beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
Title: hey good looking, what's cooking
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Agent Carter
Rating: PG
Characters: Peggy Carter, Angie Martinelli
Word Count: 12,360
Betaed by: [personal profile] lilacsigil 
Summary: Dottie Underwood has been spotted again. Now they just have to find her.

AN: This fic attempts to bridge the gap between the show (which ends with Thompson as chief of the New York office of the SSR) and the Agent Carter one-shot (in which Thompson is not the chief of the New York office as the SSR becomes SHIELD). It will undoubtedly be jossed, but there you have it.

At AO3     tumblr link post

For one awful, drawn-out, smoke-filled moment, Angie missed the Griffith. )

beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)

I just got an email notification that someone had written a work for me!  Yay!


…except it’s for the Remix Redux.

Me:  This … is a mistake, right?  We’ve got a coule more weeks before the deadline, right?  Right?


Me: Nope.  I just totally forgot all about this and defaulted completely by accident.  I am so embarrassed.  I’ve never done this before.  If I couldn’t do it that would be one thing, if I just didn’t match my recip well or had writer’s block or something like that.  But no.  I just was a doofus and forgot all about it.

Crumb.  I love Remix, and the main Remix has a one-strike-and-you’re-out policy, so this is my last one.

beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)
Hey guys, the Autistic Exchange signups are open for business. It is a fanfic exchange by autistics for autistics, about autistic characters (whether they're on the spectrum in canon or not).  There are a wide variety of fandoms in the tag set--87 fandoms from every main category AO3 has.

If you are somewhere on the spectrum (and questioning, self-diagnosed, and professionally diagnosed autistic people all count!) we would LOVE to have you join the fun.

beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but DO NOT PANIC. I'm actually fairly easy to please; I am very rarely disappointed with a ficathon story. I write long and detailed Dear Author letters because I find such things helpful when I'm writing for other people; if you are like me, here you go! If your style is different and a detailed letter makes you feel hemmed-in, feel free to do what works for you.

The most important thing for me in a fic is that the characters are well-written and recognizably themselves. Even when I don't like a character, I don't go in for character-bashing. If nothing else, if the rest of this letter is too much or my kinks just don't fit yours, just concentrate on writing a good story with everyone in character and good spelling and grammar and I will almost certainly love what you come up with.

One thing: I do have an embarrassment squick, which makes humor kind of hit-or-miss sometimes. The kind of humor where someone does something embarrassing and the audience is laughing at them makes me uncomfortable because I identify too much with the person getting laughed at, so instead of being funny it is squicky. On the other hand, the kind of humor where the audience is laughing with the characters I really enjoy.

Pride and Prejudice, DS9, RCN series, Vorkosiverse )

beatrice_otter: When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. (Action and Consequences)
If you haven't been reading the stories from the Night on Fic Mountain ficathon, you should, because there are some great stories.  Here are my favorites, but there are a lot of fandoms in there that I'm not familiar with or not interested in, so there are probably gems that I did not discover, so go read them all!
Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Ancient History RPF, Agent Carter )
beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
The Odd Couple (8367 words) by tielan
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson, James "Rhodey" Rhodes & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Maria Hill & Wanda Maximoff, Steve Rogers & Vision, Maria Hill & Vision, Wanda Maximoff/Vision, Steve Rogers & Wanda Maximoff
Characters: Maria Hill, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Vision, Wanda Maximoff, James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Additional Tags: Friendship, Attraction, Developing Relationship, Friendship/Love, Post-Movie(s), Post-Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie), Angst, love isn't easy, Falling In Love

He's fast and she's weird.

beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Title: The Offer
Fandom: Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral's unnamed sister, Piotr Vorkosigan, Ezar Vorbarra
Wordcount: 4182
Summary: Fedosia Vorkosigan has spent the last decade administrating her father's district in relative obscurity. She liked it. The Emperor's proposition, on the other hand …

Fic on AO3

Fedosia Vorkosigan did not often see her son. Or her father. The first she regretted very little, and the second not at all. )

