jones, the uncouth commoner, meets her and honestly likes her, and treats her better than all the proper, "decent" people around her. All without a single word of the "he claims her, she submits" thing that usually drives me nuts. Though Jones is certainly the strong, masculine "unsuitable" lover whose frank sexuality sparks her self-actualization.

Arkady is gay as hell and deeply conflicted about it. So his plotline is about him allowing himself to love Jones, to give in to his true feelings, and to stop hating himself. Jones adores both of them and is more of a gentleman--in his honest, socially unpolished way--than any lord or lady they know. My favourite thing about him is how well he draws boundaries: he says what he means and means what he says, and when he's asked to do something he's uncomfortable with, he says no. Even if it would get him what he wants in the short term. On one level he's a catalyst for both Rosamond and Arkady discovering themselves, but the book makes me believe in him as a real character with his own needs, too.

The ending was lovely and my only regret was that I didn't have another 200 pages of their adventures together. (I thought the story was longer than it was, because the back half of the ebook is taken up with previews for other books by the same author.) All in all, I really love Alexis Hall's view of the world. It's a very kind, sexy, and funny one, and I may have to chase down more of the gaslight/steampunk romances.

A+ would read again.

There Will Be Phlogiston can be found for free at the author's website.
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Goblin Emperor Maia)
An awesome little fic from a prompt on the Goblin Emperor kink meme ([community profile] tge_kink):

Title: Gifts Not Wasted by [archiveofourown.org profile] Path
Fandom/Characters: The Goblin Emperor | Ino Drazhin, Mireän Drazhin
Rating/Word Count: G, 1817 words
Summary: Ino and Mireän learn there is more they're allowed to be than just princesses. For a prompt on the meme asking for the older women acting as mentors to the younger ones.

This is such a fantastic post-canon ficlet. I loved The Goblin Emperor a lot, and canon does make a point of mentioning women and especially non-traditional women, but the focus is on Maia since he's the main character. This story has his young nieces connecting with some of the older women--Kiru Athmaza, Maia's sister Vedero and her academic/inventor friends, and so on--and shows them blossoming as they figure out that they can have passions in life and be supported in learning to do cool, fascinating, satisfying things.

Loved it to bits. You should read it. :D
nenya_kanadka: art of African woman in gold scarf (@ art - woman in gold)
Ran across these gorgeous icons while fiddling with Dreamwidth layouts tonight.

Diasporic African Art icons by [personal profile] arobynsung from art by two artists (listed as Muti and Keith Mallet) in two very different styles.

Gorgeous stuff.

(Meanwhile, I am ignoring the things I want to tweak about this current layout (Calling Card by [personal profile] bakesale) because my eyes are crossing. It's a really lovely layout, though very different from the previous one by [personal profile] rosecarmine that I've had for a year and a half, so I'm not sure if it's the change or the sleepiness that's making it look a bit wonky to me. I adore the purple, though. Mucca's faves are growing on me. (I like things because they are blue; Mucca likes them because they are purple.)

Off to watch some ridiculous TV instead.)

FemmeRemix!

Aug. 7th, 2015 11:33 am
nenya_kanadka: Catherine Sakai in jumpsuit (B5 Catherine Sakai)
I got a thing! :D

Anonymous Creator has remixed one of my favourite of my own fics, Where The Stars Are Strange (the one about Catherine Sakai getting thrown back through time to the first Shadow War). And it is AMAZING.

See, the thing about Where The Stars Are Strange is that I had this lovely plotbunny in my head that would properly have taken a novel to explore, but I ended up with ~2.5k of spartan prose instead because I didn't have time to write the thing rightly before the deadline, and also felt that if I didn't get something, anything, down, I'd get so tangled up in the details that I'd never post it at all. So I ended up glossing over a lot of important things to get the general gist of the story down.

And here comes my remix author, taking one of my biggest plot holes (the language drift between Valen's time and Catherine's) and turning it into a beautiful story about culture shock and transition and love and loss. Plus fantastic use of telepathy and a really satisfying take on one of the necessary OCs for the story. It's one of those times where I read something and wish I'd written it myself, but I'm happy someone else did so I can just sit back and read it. :D Anonymous Creator, whoever you are, thank you so much.

Title: Finding the Words (the stranger in a strange land remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Beatrice_Otter
Remix of: Where The Stars Are Strange by [archiveofourown.org profile] nenya_kanadka
Fandom: Babylon 5
Pairing/Characters: Catherine Sakai, Catherine Sakai/Jeff Sinclair
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4200
Summary: To fight with the Minbari, you have to speak their language.

Eeee. :D
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
Apparently this week is "Watch all the pilot episodes while feeling meh-ish" (my back and hormones seem to both hate me). Upshot: yay good new shows!

