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Olivia
04 June 2020 @ 09:09 pm
Welcome! This is my primary journal, although I cross-post to olivia_circe (with an underscore) at LJ. Please feel free to subscribe or unsubscribe at will. The majority of my content is locked, and I am fairly circumspect about access-granting, so please introduce yourself if you would like access. Please do not connect my offline identity and my online identity in any written space, especially online. That includes at my journal; if you know my real name, please do not use it here. If you have any questions, or just want to say hello, comment here at any time!

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Olivia
04 October 2013 @ 03:07 pm
So I have like seven million things to post about, but in the meantime, I, um, got into a new fandom and wrote a fic? SO THAT'S A THING THAT HAPPENED. I haven't posted any fic since last yuletide, and now I am writing about eight different stories at once and finished this one, so this whole new fandom situation is pretty great, in a lot of ways. Listen, I am SO EASY for a band found family, it's not even funny.

Wannabe
One Direction, Radio 1 RPF • Nick Grimshaw/Harry Styles, OT5 • PG • 10,000 words
It's the rule: no major decisions without the others, three votes wins.

No major warnings, and many thanks to lots of amazing people without whom I would not have written this (these people include the Spice Girls, obviously). I AM REALLY HAPPY RIGHT NOW, YOU GUYS. I WROTE A FIC. ♥

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Olivia
26 March 2013 @ 10:52 pm
I've been trying to figure out how to write this post since Saturday, which feels like yesterday and also like it was a year ago. Most of that "trying to figure it out" has been the familiar, comfortable avoidance of thinking about how to write this -- the meta, which is sometimes a retreat for me more than anything else -- because I wasn't ready to just start writing out my feelings. For a while, I also couldn't start writing this, because I couldn't really stop crying. The odds of me crying while I write this are still high, but fuck it, man, sometimes you just have to write and cry at the same time.

This post is unlocked, because -- well, because it is. Because I know I am not alone in this, and I have no desire to be alone in this at all. Warnings for death, cancer, grieving, and a lot of feelings about a band. I'm not going to warn for earnestness; let's be honest, if you have a problem with earnestness you should probably just stop reading me right now.

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Olivia
This was a really good year! yuletide is wonderful every year, but I feel like the general caliber of the stories was even higher than usual, this year -- I just kept being impressed and delighted and falling in love all over again. I love you, the internet. Run away with me? We can sit on my couch in our pajamas and drink tea and eat chocolate and watch the snow and and read yuletide until the end of time.

As usual, there are many fandoms that I care about and have barely touched (Haven, Community, The Middleman, Warehouse 13 -- though a second plug for my totally fantastic gift fic, To End All Wars by [archiveofourown.org profile] lilacsigil -- etc.), and there's the entire Yuletide Madness Archive, and there are a thousand recs posts, which I also have not looked at; but, also as usual, here are my own offerings! It has become something of a tradition, not to post my recs until after the reveal, but I always do the bulk of my reading and write the recs themselves before the reveal.

30 recs in many fandoms and some crossovers: 4th & 5th Century RPF, 12th Century RPF, 15th Century RPF, Confessions - Saint Augustine, Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones, Classical Greece and Rome History and Literature RPF, Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan, Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Exeter Book, Friday's Child - Georgette Heyer, Greek and Roman Mythology, Hark! A Vagrant, Henry IV Part 1, Henry V, History Boys, The Hollow Crown, Into the Woods, James Bond Movies, Lewis, Lion in Winter, Love Actually, Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Revenge, Richard II, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Scandal, Singin' in the Rain, Space Vehicles, Tale of the Five - Diane Duane, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - John Le Carre, War for the Oaks - Emma Bull, The Wire, Young WizardsCollapse )

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Olivia
This year, I continued my tradition of writing only one story, and having that story take over my life. This story comes from a slightly different part of my soul than last year's Jacobean Superhero Extravaganza, but it's still really obviously a story that I wrote -- not to mention a love letter to my theatre-obsessed adolescence, New York City, and the 1980s.

Being What We Can for [archiveofourown.org profile] Dani
Fame (1980) • Montgomery MacNeil/Ralph Garci, Ralph Garci/Doris Finsecker, Montgomery MacNeil & Doris Finsecker • Explicit • 12,000 words
Ten years, twelve beats, and something like a happy ending.

