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HEY I FINISHED MY TAAKO FIC, maybe that means my brain will let me do ... literally anything else?

The Best Version Possible, Kravitz/Taako, Lup & Taako, Lucretia & Taako
Even at the end of the world, I love you is a lot.

The impetus for this was, in no particular order: I love Lup so much, Taako loves Lup so much, gonna yell about that; how does a relationship progress from a kinda-date discussing the fate of an entire town over wine and vase-making to a dramatic declaration of love during a final battle without, like, any in-between parts; are Taako and Lucretia gonna ... be okay?? Anyway I loved the TAZ Balance epilogue and I felt extremely fulfilled and satisfied and then I wrote 11k words of elaboration!

Suggested listening: Umbrella; Everybody Loves Me; (Don't Fear) the Reaper; Hey Brother; Arms Outstretched; Voidfish (Plural).

Blame: [personal profile] filia_belialis for gently shoving TAZ at me until I cared about it, listening while I yelled at them about Taako, betaing this mess of feelings; Justin McElroy, just, frankly, how dare he.
So, as a general rule, I am very bad at consuming audio-only media. For a while the only podcast I'd ever listened to was Welcome to Night Vale, and this mostly worked because I treated it like Twilight Zone NPR: good radio to have on in the background while also cleaning/cooking/etc. Basically, if there isn't a visual component, my brain doesn't process the info very effectively, I miss entire sentences, it's just not a great way for me to take in a story.

Last July, while I was recovering from top surgery and really didn't want to do anything but lie around with my eyes closed, Amiel had me start listening to The Adventure Zone. (Listening to the McElroys do anything while recovering from major surgery isn't necessarily something I recommend, btw, as laughing helplessly while wounded is kind of painful. Worth it!) TAZ really had everything stacked against it, both because it's a podcast and because I'm literally in three semi-regular D&D campaigns and frankly who has time to listen to other people play D&D. But I had the time, so I listened to the first couple arcs and was mildly charmed and entertained. Then I lost steam, as I do on podcasts, but I idly picked up the graphic novel of the first arc, and ... dang, y'all, it had been written when the show was much further along, and it was good. The characters felt like solid characters rather than the series of silly decisions one makes when first feeling out a campaign; there was a moment near the end when it really landed an emotional beat and I realized that this was how the story could feel; it was in a medium I can actually give my full attention to, so I did, and I loved it. "Well, fuck it, now I want to know what happens next," I said, "so back to the podcast, I guess."

Anyway, it took me fully eight months, but I've listened to all of The Adventure Zone's Balance arc now! (I absolutely need to listen to the finale again, because even while fully 1000% invested, I still caught myself going "ooh someone just said a cool one-liner, where are we and what is happening" because my brain is so fucking terrible at audio-only processing.) I really really really loved it, and now I appear to be [a] watching every playlist of animatics on YouTube, fully recommend inhaling tea laughing at the animated Jenkins bowtie and voice joke; [b] frantically listening to all the live shows because I need to have every possible bit of Balance canon before I can write some fic (is it about Taako's found family? you betcha; is it called Cake Or Death, IT IS NOW); [c] willing to yell about it with anyone, come to me in the comments, give me your recs or your feelings, I know I am years late to the party but it still seems like a great party.
Slightly early, but for [personal profile] thewrongkindofpc, I have written an Umbrella Academy fic! I have MANY MANY Umbrella Academy feelings, but some of them are about Allison and Vanya's relationship, and so:

the only hope for me is you, Allison & Vanya
Allison wonders whether Vanya has a personality in there somewhere, or if it's just violin concertos all the way down.

It is extremely spoilers! I hope the Umbrella Academy fandom has entered a secret pact to title their fics using MCR lyrics! It is so nice to bang out a fic and post it!!
aria: ([slings & arrows] ART)
( Jan. 1st, 2019 10:50 am)
For New Year's Eve I convened with many local friends, all of whom had drawn up D&D characters, and we chose characters at random in order to play an all-night campaign. My first character got red shirted and died in literally the first thirty seconds; my next character, a pixie barbarian named Tankerbelle, survived the night and was incredibly fun to play. Now we're making brunch, and will probably play yet more D&D!

For Yuletide this year, I wrote Exorcist fic! Batter My Heart, Marcus/Tomas. I loved writing it, and I want to write so much more Exorcist fic now. (Like, WHAT IF I WRITE THIRD SEASON, is more or less where I have landed on wanting to write more Exorcist fic, of fucking course I have.)

Happy new year, pals <333
aria: ([slings & arrows] ART)
( Dec. 26th, 2018 08:33 am)
Happy sigh, this morning I woke up to another Yuletide gift!

