beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
DON'T PANIC.

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but please don't let that intimidate you. 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.

General likes/dislikes )

Rivers of London )

Hobson's Choice (1954) )

My Fair Lady (1964) )

Random Harvest )

Wonder Woman (2017) )
Metropolis: the Chase Suite - Janelle Monae )

beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
[archiveofourown.org profile] SSR_Confidential_2017 is open for business!  There's a lot of great Agent Carter fic, and  nice variety of stories.  Lots of minor-character love, too.  You should check them all out!  Here are some of my favorites:

I received A Brief Period of Rejoicing.  With the war in Europe coming to an end Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos get to have some well earned R&R with an old friend and some new ones.  It's a nice crossover with some minor comics characters, a little bit of action, lots of fun.

Tomorrow, in a year.  Inventions, the consequences they have and the choices you make: Three encounters Howard Stark has with German scientists he does and doesn't work with.  Interesting look at scientific ethics from different perspectives.

What's Next.  “I keep saying she’s going to get herself into trouble, trying to fix everything."  Violet, 1931-1944.  Interesting look at a character we only got brief interactions with in canon.  (She was Daniel's girlfriend in season 2)

Reclamation.  Jack gets himself in trouble. Again. Peggy and Daniel attempt to help him. Again. Things go exactly contrary to plan. Again.  Good casefic, wish it were longer.

A Purpose-Driven Life.  Dottie escapes the Red Room as a child. Everything goes differently from there.  Interesting AU idea with both Dottie and a young Agnes Cully (i.e., Whitney Frost)

Playing the Cards.  Jason ponders his life after Zero Matter.  Interesting idea of what the long-lasting effects of Zero Matter might be.

Girls' Night Out.  Peggy Carter, Rose Roberts, and Ana Jarvis walk into a bar . . .  What it says on the tin.
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
I'm working on my [community profile] ssrconfidential 2017 fic, and I could use a beta.  Well, right now I need some plot advice/brainstorming and in about a week I'll need a beta.

ETA: actually, I just finished it!  So, no brainstorming needed, but still need a beta.

beatrice_otter: Sam and Teal'c (Sam and Teal'c)
The story I was scrambling to get a beta for?  The deadline got extended!  For everyone!  Apparently, multiple people had contacted the mods saying they had a story mostly done but it wouldn't be done on time, and one of the mods was having computer trouble such that they can't get their FINISHED story off the hard-drive, and so they said, screw it, we're moving the deadline back a month.

On the one hand: Yes!  This story is one of those which I have occasionally, in which it is just going to go on for a while and even if I know where the ending is going to be (I do now, thanks to excellent betaing from [personal profile] tielan and [personal profile] princessofgeeks) it's not going to get there without many thousands of words in the middle.  Like, no, no shortcuts, either you write all this other stuff or you don't write anything, even if you know the ending you will not be able to write it until all the other stuff your hindbrain wants to put in have been exhausted.  So, having the extra time to get it done is good.

On the other hand, I had staggered my ficathons so I could finish up [community profile] stargate_summer and then concentrate on my [community profile] ssrconfidential fic.  And now ... I will have to be working on both at the same time.  Aaaargh.
Worldbuilding problems caused by real-life linguists )

beatrice_otter: Vader and Leia (Vader and Leia)
So, waaaaaaaaaay back in 2008, when fandom was still mostly on LJ and AO3 was only just beginning to be talked about but was not yet open, I was discouraged because there was like no Star Wars activity on LJ.  You had to go to other websites for it, pretty much.  And even then, the activity from the prequels was dying down and Clone Wars was only just starting, so there was a bit of a lull anyway.  So I decided to do something about it!  I ran my first and only ficathon, the [livejournal.com profile] starwarsficfest.  And I had vague ideas about doing a second run of it, but that never materialized.

