beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
I had a GREAT idea for my [community profile] ssrconfidential fic.  But then I checked the timelines and there is no way to make it work.  And I have 700 words of it written already.

Ah, well.  I can do pieces of it, but it won't be as cool.  ::pouts::

beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)
I was reading [archiveofourown.org profile] LullabyKnell's Harry Potter notfic/meta collection (and wishing someone would actually really WRITE some of these ideas, or expand what she's got, because some of them deserve EPIC fic treatments), and came across this bit of meta on Delphi from the Cursed Child. Fair warning, my knowledge of Cursed Child is entirely fandom osmosis and not much of that. (Let's be real. 95.5% of my HP knowledge comes from fandom osmosis--I've never read the books and I know I saw some of the movies in the theater but can't remember which ones, I'm really only in it for the fanfic.)

Anyway! [archiveofourown.org profile] LullabyKnell was reacting to an apparent trend in CC fanfic to make Delphi not actually Voldemort's kid, because someone polyjuiced into him to have sex with Bellatrix, and whoever that was is really Delphi's father. Delphi notes that:
if Delphi was conceived after Bellatrix’s breakout from Azkaban and born before the Battle of Hogwarts, then that means the biological component from Voldemort would have been from his second body. The resurrected-in-the-graveyard one that we only know to be made of a) MAGIC, b) Tom Riddle Senior, b) Peter Pettigrew, and c) Harry Potter. So is Delphi even biologically the original Tom Riddle Junior’s kid? Wasn’t that body destroyed?
Zie then goes on to speculate as to what would happen if, somewhere along the line, Harry and co. figured this out and realized that she was biologically his daughter?

My thoughts turned in a different direction.

The bones of that resurrection potion of Voldemort's came from his despised Muggle father.  And blood is made in bones, so while Harry's blood was a necessary part of the potion and no doubt provided a symbolic link, Voldemort's actual blood, once he'd been alive again for a while, all came from his bones ... which came from his father.  He is no longer a halfblood; on a biological level, he is now a muggle-born.  He has no blood connection with the Gaunts, and hence Salazar Slytherin, any longer.  (If he had realized the implications, he would have found a different way.)  There are some parts of him that come from Pettigrew, but they were mostly fuel and scaffolding.  The genetic bits came from Tom Riddle, Sr.

So he and Bellatrix have a kid.  Except that what neither of them realize is that, biologically, Bellatrix and Tom Riddle Sr have a kid.  (Really, Voldemort should consider himself fortunate that dear Bella never figured it out.  There is not much that could break Bella's loyalty to him, but causing her to bear a half-blood bastard would do it.)

But this is Bella and Voldie, here.  Not really parent-of-the-year material, and anyway, while Voldemort wanted an heir to show off, he doesn't care about them until they get old enough to get molded into what he wants.  Bella, meanwhile, even if she wanted to be a mother to the kid, is in a bit of a delicate spot with her husband, who is slightly less devoted to Voldie than she is.  So the kid gets dumped with a house elf for a nanny, while Bella and Voldemort are off fighting.  There'll be plenty of time later, right, once they've killed all those dirty mudbloods and blood traitors.

So, in the aftermath of the battle, there's a lot of mopping up to do--death eaters to chase down, DE strongholds to clear out, people to put on trial, etc.  The Trio pitch in, but Shacklebolt gives them the assignments least likely to lead to violence.  (He knows they can fight.  But he also knows they're kids and, now that the prophecy is over, they shouldn't have to.)  So that's how they're the ones clearing a DE safehouse when they come across a toddler and a house elf.

The house elf knows its master and mistress are dead, and its loyalties are free.  The house elf isn't a Black elf, so he has no loyalty to Bella that isn't compelled by its binding to her, and Voldemort's never had a house to have house elves for.  The elf's true masters were killed by Death Eaters, so he is perfectly willing--ecstatic, even!--to hand over his charge to Harry Potter, thank him for freeing him, and go off to see if he can find any relatives of his true masters.  Before he goes, he tells them everything he knows.

