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mostly school stuff in here and finances talk, some of it a bit sad, cut to save my flist! )

Finally made it to S2 of Luther -- it's still more hard than I can quite handle. I like Jenny a lot, and the character of Toby really makes me wish David Dawson would get to play someone decent -- Toby's like an evil Tom Hiddleston, rubbing cocaine on his gums and horribly mistreating women and having an ingratiating little laugh, and while Dawson's performance is very good it is also powerfully unpleasant. In addition to more narrative-level problems, that show really rattles me in general in a way most crime dramas don't, which is pretty cool from a directing POV but not so good for me as an individual.

Writing-wise, I wrote Duchess Of Malfi fic to get that out of my brain and am writing more (though not more Ferdinand fic -- see notes on David Dawson, powerful unpleasantness. etc.) Gothic Horror AU is still coming along very gradually, and I've made exactly two lines' headway on the fic for Noel Coward's The Vortex I had taken upon myself to do, which... oof. Porn Battle is also a thing I mean to do, which is hopefully going to be super fun -- they will know me by my weirdly specific word associations.
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Laptop problems have mysteriously resolved themselves! (Okay, not mysteriously, my warranty's still good so I took it to the Apple Store and it got a checkup and its insides vacuumed out.) I'm very relieved, but in my 5 AM backup panic I deleted a not-insubstantial chunk of my TV show library to clear up space, and... well, at least I don't rewatch S1 of Boardwalk Empire too often?

Writing-wise, I've taken a big plunge back into Sherlock fic, semi-unfortunately -- it's fun to write, but all the people I normally gripe about writing with are unlikely to appreciate my ~authorial struggles~ re. doofy AU stuff. Histories!fic is still happening, and I've got another Faustus fic sort of in a fetal stage, with less sad dubcon but also less sad lute-playing, so it's breaking about even. (It also has an OC, kind of, so idk how I'll pull it off.)

My rice cooker ought to be coming in the mail soon! I plan to teach a bunch of people how to make fried rice.
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First Middlemarch seminar has happened! My French tutor wants an essay about it by next Friday, which I think I can do, and then a whole bunch of Kant is headed my way. I've also got my copy of the Globe Doctor Faustus on DVD clutched in my sweaty hand (okay, lying next to me on the gross common room couch) and I'm ready to roll with that as soon as I have the free time. We're translating Racine's Phèdre in Language; I'm not sure how I actually feel about it yet, because I'm 30 lines in, but the classroom discussions have been pretty engaging and fruitful.

(In fic news: I've fallen into Sherlock fic again and I'm never going to be able to escape.)
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I'd forgotten to put these up here! Anyway, here goes.

My giftfic was by [profile] angevin2, who is the immortal god-queen of Anne of Bohemia stuff! ("like brambles to the cedars", Thomas Of Woodstock, Anne-centric fabulousness, rated G. Go read it if you like Anne, if you've read ToW, even if you haven't.)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the fics I wrote this Yuletide were as follows:
dead dove, do not eat - fics for Stoker, Richard II, Henry IV, Classical Greece and Rome RPF, Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest Of Paradise, Demon Knights, Edward II )
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My break has been massively productive in the weirdest ways! I've been very busy with family stuff, and I'm slowly disappearing under a heap of books I'm reading (or should be reading -- I am so sorry, Middlemarch, I am making insufficient headway on you) but I've gotten a lot of writing done. In addition to reveals stuff, I wrote the fic where Poins kills a dude and the one where RSC!Bolingbroke is horrible and there's scads of corpses.

For what I'm working on, and for a total change of pace, I'm writing Raffles fic for the first time in my mortal life! I don't know how good I'll be at it, but it's fun. I'm also writing baby's first not-depressing Skyfall fic -- well, it may be depressing in the end, but it's cute date night stuff as opposed to grim dubcon. It's also Tanner/Q, which makes me paranoid someone will accuse me of just being here for Rory Kinnear, but at the same time Rory Kinnear is lovely enough that I don't mind, and more importantly it's not grim dubcon.