Agent Carter: OMG this show makes me so happy. I went into it without any strong feelings about Peggy Carter one way or another (though my wife loves her) but from the first scene onwards it grabbed me and made me grin. It could do with more characters of colour (especially women), especially since NYC has pretty much always been multiethnic, and its feminist narrative is pretty much the basic "girl power" thing. But what it does do it does well. Which is Agent Peggy Carter kicking bad guys inna head for great justice, going undercover, having human feelings, and having female AND male friends.

And Jarvis is brilliant--I don't ship-ship it because domestic!married!Jarvis is the cutest thing ever and I don't want him to cheat on his wife (also, Peggy + femslash options), but I want them to be hero/sidekick BFFs forever. Angie and Agent Sousa also make me happy (don't let him be evil, please).

Verdict: HAPPY, will watch as long as it's on!


Gotham: I really enjoyed the pilot. It's probably too dark a show for me to enjoy watching over the long term, but there were a lot of really great character performances. Also rather pretty cast including Jada Pinkett Smith as a rather terrifying (but hot, goddamn) up-and-comer in the criminal underground, Sean Pertwee as Alfred (unexpected, but I liked), and whoever's playing Renee Montoya. Who totally has a gay backstory with Barbara soon-to-be-Gordon, right?

Jim Gordon is fairly bland but also earnest, so that's okay, and wee Bruce Wayne is understatedly heartbreaking. As much as I am annoyed with Batman's general angst forever, nobody loves me, let's go be a giant bat in the rain, thing, this show is really selling me on the tragedy of his parents' death. And mini!Catwoman is THE CUTEST.

Verdict: SAD ;__; and GRIM but good; might pick up an episode or two but probably won't follow religiously


Forever: I just really find Ioan Gruffudd's face calming, okay? Also, I mean, it doesn't hurt that he turns up shirtless on occasion after coming back to life. But after watching several episodes in a row last night I've just come to the conclusion that I find his face very satisfying and calming to watch. (Also occasionally he will do this little Midshipman Hornblower twist to his face and I just want to cuddle him.)

I like that he's a doctor/scientist and does a lot of detection ("Sherlock Holmes as an Immortal!" isn't entirely wrong) and I love his relationship with his son Abe, the baby he adopted during WWII who is now old enough to play the grandfatherly mentor role except that he actually still is Henry's kid. It's just lovely. Female cop Jo Martinez is pretty great too--they have good working chemistry and her grief over her husband's death parallels Henry's losses without being too anvillicious (same with any possible romance there). But mostly I am just here to be calmed by Ioan Gruffudd's face.

Verdict: CALMING. Moar please.



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nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 ([fandom] Agent Carter)
Apparently this week is "Watch all the pilot episodes while feeling meh-ish" (my back and hormones seem to both hate me). Upshot: yay good new shows!

Agent Carter: OMG this show makes me so happy. I went into it without any strong feelings about Peggy Carter one way or another (though my wife loves her) but from the first scene onwards it grabbed me and made me grin. It could do with more characters of colour (especially women), especially since NYC has pretty much always been multiethnic, and its feminist narrative is pretty much the basic "girl power" thing. But what it does do it does well. Which is Agent Peggy Carter kicking bad guys inna head for great justice, going undercover, having human feelings, and having female AND male friends.

And Jarvis is brilliant--I don't ship-ship it because domestic!married!Jarvis is the cutest thing ever and I don't want him to cheat on his wife (also, Peggy + femslash options), but I want them to be hero/sidekick BFFs forever. Angie and Agent Sousa also make me happy (don't let him be evil, please).

Verdict: HAPPY, will watch as long as it's on!


Gotham: I really enjoyed the pilot. It's probably too dark a show for me to enjoy watching over the long term, but there were a lot of really great character performances. Also rather pretty cast including Jada Pinkett Smith as a rather terrifying (but hot, goddamn) up-and-comer in the criminal underground, Sean Pertwee as Alfred (unexpected, but I liked), and whoever's playing Renee Montoya. Who totally has a gay backstory with Barbara soon-to-be-Gordon, right?

Jim Gordon is fairly bland but also earnest, so that's okay, and wee Bruce Wayne is understatedly heartbreaking. As much as I am annoyed with Batman's general angst forever, nobody loves me, let's go be a giant bat in the rain, thing, this show is really selling me on the tragedy of his parents' death. And mini!Catwoman is THE CUTEST.

Verdict: SAD ;__; and GRIM but good; might pick up an episode or two but probably won't follow religiously


Forever: I just really find Ioan Gruffudd's face calming, okay? Also, I mean, it doesn't hurt that he turns up shirtless on occasion after coming back to life. But after watching several episodes in a row last night I've just come to the conclusion that I find his face very satisfying and calming to watch. (Also occasionally he will do this little Midshipman Hornblower twist to his face and I just want to cuddle him.)