Harry and Ron, hearing that this kid's parents are Bellatrix Black and Voldemort himself, get grossed out.  Hermione, who knows a bit more about genetics and inheritance than the boys, gets a weird look on her face and starts doing tests.  (She has quite a strong interest in genetics and inheritance.  She has a whole lovely lecture pointing out just how WRONG and STUPID the whole pureblood notion of inheritance and blood purity is, to be used in response to a slur about mudbloods, which she's never gotten to actually use because what's the point in lecturing someone who won't understand how WRONG they are even after you tell them?)

The thing she's most worried about is that the baby might be Harry's, genetically.  That possibility would be the hardest to deal with, because of the personal implications.  But it is quickly ruled out.

A Pettigrew connection might be the best-case scenario, and it's easy to find his body, get a sample, and compare it.  That, too, is ruled out.

Hermione and Ron go back to the graveyard where Cedric was murdered without Harry.  Someone needs to watch little Delly, after all.  They get what they need.  It's a match.  Delly is, biologically, the daughter of the muggle Tom Rilddle, Sr, and thus the half-sister of Voldemort.

It's almost a good thing there are so many war orphans; Delly Riddle is very easy to slip in among them.  The story they give is completely true.  It's just missing a few details.  Delly Riddle, they say, is a muggleborn whose parents were killed by Death Eaters.  Delly Riddle, they say, was found by a witch and given over to a house elf to raise and keep safe.  That witch, they say, died in the war.  Delly Riddle, they say, has no living muggle relatives, so now she needs a new wizarding foster or adoptive family.

No eyebrows are raised.  It's a believable story, and more than they know about a couple of other very young war orphans.

(The irony is, a few years later, that one of those other war orphans with a mysterious past gets fingered as a possible Heir of Voldemort.  Nobody quite knows how the rumor starts, but once it does, people get hysterical.  The Trio watch with helpless fury, seeing what it does to that poor kid.  They do their best to dispel the rumors, frustrated that they can't prove how they know.  After all, they can't say "We know Melody Legato isn't Voldemort's kid because Delly Riddle is.")

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
On Tumblr, someone pointed out that given Howard Stark's now-canon background (where he grew up and his parents' occupations), he is almost certainly Jewish passing as Gentile.  And that, you know, this gives extra oomph to him helping Jarvis get Anna (his Jewish wife) out of danger and to England and later America.  (And I want to read that story, and I hope someone is writing it!)

But you know what other story I want to read?  The one where it's a Jewish holiday and Steve absentmindedly mentions it to Tony ("Happy Chanukah!" or appropriate greeting for whichever holiday it is) and Tony is baffled because he's not Jewish (not anything, really, pretty much raised atheist), and Steve is Catholic (or Episcopalian, I've seen an interesting meta on what it would mean if Steve was an Irish Protestant, but whatever he is, definitely Christian.)

So then Steve is all, wait, but Howard was Jewish, and he didn't show it, but then things were a lot worse for Jews in those days, I thought you would be public with your religion/ethnicity!

And Tony is all, no, nope, nuh-uh, no Jewish background in the family that I know of.

And Steve goes, then how/why did Howard know Yiddish?  Because a lot of the scientists on Project Rebirth were Jews, so Yiddish was spoken around the labs, and Steve never heard Howard speak it but he definitely understood what the others were saying when they were cursing people out or arguing or joking around in Yiddish, so.

And Tony's mind is blown, and he goes on an incredibly tacky orgy of self-discovery to "find his Jewish roots."
beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)
So there's a meme going around to pick lines from three WIPs you have.