Timeline note:
I am using the timeline put together by Tel, which has been very helpful.
The timeline is indexed to Ezar's birth year. I am assuming that Fedosia was born the same year that Aral's unnamed first wife was born in canon, the year Ezar was 35, and that she married Ges the same year Aral would have married Ges' sister (the year Ezar was 53 and Fedosia was 18). Ges died the same year Aral's first wife died in canon (Ezar 55, Fedosia 20), and this story takes place ten years later (Ezar 65, Fedosia 30). Ezar died at age 77, twelve years after this story. In canon, Serg and Kareen were married when Ezar was 68 and Gregor was born when Ezar was 72, the year after the Komarr invasion.
beatrice_otter: Delenn--Grey Council (Delenn--Grey Council)
Title: In Valen’s Name
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: G
Characters: Delenn
Word Count: 1660
Summary: A young Minbari comes to Delenn to ask advice, and a favor.

On AO3

In Valen's Name )
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
I'm signing up for [community profile] femmeremix, a remix ficathon for female-focused fics, and realized that if I wrote one more Vorkosiverse fic with a woman in an important role, I could add the Vorkosigan fandom to my signup. And, thinking, I got a REALLY awesome idea for a genderswapped Aarl, which I now have to write. And then I realized "but genderswap doesn't count for signup purposes," but I'm going to write it anyway because it's such a cool idea.

And then I realized, "but wait, if I say instead that Aral died in Mad Yuri's massacre and his unnamed sister survived instead, that would qualify!"

Brilliant solution. Only problem being she is so firmly GIRL!ARAL in my head that I don't know if it would work.

Her backstory: canon!Aral married Ges' sister in an arranged marriage. Given an arranged marriage, wouldn't girl!Aral likely be married to a man from the same family? OMG, SHE WOULD HAVE MARRIED GES HERSELF! Except Ges would not treat a wife like an equal the way he treated canon!Aral, so he abused her, and given Aral's temper, she killed him, and now lives in semi-disgrace down in the Vorkosigan district. That is where the story starts.

Now, the main things that she has in common with Aral are a) brilliant tactician, except used socially instead of militarily, b) that infamous temper, and c) bisexuality. And sure, I can say that the sister had all of those too, but ... isn't that kinda denying the sister's individuality?


On a completely different note, what happened to the rich text posting option? And tag autocomplete?
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)

I am writing an Agent Carter fic.  The show usually had some badass fight scenes between Peggy and the villain du jour, and I was planning on doing that.  But she’s an espionage agent, and so for her fighting often means she’s failed because she’s been spotted.  The most important thing, in most counter-espionage (which is what she’s doing) is to spot the enemy without being spotted in return, so you can tail them and find out their contacts and keep the enemy you know from being replaced by agents you don’t know (and hopefully feeding them false information while you do it).

It has just occurred to me that maybe instead of a fight scene, I should end this fic by the target being positively identified and put under surveillance.  But it seems so anticlimactic.   (On the other hand, it means I don’t have to figure out what the villain’s plot is, because that’s part of what the surveillance is meant to find out.)  (On the third hand, it also means I don’t have to write a fight scene, which is good because I suck at action.)  (On the fourth hand, given the time constraints, I think I’m going to write the surveillance ending so I can post it today before the deadline, then send it out to beta and see what they say–I’ve got a week until it goes live.)

Thoughts, opinions?
beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)
I am SO GLAD that Night on Fic Mountain has a week between the "fic due" deadline and the "fics live" date.  Because I think I'll be able to get this fic "finished" and posted by four this afternoon my time (the deadline), but it is SO INCREDIBLY ROUGH you have no idea.  Like, when I started I had no clear idea what the fic was going to be, and it changed several times as I was writing but I didn't have time to go back and fix things to smooth it over, and even now I am changing the ending from what I was building up for and so there's gonna have to be serious editing to go through and make it all make sense (switching the character in the main finale means she, uh, has to appear before the last scene so she's not completely coming out of left field, since she hasn't even been MENTIONED in the fic as written so far ....)

Yeah.  Not good.

On the other hand, my email provider went wonky and I missed a whole weekend worth of emails. I'm getting things now, but the backlog hasn't shown up.  For emails sent directly to me, that's no big deal, because people will resend them.  But I subscribe to a lot of fics on AO3, so I usually get between three and five fic update notices each day from AO3, and those DON'T go in your inbox, and you can't sort your subscription list by date updated, so that's anywhere between nine and fifteen fics that I'll be confused by the next time they update.  (I just hope none of them finished, because I wouldn't know.  Blergh.)  I have requested the ability to sort subscriptions by date updated, but who knows if they'll ever do it.

beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
Well, my current WIP isn't yet to page seven, so instead of seven lines from page seven you get five lines from page 5.

