Chocolate Box: The Revealening

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:07 pm
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I wrote four stories in two fandoms; my main assignment, a pinch hit, and two treats. That's the most I've ever done for an exchange!

Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov, Yuri!!! on Ice, 2200 words, Explicit
Developing Relationship, Semi-Public Sex, Non-Penetrative Sex, Intercrural Sex
Victor does Yuuri's makeup before competitions.

My main assignment and a look at Yuuri and Victor through a narrow lens. My favourite thing about this story was Yuuri getting progressively bolder. ♥

Otabek Altin/Yuri Plisetsky, Yuri!!! on Ice, 2700 words, Teen And Up Audiences
Developing Relationship, First Kiss, Kissing, Cranky Yurio
After the Grand Prix Final Banquet, there is an after-party. But no one will let Yuri in.

The pinch-hit, some sweet OtaYuri. There's only a glimpse but my favourite thing in this story was Phichit with glitter on his face. He would rock that look.

Oh My God, Finally
Phichit Chulanont/Christophe Giacometti, Yuri!!! on Ice, 1700 words, Explicit
Established Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov, Humor, Drunk Sex, Hand Jobs, Blow Jobs
At the GPF post-banquet after-party, Chris and Phichit do a little roleplay to mock Victor and Yuuri and end up suprising themselves.

My first proper humour story in YOI; I don't know why it took me so long. Two after-party stories in the same exchange and both in Chris's room -- but it's such a fun set-up. My favourite thing has to be Phichit pretending to be Yuuri. He's very good at it.

Heart, Candy, Kiss
Kuroo Tetsurou/Tsukishima Kei, Haikyuu!!, 1000 words, Teen And Up Audiences
Established Relationship, Teasing, Humor, Let's face it they're both assholes
Tsukki's texts to Kuroo become suspiciously frequent and romantic.

Oh, Haikyuu!! I don't know why I haven't written a million stories for you. This was so fun to work on, these two have such a snarky relationship. My favourite thing was, of course, Bokuto. In fact, I kind of want to go back and edit Bokuto into both the YOI party stories because he would make everything even better. Also, I learned how to make a work skin to show the emojis properly.

I received three stories in two fandoms! The first one here was a late treat which was such a delightful suprise! All rare pairs, which is so awesome. I loved these all. ♥

burning with desire for a kiss by claudine
Mila Babicheva/Sara Crispino, Yuri!!! on Ice, 800 words, Explicit
Friends With Benefits, Canon Compliant, First Time, Slice of Life with Sex

But Not For Me by havisham
Christophe Giacometti/Victor Nikiforov, Yuri!!! on Ice, 2800 words, Explicit
Pre-Canon, Friends With Benefits, Angst and Porn, significant haircuts
Chris won gold, once.

Stuck With Me by Marks
Tezuka Kunimitsu & Inui Sadaharu, Prince of Tennis, 300 words, General Audiences
Inui sat down on the bench. He’d considered the odds and decided that Tezuka probably wouldn’t get up.

Chocolate Box Reveals!

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:56 pm
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Chocolate Box round 2 reveals went live overnight, which meant my inbox was filled with author notifications for people I like. :D I got three lovely fics:

Trothplight - Inui/Kaidoh, Prince of Tennis, G, 869 words by specialrhino - Tripping into an engagement in a cathedral, like all my pairings like to. :D This is just cuteness all over. And it includes Inui harassing Tezuka because that's the way things should be.

Oh My God, Finally - Phichit/Chris, Yuri!!! on ICE, E, 1746 words by Halrloprillalar - My beloved Hal wrote me a beloved treat, and basically it's perfect? It starts with Phichit and Chris roleplaying as Yuri and Victor a little too publicly and goes from there. I mean, obviously it's good, it's Hal!! Just read it.

The Warmth of the Sun - Gojyo/Hakkai, Saiyuki, T, 1227 words by Lady_Ganesh - I don't think she knows it, but I've loved Lady Ganesh's Saiyuki fic for like a decade now, so the fact that she wrote a treat for me just blows my mind. It's old Gojyo and old Hakkai being settled and not really knowing what to do with that fact. And Gojyo's hair fading from red to pink with age just cracks me up every time I think about it.