But where's the fun in that? I have like twenty WIPs in various states of completion. Here are the ones most interesting to me/most likely to get finished:

1. My remix of [livejournal.com profile] rapfic's "Going Native"
BSG/TNG )

2. Sequel to The Desert Between

Vulcan! )

3. Untitled Teen Wolf thing.
I've never even seen a single ep, though I've read a lot of fic. It can't be that much of a problem, right? )

4. Stargate/Criminal Minds crossover
A casefic that gets personal ... )

5. Sequel to Unreal Things
Cylon!Daniel )

6. The one where Cyd Charisse was a Vulcan
Get your kicks on Route 66 )

7. The one where Anakin doesn't turn and he and Padme eventually get couples therapy.
Living together is a lot different from a few hours snatched here and there during wartime. )

8. The one about Carol Marcus and Jim Kirk's relationship.
SCIENCE! )
beatrice_otter: Lex Luthor runs for his life (Run for your Life!)
I did not know that even "paranormal researchers" in today's world can get insurance for supernatural causes.  (Of course, what I want to know is, if you have an insurance policy against demonic possession and you live in a world in which no credible authority believes demons exist, or at least even the ones like some churches that believe in them can't prove them, if you are possessed, how do you file a claim and expect the insurer to actually pay out?)

Now I want a story about supernatural insurance in the world of, say, Teen Wolf.  Or any other modern fantasy series, really.

beatrice_otter: I don't want to be killed because of a typo.  It would be embarrassing. (Typo)
A while back I got bit by a plot bunny (rabid critters, I know) about classic movie star Cyd Charisse being a Vulcan stranded on Earth.  Which plot bunny I am now writing in fits and starts.

And obviously, the background information we have on her will have to be massaged to fit.  But Wikipedia is lying to me.  It says she was born in 1922 and joined the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo at age 14.  Which would be 1936, for those of you who have basic arithmetic skills.

The problem is that Wikipedia also tells me that the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo was not formed until 1938.

I am choosing to believe that Cyd Charisse was 16 when she joined the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo the year it formed, as that fits better with the timeline of my story.

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: Ginger Rogers--Dancing! (Dancing!)
I just watched the end of The Bandwagon on TCM. And noticed that when Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire are singing the line in "That's Entertainment" that goes "It's the art that appeals to the heart!" and she puts her hand (presumably) where her heart is supposed to be? She doesn't put her hand on her chest, she puts it on her side.
Just about where a Vulcan's heart would be, no?  So now I want Hollywood RPF fic where Cyd Charisse, the glamorous, dignified, and reserved* Hollywood star is a Vulcan stranded on Earth.

*Her biggest role was reprising Greta Garbo's role in Silk Stockings, which was a remake of Ninotchka.  And another one of her big roles was in Singin' In the Rain, in which she was the mysterious brunette in the Broadway Melody sequence (you may remember her in a green dress dancing with Gene Kelly?)



beatrice_otter: 1633--knight and ironclad (1633)
One is an alternate history of the US and Great Britain.  The UK retains political control over the Colonies by sacrificing economic control (i.e. they reduce taxation, and the Colonies don't rebel, possibly with grants of nobility thrown in to various colonial elite and younger sons of nobles from England who are willing to emigrate).  With economic affairs largely in control of Americans, economic growth grows roughly the same as it did in our time line, but since we're still part of the UK there's a much higher percentage of British elite investing in factories and plantations and things as they become really profitable, and American elites becoming tied in there.  By the end of the 19th Century America is the economic powerhouse of the British Empire, and Queen Victoria moves the capital to America to keep a better eye on us and to cement our position in the Empire.  (Before you scoff, remember that when Rome finally fell to the barbarians for the last time, Rome hadn't been the capital of the Roman Empire for several centuries, Constantine the Great having moved the capital to a small town in Turkey called Byzantium which he rebuilt and expanded and renamed Constantinople, which is modern-day Istanbul.)  What does that do to colonialism in general?  In the 19th Century, the European nations went all-out conquering Africa and Asia; if Great Britain's focus was on America instead of India and China, what would be different?  And how would the political situation in Europe change if the UK was focused more on Spain and Mexico than France and Germany and Russia?