Warnings for AIDS, canonical homophobia, minor character death, discussion of suicide, bad childhoods, depression, drug use, and people attempting polyamory without any good examples. Enticements for New York City, theatre, reunions, the 1980s, unconventional relationships, and found family. No legwarmers were harmed in the making of this story.

Thanks to [personal profile] e_clare, [personal profile] mistresscurvy, [personal profile] aria, [personal profile] newredshoes, [personal profile] readingredhead, and [personal profile] pedantic_wretch for love, support, beta-reading, story-fixing, and listening to me go on at great length about my overwhelming Fame feelings.

This story is, in being something of a love letter to my adolescence, immensely self-indulgent; I also think Fame has a fandom of, like, ten people. Still, I am pretty proud of this one -- I loved writing it, and I love the result -- and I have it on good authority that it is readable even without canon knowledge. The funny thing about this story, for me at least, is that it's one of those weird serendipity things that yuletide does sometimes: I've asked for Fame OT3 futurefic more than once, and this year I decided to offer it on a whim, just in case it was time for me to step up and write the story that I wanted myself. Apparently it was; I think I may have been sitting on this story for, like, fifteen years. Thanks to [archiveofourown.org profile] Dani for giving me the opportunity. ♥

Recs post coming shortly!

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Olivia
05 November 2012 @ 01:00 pm
This morning, I had breakfast with [personal profile] gabbysilang and [twitter.com profile] queerdad and then we went back to my house just in time to watch Obama's speech at the Madison rally on the TV -- I was going to go, but I have a cold and feel kind of like crap and my throat hurts and my head is all stuffed up, and standing outside in the cold and cheering for the president seemed like a bad plan, all things considered (no matter how much I love him and how anxious I am about tomorrow). The speech was good, but the closed captioning was HILARIOUS, and both kind of amazing and kind of…very wrong, but it did make us laugh a lot while we were watching.

Forward. Four More Years. Obama for America.

(For the record, the irony of me making this post about democracy and voting on Guy Fawkes Day is not lost on me.)

I am trying not to be too optimistic, and in general I am really anxious and having a hard time concentrating -- with the hurricane last week and the election this week my brain feels like it's trying to go in a hundred different directions at once, while I can't actually do much of anything about any of it, except wait, and hope. And vote.

This is preaching to the choir, I know, but I think I might feel a little better if I say it, so here is my angry speech about voting:

If you are a citizen of the United States of America, and you have the option and opportunity to vote in this election, please vote. That "please" is only really there for politeness, because I'm a Midwesterner; but actually: FUCKING VOTE. That's in the imperative.

If you have the option and opportunity to vote in this election (and, in fact, in any election) and you don't do so, then I don't really want to talk to you. I don't really want you to talk to me. I know some people who don't vote for their own political reasons, and they are good people, and I love them; but I still think they are really, really wrong. If you choose not to vote, then I want you to think really hard about your life choices; I want you to be really sure that you know what you are doing; and I will also stand by this until the end of time, with the courage of my convictions, because if you choose not to vote, then I think you are making the wrong choice. Voting is a privilege; even more than it's a privilege, voting is a duty. When I told my father the other day that I am less of a Democrat than a Ciceronian, I kind of meant it: DO YOUR DUTY BY THE MOTHERFUCKING REPUBLIC.

All swearing aside, though? Vote. Vote because it is a privilege. Vote because it's your right as an American. Vote because that's how change happens, and because that's how we protect the things that we love and believe in. Vote because you care about other people; vote because you care about yourself. Vote because apathy has never gotten anyone anywhere. Vote because if you choose not to vote, you lose the right to complain about what the politicians in this country do wrong. Vote because you are a citizen of this republic, and voting is your duty as a citizen. And if you don't think that's true? Then get the fuck out of my country. Sorry, I guess I lied about being done with the swearing.

I do care who you vote for. I think you should vote for President Barack Obama, because he believes that I am a person who deserves equal rights and fair treatment under the laws of this country, and that I should get to make my own decisions about my own body. Mitt Romney doesn't believe that, so he doesn't get my vote. I hope he doesn't get yours, either.

But even though I don't understand why anyone would ever vote this election's Republican ticket, and even though I think that people who vote for Romney have chosen to believe that I am not a human being, that's a choice each individual voter has to make for themselves. I hope you make the right one; but even if you don't, I will always, always fight for your right to vote. Whoever you choose to vote for tomorrow, choose to vote.

/soapbox

So. We did this four years ago. Let's go do it again.