So, having just remembered it, I imported it so that the stories are now at [community profile] starwarsficfest. Interesting thing: I didn't build any long-term relationships with any of the people who wrote for it at the time, and none of them have since claimed their LJ OpenID on Dreamwidth.  But!  One of them, [personal profile] fialleril ([tumblr.com profile] fialleril ) is someone I follow on tumblr.  I love their fic and meta!

beatrice_otter: Jedi fighting against a blue background (blue Jedi)
There are twelve stories, one original and eleven remixes; there are three remix streams.  One of those stories is mine!  The challenge: can you tell which one is mine?  Can you tell who wrote any of them in particular?  Can you figure out which order they were written in?

Personally, I found it fascinating to see the differences (and similarities), and to see just how far afield we went from the original.  In all three streams.
beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)
Join us at [community profile] wipbigbang Sign up March 24-April 7 and Finish Your Sh**! This is a Big Bang with one goal in mind: to clean out your drafts folder. These are stories that were unfinished for whatever reason, that authors returned to and completed, and the art that goes with them! All fandoms welcome!




Last year I finished my Criminal Minds/Stargate crossover, The Genetics Factory.  Should I sign up again?  If so, which of my many WIPs should I work on?
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
[archiveofourown.org profile] ssr_confidential_2017 is a fanfic exchange for Agent Carter, with fic, vids, and art being exchanged.

DON'T PANIC.

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but please don't let that intimidate you.  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.

General likes/dislikes )
 

Specifics! )
beatrice_otter: Eowyn holding a sword (Eowyn)
[community profile] femmeremix was, as always, a blast, and the fics have now been revealed.  (Authors will be revealed in a week.) I received this marvelous Five Gods fic:
Clarity of Purpose (the Separate Callings remix) (1233 words), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Characters: Ista dy Chalion, Iselle dy Chalion, Illvin dy Arbanos
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Mother-Daughter Relationship, Reunions, Difficult Emotions, Paladin of Souls
Summary: Ista wonders how much she and her daughter really recognise each other, these days.


Other fics I enjoyed:
MCU, Harry Potter, and more )
beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)
The good news is, today I have completely written my [community profile] femmeremix fic!  And by "completely written" I mean I went from "heck, I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what story to remix and have nothing interesting to say about any of these stories of my assigned writer" to "here is the finished work ready for betaing."  Since it's due July 24, this is a relief.

The bad news is, it means I didn't get any work done on my [community profile] wipbigbang which still needs SO MUCH WORK to get into its finished form and is due July 23rd.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.  Can there be bears if it's not [community profile] yuletide?  Because I feel like the bears are out to get me.  (I have absolutely no doubt that it'll be finished by the deadline.  It's just going to require some ... concentrated work and wrestling with bears between now and then.  This is what happens when, halfway through an ancient WIP for a fandom you haven't been in for years, you find out that there has been a major change in canon that, if you incorporate it, will make your fic better, but means a ton of extra work.)

If you're wondering about Past Lives, once [community profile] wipbigbang is no longer eating my brain I'll get back to it, and hopefully back to an "updating weekly" schedule.

beatrice_otter: Aim high--you may still miss the target, but at least you won't shoot your foot off. (Aim High)
Just got my art from my [community profile] wipbigbang artist!  How exciting!  It's definitely inspiration to keep me chugging along on the story.  (There are only a couple of scenes left to write, and THEN I've got to go back and edit some key plot changes in--I Got A Better Idea 2/3 of the way through--and then off to the beta it goes, and then .... well, it feels kind of disjointed and thematically incoherent to me, but my stories often do at this point in the creative process, and then betas tell me it's fine, so I FEEL like any competent beta would tell me to rewrite half of it, but the rational part of my brain knows that's not necessarily true.

By the way, they are STILL LOOKING FOR ARTISTS for the [community profile] wipbigbang! It's a multi-fandom challenge, and they've still got several unclaimed fic: Chronicles of Narnia, Code Black, Highlander/Forever, two Once Upon a Time fics, Saints Row, a Sherlock/St. Trinians crossover, a Stargate Atlantis fic.
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
And there's some art and vids, too.  If you like Agent Carter, you should check them out!

