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04 May 2015 @ 04:27 pm
This is not the Age of Ultron fic you're looking for ;p This is the continuation of me writing demon AU fills for Valentine's prompts, because, hey, it's only May. This isn't all that bad timing for me!

Title: an eye for an eye (also on AO3)
Rating/Warnings: PG13 (off-screen multilation of dead bodies, sometimes Clint kills people for a living, this demon wants to eat dead people, swearing, and Clint rambing whilst on drugs - for medical reasons)
Length: 4515 words
Summary: In which a red-haired demon follows Clint home, but he takes a while to catch on.
Author Note: Sequel to The Summoning. Written for this prompt from scribble_myname in the be_compromised 2015 Valentine's Mini Promptathon. With thanks to franztastisch for beta-reading this into better-ness :)
This is a mix of a lot of things – MCU, Fraction & Aja’s Hawkeye, and my portrayal of Stephen Strange is the MCU version that you haven’t met yet and will most likely be jossed ;) Remember: it’s not cannibalism if you’re eating a different species and the author takes no responsibility for anyone practicing demonic arts (even if acting on information provided by Strange).

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03 May 2015 @ 01:40 am
Second viewing of Age of Ultron was on Tuesday for thinky thoughts and third viewing was this afternoon for trying to memorize quotes and checking a few things for fic purposes *grins*. So I bring you further, hopefully more coherent, thinking. Be warned: SPOILERS FOR ALL THE THINGS. Also it’s kind of long and detailed, sorry not sorry ;)

Also, I’m going to be making quote icons. Because reasons. So if you have favourite quotes comment with them – I’ve got a bunch, but I’m not convinced they’re entirely accurate and there’s that much in the film that I’m bound to have missed a ton anyway. QUOTE AT ME. You might get icons out of it. (And if my quotes aren’t right in this either, yell!)

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- also as-complete-as-I-can-remember plot summary in the comments
- also interesting meta on Natasha from thedancingcow on tumblr - critical of how she was written in AOU without being critical of her character
26 April 2015 @ 07:06 pm
This film, I like it! Another!

Which is to say I’ll be watching it again on Tuesday night before I get detailed, but I’ve put together some first reactions, including my Clint and Natasha views. The non-spoiler reaction is: I enjoyed the hell out of this film :D

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04 April 2015 @ 06:14 pm
01-10: Orphan Black
11-19: The Walking Dead
20-32: Age of Ultron (Hawkeye & Black Widow)


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03 April 2015 @ 09:41 pm
I watched the end of season 5 of The Walking Dead on Tuesday, and I’m still not over it. I have a love-hate relationship with this show. I don’t actually like horror. I got sucked into watching this because my dad was marathoning borrowed DVDs of the first two seasons when he was ill and I kept walking past and flinching, then going ‘wait, what? Don’t do that!’ and then finally sitting down because ‘damnit, I need to see if they survive this!’ (I had my revenge: the guy who lent my dad the DVDs? I got him into the graphic novels. Ha.)

So yes. The Walking Dead with it’s cast of characters that I watch with my heart in my throat in case something happens to them, because things keep happening to them, and it’s soundtrack and morality issues and zombie apocalypse, and then I read something the other that made me realise the bottom line why of why I can’t quite this show: it’s a misfit family story. That right there, my weakness, you found it.

If course now I find myself outlining Avengers/Walking Dead fusion fic, because I seem to express my love for things these days by wanting to fuse things with the Avengers, and no because I don’t know America that well, I swore I would never do American roadtrip fic, but. But. I may need to start researching American roadtrips.

Yep. Love-hate.

In other shows: I’ve now always watched the first two seasons of Orphan Black, and I’m not driven to fic but oh my heart that show is made of win. (Also a misfit family, ticky box.) I’m watching Blacklist, because James Spader, and we have Agents of SHIELD back in the UK, yay! Only I can’t watch it yet because the family are on holiday for Easter and if I watch it without my dad (who is my tv buddy) he will have the sad face. Alas, no sign of Peggy Carter in the UK *sigh*.

I’ve started Veronica Mars and I’m up to season two. This show is strangely addictive, in that I’m not sure why I’m addicted but I can never watch just one episode. Also I may ship Veronica/Logan.

In the Great Buffy Watch I am a quarter of the way through season 6! For people new to my flist, I was lent all seven seasons by a friend because I hadn’t watched all of Buffy and what I had watched I hadn’t seen in order. Obviously as this is a Joss Whedon show this had to be corrected. However, she lent me this, erm, is it two years ago or more? I seem to only marathon Buffy when ill. Something about Whedon dialogue and Buffy kicking ass makes me feel better. In my defence, at the same time I lent her season 2 of Dollhouse and she has yet to manage one season of a show in comparison to my 5 and a bit. So go me I guess, heh.

