I did a thing!

Hey! So I posted a couple years ago to say that I hadn't posted for a year or two. I have no idea if I'll be any better about posting in future. But I wrote an ACTUAL FIC for the first time in several years, and whether or not it turns out to be particularly good, I'm just so pleased I managed to find the time to write it and then actually did so. Also, there's art to go along with this! Which is so cool. I wrote the story to go along with the first picture, and she did another after reading it because phoenixmetaphor's just awesome like that.

Title: Incursion
Rating (both art/fic): Teen
Universe: primarily 616
Pairing: Steve/Tony
Word Count: 22,600
Warnings: Character deaths set outside the timeframe and main universe of this story are referenced, but all characters who actually appear in the story are still alive and in generally better spirits by the end.
Fic Summary: When Steve and Tony are taken down in the heart of Avengers Tower by alternate versions of themselves, their counterparts reveal a threat to both the foundations of the multiverse and to the foundations of Steve and Tony's friendship.

Link to Art and More Art by phoenixmetaphor

Hello There!!!

Wow, guys, thanks so much for the lj gifts! I'm amazed so many people remembered me when I've been absent for such long stretches of time. It put a smile on my face every time one showed up in my inbox. <333

Thanks also to furiosity who posted some awesome stick art for me today. If you're a fan of Lord of the Rings, click here to see the best stick figure Gimli in the history of ever.

So many times I've intended to post something, whether it be an update, a rec, or anything else beyond the brief, occasional, flailing signs of life I've managed in the last couple years. One of these days I'll really accomplish it, and I'll return in a flurry of book reviews, fic recs, and extremely belated, shame-faced replies to the comments I've received in the last year or two. In the meantime, you guys have my sincerest thanks for remembering that I exist. It's ridiculously kind of you.

Strange coincidences / OMG five years today!

I felt a strong urge to edit my profile a bit today, acknowledging that I'm still mostly missing in action but nevertheless ALIVE and around somewhat and still in possession of a deeply burning, passionate fannish soul. (A soul that I ought to mention has been overcome with love for all* incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, though it still bears strong affection for my previous fannish loves.) And I was inspired to list some interests, thinking that after five years I really ought to, and then I realized it really has been five years, exactly, since I created this journal. It is my lj-versary! So here I am posting, to say hi and that I definitely have plans to post more this year, at the very least with some fic recs and thoughts on some books I've read.

So thanks for the last five years, guys, it's been wonderful! And happy 2011! I'm hoping I'll get to spend some of it with you. ♥

*When I say all, I most likely don't mean the silly-looking Sherlock Holmes movie with dinosaurs, though to be fair, I've never seen it.
*I've never seen that Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century either...

Prompt me, please!

I was trying to think of something that would keep me writing this year without the stress or deadlines of a fest. And I remembered there were three writing memes I kept meaning to do. So I'm posting them now, and I'll be using the responses as inspiration over the course of the year (or longer, depending on how slow I turn out to be).

The Timestamp Meme. Anyone remember this one? I remember I was so ridiculously excited when lovely_slyth, fourth_rose, annafugazzi, and sansa did this. I have always been so fascinated and delighted by sequels or brief follow-up ficlets that offer a glimpse into the past, or the future, or some moment from the fic we didn't get to see, or a moment we did see, but from an alternate POV. I didn't do it myself at the time because (iirc) I'd only written ONE fic, and it would have been the height of silliness. But I've promised a bunch of people over the last year, whenever they asked me for a sequel to something, that I'd be doing this eventually, and they could post their request here and I'd totally write it. So! Most everything I've written is listed on my profile here. (There is that "Harry and Draco on a dude ranch" ficlet and also my two "Draco making terrycloth sexy" drabbles that aren't listed there--they seemed way too silly, lol. But if anyone wants links to them, I'll dig them up too.) So, yeah, you all remember how this works, right? Pick a fic, and a time in the fic's universe, and a POV if you would like, and I will write at least a hundred words (or, knowing me, quite a bit more). I promise to (eventually) write at least one for anyone who wants to request one, and at least two for anyone who's beta read for me (because I seem to remember promising that too, haha). I might write more if you come up with another request I just can't resist, but no promises there.

The Blogging Meme This one's very simple. Name a topic, any topic, and I will blog about it. (Again, eventually.)

The "If You Had Me At Gunpoint" Meme This one's mainly just for my own curiosity--I mean, I don't promise to write anything requested here. But hey, you never know, I might! Especially if your birthday is coming up and I miraculously find myself with some free time or something. So, if you could force me to write anything--absolutely anything at all--what would it be?

