beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)

I realize that in the movie they just said "the Smithsonian", as if it was all one museum.  But, in fact, the Smithsonian Institute is a large organization with sixteen museums in DC (plus the National Zoo and a sculpture garden and regular gardens and the castle which houses admin stuff) and another two museums in New York City.  (If you're curious, the list is here.)  The most famous are the Air and Space Museum (i.e. the one with the moon rock), the Natural History Museum (i.e. the one with the dinosaurs), and the American History Museum (the one with the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz).  Many of these museums are close together; there's a whole cluster of them ringing the Mall, which is the big huge grassy area in DC with the White House at one end and the reflecting pool and all the monuments (The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Viet Nam Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, etc.).  There's maps here.  The Mall is frickin' huge.  (Google tells me it's almost 150 acres; two miles long, and 1500 feet wide at its widest.)  The museums that are there are pretty spread out, and there are always LOTS OF PEOPLE.  (Well, except at night, but then, the museums aren't open at night.)

Now, when we see people walk in to "The Smithsonian" in the movie, they are walking under all kinds of planes and spaceships, which is the Air and Space Museum.  (Duh.)  But I can't imagine why the Captain America exhibit would be there; it makes much better sense to have it in the Museum of American History, which is a ways down and on the other side of the park.  Having been there, it takes at least twenty minutes to get from one to the other by walking.  I'm trying to handwave this.

But.  Please, for the love of God, ficcers, the place is huge and there are many Smithsonian museums.

(By the way, if you don't know the history of the Smithsonian, it's fascinating.  There's a great book about it, The Stranger and the Statesman.  Basically, Smithson was a rich Englishman who resented England because his birth (he was a bastard) denied him lots of opportunity.  So he left his money to America, which he'd never visited even once, to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”  The government dithered about what that might mean--a university? a museum? What sort of university or museum?--and eventually created a museum that was basically a place to send any (hopefully interesting) piece of junk anyone gave to the government.  It eventually became the behemoth it is now.)
beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
Title: Things Not Forgotten
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Star Trek TOS
Rating: general audiences
Characters: Spock/Saavik
Word Count: 2600
Written for: The 2013 [community profile] treknovelfest 
Prompt: Spock telling his wife about Zar. (Yesterday’s Son/Time for Yesterday)
AN: Sorry it's so late! November-December is one of the busiest times of the year, and most of my fannish energy in those months goes to Yuletide. And then I got distracted by other things. But here it is, eventually.

Summary: Sometimes even Spock breaks Starfleet’s rules on classified information. This is one of them.

At AO3.

I can feel you staring at me, Spock, Saavik said without turning around. )
beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Title: By The Seashore
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Vorkosiverse
Rating: teen
Characters: Simon Illyan/Alys Vorpatril
Word Count: 1,736
Written for: [ profile] Ana for the 2013 Bujold ficathon
Prompt: Simon gets broody and tells Alys he wants a child of his own. Anywhere in the time line you like, so it could happen or he changes his mind or...up to you :)
AN: Sorry it's so late! My muse dried up and life got in the way and then the ficathon was over and this got shoved into the back burner for a while. But here it is at last.

Summary: There are times when having a perceptive lover is inconvenient. But Simon wouldn’t have Alys any other way.

At AO3.

Please do let me know when you have finished trying to pretend that nothing is the matter. )
beatrice_otter: SG-1--Walter in his seat, sparks flying. (Walter)
Fandom: Stargate: SG-1
Characters/Pairings: Daniel Jackson, Bill Lee
Rating:  Teen
Length: 20k
Creator Links:  [personal profile] aurora_novarum 
Theme: outsider perspective

Summary:  The events of "Evolution Parts 1 & 2", as seen from the perspective of the "other" SGC member on that ill-fated Honduran expedition.