Today I also got to introduce my parents to Steeleye Span (well, my mother; my dad lit up with recognition, which is hilarious because he's the least into my musical tastes of anyone in this household) and am waiting for the butter to soften for this banana bread. Which is hard, because this house is cold as balls. It was nine below last night, which was conducive to Lord of the Rings marathons but to fuck-all else.
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Woo, reveals have happened!

My giftfic was by [livejournal.com profile] angevin2, who is the immortal god-queen of Anne of Bohemia stuff! ("like brambles to the cedars", Thomas Of Woodstock, Anne-centric fabulousness, rated G. Go read it if you like Anne, if you've read ToW, even if you haven't.)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the fics I wrote this Yuletide were as follows:
dead dove, do not eat - fics for Stoker, Richard II, Henry IV, Classical Greece and Rome RPF, Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest Of Paradise, Demon Knights, Edward II )
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First batch of semi-recs, delivered in brief, beginning with my own amazing gift-fic:

like brambles to the cedars (Thomas Of Woodstock, can be read as 14th century RPF if you like!) Really really lovely fic about a young, newly-married, newly-"Englished" Anne of Bohemia, her many virtues, and some sweet Czech songs.

And on to the rest, in no particular order!
recs recs recs )
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I'm saving these bad boys for posterity over here; I think this meme might be a bit too much for Tumblr's character limits but I liked doing it!

Pick any passage of 500 words or less from any fanfic I’ve written, and stick that selection in my ask/fan mail. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what’s going on in the character’s heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track. (link to the Tumblr post)

(It goes without saying, if you'd like to request a similar bit of commentary on a fic passage here or on Tumblr you can comment or send me an ask!)

Hal sent me a big swath of Neurotic Virtuosi (Harry Potter/Hannibal Rising crossover, content warnings for fantasized torture, Nazism, Tom Riddle being a shitty tourist, skeeviness)
The boy in the train compartment is a Muggle. They likely don't even speak the same languages. This suits Tom's purposes beautifully. )

Forthegothicheroine and Chthonic-Cassandra both sent me a snip of A Thousand Times (Dracula fic, content warnings for trauma and trauma recovery)
Mina brushes out her hair before the mirror... )
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Most of my Yuletide fics involve parents and/or children. It's been a preoccupying year.

I had a very nice museum trip with Sister the Eldest and a friend today, and at home we decorated the tree; I'm totally beat, and doing some Yuletide writing in the (blinky) light of our finished creation while mom's on the other side of the parlor working away on her Nanowrimo. (She keeps asking me for consultation on particular word choices, and I'm the last person anyone should ever ask about idioms and stuff -- I'll always tell you to describe things as "pouring" or being lost in other things and idk how that'll work out in contexts other than weird porn.)

In non-YT writing, I posted two fics, both for Richard II -- "Faded And Were All Undone", the first installment of the Henry IV/Richard II awful married!verse, and "A Dear Account", which is Richard II/Thomas Mowbray breathplay. The next installment of the Married!verse will have actual plot, which will be nice, but hopefully I can get some writing in over break.

In non-fic-altogether writing, I think I may have finished that awful Leibniz essay, though it was like pulling teeth and could still probably use some diagrams to pinpoint what, exactly, the hell I was talking about. Preceptorial's drawing to a close with Henry V (I watched the KBranagh version with my dad on Thanksgiving day, it's apparently one of his favorite films and it's made me fucking unbearable to be around because my head is full of Henriad thoughts still) and there's a smidge less than two weeks of classes before I am home again, home again, jiggity jog and won't have to do any more fucking flying until January. Which financially is going to be a vast pain in the ass, but I can wrangle it, I guess.

(I also hacked out a Hal&Poins&Falstaff-ish 8tracks mix, but it's rotten and I want to overhaul it.)
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This is mostly for my own purposes, as God knows I don't have a lot going on here on LJ.) Kate successfully got me hooked on recording podfic and has given me a place to host mine, but I'm still working the kinks out; right now all I've got up is three of my own fics, all under 10 minutes, and I'd like to try my hand at reading longer works and/or works that aren't mine.

