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This is what happens when I finish a long thing and want to write something short right afterwards.

Sing It Loud, Sing It Strong (1786 words)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
Additional Tags: Kink Meme, Praise Kink, Threesome - F/M/M
Summary:

Poe's quiet during sex. Rey plans to change that.



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Title: The Galaxy Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fandom: Star Wars
Pairing: Finn/Rey/Poe
Word Count: ~21,000
Content Notes: Contains some descriptions of violence.
Summary: Canon Divergent AU: Finn and Poe go with Rey to find Luke Skywalker, and the mission doesn't go as smoothly as they all hoped it would.
Notes: Splits off from the end of The Force Awakens. I have spent a bunch of time on Wookieepedia researching it, but I do fudge some of their backstories here because I still haven't read Before the Awakening. Sorry if I contradict anything that's canon. It really does take a village to write one of these things. Thanks go out to Roga and M for brainstorming plot points with me, azephirin for cheering me on, and especially to Zulu for beta-reading and telling me to fix the beginning of this.

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06 January 2016 @ 07:02 pm
I, like most people who love Star Wars, fell in love with Star Wars when I was still a kid. I don't know if many people can articulate the thing that made them latch onto it, but I can. What I loved about Star Wars was the way it broke down a barrier in my mind that I didn't even know existed in the first place.

It was a retelling of the stories that I'd always heard about with knights with metal swords and plate armor and in stone castles, but now it was in space. Now it had spaceships and laser swords and the Force. The beauty of Star Wars isn't just that it breaks down the barriers between fantasy and science fiction, but that it does it so effortlessly, that it evokes a complete galaxy that is so much bigger than what we see on screen.

It wasn't until later until I fully understood the other genres that were mixed into Star Wars, the Western gunslinger, the evil space Nazis, the semi-bastardized Eastern Philosophy. Star Wars is the height of remix culture, back when remix culture tried to hide its references just a little bit.

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Still, things like The Clone Wars give me hope that The Force Awakens doesn't even matter in the long run. The MCU is willing to be all sorts of different things at the same time. Let's hope the Star Wars universe gets to be that as well.

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04 January 2016 @ 07:47 am
I have a first draft of my Star Wars fic! About 16k words right now, but it's definitely going r get a lot longer in the editing phase since I was rushing more than usual in the first draft. I think I might need a few days before I'm ready to put on my editing hat and dig into it again. But omg, it's a thing!

The first draft is always the hardest one for me because it's all about laying down the backbone of the story. Now I can put flesh on it and maybe re-arrange some of the limbs and put all the feelings back in. Those are smaller chunks of work overall once I get my brain in the right sort of mood to tackle them.

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31 December 2015 @ 09:06 pm
Man, I didn't write that much this year, though I guess that's what happens when you feel kind of between fandoms.

First off, Yuletide reveals!

Shadowrun: Hong Kong


機不可失,時不再來 (interactive fic, about 1000 words in total) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Player Character, Duncan Wu
Additional Tags: Interactive, Interactive Fiction, Backstory
Summary:

"An opportunity, once lost, does not come around a second time." - Chinese proverb



Oh jeez. This was originally going to be a more ambitious project, using the Shadowrun content editor to create a mini campaign. In the end, I just ran out of time to figure out the technical details and just put the story into Twine and then skin it to look like the Shadowrun UI. That definitely made it easier. I spent soooo much time trying to find a good Chinese proverb for the tiltle.

Life is Strange


Four Times Max Almost Kisses Chloe (and One Time She Does) (1566 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life Is Strange (Video Game)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
Additional Tags: five things


I was originally working on this as a treat, but then it showed up on the pinch hit list. I figured that it made sense to pick it up. Life is Strange is one of those games that ate my life for a week. It does this amazing thing where it stretches out these moments, where it lets you linger in a feeling for as long as you'd like. Getting a chance to try to recapture that was a great palate cleanser after trying to do something more scripted and dialogue-heavy.