I received A Problem at Isodyne, an interesting what-if where Whitney Frost actually got to go to college.

My favorites:

To Lift Again the Banner.  The worst part is this: If they'd asked Gabe to participate in Project: Rebirth, he would probably have said yes. However, they didn't give Gabe a choice, and now he's on the run with only a lady spy and a scrawny kid from Brooklyn to help him.

Bad Romance [Vid]--"Aww, Peggy. I'll always be in your head."  A Peggy/Dottie vid set to the Postmodern Jukebox version of Bad Romance.

All Of Me--Between countries, between languages, between death and life: Ana Jarvis has been all of this for years. Portrait of a survivor.  Brilliant character study.

Out of the Cave--When Whitney Frost escapes the asylum, Dottie Underwood is there waiting with a plan.  Fun story, with interesting meditations on power and powerlessness and what drives these two women.

A Voice for America--When Angie takes a job as a voice actor on US Army propaganda films, she has no idea who she'll end up working with.  Or, the troubling problem of Captain America's English accent.  Fun Peggy/Angie AU, just wish it was longer.

Not The Last Dance This Time--beautiful fanart of Peggy and Colin Wilkes.

One of the Lucky Ones.  The anniversaries we want to forget will always sneak up on us. Sousa, for instance, wants nothing more than to move on from the blast that took his leg. Carter is more tight-lipped about the things she's lost. Neither of them is willing to stay back-benched.

Rose in the Spring.  Rose Roberts, between seasons 1 and 2.

In the Dead Lava Streets.  New York is a devil's dream, the most urbanized city in the world. It is all geometry angles and stone. It is mythical, a city buried by a volcano. Five times Howard Stark met Joseph Manfredi, and one time he did not.

Not Your Fairytale Princes.  Peggy/Dottie.  "Forgive me for doing my job," Peggy said. "I'm not exactly ready to play therapist to world-weary spies, not yet."

Four Times Peggy Tried to Run Away (And the One Time it Finally Worked).  This is my new canon for what Peggy was like as a kid, it's just delightful.

beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)

 

Maria Hill Fic Fest!

 

There needs to be more fic about the woman who single-handedly
rescued Captain America, the Black Widow, and the Falcon from death at the hands of
HYDRA with nothing more than her brains, a stun-wand, a laser-cutter,
and balls of titanium, so come play in the May 2016 Maria Hill Fic Fest!
On LJ here
and DW here

If you don't know how a comment fic fest works, it's pretty simple:
Instructions
1. Leave a comment containing a prompt, scenario, or quotation to inspire someone else. If you want to leave characters or pairings in addition to Maria, then add them in!

eg.
Maria & T'Challa, understanding and responsibility
Maria, gen, We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. (Tobias Wolff)
Maria/Steve, sex in uniform up against a wall where there's the fear of discovery

2. Pick a prompt. Write a drabble (100 words exactly), ficlet, fic, novella, or GRAND EPIC TALE about Maria from that prompt.

3. Post it/link it to the comment-fest, putting the title/character/pairing/rating in the subject line.

eg.
MCU: "Killing In The Name Of" by Tielan - Maria & Natasha, R (violence)
Ultimates: "If It Wasn't For Those Damned Kids" by SelDear - Maria, G
Comics: "UnPleasant Hill" - Maria/Steve by SueLinley, PG-13

4. Do it all over again!

beatrice_otter: Sam Carter against a blue background. (Sam)
I had a lot of fun with [community profile] femmeremix last time ([tumblr.com profile] femmeremix ), so I'm really glad to hear they're doing it again.  It's a remix ficathon focused on female characters.  ("Women" here is loosely defined to include canonical alien/trans/non-genderbinary characters who identify as female. It does not include Rule 63/"always-a-girl" characters. She-Hulk is in, Brucella Banner is not.)

In each fandom you offer up to be remixed in, you must have completed at least THREE stories of 500 words or more, or FIVE stories of 100 words or more, with at least one female character who is or can be centralized.  So, if you want to participate and you have a fandom that's a little short, now's the time to write a few drabbles!