Shortlist of slightly longer things I'd like to podfic, possibly over dead week:

- [livejournal.com profile] angevin2's "Like A Well-Regulated Abbey", 4k (once I've gone over it for any fiddly place names -- goddamnit history! -- or anything in advance I might bungle)
- "Strangers' Stairs", my one lonely Kings fic, 3.5k
- two fics from my MCU-only pseud/sockpuppet/whatever *shame for ever*
- "Quite Unbelievably, I Want Someone To Be Sweet To Me", 2k, WTNV guro which should probably have sound effects (yeesh!)
- "Like Ghosts In The Snow", 4k of truly ancient Tanz fic
- "Graceful As Mars" (ditto, but Watchmen fic)
- "See The Good Girls In Their Glory" (AHS/Stoker, 3k)

...basically, most of my best-liked fic on AO3 is porn and/or M-rated, but the one thing I'm not comfortable reading aloud in my dorm room is, well, porn. So I'm in a bit of a tricky place.
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Welp, that is... two fire alarms on campus too many for two days. Friend just came down here and dropped in on our tabletop session to shelter from the cold/drippiness outside after the alarm went off in his dorm, and it seems to be an actual fire this time, so golly.

Yuletide assignments are out! Doing the thing. Henriad precept starts next Thursday, so time to get my pregame on for that, too.
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This is my fourth year doing Yuletide and I'm really excited about this year's bunch of fandoms! This letter's a bit heavy on the giddy gushing/prompts phrased as questions, so sorry about that, and it got long, but optional details = optional. I've got a lot of disjointed thoughts and feelings, but as ever, it boils down to "whatever you want to do, mostly". There's also some vague/haphazard spoilers for my canons in here, which for most of them isn't such a big deal but Truth Or Dare is a fairly recent film, so heads-up.

Fandoms are Milton's Paradise Lost, the IF game The King Of Shreds And Patches, 2012 horror film Truth Or Dare (Truth Or Die in US markets) and Demon Knights (comic).

a monster of a DYW letter under here! up to date as of 10/7/13 )
skazka: (young hannibal chilling by a tree)
Long Weekend is upon us! Planning gifts for friends and watching a lot of movies of variable quality; we're about halfway through our Gankutsuou rewatch and I forgot a) how formative that show was in terms of tropes I jam on, and b) how fucking weird that storyline is when viewed from underneath, so to speak. Also how much I love ambiguously vampiric fuckups. (We also finished watching the '31 Dracula, which... retroactively shed a lot of light on Astolat's excellent fic A Mind Overborne (god, I'm so embarrassed) and was interesting, if not fully satisfying to my needs as a Dracula adaptation. There's some strange shuffling of character roles (helloooo, Renfield-Jonathan hybridization! also conspicuously minimal Lucy! also a notable absence of Quincey, though I'm not a big Quincey stan) and narrative compression due to its nature as an adaptation of an adaptation and talk about weird. Finally saw No Country For Old Men also.

Miserable Medieval Marrieds has a title and is a bit more polished, but still isn't cohesive or anywhere near finished. I don't know if I should publish this first scene separately or wait however long it takes for it to grow more scenes and a plot; I've kept Mardia waiting long enough in either case.

behind the cut, mental health talk; talking about alcohol and general navelgazing )
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Good Lord, trying to scrape together a Fanlore page is weird and bad. It's not like I've finally ~arrived~ in fandom (though it seems one of my fics is featured on the fandom page for Dracula!) but I feel like I ought to be setting something down when so much of what I do is on Tumblr and not very easily accessible for non-Tumblr users or people who don't like navigating a million read-mores and vague warning tags. But my most notable Fandom Contributions are all fairly late to the party, or they're profoundly weird and kind of embarrassing and I don't know what to do to myself.
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Yuletide noms, almost upon us! A bit sad that I can't nab Paradise Lost after all, but it means I can get Stoker in there. I've been gunning for that to be a Yuletide fandom since last Yuletide, though then it was the screenplay, which is a whole different animal.

