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[sticky post] fanfic master list

Below is a list of my various fanfic and blog posts discussing different books, TV shows and movies. Feel free to poke around and read anything that strikes your fancy.

The fiction in particular often carries specific warnings and benefited from the help of beta readers and (in the case of some poetry) co-authors. Rather than trying to recreate this information here, please find it at the archive where the stories are posted. If you've helped me out over the years and I haven't properly thanked you, please let me know so I can correct it. Most of the links point to ArchiveOfOurOwn.org, which I joined several years ago, and while I've done my best to give credit where due, I do know my own limitations in this area and am willing to fix any mistakes.

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Jul. 17th, 2018

I am back safe in NYC. I was supposed to fly in tomorrow, but given the entire east coast is being slammed by a storm and they were projecting half the flights into NYC airports were going to get cancelled or delayed today, I cashed in my ticket and took a train instead.

Which was lovely. I honestly love long train rides, and the romanticism of a storm just made it all the better. And now I have a day to get errands done before I jump back into work on Thursday.

I do have a tired, though!

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Jul. 13th, 2018

 I have a vague sense of all the people wishing me happy birthday today. I have grand plans to read through and acknowledge them all, but at the moment I just feel cocooned by a cotton-wool cloud of being loved. Is that unbearably sappy? Perhaps; but it's also true. So, thank you.

I'm also giving myself a much-needed gift of time. Going out of town tomorrow night to visit a friend and not coming back to work until Thursday. The only people I'll be spending time with are friends I'd take an airplane to spend time with. Plus: adventures. I work from home tomorrow and then I'm off. This time in more ways than the one. *winks*

Today was actually really nice. I took The Kid and The Mom out to Italian in the old neighborhood and totally carbed out, and there may have been wine. Then met up with some old grad school friends for a game of Risk, where there was definitely scotch and yet more sugar in the form of birthday cake. You have not played strategy games until you have played them with former philosophy grad students, particularly with the standing addition to the rules: if you can convince the group you ought to have won on ethical, logical, or otherwise philosophical grounds, the heck with the dice.

Also I may have bought the "Lego Movie" Blu-Ray from a street vendor. I never saw it, but I'm really looking forward to it!

You know, sometimes people talk about thirties like we're actually adults, but I'm not seeing the evidence today. This entry was originally posted at https://marta-bee.dreamwidth.org/16018.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Sherlock Happy Fun Time

Two bits of fun times from yours truly.

First, Holmestice is through so I can brag about my story. Remember the Doctor Who  episode where Rose and the Doctor meet Charles Dickens and try to stop an alien invasion into Victorian Cardiff, leaving more than a few people dead under suspicious circumstances? Who among us hasn't imagined letting Holmes and Watson have their crack at the case?

The answer is precisely no one, probably. It's still a fun story and gave me a chance to write Holmes and Watson in all their bickering glory, though, and dig into one of my favorite Doyle stories (but so underwritten in fanfic), "The Devil's Foot." Well worth a read if I do say so myself.

In Heaven and Earth (on AO3)

Second, I threw out some questions about Sherlock S4 over at Tumblr today, and would love anyone's opinion here as well. My specific questions below, but I'd be interested in anything you want to discuss:
 

If you thought S4 had an overarching story or point to it, what do you think that was? Does it connect up with the story/point of S1-3, and do you think it’s reached its natural stopping-point or does it still feel unfinished to you? If you think it’s a different story they’re telling now, why do you think they changed tracks? 

I’m particularly interested in why they killed Mary when they did (odd to kill off a major character in the first act like that), and why they introduced a previously-unknown antagonist for the final episode. Particularly if this was meant as the final final episode: what’s the point of Eurus in story terms? I love her; but as an author it’s not a choice I’d make, especially with Mofftiss's good history of developing villains over the whole series/seasons.

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Three Cheers for Altariel

I'm really enjoying the new DS9 novel. Just the premise of bringing Dr.  Pulaski into the mix of Cardassian politics is really original, and it's as well told as you'd expect from her. Do check it out. This entry was originally posted at https://marta-bee.dreamwidth.org/15399.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Holmestice is Icumen In

And the first fic is just wonderful.

It's Doyle-canon, with a focus on Kitty Winters (I haven't read the original Doyle story). She's clever, so clever, and Watson is so kindly and observant in his own ways. Not to give too much away, but if you've ever been slightly irritated with Holmes's/Doyle's attitude toward women, this shows a more evolved view that seemed like so natural a progression, I could see it being part of the canon.

And just when I thought I was done - that coda! I reckon I'll be smiling remembering this one quite a bit over the next few days. Do give it a read.

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In the past --oh-- six hours.

1) I popped over to work. Today was meant to be an at-home day, but I'd left the power charger to my main computer there, and while I had one for a six-year-old dinosaur that got me through the workday, it was in no means up to a stress-free weekend streaming videos and reblogging other folks' creativities on Tumblr.

2) Which meant a rather hectic twent minute high-there-bye-there exchange with my coworkers who were managing a busy doctor day.

3) Finished editing my Holmestice fic.

4) Discovered that I'd only drafted the email asking for a short extension, not actually sent it. So technically my fic was just late. So technically I may have lost my spot.