Rules are here, fandom noms open in a week.

Fandoms I could offer: Stargate SG-1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, Deep Space 9,

I'd need one more story each for Terminator, the Vorkosiverse, and Star Trek TOS, two more stories each for B5,  Star Trek TNG, Star Trek Reboot, DCU Animated, and Agent Carter.   If you've got plot bunnies or prompts for any of these fandoms, well, I can't guarantee I'll write 'em, but I can't say I wouldn't, either.

ETA: have written another VK story, The Princess in the Tower.  So now I have five qualifying fandoms.

beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
[archiveofourown.org profile] ssr_confidential_2016 is a fanfic exchange for Agent Carter, with fic, vids, and art being exchanged.

DON'T PANIC.

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.

If you want to make me the happiest recipient ever, here are some other things to keep in mind (not all of which will apply to all fandoms):
Specifics!
Dottie Underwood.  I am really interested in Dottie. What was the Red Room training like and how does it still affect her?  What was she doing between seasons 1 & 2? Are there other current Black Widows, and what happened to the other girls she was training with?  Is she still a Red Room agent or on her own now, and what's the larger backing to the Red Room (KGB, HYDRA, general Soviet villainy)?  How does all this fits into the larger MCU framework?  Does she ever join up with the nascent HYDRA in the SSR?  Does her fascination with Peggy ever wax and wane?  Does she ever work with the Winter Soldier?

Howard Stark/Whitney Frost.  Howard Stark/Whitney Frost: what changes, what stays the same?  If she no longer has to kill people to get to do the science she *really* wants to do, how does that change her?  (I would think that depends on when they meet, how much sexism/creepy guys she's had to put up with to get where she is.  Like, young!Whitney just starting out wants nothing more than to do science, whereas post!season2!Whitney.  The ep with her backstory made me wonder if she was a victim of some sort of sexual abuse, both with her "uncle" and later that first agent, but I don't insist on that interpretation.  (Goes cold and still around him, "I don't like him" but won't say why--could easily be a child testing the waters, what is acceptable to say about the abuse she's experienced.)  Howard's a dick, but his reaction to competent women seems to be "awesome, let's work together, can we create something," which Whitney desperately needs.  If you do something post!season2, though, it shouldn't be an easy relationship or redemption.  If you do a fanvid for Whitney, The Rules of the Road by Cy Coleman would be a great song for her.  (I like Rosemary Clooney's version best, but I couldn't find it on Youtube--it's a little more upbeat than the version linked.  Lena Horne also did an awesome recording of it.)

Peggy Carter/Gabe Jones.
  This is the comics pairing, and I read a couple of AWESOME Peggy/Gabe fics early on, and really imprinted on the pairing.  I have been very "meh" about both the pairing options we were offered in season 2.  Where was Gabe during all this?  What is he doing, post War?  Does meeting up with Wilkes give Carter a nudge to go look him up again, or do they meet again on a case, or have they been corresponding this whole time?  What are some of the racial/sexist issues they're going to face as a couple in the late 40s?

Rose Roberts.  She loves California!  She loves her job!  She's such a cheerfully competent character!  I WANT LOTS OF GREAT FIC ABOUT HER SAVING THE DAY THROUGH STEREOTYPICAL MIDDLE-AGED FAT WOMEN SKILLS.  Like, she ALWAYS has just what you need in her large purse, and it serves as a great blunt object in a fight because it is SO HEAVY AND FULL OF STUFF that when she whacks you with it, you go DOWN.  I don't want anything depressing.  I want her to be happy and fulfilled and to have FUN.