And I wrote three fics (well, one fic and two ficlets, really):

Looking So Long at These Pictures of You - Yuri/Victor, Yuri/Posters of Victor, Yuri!!! on ICE, T, 1702 words - Like, when I signed up for Yuri/Posters of Victor, I didn't think I'd wind up writing some shmoopy story of innocence, but I did and that's where we are, so just deal with it. I also describe Victor's outfits, if that's your thing. :D Written for 1010nabulation.

Solemnly Intoned - Yurio/Otabek, Yuri!!! on ICE, T, 409 words - Otabek's retiring and Yuri's pissed off about it because they're all getting old. But at least Otabek has more time to pursue his hobbies! Written for mousapelli. She's so pissed off that Otabek is a DJ and it makes me laugh every day.

Stuck with Me - Inui/Tezuka, Prince of Tennis, G, 311 words - InuKai is my OTP, but every time I feel like I need to get a handle on Prince of Tennis, I wind up writing these two again. They were the first pairing I ever wrote in this fandom, five thousand years ago! And here were are some more. Written for Halrloprillalar.

Feel free to read and comment if you want! Crossposted to Tumblr!

writing's on the wall

Feb. 21st, 2017 01:36 pm
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So my dad is in the hospital - he has a fever, he fell - I don't know any more than you do at the moment, but the doctors don't seem overly concerned so I'm trying not to panic.

In better things, L and I had a lovely late lunch yesterday at Nancy Lee's Pig Heaven, which I recommend to you if you like pork in your Chinese food, and especially if you like spare ribs. The weather was beautiful all weekend, and it was nice to be out and about. I know spring is still a ways off (and this winter has not been terrible), but it's closer every day, and I find that heartening.


Supergirl: Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk
spoilers )

Jane the Virgin: Chapter Fifty-Six
spoilers )

I am so looking forward to tonight's Flash! GORILLA CITY!!!


I posted a story last night:

if you find yourself lost, dig (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Rey, Leia; g; 3,225 words
Rey and Leia bond after an ambush leaves them stranded.

I feel like it still has some awkward edges I could have probably edited away if my brain didn't feel like wet cement, but I just wanted to be finished, and even getting it into this shape was like pulling teeth. It does what I wanted it to, I think, though I'm never sure if that comes through to other people or not. *hands*

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if you find yourself lost, dig
Star Wars; Rey, Leia; g; 3,225 words
Rey and Leia bond after an ambush leaves them stranded.

Title from "Elsewhere, Mon Amour" by Nick Flynn.

if you find yourself lost, dig )

Feedback is always welcome.

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I don't know why, but I barely slept last night. I was up early because I was expecting a delivery, and then I tried to nap afterwards and managed maybe 45 minutes of actual sleep. Why? Why is this so hard?


In other news, I've made two attempts at lip balm in tubes instead of tins and last night I spilled two of the four tubes - they were rubber banded together, which I guess is just a way to knock all of them over at once - and today I jury-rigged a holder from the box that the roller ball bottles came in, so there was nothing tipping over, but it was still messy. I think I will stick with tins. They're cuter and they don't require a ton of clean up afterwards.


Star Wars Rebels: Legacy of Mandalore
spoilers )

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I got some things accomplished today. I took all the recycling and the garbage out. I went to the bank. I went to Home Depot. I got a pedicure (Essie's All Access Pass - it seems much better to me than those reviews would indicate!). All of that before 2 pm. It's beautiful out!

Let's catch up on TV:

The 100: The Four Horsemen
spoilers )

Steven Universe: The New Crystal Gems & Storm in the Room
spoilers )

In other news, Humble Bundle has a big Star Wars games bundle going on, which is of no use to me but might be good for some of you. If only it had been books. Sigh.



Feb. 18th, 2017 09:03 am
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I'm in that stage with my WIP where it's not so much a WIP as a jumble of notes and despair. The problem with "just write X words per day" is that it doesn't really leave time for this part of the process: the ruminating and complaining and taking walks and creating the fucking outline, which, for character-driven stories, is so difficult for me.