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Olivia
30 October 2012 @ 12:17 pm
Drive-by just to say that we are all fine, and still have power and internet and water and heat and food -- and are also contemplating going out and buying more milk, because apparently stores are open and at least [personal profile] readingredhead and I are getting mildly stir crazy. Morningside Heights is like a whole different country than points south; flooding and power outages might have been worse up here if we'd actually gotten a lot of rain, but there's a reason my neighborhood has "heights" in the name. All things considered, we were quite safe from storm surges.

Which is not to say that all of this is not really awful, because it is; but we're okay.

Brief link round-up:

- Obama for America is a class act, and has been linking all campaign donators to the Red Cross disaster relief donation page.
- Volunteer offers apparently overwhelmed the official NYC Volunteer Service website, so they've redirected volunteer offers to their Facebook page: NYC Service.
- I have been obsessively watching the New York Times hurricane webcam since Sunday night.
- I have also been watching the New York Times general live news updates: tracking the storm. And, in case you don't already know, the NYT (and I think some of the other newspapers with pay walls) took its pay wall down for the duration of the crisis, so access is open.
- If I could get them to load, I would tell you that The Atlantic's In Focus photo round-up was pretty amazing, but my internet isn't currently quite up to that, so I'll link without commentary.
- In general with photos coming out of the storm, checking The Atlantic's InstaSnopes for photo accuracy is a good idea.
- I have been following [twitter.com profile] breakingstorm, [twitter.com profile] NYCMayorsOffice, and [twitter.com profile] Gothamist.

I am also pretty stir crazy and not doing a great job of concentrating on any of the work that I should be doing, so my current plan is to bake more things and keep refreshing twitter and my email. How are all of you?

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Olivia
27 October 2012 @ 09:59 am
I live in a household where we talk about our yuletide requests while doing the dishes, now. It's pretty wonderful. (Also [personal profile] readingredhead is doing her yuletide sign-up on the other couch as I write this.)

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing for me! Thank you for offering one of my obscure fandoms! Thank you for signing up for yuletide! Any story you want to write in any of these fandoms will make me happy -- and if there's something you've been dying to write, please take this opportunity to write it! I will love the story, as long as you love writing the story.

As you know, all of my details are optional. I try to be fairly detailed in prompts because I'm the sort of writer who likes detailed prompts, but if you find that daunting or distracting, please feel free to go your own way.

If you do want details, however, here are a few more:

Literary RPF, Fast Girls, Warehouse 13Collapse )

(This year's themes seem to be ladies, frenemies, found family, and love in the face of the world ending. These things should not really come as a surprise to anyone. I feel kind of weird about the fact that I only gave three prompts this year, because I don't think I have ever done that before! But I am really happy about all of them, so that is that. HAPPY YULETIDE, FRIENDS.)

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And the second yuletide post of the day: the story reveal! I cannot imagine that anyone will be very surprised to learn that I wrote:

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi for [archiveofourown.org profile] baffledking
Marvel 1602 (Marvel, Iron Man Movies) • Steve Rogers/Tony Stark • Mature • 12,000 words
Two days after his spies reported that Anthony Stark had returned to England—battered, they told him, but alive—Sir Nicholas Fury rode to Deptford.

Warnings for colonialism, imperialism, the Age of Discovery, Renaissance European (English) views on race, gender, sexuality, exploration, and religion, and 1602's Captain America. Enticements for William Shakespeare, time travel, a kraken, Pepper Potts, and messing about in boats. Thanks to [personal profile] epershand, [personal profile] aria, [personal profile] newredshoes, e_clare, [personal profile] marina, and pretty much everyone else I talked to about this story during the crazy month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Especially my father, who started the ball rolling.

Two years ago, when I wrote Stated Target, I made a big point of noting that, at 4000 words, it was the longest yuletide story I had ever written. I have no idea what even happened this year. I was ambushed by Anthony Stark. I was possessed by Neil Gaiman. I secretly wanted to write an epic about Christopher Marlowe. It took 12,000 words to turn a major fandom character and pairing into something with the spirit of yuletide. I DO NOT EVEN KNOW. I will say this, however: the combination of the historical period of my heart (and my professional life) and one of my current big deal fannish obsessions, was…a little deadly. I loved writing this story, and I loved doing the research. Writing it was a crazy last-minute whirlwind of 12,000 words in five days, but I am very, very happy with the result.