I like that he's a doctor/scientist and does a lot of detection ("Sherlock Holmes as an Immortal!" isn't entirely wrong) and I love his relationship with his son Abe, the baby he adopted during WWII who is now old enough to play the grandfatherly mentor role except that he actually still is Henry's kid. It's just lovely. Female cop Jo Martinez is pretty great too--they have good working chemistry and her grief over her husband's death parallels Henry's losses without being too anvillicious (same with any possible romance there). But mostly I am just here to be calmed by Ioan Gruffudd's face.

Verdict: CALMING. Moar please.

LADNIP

Dec. 26th, 2014 12:27 pm
nenya_kanadka: skywriting: life + the universe + everything = 42 (HHGTTG 42)
Or, Lying Around Doing Nothing In Pajamas, which is how my professional-singer brother plans to spend his post-Christmas holidays.

Did a fair bit of it myself yesterday, aided by my three main presents of Doctor Who pajamas, a Questionable Content "Baking is science for hungry people" apron, and a book from Mucca about the Mars Curiosity rover. Which I am now about a third of the way through. It is really, really fascinating, especially how the author (chief engineer for the Mars Program Office at JPL) keeps tying in what they invented and discovered and designed for Curiosity both with the previous Mars missions (Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity) and with future plans for human exploration of Mars. Which they are seriously thinking about in concrete terms, and he goes into that.

I'd just finished a biography of Sally Ride (Sally Ride: America's First Woman In Space by Lynn Sherr) so it's really cool seeing an engineering perspective on the whole thing after reading about astronauts. The Ride book was fantastic as well. I continue to be torn between being jealous of Ride for getting to be an astrophysicist, being jealous of her later college students (she sounds like such a good teacher! aaahhhh), and being sad that she didn't feel safe coming out as bi/lesbian in her lifetime. (Though her friends knew.) And besides the obvious big things like being the first woman in space (SPAAAACE!), I love so much that Ride was openly a feminist and spent the last decade or so of her life supporting STEM education for girls in practical, workable ways with Sally Ride Science. I'm just a little sad that I'm one of the girls who fell through the cracks. But, you know: bi feminist astrophysicist in space. \o/

Other reading list:

* Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer (Rob Manning & William L. Simon)
* The Siren Depths: Book 3 of the Books of the Raksura (Martha Wells)
* Parallel 59 (Eighth Doctor Adventure #30) (Natalie Dallaire & Stephen Cole) [also about space, and interrogations of naked!Eight, oh how I appreciate this canon's dedication to my kinks]
* Sister Mine (Nalo Hopkinson)
* Triptych (J. M. Frey)
* Three Parts Dead (Max Gladstone)
Recently read:
* Stranger (Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith)
* Hostage (eARC) (Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith)
* The Prosekiller Chronicles: Rise of the Spider Goddess (An Annotated Novel) (Jim C. Hines)


Also Yuletide, including ten (:D!) Imperial Radch fics, a goodly proportion of them Breq/Mercy of Kalr (♥), and half a dozen Raksura fics (which I am forbidden to read until after I finish Siren Depths, because spoilers). But did I read any of those late last night? No, no I did not; instead I fell into the Doctor Who tag on AO3, aiming for Twelve/Gomez!Master fic but falling into some Gomez!Master femslash, some Eight/male companions, some Ace/Seven (I've not even seen Seven), and various assorted other things.

Recs:
Minimum Viable Population by [archiveofourown.org profile] yonderdarling -- Twelve and the Mistress negotiate the annoying, raging attraction they have for each other. Bloody hilarious. (6169 words)

Companionship by [archiveofourown.org profile] Turn_of_the_Sonic_Screw -- When Rusty met Oswin, or, a few good Daleks. (373 words)

And now I shall go see about turkey leftovers.
nenya_kanadka: I will put aside fear for courage (Young Wizards courage)
I don't read that much YA (see icon for another series I've loved), but sometimes it just hits the spot. I grabbed a copy of Stranger (non-Amazon links here) when it came out last month and I'm really glad I did.

The trees will EAT YOU but you will make some good friends )

(I also got the sequel, Hostage, as my very first ARC! It is, if anything, even better than the first one. But the review for that might have to wait until after Christmas.)
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 ([fandom] MLP Rainbow Dash)
At least according to this Questionable Content apron which I want for Christmas. Mucca has an extremely cute Captain America apron, but sometimes we are in the kitchen at the same time doing floury things. (It also comes as a t-shirt.)

