self care

Aug. 18th, 2017 03:45 am
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I mean, yes, there are twenty plus lotions scattered around but that just means there's always one in reach and that means my elbows look like skin again.

(Twenty trash cans would probably not go amiss, but.)


Aug. 18th, 2017 03:38 am
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I feel like the older I get, the more I understand and the less I know. If that makes any sense, which [personal profile] starlit_purple said it didn't but I don't know yet how else to explain. But it's not only that I feel this way, it's that I feel okay with this.

Like. At eighteen, it was so important to have answers and labels and direction, and now all my labels are "ehhhhhh" and I have more questions than answers, and this feels like a good thing.
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Sister: Do you have any plans for your birthday?
Me: Well, Mom sent me two emails and left a voicemail to say she'd call me later, so... avoiding that, I guess. And also, Sephora said I could have a free mini lipstick with purchase soooo I'm gonna go spend $50 in order to get that.
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Title: Two Good Liars
Fandom: Wynonna Earp
Pairing: Xavier Dolls/Doc Holliday
Disclaimer: I own nothing to do with Wynonna Earp. It's not my toy box and I'm merely playing.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Post S1. Xavier wakes up, already rescued, with Doc driving. Doc explains the plan for them to avoid Xavier's former employer.
A/N: Written for the Rare Male Slash Exchange for PositivelyVexed. This is post S1 and doesn't include anything from S2 as I haven't watched yet.

Two Good Liars: )

Okay, I yield

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:48 am
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I have fallen under the Indie Slush Pile, and I can't get up.

Rec me!

What I am looking for:

1) Not tradpub (Edit: This one and #4 are the only non-negotiable ones, see my reasons in comments; #2 can extend to SF or any similar genre, but I don't read many mysteries or much contemporary)
2) Fantasy - sword and sorcery or some other action sub-genre preferred over politics
3) Prefer a female main character
4) Competent writing, for the love of all the gods

I am honestly starting to think it's not possible to have a well-developed independently published story. Please show me I'm wrong.

And then of course

Aug. 14th, 2017 06:33 pm
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There are the books where chapter 1 feels like the DM is setting up the campaign world for you. *sigh*

Is the current trend in YA really the "I am incompetent at everything and also clueless about my surroundings" character? Or is this just people trying to ape Harry Potter without going the necessary step of putting their MC in a world they genuinely have no way of knowing anything about?
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And therefore, I am always annoyed when I pick up an indie book that looks good, has an interesting premise, and then turns out to be shallow, half-developed, and powered entirely by the idiot ball.

This applies to YA just as much as books allegedly aimed at adults. Thus was I really fucking disappointed in A Quest of Heroes (Amazon link), which I am pretty sure I picked up because it was a) free and b) the title seems like a perfectly good phrase for a group of adventurers, amirite? A quest of heroes, a murder of crows, a pack of wolves...

Sadly, the book was not nearly so clever as that, and the worldbuilding was tissue thin. And I don't want to say the main character is dumb as a box of hammers, but his awareness of the world around him extends for about six inches. This might be accurate for a fourteen year old, but it makes for a damn boring MC.

Most importantly, the ways the book is bad are very much self-absorbed Mary Sue-fic bad. Not because the MC is practically perfect in every way, but because the world shapes itself around him. You can tell the villains because they Instahate Our Hero Thor (don't name your hero Thor, people, unless your hero is Thor). The designated Good People equally Instalove him. He is deeply confused why he is hated! And why he is liked! In fact, Thor spends a great deal of the book clueless, conveniently has magic powers as the plot demands (but the Mysterious Magic Man won't explain jack shit, he just shows up to make Mysterious Pronouncements), receives the gift of a magic falcon maybe-familiar from the King roughly five minutes after showing up at the capitol, finds a probably-magic white leopard on a hunt, etc etc.
In which I complain at length. )
In short, Thor doesn't earn things so much as he bumbles his way into being in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people, and then managing to blow it all through sheer lack of sense. The people who oppose him oppose him for no good reason. The Evil Gay Trope offends me less than the sheer lack of sense or intelligence demonstrated by LITERALLY EVERYONE. Declaring your book YA - and I question that, given the whole "getting Thor drunk and buying him a whore" part - doesn't absolve you from basic logic and sensible character development.

The book ended on a cliffhanger, but frankly, I choose to believe the end of book 1 is the end of Thor's story. I'm certainly not going to pay money for the rest.

Light Up Every Room (DCTV, Kara/Mick)

Aug. 12th, 2017 06:28 am
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Title: Light Up Every Room
Fandom: DCTV
Pairing: Kara/Mick, background Winn/Hartley, background Len/Mick
Disclaimer: I own nothing to do with DC. It's not my toy box and I'm merely playing. I also own nothing to do with Peter Pan, Shakespeare, Doctor Who are Star Wars. Title is a line from Jasmine Thompson's song "Old Friends" which you can find here.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Kara calls Mick after a confrontation with her world's version of Captain Cold and Heatwave.
A/N: Written for the DCRarepair exchange for nirejski. This starts shortly after the Invasion crossover and runs through the Legends of Tomorrow Episode Turncoat and Supergirl Episode Luthors. Mick's past is a big part of the fic, both with losing his family, losing Len, and being Kronos. He talks about how difficult this is for him. He's also grieving and depressed, thinking about suicide is touched upon more than once. There is also a bit of kid fic towards the end. If that's going to bother you please don't read. Thanks.

Light Up Every Room: )

On Our Anniversary (MCU, Sam/Steve)

Aug. 11th, 2017 04:16 am
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Title: On Our Anniversary
Fandom: MCU
Pairing: Sam/Steve
Disclaimer: I own nothing to do with Marvel. It's not my toy box and I'm merely playing.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Steve and Sam exchange cards for their anniversary.
A/N: Written for the MCU AU Fest for smaragdbird. Ev, Jubilee, and Xi'an are all mutant characters borrowed to fill in minor roles.

On Our Anniversary: )

Fandom Growth Exchange

Aug. 6th, 2017 02:55 am
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Aug. 5th, 2017 11:40 pm
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I'm pretty sure I have written this exact story in every fandom I've ever been in.

... actually, I'm pretty sure almost every story I've ever written has been the same exact story.

Mostly unrelated because it doesn't actually bother me that I've been writing the same story over and over for more than a decade, but sometimes I feel like I should learn a new skill. Like... well, I watch vids more than I listen to podfics but tbh I think in terms of doing, podfic would work better for my brain than vidding (there is no way this does not end in tears). My godmother tells me that drawing is like 10% natural talent and 90% practice. I could draw things.
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