Although I do have this problem, now: I sort of desperately want to write the Anthony/Kit Marlowe prequel. AMBUSHED BY ANTHONY STARK.

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Olivia
01 January 2012 @ 02:49 pm
Unsurprisingly, this list is pretty bizarre. I have many, many tabs of stories still to read, and whole fandoms (Haven, Vorkosigan, Once Upon a Time, Swordspoint, Temeraire, Hark! a Vagrant, all of the inexplicable Peter Pan stories...) that I haven't touched, yet; I also haven't looked at other recs. But that's always the way it goes, in the frantic rush to read as many stories as possible before the reveal, and I am looking forward to another week of reading pretty much nothing but the wonderful crop of yuletide stories just as much as I have been enjoying the last week of -- well, reading pretty much nothing but the wonderful crop of yuletide stories. Vacation is aces.

28 recs in many fandoms and some crossovers: @MayorEmanuel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird - Wallace Stevens, 16th & 17th Century CE RPF, 20th Century RPF, Breakfast Club, The Charioteer - Mary Renault, Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF, Community, Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan, Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Who, Eight Days of Luke - Diana Wynne Jones, Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede, Hamlet - Shakespeare, Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle, Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin, Literary RPF, Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers, Magic School Bus, Magids Series - Diana Wynne Jones, Mary Poppins, The Masqueraders - Georgette Heyer, Michael Fassbender with Pugs, The Muppet Show, Revengers Tragedy, Richard II - Shakespeare, Sandman, Seaward - Susan Cooper, Slings & Arrows, These Old Shades - Georgette Heyer, The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas, Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones, The Wire.Collapse )

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Olivia
25 December 2011 @ 09:09 am
Happy Yuletide Day, y'all! I have made a rule that I am not allowed to start working through the archive until I a) get through family Christmas, and b) turn in my grades, but I should finish my grading tonight or tomorrow, and then it will be all yuletide -- and spending time with friends and family, and a travel day, and cuddling [personal profile] epershand forever -- all the time. I can't wait!

I did read my own story, however: Arabesque. These Old Shades - Georgette Heyer. This is an excellent look at how poor Hugh Davenant copes (or does not really cope) with Justin Alastair's totally skeevy relationship with his new page -- especially when Davenant is already a little tragically in love with Avon himself. (Oh, Justin Alastair, what the fuck.) I am pretty sure this is basically canon (although I sort of like to hope that eventually there are threesomes), and I am thrilled that my yuletide writer wrote it for me! Thank you so much, yuletide writer! The satisfaction of a moment for a lifetime of regret was more in Avon's line than his.

I would offer you guys some kind of present for guessing the yuletide story that I wrote, except it is so very, very obvious. I'm looking forward to talking about it after the reveal, however!

Happy Yuletide, and whatever other holidays you may be celebrating today! ♥

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Olivia
18 November 2011 @ 04:16 pm
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing for me! Thank you for offering one of my obscure fandoms! Thank you for signing up for yuletide! Any story you want to write in any of these fandoms will surely make me happy -- and if there's something you've been dying to write, please take this opportunity to do so. I will love the story, as long as you love writing the story.

As you know, all of my details are absolutely optional. I try to be fairly detailed in prompts because I'm the sort of writer who likes detailed prompts, but if you find that daunting or distracting, please feel free to ignore my details and go your own way.

If you do want details, however, here are a few more:

Community, Fame, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, These Old ShadesCollapse )

Things I did not request, but sure hope somebody did: Lady Sybil Crawley, lesbian suffragette.

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Olivia
13 November 2011 @ 08:24 pm
So. It turns out that I do have a vote in the upcoming OTW election. I failed to pay my membership dues in time this year, but last year I paid them late enough to be within the window of opportunity for a vote in this year's election. With that vote comes responsibility.

I have to admit -- and maybe some of you have felt similarly -- that I was actually a little relieved not to have a vote. This is all such a shit show in so many ways, and there was a certain peace of mind I could retain in avoidance, in knowing that whatever happened was not my responsibility, that I didn't have to pick a side in a battle that feels increasingly and damagingly polarized, that it wasn't my problem. I haven't really had the time for it to be my problem; I haven't had the time, recently, to give much time to fandom at all. I've been okay with that, because I can love fandom from a distance just as well as I can love it on the ground.

