Concordia Discors

In Contrary Motion: Destina's journal

December 27th, 2014

The usual disclaimers: I've barely scratched the surface of the archive, I haven't even read all the stories in some of my fandoms yet, my reading is random, I make no guarantees that what I enjoy will be anyone else's cup of tea, etc.

15 recs in the following fandoms: Captive Prince, The Eagle, Matt Damon-Ben Affleck RPF, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Rome, Political Animals, Vikings, Ocean's movies, Interview with the Vampire, A-Babies vs. X-Babies, The Song of Achilles, HornblowerCollapse )
This year my Yuletide requests went out to pinch hit twice, including once after the deadline. Amazingly, I ended up with four gifts in the main collection, and two in Madness, because of the kindness of other fans. If the people who were lovely enough to write for me are reading this - thank you so very much, for writing these stories and filling my Yuletide with joy. :D

The gifts I received:

Strangers to the Fire - Kings, Jack/David, 5,894 words. Basically if the show had given us David/Jack instead of David/Michelle, it would be this story. IF ONLY.

Selfish Ends - Kings, Jack/David, 1.992 words. Post-series, in which Jack escapes and makes his way back to David.

Training - Vikings, Lagertha/Athelstan/Ragnar, 1,029 words. Athelstan trains, Lagertha instigates, and Ragnar shows off. Is it warm in here?

Beati Pacifici - Vikings, Athelstan gen, 1,089 words. An insightful look at Athelstan's inner conflicts during his early days in Kattegat.

The Life That's On Your Path - The Mummy Series, gen, Ardeth Bay. Glimpses of Ardeth's journey, behind the scenes of and between the movies.

your past written on your skin, my future written in your heart - Kings, Jack/David, 245 words. Two kings, two crowns, two rings.

December 20th, 2014

Couple of PSAs

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- Hundreds of good books for Kindle and Nook on sale at the moment at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, including The Song of Achilles, The Bees, and Red Rising for $1.99. Here's a good place to start poking around, while keeping in mind that Amazon automatically matches all these prices, so you can buy the book wherever you're happiest.

- Sebastian Stan's jaw-dropping GQ Romania photo shoot of extreme hotness is up. Happy holidays to us all! I'm not cutting this. Sorry if you are sick of him. I'M NOT.



More over here.

- I have a pan of fudge. Oh, wait, that's probably not of interest to you. But now I can eat some fudge while staring at Sebastian Stan's hip grooves. So go me.

December 12th, 2014

Well hello there Mr Evans

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Stormapocalypse has come and gone. We are not underwater here, much to the dismay of every hyperactive newscaster in the area, tho there was some awful fallout from the weather elsewhere. I spent some of the afternoon watching this Gucci ad with Chris Evans being hotass sexypants with Evan Rachel Wood, musically accompanied by a background cover version of Strangelove by Depeche Mode. I do realize this ad is like two years old, but did that prevent me from watching it approximately 92 times today? No. No, it did not.

...I mean, I don't even really find Chris Evans attractive, except for his eyes. And his voice. And, you know, his gym body. And stuff. /denial



November 28th, 2014

In a galaxy far, far away

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October 27th, 2014

Dear Festividder

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Whee, it's time for FESTIVIDS!! Dear Festividder: I promise you that I will be thrilled with whatever shiny creation you come up with, so please don't stress even for one second about it. If you're looking for general preferences on music and so forth, please pop behind the first cut below.

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Specific fandoms/details:

Simon and SimonCollapse )

SouthlandCollapse )

KingsCollapse )

Starship TroopersCollapse )

Twilight Zone (TV show)Collapse )

Crimson TideCollapse )

RPF - Michelle Rodriguez (movies, TV)Collapse )

Cinderella ManCollapse )

Treats are wonderful and welcome also. YAY FESTIVIDS!!! :D

October 19th, 2014

Dear Yuletide letter

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Dear Yuletide writer: I AM VERY EXCITED. And I'll be grateful for the story you write me, no matter what, so please don't stress about it. Yuletide is about joy! And I will be very joyful about my story. :)

Details on my general story preferences, my fic likes and dislikes, etc. are under the cut, if you think they will be helpful to you.

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Here are the original sign-up details and additional info, listed by fandom.

