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Title: L’esprit de L’escalier
Fandom: Iron Man (MCU)
Pairing: Tony Stark/James Rhodes
Word count: ~7000
Summary: Post-Civil War. Tony opens his mouth, but he can't find the right words. His version of therapy sucks.
Notes: Thanks so much to merisunshine36 for the encouragement, the beta, and for sharing of all my Tony/Rhodey feels.

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28 May 2016 @ 08:09 pm
So, it's been kind of year since I started going to yoga classes. I thought it might be a good time for me to reflect on it.

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23 May 2016 @ 07:02 am
I have written a thing! Or a first draft of a thing! A Tony/Rhodey thing! All 5k words of it! I'm eager to dig into editing it, but I need to give it a little time to marinate, so that I can come back to it with fresher eyes. It was one of those stories that mutated a lot during the writing of it, so I'm not sure the beginnings of it match the end. But that's okay! That's what editing is about!

It's the first thing I've written in months, which is making me happy.

Unfortunately, I've managed to fill up my mornings and nights with things that are not writing, so it's been hard to squeeze in writing during the week. Good thing I've got weekends, huh?

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08 May 2016 @ 06:53 am
I'm kind of ambivalent about this one. It has a lot of things to do, and it does them all very well, but it doesn't feel like a movie? It feels more like a machine.

Or maybe here's a better metaphor: It juggles about 20 different character arcs and storylines, and it even juggles them effectively. But like watching a skilled juggler, I came away from it entertained and impressed but not moved.

And maybe that shallowness is okay. It's definitely spurred me to go look for MCU fic, and it might actually spur me to go write some more. There are emotional arcs to be fleshed out and empty spaces to be colored in. That's always been fandom's job in the past. Maybe it's okay that it continues like that into the future.

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03 April 2016 @ 07:49 am
So I'm still around. I haven't had much to say on... anything lately. US Presidential Politics are happening, and that has been eating my life because I cannot look away. I passed my belay test for climbing. I haven't written any fic in like two months. I have been playing a lot of Hyrule Warriors Legends, which is soothing and fun and allows me to mow down trash mobs with Zelda as a playable character. I have been delighting in schadenfreude over the fact that Batman v. Superman is exactly as bad as I predicted it would be, and possibly even worse.

I was into RuPaul's Drag Race for a bit, which is kind of a messy combination of a lot of things, both good and bad. It functions as both a mockery of reality TV conventions and a earnest look at drag culture. But it's also definitely a reality TV show at the same time. I am still deciding if I want to purchase the next few seasons.

I kind of wish I had a fandom other than 'American politics' right now. It's the most depressing fandom ever.

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16 February 2016 @ 08:38 pm
I just read the first volume of Bitch Planet, and it's a little hard to talk about because the story is just warming up, and it's taking its sweet time. Which is fine. I just have a hard time forming strong opinions on certain things until I get to see how they unfold.

But really, the reason why I'm writing this review isn't because of the plot of the thing, which has a lot of different ways in which they could play out, but instead, because the tone of the comic really sticks with me.

I described it on Twitter as 'a primal scream of feminist rage' and that's pretty much exactly how and why it works. It took me a bit to get on board with it. The first issue feels a little too 'The Handmaid's Tale meets Orange is the New Black' and it felt like it was checking off boxes on 'patriarchy is horrible and women suffer under it a lot' checklist that feminist literature/media tends towards.

But.

But.

Then the story transforms into something else entirely. It's not just about female suffering. It's about female anger and female agency as well. There's almost a visceral power fantasy in it, the ability to fight back, to take what's awful in the world and shove it in the faces of the people who don't know or don't care or who are perpetuating it. There's a pulpy glee to the worldbuilding that prevents it from being dreary. I'm glad people recced it to me, and I'm glad I get to pay that rec forward.

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08 February 2016 @ 07:27 am
新年快樂, everyone! Yesterday was a huge dim sum feast which was delicious and excellent. So many dumplings. Also, I really enjoyed Fresh Off the Boat's New Year episode. It's just really cheering to have media that actually reflects your own cultural milieu.

I haven't been posting much, and I'm not entirely sure why. I suspect it's just life being life, I guess. It's much easier to dump some fic and give quick-hits on Twitter than it is to sit down and write something longer and more considered.

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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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