Everything was fairly ordinary for an office. Desks, chairs, piles of paper everywhere, though there were rather more women than the offices she was used to. Pictures of loved ones—none notable that Peggy could spot. If Dottie was after a connection to someone influential through someone working here, Harrier would be the obvious target.

One thing Dottie had never been was obvious.

"Can I help you?"

Peggy took care to startle slightly—but not too much—at the other woman's interruption. The other woman was a few years older than Peggy but more fashionably dressed, with immaculate hair and makeup that would not have been out of place on Rita Hayworth. "Oh! Yes! I'm afraid I'm new—Helen Bolt—Mister Harrier told me to find Tillie's desk—are you Mabel?"

"Uhuh." She managed to look down her nose at Peggy while staying seated at her desk. "I'm Mildred Atwater. Mabel's the one in the green dress whose seams aren't straight. And Tillie's desk is in the next row, so beat it, you're in my light."
I have figured out that the MacGuffin--whatever it is that Dottie wants--isn't actually in the office, that's just a red herring, but I still don't know what to do instead.

I've never really been successful at figuring out cases for casefic, dunno why I thought this time would be any different.
beatrice_otter: A horserider with a glowing blue sword--from the cover of Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword (Blue Sword)

The Hugos are (supposed to be) the Oscars of sci-fi and fantasy fandom.  But in the last couple of decades, they’ve divorced pretty far from the mainstream of the genre.  Not in the way that the Sad/Rabid Puppies claim (becoming an elitist bastion of SJW’s persecuting Manly Men).  But simply because there is now a HUGE swath of fandom that is younger, online, and watches SF/F TV and movies and webcomics, but doesn’t read much published SF/F or participate much in the events that the book people put much stock in.

This is, to me, evidenced by the nominations for Best Fan Artist.  They’re all competent, but … I have seen way more awesome fanart on tumblr and DeviantArt and the like.

Next year, when the Hugos are being nominated, I shall put out a call for y’all to tell me who you think are the best fan artists are, so I can nominate them.

*The Hugos give all voters e-copies of most of the works on the ballot, so we can make informed decisions.  Since anybody who pays the $40 for a supporting membership can vote (and thus get the packet), it’s a pretty good deal.  I’m really enjoying a lot of this stuff that I would never have gotten to read otherwise.  And that also means you can nominate in the next year.
beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)

So I was reading a Harry Potter fic, and something occurred to me which never had before.  And it’s a question about mail.  Because the wizarding world is the opposite of the muggle world, in that they have instantaneous physical transportation (floo, apparition, portkey) but not instantaneous text-based communication (letters carried by owl).

What happens if an owl is bringing you a letter from London and you are, say, in Scotland, at Hogwarts, and the owl is almost there, and then you floo/apparate/portkey somewhere else.  Say, London.

Does the owl know and turn around mid-flight?  Would the owl then become very bad-tempered from the extra distance you made them fly?
beatrice_otter: This looks like a good day for World Domination (World Domination)
The One Where They Track Down an Arsonist (43740 words) by DomesticatedChaos
Chapters: 6/6
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Derek Hale, Laura Hale, Stiles Stilinski, Scott McCall, Alan Deaton, Sheriff Stilinski, Kate Argent, Chris Argent, Allison Argent, Isaac Lahey, Peter Hale
Additional Tags: Alive Laura Hale, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Awesome Laura Hale, Laura Hale & Stiles Stilinski Friendship, Canon-Typical Violence, Canonical Character Death, Pre-Slash, Past Kate Argent/Derek Hale, Warning: Kate Argent, Artist!Derek, General Hale Family Feels, barista!Laura, Allison is a Disney Princess, Scott McCall & Stiles Stilinski Friendship, Angst, past babysitter!Laura, Laura was Stiles' babysitter
Series: Part 1 of The Beacon Hills Reboot

Derek was never what Laura would call exuberant—no, that was strictly Laura’s territory. But after the fire, Derek withdrew completely, shutting himself off from the world. For the first week, he wouldn’t speak at all. Months after, Laura was lucky if she could get him to say a few words a day.