(Holmestice mods are way more understanding than I would be, and if they can't accommodate me I 100% understand. This is my fault. Which is why I'm less disappointed and more simply kicking myself over being such a dunderehead.)

(But worst case scenario, I have a finished fic ready for posting, probably the most substantial I've written since...well, my last Holmestice entry probably. :-D So at least a year.

5) Whilst looking for a power cord for my scanner, knocked over a very nearly full 48 oz. water bottle. Without a lid. Right on to my laptop and my cell phone.

6) Rescued the cell phone (*knocks wood*), just finish and send off the Holmestice fic before my machine does the blue screen sudden stop, then tells me I have no OS and (on running the fixer) no hard-drive either.

7) Do the tech support thing with HP. They didn't ask how it happened, I didn't volunteer the information. Here's hope my warranty level is sufficient they don't have to get into "reasonable use," etc.

8) Get out the door to Aldi's where they have *gasp* Diet Coke twelve-packs for $3.83.

(Diet soda is my main vice, and what gets me through many a work day. Bought individually at the store, they cost $1 a can, which is frankly ridiculous. Normally they run $5-7 for a twelve-pack. Scoring them for $3.83 feels like an achievement to be proud of, like finding that perfect white blouse you've been shopping for for years.)

9) Not technically the last six hours, but: a teen I tutored back when I worked with Sloan Kettering relapsed and died. This is of course very sad, but keep in mind I was working with teens with bad cancers - some were never going to make it. But while I was planning a fun day off next week, that's now to be built around going to a funeral, which is just deflating. (Yes, sir, I'm going to a funeral; no, that is not why you shouldn't fight me when I say i'm taking a personal day out of my vacation)

... Basically, I am jointly exhausted, and damned proud at how well I've adulted this afternoon/evening.

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Let’s talk some more about Infinity Wars. I mentioned earlier tonight at Tumblr I had Theories with a capital T, revolving around the concept of Chekhov’s gun, which just means you don’t put a revolver on the table in the first act unless you mean on using it in the fifth.

Before I go further, the usual warning: spoilers.

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May. 2nd, 2018

So, Avengers. The kid and I used our $5 Tuesday to see it tonight, and she seemed to get swept away in it all easily enough. I was more than a bit underwhelmed. (Spoilers, obviously, though I'll do my best to stay away from the truly huge ones.

First: there's nothing truly wrong with the movies, in the specifics. Gamora in particular is brilliant, and Benedict Cumberbatch is yet to find a genre he can't rock; apparently we can add "thinking man's action hero" to the list. There are characters I would have loved to see more of (Shuri, for instance, if only because I love Letitia Wright in the role). And Loki didn't get nearly enough screen time. But largely I think that comes dow to personal tastes. It's not that the story really needed more, just that I personally really liked them.

But there's the rub. Not that I get bonus points for having called it, but based just on the size of the cast, I was more than a bit worried it would be too much. And I think it was. Even knowing so much about the earlier movies so I didn't need to "learn" all these characters, there just wasn't much room for character moments, or even to really feel the high "wallop" moments. Again, Gamora's a standout exception here, but I think that's because her big moments happen when the plot is at its least busy. (Plus the actress playing her is brilliant and can own any scene, in my opinion.)

I suspect a lot of this comes down to why you watch Marvel movies. I'm not a comic book fan, and not particularly in it for the action and SFX. I like the characters and that's what keeps pulling me back. That, and the irreverence, and the light and humor. The opening scenes seemed much more DCU than Marvel, if you know what I mean.

Repeatedly, I saw noticed changes to the characterizations from earlier movies just because it served the plot. A great example of this is the Bucky character. We've gone from boy from Brooklyn, to Winter Soldier, to White Wolf. His look is distinctly pastoral by the time we meet him in IW, almost Christlike. But none of that is really referenced or made sense of in IW; T'Challa merely says he's rested long enough (as if the deprogramming and new lessons to learn in the Black Panther post-credit scene are the same as taking a sabbatical to recover from too much work). Of course he's got to fight, and in just this way. But because there's so much going on, there's no room to explain what's to me a really crucial new chapter in his story.

Other characters suffer from this, too. Strange's newfound respect for rules, for instance; or Peter's choosing the Avengers over being a neighborhood spiderman; though in fairness Rhodey's change in loyalties (if you want to call it that) felt so right, I'm grinning about it just thinking about it. I'm not sure I can really blame them for any of that, given the cast size. But for someone who massively prefers her plot to serve the character's purpose rather than the other way around, I did feel underwhelmed throughout.

On the other hand... Black Panther, Thor, and Spider-Man are all tough acts to follow, on top of which I was bringing in a lot of personal baggage. Tough several days at work and I was looking forward to this as a way to "reset" my mood a bit. It shouldn't have to.

Still, all that said, I do think I prefer the solo character flicks to the Ensemble casts. Probably a reason for that.

One last thing: as a Sherlockian, it was such a pleasure to see RDJ and Cumberbatch on the same screen. Because obviously they're their own characers here, but there's a lot of their Sherlock characters as well in how they approach this, and they're so different but also such different sides of the same coin. As I said over at FB, just seeing them snipe at each other was worth the ticket price alone. It's still weird to hear Cumberbatch in an American accent, though.

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