Reccer's Notes:  In SG-1, there is a sharp divide between the scientists who regularly go out on Gate teams, and the ones who stay in the labs.  Bill Lee is a lab guy, not a field guy.  But when Daniel needs a physicist to take with him on a trip to find an alien device in South America in the episode "Evolution," Dr. Lee is it.  After all, they're on Earth, what could happen, right?  Yeah.  Obviously, adventures happen, and this is the whole thing from Lee's perspective.  It will make sense if you've never seen the episode, and if you have, I find that it adds great depth and perspective to it.  I love Lee's perspective on the difference between him and Daniel.

Fanwork Links: Just a Scientist
beatrice_otter: Grammar (Grammar)
Okay, I'm actually not writing all that much.  But it feels like I'm writing a lot.  For the last couple of years, I haven't had much urge to write stuff.  I'm still telling myself the same amount of stories at any given time, just not writing them down.  So my fic output has been mostly "oh, hey, I should write more and that sounds like a fun ficathon, so I guess I'll sign up."

In the last month I have:
  1. Started a new WIP (Remix of Going Native by [ profile] rapfic )
  2. Started a new story which I hope will be medium length and finished relatively soon (Cyd Charisse as a Vulcan)
  3. Finished two WIPs (one not posted yet) ([community profile] treknovelfest vignette about Spock and Saavik hasn't been posted, but Teal'c and General Hammond on Ash Wednesday has)
  4. Opened up several other WIPs and got creative juices flowing again with them (Superman Returns future fic about Kara (Supergirl), the sequel to Unreal Things, a couple of others).
  5. Started what I thought would be a short story but will probably end up being a lot longer (Jim Kirk and Carol Marcus)
  6. Had wonderful inspiration today for one of the WIPs I hadn't opened up to start thinking about finishing. (Today I took a Prepare/Enrich class, which is a one-day seminar to help pastors use the Prepare/Enrich system of marital/premarital counseling.  And I had a lot of good ideas on what to do with a Star Wars AU WIP--Anakin doesn't turn, instead he and Padme settle down with the twins on a tiny backwater planet where they are both bored out of their skull and after a few months of living together Padme realizes their relationship has SO MANY PROBLEMS and drags Anakin to couples counseling.  Which, yeah, communication: NOT THEIR STRONG SUIT.  Which is kinda weird for a Jedi and a politician, if you think about it.)
And I ask myself, where did all this come from?  Why haven't I had this kind of inspiration and drive to write in the last several years?  It doesn't seem to be tied to mood or activity levels.

At this point, I don't really care whether or not I finish anything new.  I'm just excited to be writing.

beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
Have just been going through the prompts/requests for this year's [ profile] rarewomen  and making a list of which ones I might be interested in writing for.  And, yet again, the only ones that made it onto my list were the ones that had actual prompts attached.  A blank slate might be helpful for your assigned ficcer (although I personally always like some guidance as to my recipients taste), but doesn't have anything to attract me when I'm paging through the list looking for inspiration.  I may love the characters and fandom you request, but if I had a plot bunny for them ready to go, I would already have written it.

I have been in a writing slump for a year or so and am trying to get myself out of it.  We'll see how this goes.

beatrice_otter: Ginger Rogers--Dancing! (Dancing!)
I'm happy to be writing again!  But I wish I were writing something different.

What I should be writing: either completing the fics from the prompts I solicited last year to get me back writing again, or fics to get me eligible in certain fandoms for the main remix ([ profile] remixers_lounge ) or [community profile] femmeremix.

What I am actually writing: a Star Trek/Classic Hollywood RPF where Cyd Charisse is really a stranded Vulcan trying to build a life on Earth.  My brain, I don't even know.  (If I write an epilogue where the Crew of the Enterprise finds out and watches a Cyd Charisse movie, will that count as a TOS fic for the purposes of the remix or is it cheating?)