It had been a long six years to get Derek to where he was now, socially (mentally, really, if Laura was going to be honest with herself). But she had a feeling Derek was never going to be quite the same happy kid who loved playing sports, pulling pranks on his younger siblings, and sneaking out at night to hang with his friends.

That’s okay, Laura told herself. She was just happy that he was here by her side.


Laura gets a letter that sends her back home to Beacon Hills, Derek in tow, to investigate the deaths of her family. The mystery runs a lot deeper than she expected.

This is a wonderful AU, I love the way Laura is written--too often, when she's in a fic, she's the manic pixie girl to get Derek and Stiles together.  This is just perfect, and I wish there was a sequel!  It's interesting to see the ways that Derek's presence changes things in canon--and not just the fact that Laura survives, but other things, as well.
beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)
I have a month to write this story.  My recipient would like a) romance, b) casefic, or c) some kind of awesome AU like space pirates.

The only thing that's coming out is gen domestic fluff.  (I don't really ship these two, although I love them together.)  I don't really like AUs well enough to write one.  And I can't think of a case for them to investigate.

Any ideas for a sf-nal case?
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
patron saint of shiners and showgirls (8526 words) by sevenfoxes
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers/Original Female Character(s), James "Bucky" Barnes/Original Female Character(s), Steve Rogers/USO Tour Dancers, James "Bucky" Barnes/USO Tour Dancers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Peggy Carter, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Howard Stark
Additional Tags: au where the uso girls are the howling commandos, AU, Threesome - F/F/M, not canon compliant in some significant ways, Awesome Ladies, idk the uso girls are just badass in this, it legit bums me out that the howling commandos aren't girls now, oh peggy is also one of the HC, BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE


The newsreels hit the US a few weeks later.


Every few weeks, they send a news crew out to film them when they come back to camp, muddied and bruised, but always victorious. Phillips seems to loathe it even more than the Howling Commandos do, surly as he stomps around their outpost, muttering under his breath that, the front ain’t Gone with the fucking Wind.

“That’s real nice,” the slimy director tells them later that afternoon, looking over the list of shots they’ve taken today. “But I’d like to see the old uniform. The boys need a little something to look at. You know, get excited over?”

Margot’s perfectly shaped eyebrows don’t raise a single inch as she says, “Well, I guess we can see if Kitty kept Steve’s old skintight red, white and blue number,” and Bucky laughs and laughs and laughs until he cries.


The USO girls are Steve's Howling Commandos. Bucky's died and gone to Heaven.

beatrice_otter: WWII soldier holding a mug with the caption "How about a nice cup of RESEARCH?" (Research)
So, I have several different emails for different purposes, and I am very adamant that The Streams Do Not Cross.  Partly this is due to a confluence of fannish/personal/professional issues, and partly it's because I am anal about such things.  Two I access via webmail, and one I use Thunderbird for.  I would like to switch one of the webmail ones to an email client such as Thunderbird that would download the messages and store them on my harddrive.  BUT I don't want to use Thunderbird, because I don't want the streams to cross.  (Unless there's a way to use Thunderbird with two completely separate accounts where they don't connect at all?  I know how to set up Thunderbird with multiple email accounts to the same inbox, sorted into folders, but not to have two completely separate inboxes, and anyway, two programs would probably be easier for me mentally to manage than both on the same one.)

So!  I need recs.  Free-or-cheap email app for PCs, not Thunderbird, what do you recommend?  Do I just switch back to Outlook?  (Which, I could do, the learning curve would be small, but at the same time ... it seems like such a retrograde maneuver.)
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
Hands by which we take hold (2758 words) by argyleam
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avengers: Age of Ultron - Fandom, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Bruce Banner/Natasha Romanov, Background Laura/Clint, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Laura Barton & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Laura Barton, Lila Barton, Cooper Barton
Additional Tags: Childhood Trauma, Red Room, Child Abuse, Childbirth, Recovery, Family, Friendship, the Barton Farm, Parenthood

Lila Barton is the same age that Natasha was when the Red Room took her.

A fix-it for Natasha.


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