Draco could so kick your ass at bowling

So my husband bought a Wii from a friend as a gift for our son. One of the most entertaining things about the Wii, as far as I'm concerned, is the ability to create a wide assortment of Miis (customized characters who play in the games). When my husband found and downloaded a Harry Potter Mii, I insisted we needed a Draco right away. We couldn't find one, so I made one myself, hahaha. This evening we had a H/D showdown on Wii Sports.

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Fic Rec: Remedial Herbology by Furiosity

I so rarely venture outside of the Harry/Draco corner of fandom, but fics like this one make me think I should more often:

Remedial Herbology (NC-17, 3,000 words, Neville/Theodore), written by furiosity for hp_yule_balls.

It explores a very fascinating portion of canon--Neville's time at Hogwarts during seventh year. I love Neville a lot, and I thought his characterization here was wonderful. He's been facing up to life's challenges well, and is stronger and more capable, but his self-confidence still hasn't quite caught up with his abilities in all areas, and that's about exactly how I'd imagine him. I can see why other students might find him appealing, and why he still might not see himself in the same light. And I thought she did a great job with Nott's characrerization too--we don't get a lot of him in the books, but he matches up very well with what we do learn from canon, and is fleshed out enough in this story that he's gone from a character I'd really never had much interest in to one I'd like to get to know a lot better. Anyway, she does an awful lot here in 3,000 words (including a quite excellent first time in greenhouse two), so even if Neville/Theodore isn't your OTP (*pauses to laugh at the idea of Neville/Theodore being the OTP of anyone on my flist*), I say go read it!

Another of her yule_balls fics, Seven Minutes In Hell (NC-17, 5,900 words, Harry/Draco), is quite a fun read, which plays with some of fandom's most entertaining cliches--leather pants! truth or dare!--so you might want to check that one out too. :) Haven't read her third one yet, but am hoping to find time to check it out soon.
wicked gentlemen

Wicked Gentlemen fic: Resolution, 1400 words

So melusinahp wrote a lovely, lovely Wicked Gentlemen ficlet (Breaking Belimai, 524 words), and then themostepotente followed suit (All Men (Reach and Fall), 450 words), and this turned out to be the kick in the pants I needed to finally write the ficlet I'd been wanting to write ever since finishing the book. Rather than delving into Belimai's past, though, I wanted to explore the gap between Book One (Mr. Skyes and the Firefly) and Book Two (Captain Harper and the Sixty Second Circle). So I finally sat down and wrote my "drabble" today (at only 1,400 words, hahaha). Here it is, my first non-HP fic! I hope the three of you actually interested in this fandom enjoy reading it! ;)

Title: Resolution
Fandom: Wicked Gentlemen
Writer: scrtkpr
Pairing: Belimai/Harper
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,400
A/N: For frantic_mice, with much love. Thank you for many things, including the gift of this book, which touched my heart. Thank you also to melusinahp, for loving Wicked Gentlemen just as much as I do, and for reading this ficlet for me, even though you were tired! (Note to any/all readers: if either of us overlooked anything, please don't hesitate to comment and let me know!)

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Has anyone not seen these? (I know they are silly, but I love them SO MUCH!)

Two different people have told me that Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars is a H/D song for them, and it is for me too, not because the song itself really says H/D to me, but because of this H/D sims video. I remember the first time I saw it, I just thought it was so ridiculous, and I was laughing hysterically at stuff like the Harry sim's reaction to Draco sim's proposal, but then by the end I couldn't help getting a little teary, and I kept finding myself wanting to watch it again, and EVER SINCE THEN, I can't help getting all squishy in the chest every time I hear that song.

Also, I should state for the record that most sim videos weird me out, but I actually love several made by BigMamaG. My other two favorites are You Could be Happy (this one's perfect for watching after Chasing Cars if you get a little teary at the end too), and the awesome and hilarious Harry's Christmas Wish.

Anyway, I linked someone to these, and she enjoyed them so much I thought I'd post about them (again? I may have posted about them a year or two ago...), in case anyone else might get a kick out of them.

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Fic Rec: Adventures In Babysitting

Okay, when I said I wasn't reccing any more hd_holidays fics until after reveals, I, uh, lied. Sorry, I'm just too enthusiastic about this fic! So reccing one more.

Adventures in Babysitting (NC-17, 18,000 words--but it feels much shorter! The fic flies by.)

And no, there's no actual babysitting in this fic. Rather, Harry, as part of his Auror duties, is forced to "babysit" Malfoy. In Iceland, where it is cold and dark. Tents are involved. Let your mind go wherever you like--this fic lives up to all its potential. :D

Still not caught up on my reading, but I think this one has to be my favorite of the fest so far. Cleverly written, with snappy dialogue and simmering UST, this fic is hilarious, and hot, and a complete delight to read. So go read it! :D