(And yes, that's Ginger Rogers dancing in my icon, not Cyd Charisse.  Nobody had legs like Cyd.)

beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
So, that multi-fandom female-focused remix that [personal profile] tielan and [personal profile] theladyscribe were thinking about looks like it will be a go!  [community profile] femmeremix will have signups in May, probably.  Here's the tentative fandom list, in which you must have at least 3 500-word fics focused on a female character.  If there's a fandom you'd really like to see on the list, and you think you will participate, go tell the mods; they're still in preliminary planning stages.  These are fandoms in which they have four or more people saying they're eligible to sign up in it.
  • Babylon 5 (4)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9) -- does not include Angel (3)
  • DC Comics Movies (4) - Batman and Superman
  • Doctor Who (5)
  • Fairy Tales (6) -- includes Disney Princesses
  • Game of Thrones (5)
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (17) (not including Agents of SHIELD)
  • Pacific Rim (4)
  • Star Trek TOS (5)
  • Stargate Atlantis/SG-1 (7)
  • Supernatural (4)
  • White Collar (4)
  • The X-Files (4)

beatrice_otter: Uhura and Uhura Prime (Too awesome for one timeline)
So there are remix challenges happening, which is always exciting, because I love remix!

But remix often comes with issues of not having the ability to specify that you aren't a big fan of slash or mostly write women. While that can sometimes be part of the fun, it's also really frustrating when you've got a bunch of awesome stories about women and one not-as-awesome story about men and that one not-as-awesome story is the one that gets remixed because your author doesn't write women.

So are you into stories about women? Have you written stories about women? Would you like to read and write more of them? Would you like to read and write stories based on other people's stories? Yes? Motherfucking yes? Well then, I want to hear about it!

In short, [personal profile] tielan and [personal profile] theladyscribe are trying to gauge possible interest in a female-centric remix.

The interest-gauging post is here.
beatrice_otter: Saavik (Saavik)
I need a beta for a 3k-word Carol Marcus TOS fic.  Any takers?

ETA: Thanks, [personal profile] medie !
beatrice_otter: Honor Harrington--Flag in Exile. (Honor Harrington)
It is always interesting to get ready for the main Remix by looking at what fandoms I could sign up to be remixed in.  My problem is that my fandoms tend to be ... eclectic and filled with crossovers.  So there are a lot that either a) they're not big enough to be a Remix fandom or b) I don't have enough non-crossovers in the fandom.  For example, I've apparently only ever written Doctor Who in crossover.  And I qualify in Deep Space Nine, but I'd have to write several drabbles between now and sign up for TNG.  And it would be simple to qualify for "DCU Animated" but the only thing I've written in is Batman Beyond and what if whoever gets me isn't a BB fan?

Also, this rant is brought to you by a fic I just read (and the several others like it I've seen recently): yes, we all get that Nick Fury and SHIELD have secrets and are manipulative.  But that doesn't mean that everything that SHIELD picks up is Avengers business.  I've seen several where they throw a hissy fit about Fury hiding things that ... they genuinely, honestly don't need to know, stuff that doesn't even remotely touch on what they're doing as Avengers.  The fic I just read, SHIELD did everything right: they got a bit of intelligence, followed up on it, gathered more intelligence, passed things off to local law enforcement and intelligence agencies as appropriate, and when it became clear that it was something that could/should be turned over to the Avengers, they called the Avengers in and briefed them on the things related to the mission that didn't include the kind of identifying data that could be dangerous to the agents-on-the-ground if it got found out.  The Avengers' response was to throw a hissy fit that Fury was hiding things from them!  I could have rolled my eyes and skipped over that, were it not that Natasha was acting way out of character.
beatrice_otter: Torchwood team with crime scene tape (Torchwood)
I just read the excellent post-Children Of Earth story The Time Traveler's Daughter by [personal profile] speedgeek, and was reminded of a post-COE story I have bits of in my head that I'm never going to write.  So here the synopsis is, for your amusement.

A while after COE (fifty years?  A hundred? idk) some nasty people want info out of Jack Harkness for some reason.  They torture him, but he's been tortured by the best, and doesn't break, and then take him back to Earth, and throw a bunch of random people in with him and start torturing them to get Jack to give them what he wants, and he's like, I'm sorry these people are hurting, I wish I could stop it, but why do you think that saving them will be more important to me than saving myself?  Turns out they're all descendents of his--a century on Earth, most of it before reliable birth control, Steven wasn't the only one.