Welcome to the Family, an Exorcist fic in which Verity skypes home to her siblings to tell them about college and about her new girlfriend Kat!! When I asked for Verity/Kat in my request list I really felt it was the longest of shots, but here we are, with a cozy lovely fic that's a bit about that, and more about all the Kim kids, and is perfect.
Happy December 25th! Under the virtual tree I still have a mystery Yuletide Madness gift, and I woke this morning to a lovely little offering:

The Most Worth It, which is, indeed, Worth It fic -- Steven and Andrew go on three dates at three different price points, Steven is enthusiastic, Andrew slowly comes around, it's adorable.

This morning I did small family present exchange with my parents, and this afternoon we're ... going to take a break from the usual Christmas tradition of Muppet Christmas Carol and/or Love Actually to instead watch The Mask? and maybe Muppet Treasure Island? Apparently once a year is too often for the same movies over and over eventually! In the meantime, I'm tearing happily through the Yuletide archive and compiling a small recs list.

<333 hope y'all are having nice quiet days.
aria: ([misc] cocoa)
( Dec. 17th, 2018 11:19 am)
Yuletide uploaded with time to spare! I did it very backwards this year, by feeling confident enough of the canon to write the fic, and in the course of the writing reminding myself how much I loved the canon, and going back to it after I'd finished the fic. In any event, I pretty much always enjoy writing Yuletide but I extra enjoyed it this year, not least because I did it in a focused and disciplined enough way that I've tricked myself (yet again, as I always do when I successfully finish something) into feeling like I might be a bit good at writing, actually.

Boston winter is staying stubbornly warm, but writing Yuletide is making it feel festive regardless. My little fake tree is up in the living room, slowly accumulating presents for our house gift exchange in early January. I lost track of days at the beginning of the month and accidentally performed the Hanukkah miracle of making Hanukkah last nine nights; [personal profile] thewrongkindofpc and [personal profile] filia_belialis and I made a huge batch of delicious latkes last Sunday, and ate them while starting to catch up on season two of Riverdale. (What! a! bonkers show!!) Holiday retail at the bookstore is v busy but not any worse than a slammed weekend day at the cafe was, except instead of making an endless line of drinks, I'm getting good at quickly wrapping books for presents.

I got a holiday-season catch-up letter from one of my aunts, and it's just bonkers how normal the family is -- like, all their news was about them going retirement golfing, and how my cousin and his wife are fixing up their house (because they can afford one?? the Midwest is WILD), and how my other cousin's boyfriend is so successful at his job. I thought about what I would end up sending in a holiday catch-up letter, and it would be, like ... this year I got top surgery and came out at work! my D&D groups are lovely! my household is fantastic, and me and several of my friends are embarking on new career trajectories now! All of which is, I guess, also normal, but good goddamn am I the queer cousin in the family.

Now I'm going to ... do things that are not working on my Yuletide?? Sounds fake, honestly.
aria: ([slings & arrows] ART)
( Dec. 10th, 2018 04:24 pm)
Hi, anyone newly subscribed! Say hi if you desire :D

I'm honestly delighted that I have had to do skip=60 to read back through what everyone has written since the last time I checked. Also, there seems to be an active Thor/Loki DW comm now? so all my dreams are coming true?? (Fun fact, I still think of Harry Potter and Doctor Who as my longest-running fandoms, because when you're a young teenager everything feels like it takes forever but I was only truly immersed in HP fandom for about four years, and similarly everything feels very high-commitment when you write 50k about something two summers running, but for all that I was also only really immersed in Who fandom for about three years. Meanwhile: started having Thor feelings the summer the first movie came out, here we are seven years later and not even how thoroughly I don't care about Infinity War can actually quell my feelings.) In any event, I am sad that tumblr is tanking in the sense that I'm going to miss the easy doses of good fanart, or gifsets if I want something low-maintenance but still fannish. And on the other hand, journaling is 1000% my social fandom interaction of choice and I am pretty overjoyed DW has life in it again.

Fannishly I am:

- over 1000 words on my Yuletide but not remotely near done with it; I signed up before I got a new job that is less part-time this month than I expected, but I have enough of my Yuletide done that I think I can manage without defaulting

- reading through my two Shame Shelves, as I have dubbed the bottom two shelves of my book case, wherein live all the books I still need to read; I finally felt like I was in an emotional place from which I could securely finish NK Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy, and yesterday I finished The Stone Sky, which was so good, SO GOOD, and when I was done I gently set it down next to me and sobbed into my hands for several minutes -- highly recommended if you're prepared for how unflinchingly brutal it is

- admitting to myself that, given the number of times I've loopingly rewatched both with [personal profile] thewrongkindofpc, I am no longer just casually watching either Buzzfeed Unsolved or Worth It; the three separate fics I appear to be writing might also be a clue that this is an actual fandom of mine now. I have never had an rpf fandom before! how does one even cope with these real humans constantly generating new canon!! (one presumably copes with the fourth wall by locking all the fic the fuck down or getting a sock for it.)

