black canary

Yuletide Letter 2015

Hello dearest author! I'm really pleased that you've chosen to write fic in one of these very excellent fandoms just for meeee! I'm  on the AO3 and also  on Tumblr. 

Okay, so first things first - I really want you to write a fic that YOU want to write. I want you to enjoy writing it. Optional details are completely optional and if none of these suggestions work for you, that's okay! If you get halfway through a carefully constructed piece that answers my prompts directly and includes everything I even hinted at liking... and you find you're not enjoying the writing process, and you'd rather just scrap it and write the idfic in the fandom that you've always wanted to write, I would much rather you do that. I want a fic that was fun to write, and I'm sure to love it if it shows through.

Second, and a generic request for any fandoms/ all fandoms: ROLLER DERBY AU. Go on, you know you want to. I play flat track, but if you don't know the sport I'm not going to nitpick on the technicalities or anything. I just really think there should be roller derby AU in all fandoms. ALL FANDOMS.
(Look, I'm just saying Bench Coach Owen Grady and the Raptor Rollers. JUST SAYING.)

Other generalities:

- I like relationships (romantic or otherwise) based on mutual respect, of shared enjoyment, and of knowing each other particularly well, sometimes better than each person might know themselves. I have a huge weak spot for family (the found variety and the more traditional type) and for the changes friends bring to each other's lives. I also have a bit of a soft spot for unerring loyalty, even through a recognition of the other person's faults. I am fine with gen, I am fine with shipping. I don't mind het, slash or femslash. Sex scenes are fine, but no pwp please?

- I have a huge, massive competence kink. I LOVE seeing characters doing what they are best at and being great at it. Having said that, I love the characters I love for their flaws as much as their strengths - Adrienne's stubbornness, Oliver Queen the grumpy old man, and so on. No one's perfect, and I like it when characters aren't.

- I love world building and I love backstory. I love fleshing out the worlds these characters inhabit, why they are where they are in canon, the wider context. I adore seeing little historical/universe relevant details - what implications has InGen's work had on the wider world? What parts of WWII history do you find interesting?

- I have no particular genre/style preferences, other than the above re: no pwp. Go as tropey and as genre-specific as you like. I love comedy, I love angst - at least one canon here suits itself to a noir pastiche, but that's all up to you.

- Please please no: incest, watersports/scat, xeno. (So if you really want to write Owen/Blue, I'm afraid you're going to have to go the roller derby AU option and make her human.)

Okay, specifics:

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shiny, thing

LEGO: Detective’s Office

For a few months, I was standing on the precipice of what I knew would be a slippery slippery slope into the expensive and time consuming world of LEGO fandom. Then Jurassic World LEGO came out, I got some vouchers for ToysRUs and I sent myself hurtling headlong down into the plastic depths, screaming “techniiiiiiic!” all the way down.

That’s a story for another day.

frontOne of my recent expensive-and-complicated presents to myself has been the Creator model “Detective’s Office” -partly because it looks pretty but partly because I wanted to remodel it at some point, maybe, to be a Detective’s office over a flower  shop (which has something to do with my interests as some people might know.)

That’s also not the point of this post.

The point of this post, with regards to the model Detective’s Office, is to ask; What the heck is going on?

What follows is what in the old days we’d call “not dial-up safe” but these days I guess I should warn against people browsing using mobile data plans.

Okay?

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heart + stomach

I wrote a thing.

Bombshell (3942 words) by innerbrat
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Rule 63, Female!Bucky
Summary:

Chapter one: Carry Moonbeams Home in a Jar

In which a fun afternoon of trespassing changes a life.


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heart + stomach

Vid: U.S.

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Music: Us by Regina Spektor
Length: 04:53
Content notes: blood, medical equipment

Spoilers for: Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Agent Carter; Agents of SHIELD (Season one)

Summary: Steve Rogers has a complicated relationship with the legacy of Captain America
Alternative Summary: It is Supersoldiers all the way down.

Download is available at vimeo.



U.S. from innerbrat on Vimeo.

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books

Storykiller by Kelly Thompson

When my copy of “Storykiller” by Kelly Thompson arrived in the post, I literally squealed in delight. (It’s okay, I do that kind of thing.) I had backed the publication o this book on Kickstarter, based solely on the cover art (A woman staring ferociously out of the silhouette of a labrys made of paper) and the plot description: Tessa Battle is the Last Scion – the only Mortal with the power to kill Stories – the fictional characters who live among us.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Fables, with a labrys! Where could I possibly go wrong?

I am really really disappointed.

And not just because the axe turned out to be just  an axe, and not a symbol for lesbianism.

Now I’ve written what follows, I realise it’s actually a poorly written review, because I tried not to go too emphatic with my problems. It’s not the worst book ever, but the characters and plot itself are bland enough that the things that bother me, really do bother me.

 

 

The tagline for the book – a phrase repeated a couple of times by characters, and which is all over the promotional material – is “Fight your Fiction.” This is explained by a character as the struggle between the written word and the free-will of the character. “Fighting your Fiction” means battling your predetermined role in life and exerting yourself as a real, independent person. A great idea for a book, amirite? It certainly hooked me.

Except then Storykiller goes all-out nihilistic on that very concept. Sure, it says, fight your Fiction if you must, but why bother? You will lose.

And that’s the spoiler-free review. To explain exactly why, I’m going to launch into spoilers straight away, including the major spoiler for the plot of the book.

TW: Suicide.

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dinosaurs

Seven Reasons to Kill Someone (Involving Palaeontology) 3: Establishing Priority

I know, I know, you want to know where I’ve been. Reporting on roller derby, for the record. Also playing roller derby, at job interviews, and also in  Dublin. And then I’ve been reading Hunger Games, and as I’m halfway through Mockingjay, you’re lucky I’m sitting at a computer at all.

Anyway, where were we? Oh yes. Reasons a palaeontologist might kill someone.

Incidentally, while the last instalment was about illegal activities on the black market, fossil smuggling and dastardly private collectors, there is a more above board, but just as fraught disagreement going on right now with a twelfth specimen of the renowned Archaeopteryx, the “first bird” known from only eleven specimens all from Germany. The recently discovered twelfth specimen is not just worth millions of euros to its discoverer (and the owners of the land, if they can claim ownership) but is almost priceless in scientific worth, if it ends up in an accessible collection. [Please note, I am not saying that anyone is going to be murdered over ownership disputes over this specimen and its availability to researchers. I am saying it would make an EXCELLENT crime show plot.]

But anyway:

3. To Establish Publishing Priority

Okay, technically Elementary already did this plot this season, albeit with maths (whups, spoilers for Solve for X, I guess.) So it’s understandable that they didn’t go this route with palaeontology, but they so could have.

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