Anyway, it's never getting written, but there it is.

beatrice_otter: Sam and Teal'c (Sam and Teal'c)
Title: Remember That You Are
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter 
Fandom: Stargate: SG-1
Rating: gen
Characters: George Hammond, Teal'c
Word Count: 1,368
Written for: [personal profile] quinfirefrorefiddle 
AN: Sorry it's so late! Once I didn't get it done for Ash Wednesday last year, I thought it made the most sense until it came around again.
Summary: It wasn't until later, when Teal'c asked the question, that George gave it any thought. Though, in highdsight, it was obvious that a Jaffa would notice a mark on someone's forehead.

At AO3.

It wasn't until later, when Teal'c asked the question, that George gave it any thought. )
beatrice_otter: Sarah Connor kicks ass--made for me, not shareable (Sarah Connor kicks ass)
... when you go into your WIP file and read a story and go "wow, this is awesome, I want to know what happens next!" ... and can't figure out where you were planning to go from where it ends.  Or think up a new plan.

The story in question is a Criminal Minds/Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles crossover where, after ZeiraCorp gets taken out by a drone, the CM team gets called in to profile Sarah Connor and try to figure out just WTF is going on.  The fic fragment is basically the briefing where they're going over all of Sarah Connor's history and just ... baffled, because someone as delusional as she is should not be able to draw other competent, intelligent people into her delusions, and WTF is up with all these unidentified white males who keep going after her with heavy weaponry?!?  And that's all great, but what do they actually do when they get to California, and what are Sarah and Ellison doing, and ....)

Several of the WIPs I have no real memory of, and some I had forgotten about.  There's another WIP (25k of post-Superman Returns with Kara Zor-El and my take on the prompt that led to [ profile] ljs_lj writing Biopsychology) that I have no clue what's supposed to happen next with the action plot; this is less annoying, because I'm pretty sure the reason it petered out in the first place is because I never had any idea what would happen next with the action plot.  I have Lex Luthor refining Kryptonite rubble from the continent he tried to make, but I don't know what he's going to do with it.  I think I stopped writing in the hope that some nefarious plot would percolate through my brain if I put it on the back burner, and it hasn't worked.  And I love the story, and I want to know what happens next! ... and I don't.

Also, the combination of extreme cold and less-than-normal amounts of snow on the ground for this time of year has led to two water main breaks in town in the last two weeks, the first of which was only on the next block over.  My pipes keep gurgling, and I'm pretty sure it's got something to do with that.
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
I had been looking forward to [ profile] rarewomen (and signups are open so you should all go check it out and sign up).

Not happening this year.  My grandma has stage 4 cancer and the doctor is saying months (don't know how many) and if you're going to visit, sooner would be better than later.  And March and April are two of the three busiest months in my profession so taking time off in March or April would be not possible except for dire emergencies, so I'm looking to go home next week if I can make it work (and praying that it will).

Even if I she's miraculously cured in the next two weeks ... nope.  There's just no way I can write.

beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)
So there's this Renaissance scholar with a blog that's really cool. 2/3 of his stuff is really interesting meta on history and how it affects us today, and the other 1/3 is a random mix of stuff including how to tell just by looking if a gelato place is good and some awesome Loki-meta.  (Yes, as in Avengers Loki.)  His latest post is about the history of thought, how skepticism and the scientific method developed and why and it's awesome, you should totally go read it.
beatrice_otter: This looks like a good day for World Domination (World Domination)
You know what makes me sad right now? [ profile] crack_van has closed its doors. It was my go-to place for fic recs for years. And there is nothing quite like it on DW.

However! There are a couple of great rec coms that fill at least some of the void. [community profile] bestthingever and [community profile] fancake. And right now is a great time to join both communities!

[community profile] bestthingever is not a rec comm where you look through your bookmarks and recommend your all-time favorites. It's a comm for the avid fan to rec the latest incredible thing they came across and can't wait to share with everyone. It's for new fanworks only, and the holycrapawesome ones at that. There are no assigned reccers, just people who find the most awesome fanwork ever and can't wait to share it.