Monday was our first half-anniversary, and she baked (half) a cake and I made dinner. The first time in a while I've attempted Real Food For Several People As A Meal. I tried a really easy but extremely tasty recipe from the Ottolenghi cookbook, involving fennel baked in a dish with crumble and cheese and cherry tomatoes on top. It turned out super well and I would totally make it again. The crumble is actually a sweet topping--the cookbook warns that if you mix it too long it turns into cookie dough, lol--and the combination of sweet and savoury was a kitchen accident that they decided to keep. I think next time I might do it with less sugar and more cheese, but it was really delicious.

Then we both lost at Settlers of Catan to Mucca's mother. (Damn you, Longest Road!)

Have finally gotten into Martha Wells's Raksura books, which Mucca has been trying to hook me on for a year or two. The first one (The Cloud Roads) started out a bit slow but then I devoured the last two-thirds of it and now ship Jade/Moon and Moon/Chime and Indigo Cloud/stability. I'm partway through the second (The Serpent Sea) right now, but have taken a break to go read Zero Sum Game by SL Huang. Which is all about a girl with superpowers in the criminal underworld--but her superpower is math, and there's someone out to get her whose power is mind control! Dun dun dunnnn.

Oh and I finally got around to reading Isabel Kunkle's Hickey of the Beast, a YA novel where the boarding school head's daughter fights vampires (or possibly incubuses). I know the author from Slacktivist in days of yore, and could hear some passages in her patented snark. Highly entertaining.

To-read list includes:
*The Best of Both Worlds by Karen Lord
*a biography of Sally Ride
*A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly (first Benjamin January book)
*ever so many Eighth Doctor Adventures novels (still working my way through that long, long list)
*August Moon by Diana Thung, a super cute graphic novel I bought this summer and forgot I had
*the last Bunnicula! book from the library

Oh, and Ancillary Sword! I tore through Ancillary Sword in about 48 hours, and then passed it on to Mucca's dad, who of course had to borrow Ancillary Justice as well to read first. I have a lot of feelings about this one (especially about Lieutenant Tisarwat, and Breq/Mercy of Kalr) and am looking forward to it as a Yuletide fandom.

Classic Who watch is currently up to the first episode of The Curse of Peladon serial. Oh, Jo Grant, you can be queen of Earth any time. <3
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nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (MLP Rainbow Dash)
At least according to this Questionable Content apron which I want for Christmas. Mucca has an extremely cute Captain America apron, but sometimes we are in the kitchen at the same time doing floury things. (It also comes as a t-shirt.)

Monday was our first half-anniversary, and she baked (half) a cake and I made dinner. The first time in a while I've attempted Real Food For Several People As A Meal. I tried a really easy but extremely tasty recipe from the Ottolenghi cookbook, involving fennel baked in a dish with crumble and cheese and cherry tomatoes on top. It turned out super well and I would totally make it again. The crumble is actually a sweet topping--the cookbook warns that if you mix it too long it turns into cookie dough, lol--and the combination of sweet and savoury was a kitchen accident that they decided to keep. I think next time I might do it with less sugar and more cheese, but it was really delicious.

Then we both lost at Settlers of Catan to Mucca's mother. (Damn you, Longest Road!)

Have finally gotten into Martha Wells's Raksura books, which Mucca has been trying to hook me on for a year or two. The first one (The Cloud Roads) started out a bit slow but then I devoured the last two-thirds of it and now ship Jade/Moon and Moon/Chime and Indigo Cloud/stability. I'm partway through the second (The Serpent Sea) right now, but have taken a break to go read Zero Sum Game by SL Huang. Which is all about a girl with superpowers in the criminal underworld--but her superpower is math, and there's someone out to get her whose power is mind control! Dun dun dunnnn.

Oh and I finally got around to reading Isabel Kunkle's Hickey of the Beast, a YA novel where the boarding school head's daughter fights vampires (or possibly incubuses). I know the author from Slacktivist in days of yore, and could hear some passages in her patented snark. Highly entertaining.

To-read list includes:
*The Best of Both Worlds by Karen Lord
*a biography of Sally Ride
*A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly (first Benjamin January book)
*ever so many Eighth Doctor Adventures novels (still working my way through that long, long list)
*August Moon by Diana Thung, a super cute graphic novel I bought this summer and forgot I had
*the last Bunnicula! book from the library

Oh, and Ancillary Sword! I tore through Ancillary Sword in about 48 hours, and then passed it on to Mucca's dad, who of course had to borrow Ancillary Justice as well to read first. I have a lot of feelings about this one (especially about Lieutenant Tisarwat, and Breq/Mercy of Kalr) and am looking forward to it as a Yuletide fandom.

Classic Who watch is currently up to the first episode of The Curse of Peladon serial. Oh, Jo Grant, you can be queen of Earth any time. <3