But I am a voting member of the Organization for Transformative Works, and I paid those membership dues for a reason, a year ago -- just as I would have paid them this year if I had been able to scrape together the money in time, and if my other responsibilities had not kept me offline during the critical week of membership drive. I am a voting member of the Organization for Transformative Works because --- come hell or high water or my own inability to be online for months at a time -- I love fandom. I am a voting member of the Organization for Transformative Works because I believe that the OTW is a critical and necessary part of a wide and varied and incredibly disparate community of extraordinary people who love things with the same kind of furious intensity that I do, in extraordinarily different and varied and disparate ways, from all parts of the world, and in all ways of life. I believe in the OTW because I believe that it exists to help bring us together, to give us a place to stand that belongs to us -- all of us. And as a voting member of the Organization for Transformative Works, I have a responsibility, even in the most basic (most fundamental) way, to support the OTW that I believe in. I don't get to get out of this one by not voting, and I don't get to get out of it by holding my peace.

If you read one post about the election, it should be [personal profile] bookshop's post: OTW Elections! Now with less confusion! [personal profile] bookshop does a really excellent job of discussing the importance of this election and the issues at stake, and she does so with a remarkable lack of bias and a great deal of wisdom.

This morning I read [personal profile] akamine_chan's gorgeous post, i am angry. This post is really what prompted me to make my own, and [personal profile] akamine_chan says what I would like to say better than I think I ever could.

The current OTW board president, the wonderful and extraordinary Allison Morris, is stepping down and leaving the organization: look it's not a chat transcript. Allison is really, really amazing -- and, not incidentally, was my mentor for my extremely short-lived stint as an OTW volunteer. I was a volunteer for approximately five minutes, and my own experience is not a good example of the sort of things that people have gone through, because it was great. It was great because Allison was great, and I left because I did not have the time to give as much to the organization as I wanted to give. Allison has given so, so much to the OTW, and it breaks my heart that it has reached a point where she feels she has to leave. I want to add my voice to her philosophy:

and finally: my philosophy (some of it): (1) ymmv, more voices more better, there is no such thing as one true pov, and you cannot generalize the specific onto the other specific; (2) you cannot have responsibility without authority *or* authority without responsibility, both are toxic.


I have also been listening to [personal profile] starlady, but I can't link to just one of her posts, because they are all right on the money: [personal profile] starlady's OTW tag.

[personal profile] bookshop says that there is only one call we have to make in this election, when it comes right down to it: whether or not to vote Naomi Novik back onto the board; this is the line down which this voting community is splintering, and I want to say a few things, very briefly, on this point:

I cannot overstate how much I respect and value Naomi Novik and her contributions to this community. I think it's easy, in a debate like this, to start pointing fingers and blaming individuals, and I don't want to do that (I don't think any of us want to do that, but it does happen). But this is exactly my point: the OTW is an organization that represents a community, and organizations are not actually about individuals. Naomi Novik is a visionary, and I think we owe her an enormous debt of gratitude for everything she has done and will continue to do for the OTW and the AO3 and the community at large. But the thing about organizations is that they grow and change. They grow up, and you have to let them, because that is the way things are supposed to go. I am not convinced that Naomi Novik is interested in seeing those changes through, and I am not convinced that she would be the right person to do so even if she were interested. Founders, rockstars, visionaries -- they are incredibly important, but sometimes they shouldn't be the people on the ground. Sometimes, you have to step back and let the thing you started become bigger and stranger, become something different than you imagined. Delegating isn't about stepping back in to take charge, and organizational leadership is not about control; it's about empowering people, and then it's about trusting them to do their jobs. That's how organizations -- good organizations -- work, and that's the only way they get better. Not to overstate the point, but ultimately? We change or we die.

The OTW does not have to represent All Of Fandom -- I don't think it could even if it wanted to, and there's a level on which any overarching organization goes entirely counter to the incredibly chaotic, democratic, ground-up way that fandom fundamentally works. But the OTW is a platform, regardless of whether or not Naomi Novik and Francesca Coppa wanted it to be a platform in the first place, and it's a platform for Fandom-with-a-capital-F. As a platform, it cannot be just about the Archive, or just about history and preservation (although those things matter very much). It also has to be about this moment, right now. It has to be about letting everyone in, because that is what fandom does, and it has to be about making those doors accessible to everyone who might want to come through them. It has to be about listening to the community at large, in all of its glorious, contradictory, impossible differences. And more than anything else, it has to be about acknowledging problems and working to make them better.