Another is a futurefic about Jack Harkness getting therapy to get the inside of his head fixed.  Something like, if he could kill himself, he would, but he's going to be around for a long time and he's been wallowing in angst and obsessions for so long and he's tired of it and he doesn't want to have to worry about hurting people he cares about by accident because he's a self-absorbed wanker any more.  Because I love him, but I am firmly of the opinion that a good therapist is worth zir weight in gold, and boy does Jack need it.
beatrice_otter: Black and white image of Emily Prentiss from Criminal Minds, with bulletproof vest and gun. (Emily Prentiss)
You know how Criminal Minds is, like, always on TV?  Just now, it was on two channels at once.  One of the eps was the one where, at the end, JJ comes back and shows them Henry, and Derek goes gaga over him and the ovaries of half the women watching explode.  Now I want to have Derek Morgan kidfic.  (This is the same reaction I had the first time I saw the episode.)  But, being me, I'm not fond of kidfic of the woobie "lets throw a kid in randomly!" variety.  I like my kidfic to be well-written, with plot.  Anyway, I will probably never write CM fic for a variety of reasons, so I hereby release this plot bunny into the wild.

This plot bunny is a CM/SG-1 crossover.  In it, the Trust wants more people with the ATA gene, and so (being composed of Goa'uld, amoral businessmen and evil scientists) they decide to breed their own.  And Derek has it.  (I'm assuming that after Carson identified the gene, the US started looking for people with it, maybe doing gene screenings of government employees, which would be how the Trust finds out.)  So, they got Derek's semen by sending a female agent in to hook up with him in a bar, who went home with them and slipped out with the used condom.  Two years later, the SGC is following other leads stumble across their little breeding program--Derek not being the only one whose DNA they used--and so Major Davis makes a courtesy call to the BAU, and the team is all "why are you telling us all about this operation if you've already caught them?" and Davis turns to Derek and congrats, you're a dad! three or four times over, because of course the Trust would be using in vitro and going for multiple pregnancies as much as possible.  I'm thinking the Trust wanted to breed stronger genes by breeding two gene carriers, so they either kidnapped female gene carriers and impregnated them, or used alien tech to extract ovaries and grow the babies in artificial wombs, or maybe kidnapping female runaways/homeless women nobody would miss and impregnating them with fertilized ova.  The SGC probably cottoned on because of the assault/kidnapping of the mothers.

Anyway, I have this elaborate scenario, and no real resolution for it, which is why even if I felt like I could write CM fic, I wouldn't write this one.  But I'd love to read it!

beatrice_otter: OMGWTFBBQ!  Hector dies in book 22!  Spoilers! (Spoilers)
Here is my current WIP list:

[livejournal.com profile] xover_exchange fic.  (And once it's done, I'll probably have Yuletide to start.)

Desert Between sequel, set several years later focusing on Spock's Vulcan wife.  And what she thinks of the whole situation.  (I'm still not sure this is what would happen, if this is the choice Uhura would make; but [personal profile] laurajv wanted to know what would happen if it did, and upon reflection I realized so did I.)

DS9 original character fic that's been on the backburner for some time but is slowly moving up my priority list.  It began out of my fascination with Vulcans, and my love of Bajor and DS9, and my realization that it was highly unrealistic that the only non-Vulcans we see marry Vulcans are Humans, and there's a whole Federation out there.  So I set out to write a Vulcan/Bajoran love story.  Which then got bogged down.  I have since realized that it is not, in fact, a love story.  It is a gen friendship story, about growing and learning and respecting culture despite differences, and about being in transition.  It's one of those where I'm not sure it will ever be finished, but I like it and so keep going back and fiddling with it.

Batman Beyond--Terry and guns.  A short meditation on guns and the way people react to them that [personal profile] hradzka rightly pointed out needed an actual, you know, plot to go with the philosophy.  I will get back to it some day.

Superman Movieverse/DC fic to the same plot bunny that spurred [livejournal.com profile] ljs_lj to write Biopsychology (and are you ever going to get around to writing that new sequel to it?)  My version is quite different, as the plot would focus on/be triggered by Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) arriving on Earth.  It's mostly about her and her issues and what she thinks of Earth and her cousin (and, eventually, his screwed-up love life, which is where the plot bunny comes in).  Since I finished my Richard-focused post-Superman Returns fic "A Family Story," I've had very little motivation to get back to this one, so it's staying on the back burner for now.  Maybe next year.  (I do intend to eventually get back to it.)