Hornblower (TV) - Bush, HornblowerCollapse )

Kings (TV 2009) - David Shepherd, Jack BenjaminCollapse )

Vikings (TV) - Athelstan, Ragnar LothbrokCollapse )

House of Cards (US) - Francis Underwood, Claire UnderwoodCollapse )

The Mummy Series - Ardeth BayCollapse )

Rome - Titus Pullo, Lucius VorenusCollapse )

October 12th, 2014

OMG, well! Here it is. On a Sunday afternoon. All my Steve/Bucky feels, with a cherry on top.

Incomplete
Source: Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Avengers.
Pairing: 1000% Steve/Bucky (with small nods to both Steve/Sam and Steve/Natasha)
Music: Incomplete by the Backstreet Boys
Run time: 2:28
Summary: Without you, all I'm going to be is incomplete.

Notes: This vid comes from a deep and sincere place, and from the moment I heard the song, I actually couldn't help myself. It would not exist without the help/intervention/enabling of killabeez, dvslj, and gwyn_r, so you can thank them or blame them, whichever you think is most appropriate. I owe them many thanks. Also, this vid is dedicated to katie_m because it's mostly her fault. Blame her too. Special thanks to gwyn_r for looking this over and her excellent suggestions.

Further note: if it makes you crazy to see differing aspect ratios, then be forewarned there are some clips impacted by that in this vid, for the time being.

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August 31st, 2014

darlulu asked: D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?

I'm always nurturing ideas. Tons of them. Including a billion ideas that never go anywhere. You should see all the incomplete stories from the past decade littering my hard drive. It's pathetic. But right now I have about seven partially completed stories that seem likely to go somewhere: one X-Men, two Vikings, two Merlin, one Walking Dead, and one 00Q (Skyfall). The Vikings stories are your basic Ragnar/Athelstan relationship stories. Hey, it's what I do. One of the Merlin stories is a 513 fix-it (yes, I know it's been two years, what of it???) and the other is a dark!Merlin story, also taking place after 513. X-Men is a post-DOFP story. Of course.

tabby333 asked: E. Share one of your strengths./F. Share one of your weaknesses.

This question is hard for me to articulate. I think one of my weaknesses is a tendency toward overly formal language when I'm writing stories for period dramas. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn't. It's easy for that kind of prose to become stilted. One of my strengths is an ability to write mature relationships that feel real, in the way people interact and are drawn to each other. I think?

dorinda asked for three also!: H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it./O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?/T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.

How about the short ones first? *g*

If I could choose one of my fics to be filmed, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. To be honest, that is a super-hard question, so I will go with the easy answer: Stars Above, Stones Below (Merlin). The runners-up would be Unmade or A Heart For Every Fate. (Stargate SG-1).

My perfect writing conditions: silence. No, seriously, that's it. I need silence. Being well-rested is a bonus, but lately concentration and paying attention are issues for me, and only silence helps those along.

A snippet from a favorite dialogue scene, arggggh. I have no idea. Um.

An excerpt from The Win-Win Scenario (a Hawaii Five-0 story)Collapse )

elishavah picked: Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?

Most of the time I write scenes in chronological order, particularly for stories I can tell will be over 20,000 words. The tone, flow, and pacing of the story depends on a natural feel to the progression of events in a story, so I let each scene lead into the next to maximize that flow. If I want to capture a scene that's down the line in a story, I'll sketch it out in the file so I don't forget the details, but I don't usually write the full scene ahead of time. I do always have an idea of what the scenes in a story are and what order they'll go in, but it's shocking how often I'll get halfway through a story and realize I'm on the wrong track, and have to start over or heavily revise the first half. When that happens, I revise before I go on, most of the time. *g*

nympha_alba picked two: R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?/S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?

Tools: not really. I do a sort of outline, which is to open a document and mark out the scenes I'm going to write, in order, in the file. So an unfinished story will have a pathway, of sorts, so I don't forget the order of scenes or the details. But for me, detailed outlines kill the fun of writing a fan fiction story. I don't use worksheets at all.

Muse: definitely a no. This is a YMMV thing, but I think going on about "my muse" would be silly. I can't talk about my creativity or my inspiration as if it's some abstract and/or real thing apart from me that I can blame or praise for my accomplishments (or lack thereof). It's all me. My passion, my inspiration, my laziness, my procrastination, that comes from nowhere but me. It's just me in here, and I put my butt in the chair and write. (Stephen King's muse is probably an axe-murdering psychopath masquerading as a doll, so he gets a pass.)
slb44 picked: L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?