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Bonus feature:
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26 December 2015 @ 09:16 am
I'm trying to read ALL THE FIC and probably failing, but here's my lovely gift fic while I try to cobble together a collection of real recs.

At Play (1603 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Banlieue 13 (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leïto/Damien Tomaso
Characters: Leïto (Banlieue 13), Damien Tomaso, Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Sparring, Playgrounds, Police, POV Outsider, Parkour, Post-Canon
Summary:

Jean stuck his head inside the station break room just as Luc was laying out his lunch. “The Captain is sparring with Leïto!” he said breathlessly, and ducked back into the hallway.


So much delight to be found here! Excellent character voices. Fun outsider POV. And goodness, an actual fight scene that feels as much about characterization as the banter. Hooooooray!

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19 December 2015 @ 05:14 am
Sorry on the December Posting Meme. I've decided that my life needs to be Yuletide 24/7, so I'm working on a few treats. /o\ I fail at everything.


So I have seen the new Star Wars movie (twice) and I have lots of thoughts.

For lolz, I found my original thoughts on Revenge of the Sith. I have only seen that movie once and don't really remember about half of what I mention in that post. Whoops.

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13 December 2015 @ 01:24 pm
Er, I swear I'll work on the December posting meme as soon as I get done with my Yuletide story.

Speaking of which, anyone got some time to beta it? I'm not sure how much structural stuff I can do at this point, but I'd like to make sure all the tenses and pronouns agree with one another. It's about 1500 words.

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for [personal profile] escritoireazul
(I'm happy to take more topics!)

This is so tough for me to say because I consume a lot of media and I hate ranking things. So here's a list of 5 things I have enjoyed a lot over the past year! I will most assuredly forget things or leave things off that I will totally regret not mentioning earlier. Anyway, I'm just going to talk about what I liked about these things without caveats, even though they're imperfect and flawed.


Sense8

This show was such a breath of fresh air! It's so easy for scifi/genre entertainment these days to be cynical and grimdark, and I'm no exception to that. It's so refreshing to have a show that is unabashedly humanist. It's not all sunshine and flowers. The world can be ugly and imperfect, too, But it's a show that believes human beings are worth caring about, that we can be better than we are. It's such a lovely and powerful message.


Jessica Jones

I noped out of Top of the Lake because it was so dismal and so bleak. I complained to a bunch of friends that I was sick of stories about 'men doing awful things to women'. I wanted more stories of 'women doing things'. And this is that show for me. It's all about women having agency, struggling to make correct decisions, even when the villain is the embodiment of a lack of agency. I loved the way the metaphors and the genre trappings fit together perfectly. I loved how many different types of female relationships and female characters are portrayed. I loved that it was a story about recovery not revenge.


Ms. Marvel (vol 1.)

It's a fairly standard 'girl gets powers, has to figure out how to use them and also how to maintain a secret identity', but it's done with such verve and detail and sweetness that I can't help but love it. The handling of Muslim identity was great. It taught me things I didn't know anything about. And I loved that I could see plenty of my teenage self in Kamala.


Magic Mike XXL

This movie is full of contradictions for me, but I can't help but be entertained by it anyway. Where the first movie is split between its desire to be gritty and real and also dirty-fun entertainment, this one throws out all the gritty realness in favor of going all-out on the dirty-fun entertainment. And strangely enough, it's a much better movie for that.


Inside Out

I am generally a sucker for Pixar, and this was just such a warm, heart-wrenching story of growing up, told in a delightful way. I legit cried like a baby in the theater because the emotions were so visceral to me. It makes its argument that we need to learn to be whole people, to embrace all the flawed, imperfect sides of ourself and use that knowledge to grow and become better. It doesn't make this journey easy. It's one of the hardest things in the entire world. And this movie is all about how difficult and how painful it can be and how rewarding it can be if you can succeed.

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27 November 2015 @ 02:27 pm
I had a blast doing the December posting meme last year.

Send me things to write about this year!

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