- sloooooowly writing the Will/Hannibal fic of my heart; every scene takes a billion years because Will Graham is extremely difficult to write accurately, but I really love what I have so far, especially how deeply spot-on bizarre I have managed to make the dialogue

Anyway how are YOUR Yuletide fics going?
aria: ([avengers] thor)
( Apr. 17th, 2018 02:31 pm)
Here's the vid I made that premiered at BP! It's genuinely just about my ENDLESS THOR FEELINGS, and I'm here to hopefully give you some of them too :D

Thunder
by Aria
fandom: Thor
music: Imagine Dragons - Thunder
summary: Because that's what heroes do.
content notes: quick cuts/flashes. so many flashes, y'all, half this vid is lightning.
download: 137MB mp4 via dropbox

Embed and lyrics under the cut. )
aria: ([aria] whee!)
( Jan. 1st, 2018 12:25 pm)
For Yuletide this year I just wrote the one fic:

Staunch, Jesper/Wylan
Saying it was much more difficult than Jesper had anticipated. "I think I have to work out how ... how to be a Grisha."

This one was such fun to do; Jesper is kind of my favorite (they're all my favorite) and I enjoyed making him work for it but also giving him nice things.
And then today I woke up to a Yuletide treat!

More than Gold, Road to El Dorado, a lovely little post-movie Chel/Miguel/Tulio fic! Chel is great at grifting, Tulio is maybe jealous of Miguel and Chel kissing, Miguel is maybe jealous of Chel being in their con partnership, everything works out very well and is what I always want from my El Dorado fic.

Christmas Lord of the Rings marathon, incidentally, was AMAZING -- by now we've seen it so often that we talked through the whole thing, mostly about our endless feelings and about several AUs where Boromir lives, though I did also make the mistake of early on saying "Name of your sex tape!" I think in response to Saruman's portentous "the union of the two towers," and by the back half of Return of the King we were all yelling NAME OF YOUR SEX TAPE at every viable opportunity. I'm just ... so happy about that? Lord of the Rings was deeply special to me when I was twelve and alone in a small town, and now I have friends who come over and make many weird inappropriate jokes and love it with me, and it's the very best.
aria: ([misc] cocoa)
( Dec. 25th, 2017 08:44 am)
On this fine Christmas morning I have been greeted with [a] freEZING RAIN C'MON BOSTON and [b] an excellent Yuletide fic under the virtual tree!

Perambulation, Wayfarers! This fic is mostly about post-book Ohan, but it's also about Dr Chef, and glimpses of the whole crew being family, and it's just so heartwarming and lovely and does a lot in a small amount of space.

Eventually I'm going to get up, and make a ridiculous amount of tasty food for several friends while we all watch Lord of the Rings all day, but meantime I'm sitting in bed with my laptop and beginning my perusal of the Yuletide archive. Mmm :)
aria: ([avengers] thor)
( Dec. 11th, 2017 05:41 pm)
It took me a month, but I have channeled some of my Ragnarok feelings into a fic!

Rebuild All Your Ruins, Thor/Loki
"Loki," Thor says, "why did you come back?"

(In a weird way this is the same fic as Shatter? Like, it really isn't, this is a bottle episode on a spaceship, not a Loki-is-banished-instead first movie AU, but the character trajectories are similar, just from the opposite end of Thor and Loki's arcs!! Which means that instead of talking about feelings while Loki rage-cries and threatens Thor with knives, now they talk about their feelings while drinking the Valkyrie's liquor together. ENJOY.)
It turns out that MAYBE THIS IS A FUN ACTION FLICK AND I HAVE TOO MANY EMOTIONS was really selling Ragnarok short, because while it is a fun action flick, and I do have many, many emotions about Thor as both a character and a storyline that I've been harboring since 2011, it turns out that this movie deserves and stands up to being thoughtfully delved into! I've been enjoying everyone's meta about it a whole lot, and also feeling wildly grateful that I love something that apparently loves me reciprocally on an intellectual and thematic level, because damn.

Anyway, I ended up having more thoughts about Ragnarok that are too long/potentially spoilery for twitter! under the cut )
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( Oct. 4th, 2017 01:07 pm)
It's that time of year again! YAY YULETIDE. Letter beneath the cut. )
So I've only been working on this fic, on and off, since the last HP movie came out. Never say I don't eventually finish my beloved old WIPs.

Geometry of the Impossible, Remus/Sirius/James/Lily
"I don't think Lily nor James would be very happy if I did his courting for him," Remus said. He saw that Sirius' face was fixed into blank patience, and had a flash of desire to snarl and go for Sirius' throat, because he might at least understand that. "Look. There are comical farces written around your idea, and I'm not terribly keen on having Lily fall for me instead --"

Please enjoy 21k of Teenage Werewolf Disaster :DDD
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( Jan. 25th, 2017 04:04 pm)
Dusting off Dreamwidth because I actually have a longform post! Here, I'm feeling helpless and sad this week in the face of current politics, so I wrote up a bunch of feelings about being Jewish American! Idk idk have some navel-gazing.

I don't remember learning I was Jewish. )
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