Do you have a method for kick-starting that process? Just barf some words onto the page and see how that goes? Force a friend to listen to you ramble? Outline the emotional beats you need to hit and then fit the canon/made-up scenes around that? (That's not a bad idea, actually.) Procrastinate on social media?

In other news, I haven't been reading a lot of fic in YOI so far -- when I'm writing a lot in a fandom, especially when it's new, I tend not to read very much -- but I read almost everything in Choc Box (except some threesomes and a crossover) and it was great! So one of my goals is to do a bunch more reading, especially for rare pairs. But I may need to wait until this WIP is drafted to jump on that.

Another goal is to write something for YOI that's more plot-driven and light-hearted. YOI came along at a time when I was longing for a fandom with adult characters with sexual histories that I could write dirty porn about without having to age characters up first. (Not aging up for purity reasons; more wanting the characters to be sexually experienced.) And I have SO enjoyed that! But it's pretty far from my usual sports-series fare. (That said, the Idea Jar is far too full of stuff that makes me go, "Ooh, everyone is going to hate that but I'm going to write it anyhow.")

How do you pick which ideas to write (or draw or vid or ...)?

one day it called it to you

Feb. 17th, 2017 11:44 am
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Oh Star Wars fandom, you make me break all my rules about not reading works in progress because nearly every fucking thing that I'm interested in is somehow in progress, but it is making me deeply unhappy. WHY? WHY THIS?

[ profile] silveronthetree and I were talking last night, and I was saying how I don't really care one way or another if Obi-Wan and Anakin have sex in a story - I don't seek it out but I also don't avoid it? Except if you make Obi-Wan a lady. Then I want ALL THE PORN. And there isn't very much that I've found, which also makes me sad. Why would you not? (I like to imagine Anna Torv as lady!Obi-Wan, personally.)

Even though in general I feel like most characters I write are bisexual, there are a handful where I'm like NOPE, GAY. or in this case with Anakin, NOPE, STRAIGHT*. With an Obi-Wan exception. I mean, I feel like most of the GFFA has an Obi-Wan exception, regardless of general preference or species? He is very flirty. But with Anakin, I feel like the only people he would willingly have sex with (note: we are not counting Miraj Scintel, since that was not actually consensual; that also leaves Palpatine out *shudder*) are Padme, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka, where he already has a strong emotional connection. (I feel like fic bears me out on this, because I haven't run across much of him paired with anyone else. not that I've gone looking.)

*I can only think of two other characters who've ever inspired that particular reaction in me: Toby Ziegler and Frank Pembleton.

(Otoh, I still think Luke is celibate if not asexual. Luke + sex just...does not compute. At all. I'll allow it for Rey to be his daughter, and I can definitely see the Han/Leia/Luke OT3, but mostly my brain just immediately nopes out of any sexual scenario with him. I don't even know.)

Obviously, YMMV.


Fic: Off the Ice, YOI, Chris/Victor

Feb. 16th, 2017 02:02 pm
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I was trying to get this posted for Chris's birthday on Feb 14 but did not finish in time, alas! I've been thinking about this premise for quite a while and finally got on to it. Also, as I said on Twitter, my YOI fic seems to be 95% guys messily banging in hotel rooms and it’s making want to get a hazmat suit for my next biz trip.

Now to get my head into the game for the last Chris/Georgi instalment. If I disappear for a while, that's why. I write that pairing better when I'm basically just obsessing over it.

Off the Ice (2335 words) by Halrloprillalar
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Christophe Giacometti/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Christophe Giacometti, Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Blow Jobs, Masturbation, Lingerie, Hotel Sex, Non-Penetrative Sex, Friends With Benefits, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot

"Get undressed," Christophe says. "And put them on."