Yes. In every fandom there are examples of this. I do re-watch specific episodes a LOT when I'm writing in particular fandoms. Some examples... For SPN, it was Croatoan, A Very Supernatural Christmas, Mystery Shack, Home, In My Time of Dying, Devil's Trap, All Hell Breaks Loose 1 and 2. For SG-1 it was The Light, Abyss, Need, Meridian, Deadman Switch, Crystal Skull, The First Ones, Upgrades, Menace, and Window of Opportunity.

littledrop picked: G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

An excerpt from The First Prayers of ManCollapse )

kuwdora picked: J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?

Probably it's a tie between Equilibrium (The Sentinel) and Mr. Piggles Makes A Match (J2 fandom). Oh! And White Knight, Talking Backwards (J2), which xheart_of_lifex liked well enough to plagiarize in its entirety. (I try never to miss an opportunity to mention that, since the internet likes to try to forget about such things as if they never happened and pretend everything is swell, but it burns me up to this day.) Those three stories basically wrote themselves, I just sat down and typed them.

sheron picked three!: M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?/AL. Talk about a review that made your day./AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?

Best writing advice: put your ass in the chair and write.

A review that made my day: people have written some lovely things over the years, but Madrigal's review of Farther Than Earth From Heaven (Stargate SG-1) made me cry when I first read it, because I hadn't really ever dreamed that I would write stories that people could react to in this way.

Do I ever get rude reviews, and how do I deal with them: I surely do. I've been at this so long now, though, that my usual reaction is either to ignore them, or to email my annoyance to a friend and then move on. There's no point wasting energy on it, since I can't control either how people react to what I write, or what they choose to say to me about that. It's the perils of putting what one writes on the internet. Sometimes the rude reviews make me laugh, though. I can't help it. Sorry?

zortified picked: W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?

No question about it, I'd rewrite The Seventh Wave (Phantom Menace). Sigh. I was such a n00b when I started writing it. I knew absolutely nothing about writing, or plotting, or pacing. I thought it'd be a good idea to write it as a WIP. 100,000 words and 5 years later, and two chapters from the end, I basically had to quit. It had become like trying to paint with paints which had dried up in the jar and seized, and they refused to return to proper form to be used. I loved that story passionately, and I wish I could have finished it properly. It was not to be.

August 30th, 2014

I think these questions are hard, but please ask, if you are interested. (I deleted three questions I'm not interested in answering.)

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].

August 26th, 2014

OH HAI BRADLEY

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Yes. This is a thing that happened. Bradley James, smoking hot, especially when wet. Ahem.

August 22nd, 2014

Hannibal vid insta-rec

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Dilaudid by halcyon_shift (LithiumDoll). Heed the warnings.

August 11th, 2014

O captain! My captain!

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Robin Williams has died. Circumstances unclear. What a huge loss.

Vid recs from VVC 2014

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There were plenty of vids I liked this year, but I didn't really emotionally connect with many of them. Lots of fandoms and sources I wasn't familiar with at all, lots of shows I don't watch, lots of songs that didn't work for me (and a song has to work for me personally to get into a vid), lots of vids that were technically gorgeous but didn't have an emotional impact on me, lots of vids I didn't even see because I ducked out of a show at the wrong time, etc. Mileage varies. I will probably make more recs later, after I'm able to watch the DVDs.

Work Bitch by rhoboat (Reign)

A Single Man by obsessive24 (A Single Man)

Happy by bradcpu (Cosmos)

Right Now by anoel (Game of Thrones, Arya Stark and Brienne of Tarth)

Sweet Ophelia by trelkez (Hannibal)

Wrecking Ball by sockkpuppett (Hitler) (no really, Hitler; it's a genius crackvid)

Chasing Cars by sisabet (due South, Dief)

Immigrant Song by hollywoodgrrl (Vikings)

August 10th, 2014

This vid premiered at this year's Vividcon Challenge show. The show's theme was "gift."

Title: Running
Fandom: Die Hard movies
Song: Running by Delta Spirit
Time: 02:51
Summary: If you can't give me love and peace, then give me bitter fame. (-- Anna Akhmatova)
Notes: beta by the ever-excellent and insightful barkley.

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August 1st, 2014

The Quest

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All right fellow geeks, are any of you watching The Quest?

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July 30th, 2014

This season's So You Think You Can Dance has not been doing much for me on an individual level, but tonight's group numbers blew me away.

Wave, choreographed by Travis Wall and danced by the men:



My Immortal, choreographed by Mandy Moore and danced by the women:



Dayum.
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