BSG AU called Jumping Time (and this may be the only time in my life I've ever been able to come up with a title before I had to post the fic).  Of all my WIPs, the least likely to get finished because while I have quite a number of scenes for it running around my head, I have no plot to tie them together with.  Basically, at the end of the series when Kara jumps the Galactica, instead of finding a new Earth they find themselves back in time about 6 months before the Cylon attack, and decide that the best way to save the Colonies is for the Rebel Cylons and the Final Five to infiltrate the Cylons and stage a coup against the Ones

I have several other plot bunnies, but those are the ones that not only have files, they have files pinned to my start bar so I can access them easily and they will stay in my head.

beatrice_otter: Stargate--My fandom has Space Pyramids! (Space Pyramids!)
Okay, I've had a few people ask if Wanky Wormhole Remix will get a sequel, and I couldn't see anything more to do with it.

But.  I was just re-reading it, and it hit me.

What if I do an "excerpt" from a sociology study of the SGC published after declassification?  A sociologist would probably find the SGC's e-mail archives fascinating, and the implications of the busman's holiday nature of being obsessed with WX, and the intense clannishness of gate teams, and how it all mixed together.

It's something I'd love to read, but I'm not sure if I could write it.  (Would anyone else care to?)

Maybe it just needs some time to percolate.

beatrice_otter: Han and Leia--Kiss (Han and Leia)
So, I read [livejournal.com profile] irnan's post about Padme, and trying to figure her character out, and in the process of rambling on in giving my two cents worth gave myself a plot bunny.

It's an AU.  Anakin kills Palpatine instead of Mace, and they read Palpatine's last transmissions and find out where the Separatist leadership is, and Anakin leads the team to go capture them, and when he gets back instead of going to the Temple he goes to Padme's apartment (because, you know, he's upset about Palpatine, and also that the Jedi didn't trust him until he turned Palpatine in, and he's just ready to say "screw it").  And Obi-Wan comes to drag him back to the Temple, and realizes Padme's pregnant and Anakin is the father, and the Jedi don't throw Anakin out, but a compromise is reached where he's "on leave" for a while.  So Anakin and Padme go to Naboo, and her family's overpoweringly thrilled about the baby and upset they didn't tell them and neither Anakin nor Padme can really take it, so they go someplace else.  A quiet planet, not directly involved in the war but still marked and shaped by the underlying issues that caused it.  And in this backwater, Anakin and Padme have nothing to distract themselves and things start to fall apart as they realize that they really don't know each other and don't know how to talk to each other and both are more in love with the idea of the other they've built up in their head than they are with the other person and both have serious issues to work through.  (Anakin's issues are that he's a whiny emo brat; Padme's are that she's a privileged twit who doesn't have the first clue what privilege means and she's spent so much of her life playing the roles of princess-queen-senator that she has no idea who she is without those roles.)  And it's hard and complicated and takes time and they both have to grow and they have therapy both as a couple and as individuals and they have to learn how to be parents.  I don't know if they stay there or go back in the end.  I may or may not write it someday.

Also, I now have a LibraryThing widget on my dreamwidth journal, courtesy of [personal profile] suncat in [site community profile] dw_nifty.
beatrice_otter: Plot Bunny Princess (Plot Bunny Princess)
This bunny is kind of vague, but it intrigues me:

The ghost of Hamlet's father is some kind of non-corporeal alien that feeds off of negative emotions, trying to manipulate events in Denmark to make itself a banquet.  The Doctor is there to investigate, and in the process of saving the day manages to both save Ophelia from going crazy due to the alien's influences, and cut through Hamlet's grief-and-rage-fuelled egotistical funk.  The Doctor and Horatio get along quite well, saving the day together while Hamlet's off soliloquizing.