Right now is a great time to join because they're doing the Best of 2013. Any fanwork of 2013 is fair game, as long as you think it was one of the absolute best of the year.

best of 2013 @  best thing ever

Then there's [community profile] fancake. Fancake is a thematic fanwork recommendation community, where all members are welcome to post recs and fanworks of all shapes and sizes are accepted. [ profile] crack_van grouped works by fandom; [community profile] fancake groups them by theme. So, for example, there was a month for people to post Mythical Creature AUs (where the characters are werewolves or veela or mermaids or what have you) and there was a month for Awesome Women and there was a month for Established Relationships and they just finished up a month-long round for fics where the writer had done great background research. This month's theme is "Gateway fics." What fics are the ones you would give to someone who didn't know the fandom? Which fics would really "hook" someone and get them to watch the show?

fancake banner for round 39 gateway fic: thematic multi-fandom recs

My ulterior motive is to get more people reccing, which means a wider variety of fic and fandoms recced.  (When I started following these communities and reccing a year and a half ago, they were mostly bandom-focused fics getting recced.  Now there's a wide variety of stuff, which is awesome, but it would be even more awesome with more people participating!)

beatrice_otter: John Watson and Sherlock Holmes, from BBC's 2010 Sherlock miniseries (John and Sherlock)
As someone on the spectrum, I knew right off the bat that the Sherlock Holmes in the BBC Sherlock series is not on the autism spectrum, despite vague comments from the actor and/or directors and writers that maybe he was supposed to be.  But when you try to point out all the reasons why not, you get all kinds of crap.  [ profile] wellingtongoose (on both LJ and Tumblr) has done a series of excellent meta posts about Sherlock (everything from Britpicking to John's probable career history), and for one entry asked four professional psychiatrists whether Sherlock was on the autism spectrum.  All four of them said "no, absolutely not."  There was all kinds of furor and pushback and "how dare they, obviously they can't have any idea what they're talking about!" (because of course actors, writers, and TV watchers who have read three blog posts and a news article about the horrors of autism know better than people who deal with it every day on a professional basis).  So they have written a further explanation.  I bet it results in people flinging the same kind of crap; hopefully at least one or two people will read it and go, "oh, maybe they have a point."

Why we wrote: Sherlock does not have autism, thanks, from 4 Psychiatrists.

beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)
So, I'm not sure if I'll sign up, but [community profile] invisible_ficathon looks to be the most meta-y awesomeness to come along in some time.  It's a ficathon for fake fandoms.  That is, like, canons within canons.  Like Hogwarts, A History, or Pigs in Space! or Wormhole Extreme.

Fandoms that I would nominate and/or consider writing in:
Pigs in Space
Pigs in Space: Deep Dish Nine, The Next Generation
(from The Muppet Show)
Wormhole Extreme (from SG-1)
Wendy the Werewolf Stalker (from DC Comics)
Argo (from Argo)
The Duelling Cavalier/The Dancing Cavalier (Singin' in the Rain)

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
Fandom: Captain America
Characters/Pairings:  Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers/Howard Stark, Steve Rogers/OMC, Steve Rogers/OFC
Rating:  explicit
Length:  36k
Creator Links: [ profile] ladygray99 , [ profile] mikes_grrl , [ profile] tawg 
Theme: research

Summary:  Like everyone else his age, Steve Rogers graduates high school when he is fifteen years old.  It's 1933.

Reccer's Notes: When an author includes a glossary and a historical guide, you know they've done their research. When you reread a story regularly, you know it's a great story. When you regularly reread a story with a glossary and historical guide, you know it should be recced for the research round at fancake! This is an awesome take on what it's like for Steve to be a gay man from the 30s and 40s. (The sequel, about him adapting to life in the 21st century, is just as excellent but still a WIP.) I found it to be both gripping and fascinating.

Fanwork Links: More Man than You


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