This whole weekend feels like it didn't happen -- I'm groanish and sick and sad, my only class on Friday was cancelled, and that was when the massive drama bomb about college politics happened and basically took me out of commission for the next two days. We watched some Disney movies, though, and I'm making good headway on my work, though I can't shake the feeling that I must have done something really wrong if I've gotten all my work done by Friday afternoon. Also, finally got around to downloading Hadestown. All in all, I think I've been more productive than my brain wants me to think, it's just been a weird couple of days.

(Methinks I need a default icon change -- I've been Millais!Ophelia for years and years now and I don't know how I feel about it any more.)
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In somewhat happier news, I've got a few more plays written, am working out how to podfic, have laundry in the dryer right now and have made my entry into the wild world of actual essays concerning Queer Theory. It's definitely going over my head mostly and if I have to read the word "homosocial" again I'll cry, but it's very diverting. (Also flashing back to last year's Chaucer. Whee!)

I'm also writing a lab report on our Galileo shenanigans and hung-over teen king adventures. (Separately, idk, maybe he and his buds can drop heavy objects off of things from varying heights at 3 in the morning while John of Gaunt's trying to get beauty sleep.) This is the culmination of all my endeavors.
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I've got no idea what's going on this Yuletide with the new nominations setup, and I'm finding it oddly harrowing.

Fandoms I'm looking to nominate:
- Thomas of Woodstock (w/ [livejournal.com profile] angevin2)
- Demon Knights (w/ [livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa)
- Stoker (w/ [livejournal.com profile] loathe)
- And I'm still forever alone with King of Shreds and Patches. Somehow I managed to transmit my KoSP obsession to some of the Bunker crew, but none of them are likely to want to write what I want to read. Unless I know way less about roommate than I thought. At least Thyme can commiserate with me about how easy it is to lose your makeshift grappling hook in that game.

(Still skipping out on the entirely unnecessary stress of KWP this year, but I've gotten the jump on play-writing for Too Much Light and now one of my castmates gets to live her dream of playing a thinly veiled Sylvia Plath expy. Also, I might be doing Halloween Horror Nights this year, depending on the state of my finances -- holy jeez, livin' the dream.)

ETA: Italics fixed! Damn it!
skazka: (young hannibal chilling by a tree)
pairing: Brandon/Philip
kinks: danger, hand kink
content: murder, hand injuries, blood

commentary )

icons )

(I've also got a ficlet forthcoming here, but I'll hopefully have it posted by the time my bingo's ready to go in the main comm.)
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Somehow, one way or another, I'll get actual content back on here.

I'm delaying packing for heading back east by watching The Thick Of It at Kate's with Mardia (putting off writing fic for her, too, but when am I not) and I'm frankly a little terrified by this array of flushed hobbity-looking dudes and appealingly long teeth. It's an embarrassment of dude riches. If you like belligerent men slapping things, which I apparently do sometimes.

things I'm writing:

- more Miserable Medieval Marrieds. (The more I write this, the more my brain goes into crackfic freefall and starts spitting out ideas for the Swan Princess AU where Bolingbroke's a Don Bluth-y swan by day or more of the unsolicited modern day office AU, which has definitely Been Done.)

- some Pacific Rim things (people want a sequel to The One With The Noncon, huh)

- some plays for TML when I get back on campus -- hoooopefully this year will be a bit less of a shitshow. (One of these is the Falstaff-and-Snapchats one, and that's the whole thing, right there.)

- still making more of "One More Rung". (Charles and Camilla exist, right? They're the stragglers here, I've already got the shortfic for Julian's lightbulb moment written out.)

And I opted to celebrate the cancellation of Demon Knights with a fic about Sir Ystin, Reluctant Vampire Dark Lord. Which is kind of fun?


But yeah, school, exciting -- it's like 85 degrees over there and I've got to get all my super suspicious personal belongings unpacked before anyone can rustle through it. Deeeefinitely not entirely finished with the assigned reading, but I'll be on campus for about a week before actual class begins, with plenty of time to agonize over fart jokes and cry.

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