Game of Thrones is back later in April, which I watch bits of. I still need to read the last two books. And Castle, hopefully in May. Castle is like comfort food only not edible.

What’s everyone’s shows of 2015? And what makes you addicted? And why do you feel like writing fic for some and not others?

And Happy Easter weekend :)
22 March 2015 @ 11:59 pm
Friday I went to see Emily St John Mandel at Waterstones in Liverpool for a Station Eleven book event. (March is a month of authors!) To my amusement she was interviewed by a guy who didn't ask many leading questions because he was too busy fanboying - I would be the same in his shoes, ha - but we learnt that she used to be a ballet dancer, the deer in the book has no significance there's just a lot of them in the area, she threw in the ghost moment just for fun, and she's currently writing the script for the comic featured in the book so hopefully that will get a life of its own. There was a lot of talk about book genres, as Station Eleven is one of those lovely books that are difficult to categorise, and technology as well as appreaciation of the now.

Her earlier books have now been released in the UK and the shop had stocked a bunch for the event, which was great because I've been looking for them without success since I finished Station Eleven.

Also, she looks really young, maybe 20, and I had that moment of 'how can she be that young and have written four books already, and have a husband and live in New York, and be all successful and have such a life?!' And I googled and found out she was born in 1979, so she's older than she looks and this made me feel a little better ;)

Then on Saturday I was under instructions to be at the train station bright and early for a surprise trip out, as a birthday present from a friend. The surprise turned out to be a day trip to London for a Sherlock Tour she'd put together! We started at the BBBC Sherlock's 221b with brunch in Speedy's, saw the actual 221b address, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, spent some time searching for that St Barts building at the end of the BBC season 2 and eventually found it (it's at the back of the hospital), and then went to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Museum of London.

To enter the exhibit you "take the second bookcase on your right," which is the best directions I've ever been given, and it's full of fascinating things, including original manuscrips and notebooks for some of the stories, props from films and tv shows, and maps of the time used to write the stories with videos showing what taking those routes would look like in the modern day.

We also had ice cream. Because ice cream.

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12 March 2015 @ 10:53 pm
And today an author I loved but unfortunately never managed to meet. For anyone who isn't aware yet, Sir Terry Pratchett passed away today. Guardian article and BBC article. BBC radio 4 selection of programmes in his honour.

I have so many memories tied to his books, each book a new friend, and so many things I learnt and new ways of seeing the world... I read my first Pratchett book in spite of the front cover, and that was the book that taught me not to judge a book by it's cover and that books could actually make you laugh out loud. He managed to make me laugh a whole lot over the years and now he's finally made me cry. A world without Terry Pratchett, even though his 'embuggerance' has been public knowledge for so long, just doesn't compute.

+++ Please Reinstall Universe And Reboot +++

11 March 2015 @ 09:31 pm
This is the squee part. Because NEIL GAIMAN AND GAYLE FORMAN. WOW.Collapse )

Forman says she she’s been asked why she writes about, and why young people read, dark subjects – the contents of her books include family members dying, a girl dealing with her best friend having committed suicide, depression, and grief. She said that it isn’t about the dark things, not really, but about ordinary people being put in extraordinary circumstances and showing that you can live through them; that ultimately it’s about giving hope.

When asked what the difference is between writing for adults and writing for younger audiences, Neil Gaiman said that when he writes for adults he’s not obliged to offer hope, but when writing younger books he is.

I find this interesting, the idea that the difference between adult literature and young adult literature is hope, not the content of the plot, or swearing, or other criteria that you sometimes see books ‘warning labeled’ for on the back. I’ve been trying to think if I’ve read any YA books without hope and whether I read YA differently to traditionally ‘adult’ books in terms of hopeful expectations. Does anyone else have thinky thoughts on this, in regards to reading and/or writing?
10 March 2015 @ 10:02 pm
The reveals are up for the MCU Ladies Fic Exchange and there are some wonderful things! I can't read the Peggy Carter ones because I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but Marvelous Ladies fic! My gift is Tromsø by pentapus which is a where Jane and Darcy went during the Avengers fic that is full of amusing twists of phrase, has a fun narrative voice, and reads like a creepy ghost story.

I tried to write a fic which had both Natasha and Peggy in for my giftee. I had thinky thoughts about how people, but especially women, are viewed and constructed by others and themselves and I didn't manage to pin that down on paper, and it ended up being a Natasha focus fic. Maybe these are thinky thoughts I'll come back to again.

Title: act like you know everything (originally on AO3)
Rating/Warnings: PG13 (f-word, identity issues)
Length: 1523 words
Summary: There was a bunker in New Jersey with three photographs and Natasha had asked, "Who's the girl?" It's been playing on her mind.
Author Note: Written for interestinggin in the MCU Ladies Fic Exchange, who asked for Peggy Carter and Natasha Romanova in a fic together. The quote in the fourth paragraph is from Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay.

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