Because really, what is fandom if it isn't seeing the worst and the best in the things that we love, and transforming them into even better things?

I can't tell you who to vote for; I wouldn't even if I could. But I encourage you to vote, if you are eligible to do so, and I encourage you to make your decisions carefully and intentionally, and with all of the information.

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Olivia
So I was going to write this lengthy meta post about White Collar, and how it has somewhat inexplicably -- especially for a mostly silly USA show with a ridiculous premise -- become extremely important and deeply meaningful to me. I was going to talk about how the show that I'm watching is probably not the show they're making, or even the show that most other people are watching, and how despite that, I'm strangely incapable of reading it in any other way. I was going to talk about how the show that I'm watching is sometimes kind of perfect, and does crazy shit like make me cry and start hyperventilating and clutch my face.

Then I wrote a story instead. This is really not the first story I thought I would be writing in this fandom.

tonight I say it's no regrets [AO3]
White Collar • Neal/Sara (Neal/Peter) • R • 1400 words
Neal is stretched out on his back with one arm folded under his head and the other still cuffed to the bed.

Warnings/enticements for wrist and ankle restraints, lying liars who lie, dishonesty regarding kink dynamics and polyamory, and post-coital conversations. Some suspension of disbelief is required, as Neal's bed does not appear especially suitable for handcuffs. No explicit spoilers; this takes place in the general vicinity of 3x06 and 3x07. For the free square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card, with bondage (wrist/ankle restraints). Title from this song by Oysterband, to which I really want a Neal vid. Thanks to [personal profile] aria.

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This is definitely not the story I thought I would be writing next, but I kind of love it -- and I did say I was going to write some kink-positive femslash! This is -- sort of that. Well, not really, but the spirit is the same.

Fever Blossoms [AO3]
The Demon's Lexicon • Mae/Sin/Alan/Nick • R • 3800 words
"This is the Goblin Market. Don't you know we can do anything?"

Warnings/enticements for polyamory, incest, aphrodisiacs, references to violence, and the Goblin Market. Spoilers for all three books, and especially for The Demon's Surrender. This is basically a coda to Surrender. Written for the in public square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card. Thanks to Aria and B.

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Oh my god, you guys, I haven't posted any fic in a year. I am ... really happy to be coming back with this one. Bless [community profile] kink_bingo, and movies about fucked-up superheroes. I like to think of this as the story in which Charles incepts Erik into a supervillain.

Don't Try This At Home [AO3]
X-Men First Class • Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier • Adult • 5000 words
You can't make me love you, Erik thinks, except Charles probably could.

Full warnings and notes at the story, but, this being the fandom that it is, immediate warnings for dubious consent, mind control, and the holocaust. After I write the thematic sequel to this story (spoilers: fucking machines), I am going to write some kink-positive femslash to CLEANSE MY SOUL.

This is for [personal profile] feverbeats, and the emotion play square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card. Thanks to [personal profile] feverbeats, [personal profile] aria, [personal profile] epershand, [personal profile] starlady, and seriously everybody I flailed at on chat or in email. ♥

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Olivia
I already recced my story, which (in case you missed it the first time) is SO AWESOME OH MY GOD: Thou Knew'st Too Well My Heart Was to Thy Rudder Tied by [archiveofourown.org profile] spuffyduds!

I feel like my yuletide crop is extra-wacky, this year, but that might just be that I've been a lot more random and a lot less methodical in my reading than usual. I also haven't read any recs lists (or really been on dreamwidth and LJ), so my own recs may be redundant for some. Still, I read a lot of stories I really liked, and I always like to rec them! I did start writing these recs before the reveal, but then I went off to do New Year's Eve things and forgot about the the cross-country time difference, and didn't get a chance to post before the reveal. I've gone back in and added in author names, but this is the same recs list I was going to post yesterday.

(I haven't read any yuletide madness, yet, and there are lots of large and small fandoms I haven't touched, or haven't read enough in to write recs. That's always the way it goes, though.)

22 recs in 28 fandoms: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird - Wallace Stevens, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations RPF, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, Lady Mary Wroth's Urania, Bellwether - Connie Willis, Calvin & Hobbes, Coriolanus - Shakespeare, Dark is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper, Fire and Hemlock - Diana Wynne Jones, FoxTrot, Hark! A Vagrant, Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. LeGuin, Jane Austen's Fight Club, The Kingmaker (Big Finish Audio), Orlando - Virginia Woolf, Doctor Who, 16th-17th Century RPF, The Magicians - Lev Grossman, Maurice - E. M. Forster, Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - Stoppard, Sociology RPF, Tam Lin - Pamela Dean, Temeraire - Naomi Novik, Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Treme, The Wire.Collapse )

Happy New Year, everyone! Now I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the archive.