(xposted to [community profile] prospectus, the plot bunny adoption community.)
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
Meme stolen from [personal profile] ljc :
  1. The Watchmen/BSG crossover about Doctor Manhattan, going off to explore the universe and create life. All this has happened before, all this will happen again. He doesn't like being called God.
  2. The BSG AU where, when Kara jumps them using the coordinates from that song at the end of the last episode, they wind up back in time in the colonies just before the Cylon attack.
  3. The Criminal Minds/SG-1 crossover where the SGC is negotiating with a planet that doesn't really want any of the standard trade goods, but they've got a high-profile serial killer but no law enforcement types with the psychological training to catch him/her. So someone suggests that hey, maybe we should lend them a BAU team for a few weeks, catch the serial killer, and give them a start on developing their own profilers.
  4. The Stargate Goes Public story that focuses on the reactions of the US military peeps who weren't in on the program. Navy guys complaining about the Air Force having starships. Special forces guys pointing out that having four-person teams is really stupid; six is a much more tactically flexible number, and if they hadn't given the Stargate to the Chair Force maybe they'd have had fewer screwups like that. JAG lawyers trying to figure out how to fit the de facto decisions made by the SGC over the years because they face situations nobody's ever thought of before into the UCMJ. Marines being ooo-rah. Etc.
  5. The Stargate story that focuses on the diplomatic teams: how they figure out what to trade with each world, and the person who noticed that most worlds are resource-rich and manpower-poor, and that the thing most useful to most worlds is technology just a leetle more advanced than whatever they've got--still within their manufacturing capabilities, but just a little more energy efficient. Cotton gins. Spinning jennies. Better plows. Better mettalurgy. Etc. Or some worlds want sheep with better wool, or larger horses, or other agricultural things. And then having to figure out how to convince General Hammond that what they really need is for the engineers (who want to be studying Ancient or Goa'uld or Asgard technology) to figure out how to build these things and teach the locals how to make and use them. Or convince General Hammond that the SGC needs to buy Merino sheep or what have you. And then figure out how to get them through the Stargate.
  6. Babylon 5. The one about the Centauri princeling in The Lost Tales that Sheridan takes home to Minbar to keep him from turning into the monster Galen says he will.
  7. Doctor Who/Atlantis. The sequel to Survivors.
  8. BSG AU. The stories hinted at in Five AUs I Will Never Write.
  9. Batman Beyond. The one where Terry's in college, still Batman, but moonlighting with the Justice League when they really need him. And they've got a list, really heavily encrypted somewhere, of family members of JL heroes, so that they can whisk them away to a secure location if necessary, and of course Terry's mom and brother are on that list but they still don't know he's Batman, and consequently are sure someone's made a mistake when they get kidnapped to a safehouse with superhero families. The security people guarding them are all, no, you're on the list, Mrs. McGinnis.
  10. Star Trek Reboot. Away team beams down, locals don't like Spock because of his brother, and Spock's all, I don't have a brother, but what's Sybok done? And it turns out that he had forced a telepathic marriage bond on one of the women in town and raped her during his Pon Farr, and now she's pregnant, and Spock has to deal with figuring out how to help her and track down his brother to bring him to justice (which traditionally would be putting him to death, but so many Vulcans have died already, but on the other hand Vulcan doesn't have the resources to deal with a prisoner and most other Federation worlds don't have prisons designed to hold such powerful telepaths as Sybok). Also, Spock has to deal with his friends and crewmates now that part of the story about Pon Farr has come out in the worst possible way.
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
I'm a student, right?  With a month till the end of the school year.  In that month, besides all the homework and final projects, I have four fics I am currently working on:

A post-Paladin of Souls Iselle and Ista fic for[livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon 
A Sarek/Amanda fic for [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang 
A Spock/Uhura reboot post-movie fic currently being betaed by the lovely [personal profile] laurajv.
A Remix fic (for which I have yet to select a story).

That's a good number.  Enough that I'm regularly working on something, not so much I can't keep track or get the ones with deadlines done before the deadlines.