Peggy Carter.  Peggy is so much fun, and I love every aspect of her.  I particularly would enjoy casefic, but I would also enjoy her hanging out with friends (Angie, Edwin and Ana, Rose, any of the Howling Commandoes are the ones I'd be most happy about.  Howard, Daniel, and Dr. Wilkes I wouldn't mind.  Jack Thompson I don't like.)  And I would also welcome Peggy/Steve, set during the war, flashbacks, AU where he gets rescued, whatever.  If you were going to do a fanvid of her, Pistol Packin' Mama by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters would be AWESOME.  For Peggy/Steve, the obvious song for a fanvid would be It's Been A Long, Long Time (the song that Nick Fury put on in Steve's apartment in Cap2, it would also be a perfect Steve/Bucky fanvid) (My favorite cover of that song is the one linked, Harold Arlen's orchestra with Kitty Kalen on vocals).

General songs that would make good fanvids for the show that I would love to receive even if they don't fit the characters/pairings I requested:
It Takes a Woman from Hello, Dolly
Hot Rod Mama by Ramblin Jimmy Dolan
A vid about jingoism, patriotism, and obfuscation could be set to "Motherhood" from Hello, Dolly
I'm not enough into Jarvis to want a fic about him, but I would LOVE a Jarvis vid to Stiff Upper Lip by the Gershwins (recorded by so many artists, you have a lot of selection.)
Imagine My Frustration is Ella Fitzgerald belting out her frustrations about being overlooked.  Could work for Peggy, Dottie, Whitney, Wilkes, any or all of them.
beatrice_otter: Enterprise-D and the TARDIS (Crossover)
I have signed up for the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang, tentatively focusing on the Criminal Minds/SG-1 Derek Morgan fic.

Also considering signing up for:

[community profile] nightonficmountain, a small-fandom fic and art exchange similar to but much smaller than Yuletide (not sure what fandoms).
[archiveofourown.org profile] SSR_Confidential_2016, an Agent Carter ficathon, and requesting Peggy/Gabe Jones.


beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
DON'T PANIC.

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.

If you want to make me the happiest recipient ever, here are some other things to keep in mind (not all of which will apply to all fandoms):General Preferences )

Donovan's Reef )

Caprica )

Metropolis: The Chase Suite )

Bride & Prejudice )

Thrawn Trilogy )

beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
One fic was written for me:

Both Alike (4338 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Relationships: Mr. Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy
Characters: Mr. Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet
Additional Tags: Autistic Character, Autistic Exchange 2015
Summary: Mr Bennet had long ago acknowledged – at the very least to himself – that he was what his stablemaster would call an ‘odd duck’.

Interesting look at what it would be like to be autistic long before modern psychology, looking for someone like yourself and not quite understanding why you were so out of step with the world.

Here are my favorites of the other fics written for the exchange:

Artificial (1240 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Tony Stark, Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Autistic Character
Summary:  People say a lot of things about Tony Stark; not all of them are true. The people who say he's weirdly intimate with his bots may have a point, though.

Really interesting look at Tony, and though I’m less convinced about Howard, I like the way the author brought in Tony’s little behavioral quirks.


Whatever Spins Your Engines (1152 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Firefly
Relationships: Kaylee Frye & River Tam
Characters: Kaylee Frye, River Tam
Additional Tags: Autistic Character, Friendship, chosen family, Coping, Female Friendships
Summary:  Kaylee understands when River has her own ways of liking things, odd routines that keep her going in the middle of the mild chaos that is the 'verse on a good day. She understands because she has her own, and that's always been enough. Well... Almost enough.
beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)

Bujold Ficathon 2015 | Archive of Our Own is open for business!  There are already a lot of great prompts.  No pressure, no deadlines.  You can prompt without claiming and claim without prompting.
beatrice_otter: Delenn--Grey Council (Delenn--Grey Council)
Hey, guys, if you haven't checked out the FemmeRemix fics, you should--lots of good female-centered fic in many different fandoms.

I wrote Finding the Words (the stranger in a strange land remix), 4,000 words of Babylon 5 fic about Catherine Sakai that remixed [archiveofourown.org profile] nenya_kanadka's fic Where the Stars are Strange, and received The Numbers Game by [archiveofourown.org profile] ariestess, remix of my own Four Times Laura Roslin Regretted Banning Abortion (and one time she didn't).

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