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Olivia
25 December 2010 @ 11:04 am
I seriously cannot get over my yuletide story. It is brilliant, it is glorious, it is hot and funny and wicked and all for me, and I want to clutch it to my bosom and love it forever. Possibly indecently. However, I will share!

Thou Knew'st Too Well My Heart Was to Thy Rudder Tied. Slings & Arrows.
Geoffrey/Ellen, adult, bondage. Antony and Cleopatra. Troublesome, wicked Oliver (albeit mostly offstage, but nevertheless). The voices are perfect -- and oh, Ellen, how I love Ellen -- and the jokes made me giggle ridiculously loudly, and it's just the right kind of bittersweet. Geoffrey and Ellen: torturing each other for so long, in so many of the right ways. “Hmmm,” she says, and circles him, eyeing the ropes. “I do think we could manage this. The hoisting seems to work just fine, and I could certainly get my teeth into Cleopatra; she’s such a horror. Of course, Antony’s no great shakes either.” “Cut me down.” “I don’t think so,” she says. “I think I like having you right here where you can’t disappear on me.” She pulls open the vent of his boxer shorts and says, “Oh, look, an asp.”

I don't know who wrote this story -- and I'm not going to guess -- but I wouldn't be remotely surprised if it was someone on my friends' list, because it is seriously perfect for me. But maybe not! Thank you so much, mystery writer, whoever you are! You are awesome, and I adore my story. (It still feels weird, getting a story without writing one, this year -- but, next year. And in the meantime, buckets and buckets (and billions of tabs) of amazing things to read. I may not get around to recs before the reveal, but we'll see how it goes.)

Happy yuletide, everyone!

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Olivia
20 November 2010 @ 03:50 pm
I am so predictable, I barely had to edit last year's letter. I guess I know what I like? Yeeeeeah.

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing for me! Thank you for offering one of my obscure fandoms! Thank you for signing up for yuletide! Any story you want to write in any of these fandoms will surely make me happy -- and if there's something you've been dying to write, please take this opportunity to write it! I will love the story, as long as you love writing the story.

As you know, all of my details are absolutely optional. I generally try to be fairly detailed in prompts because I'm the sort of writer who likes detailed prompts, but if you find that daunting or distracting, please feel free to ignore my details and go your own way.

If you do want details, however, here are a few more:

Treme, Breakfast Club, Slings & Arrows, CoriolanusCollapse )

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Olivia
13 September 2010 @ 11:24 pm
I feel this twitter exchange should be shared:

[personal profile] oliviacirce: Okay, wow, I knew this play was gay, but I didn't know it was THIS GAY. \o/
[personal profile] bexless: GAYEST OF ALL POSSIBLE PLAYS. somehow even gayer than twelfth night. NO SMALL FEAT.
[personal profile] oliviacirce: Right? Twelfth Night is really gay! And then Coriolanus is like, "oh, I see your gay, Twelfth Night, and RAISE YOU FISTING."

I had read the gayest passage in all of Shakespeare before, but I hadn't actually read (or seen) the rest of Coriolanus, so I didn't know that the context of the passage was even gayer than the passage itself. Exiled from Rome, Coriolanus goes immediately to his arch enemy, general of the rival state with which he has been at war -- the man he keeps meeting in battle and never quite manages to kill. Aufidius is like, "nice to see you, I've been having these dreams, maybe we should be allies against Rome, and also, let's fuck, since you are hotter than my wife and we have this sexy military enemy chemistry thing going on." I am not actually sure there is a way to read this play and not ship Coriolanus/Aufidius.

I think I've posted this passage before, but just in case you haven't read it: Coriolanus.4.5.100Collapse )

Now I'm reading Jonson's Catiline, which is less with the gay and more with the WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK WERE YOU SMOKING, BEN JONSON. I love it, because I have a completely perverse adoration for BJ at his most Classical, obscure, and batshit. Also there is Cicero, and the ghost of Sulla, and murder, incest, rape, adultery, and parricide all invoked before line 50. Oh, those wacky Jacobeans. Let them loose on the Romans, and, well, literally: all hell breaks.

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