Anyway, the S/U fic is all about them discussing "where we go from here" now that Vulcan is gone and T'Pring is dead and Spock explaining all about Vulcan culture and the possibilities for their relationship within Vulcan culture and Uhura Not Happy about all the stuff he's springing on her and his lack of flexibility on what it would mean for her and possible ways of blending their two cultures rather than her just going native like his mother did.  Basically, it's my excuse to explore Vulcan culture and gender roles in fic, the fic which grew out of my meta on Vulcan culture and how it affects Worldbuilding in the New Reality.  And one of the options Spock mentions is him marrying a nice Vulcan girl who stays home and takes care of the children (hers and Nyota's) and the home, while he and Uhura stay in Starfleet and have adventures together, and come home to visit on leave.  And [personal profile] laurajv mentioned that now she really wants to read a fic about the nice Vulcan girl who's staying on the new Vulcan homeworld raising the kids, including some who are only 1/4 Vulcan.  I was like, "dude, whatever, I ain't got time to write it and the reason for stopping the fic where I do is that I genuinely have no clue what Uhura's going to decide, or if she'll figure out some kind of workable compromise."  And now, while I still don't know what the hypothetical wife's name would be, I know her backstory and who her best friend is and ... and I don't need another fic right now!  I don't have time for it!  And this is not something I could hand over to [community profile] bunny_support or [community profile] prospectus because it's so tied up in my views on Vulcan culture and the backstory that has created itself and (unlike most plot bunnies I have) it would give me hives to try and read someone else's take on it.
beatrice_otter: BSG's Six with red Cylon eyes (Six)
 ... and with the theology of "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash.  But if I knew how to make a vid, and I were going to make a BSG vid,  I think that's the song I would pick.

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God'll cut you down
Sooner or later God'll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

Well my goodness gracious let me tell you the news
My head's been wet with the midnight dew
I've been down on bended knee talkin' to the man from Galilee
He spoke to me in the voice so sweet
I thought I heard the shuffle of the angel's feet
He called my name and my heart stood still
When he said, "John go do My will!"

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God'll cut you down
Sooner or later God'll cut you down

Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin' in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What's done in the dark will be brought to the light

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God'll cut you down
Sooner or later God'll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down
beatrice_otter: Men may move mountains, but ideas move men. (Ideas move men)
So, if you're in the Stargate fandom you've probably heard about the massive amounts of fail (multiple different kinds, no less!) inherent in the casting sides for an episode of Stargate: Universe, and the defense from Gateworld, and all that. [livejournal.comt profile] sheafrotherdon has an excellent rebuttal to Gateworld's defense of the fail, and [livejournal.com profile] cereta has an older post on living in a systematically misogynistic society and why don't "nice" men take a stand which then links to [livejournal.com profile] khalinche's post on the levels of harassment your average woman experiences on a daily basis, and why men don't really get it. And someone in the comments mentioned the Vagina Monologues, which I've never seen.

And I've been thinking. I love Stargate, but not the fail, and it seems like the fail has been growing over time, and the way they consistently play issues of rape and torture and such for titilation/humor or in other ways abuse white male privilege.

And lo, at 2 o'clock in the morning, an idea has formed for a story I will never write but which would be Made of Awesome if someone else would do it:

Teal'c is sensitive to power issues as they relate to the whole Jaffa/slave thing, but not so much (which is to say, not at all) as they relate to male/female relationships. He's very secure in his male privilege, and uses it, particularly with Jaffa women. He has great respect for Sam, treats her like an equal as a warrior, true, but look at how he treated the Jaffa women he was with. It's not that he's a bad guy, he just responds as his culture has taught him and doesn't really seem to think about the issue that much. And then in the episode Family Ties, Teal'c gets given tickets to The Vagina Monologues.

I want to know what Teal'c's reaction was. I want it to be done seriously, not played for laughs. I want to know how he related that to his experiences of Jaffa life and working with Sam for ten years. I want to explore Jaffa culture and Teal'c's perspective on it beyond the 'Jaffa revenge thing.' I want to see him talk about it with Sam, and with Ishta, and maybe his daughter-in-law Kar'yn. I don't want him to turn into an enlightened feminist Western male, but I do want him to understand.
beatrice_otter: Plot Bunny Princess (Plot Bunny Princess)
I have two ficathon stories that are due the end of the month, neither one of which am I anywhere close to finishing. [profile] tealc_ficathon is barely started, and my [community profile] multific fic is, well, I should have just committed to the 7-10k new words rather than actually finishing it.

Am I writing either of those? No. I'm writing a BSG fic about Kara Thrace's dad.

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