Pre-canon. A lot of gifts get thrown on the ice when Chris skates, some with more lace than others. After a competition, Chris and Victor have some fun.

and so I've got to push on through

Feb. 16th, 2017 09:33 am
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Work is hectic so bullet points:

1. Last night I dreamt I was in a rooftop hot tub with Tyler Seguin. Sadly, Jamie Benn was not with him. But this morning, I texted [ profile] devildoll and she was like, I ALSO DREAMT ABOUT TYLER SEGUIN. Great minds! *g*

B. I keep forgetting The 100 airs on Wednesday now, so I was busy detangling my hair* and by the time I realized it was on, I was like, ah, fuck it, I'm going to bed. I'll watch it tonight, on Thursday, as it is meant to be.

*not a euphemism

iii. Writing is hard! When I have the motivation I don't have the words, and when I think I have the words I don't have the time, and when I have the time, I don't have the motivation. It just keeps going round and round. Which is why it's vicious. And a circle.

d. Last night, I attempted this DIY lip balm gloss, though I cut it in half, and used 1/2 tablespoon of castor oil and 1/2 tablespoon of pomegranate seed oil instead of almond oil, which I don't have on hand (and am not planning on using because of my niece with the nut allergies), plus 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil and a 1/2 teaspoon of wild violet flare mica powder, which looked amazingly trippy (sparkly and purple like the universe!) when it was liquid, but solidified into a gray waxy blah. Not glossy at all! (I unfortunately did not take pictures.) Also I could actually see it solidifying. Which maybe tells you something about the temperature in my apartment. *snerk*

Otoh, since I made it, I've got to see how it actually feels, and it feels fantastic (maybe a little waxy at first? but I didn't wake up reaching for the chapstick so that's a plus). So maybe a different color and a little more of it next time? I still have other formulations to test out, though they are all basically the same, it's just swapping around the amounts of each oil, I guess, and finding a color that works. And I guess I can always melt down what didn't quite work and tinker until it does.

V. Three day weekend coming up! And it's supposed to warm up! I can't wait!


Chocolate Box gifts for me!

Feb. 15th, 2017 01:49 pm
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The Chocolate Box collection opened yesterday! I was very excited to see two gifts for me and I loved them both! One in Yuri!!! on Ice, my new love, and one in Prince of Tennis, my forever love!

But Not For Me (2865 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Christophe Giacometti/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Christophe Giacometti, Victor Nikiforov, Yakov Feltsman
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Friends With Benefits, Angst and Porn, significant haircuts

Chris won gold, once.

Stuck with Me (311 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tennis no Oujisama | Prince of Tennis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tezuka Kunimitsu & Inui Sadaharu
Characters: Tezuka Kunimitsu, Inui Sadaharu
Additional Tags: Old men on a bench

Inui sat down on the bench. He’d considered the odds and decided that Tezuka probably wouldn’t get up.

I've done some reading through the rest of the archive and have more to do yet. Hope to get through the fandoms I'm interested in before reveals.

Next on the agenda: replying to DW comments and catching up on flist!

night winds whisper to me

Feb. 15th, 2017 11:06 am
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Reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished
Technically, I didn't finish Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David M. Oshinsky, I only got about halfway through, but it was due back at the library and you can't just renew ebooks for some reason (I don't blame the library; I'm sure the publisher is at fault somehow for how the licenses work). So I'll put myself back on the hold list at some point so I can finish it. But what I did read was fascinating. Definitely recommended if you like history and don't mind gross medical details.

I also sent The Nix back unread, because I started it and was like, ugh, I don't want to submerse myself with this dude for the time I have left before this too has to go back to the library, because ugh. Maybe it gets better? Maybe his mother actually eventually gets a POV chapter? But given the couple of chapters I read, I didn't really feature hanging around to see if that happened.

What I'm reading now
A Trifle Dead (Cafe La Femme, #1) by Livia Day, a fluffy cozy mystery set in Australia, which I'm thoroughly enjoying.

What I'm reading next
Probably the next two books in the Cafe La Femme series. *g*


Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

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Supergirl: Luthors
spoilers )

Jane the Virgin: Chapter Fifty-Five
spoilers )


I'm still thinking about how to make Sith!Bucky and Jedi!Steve work. Possibly setting it in the Rebels timeline, pre-ANH, would be the way to go. I can't wrap my head around how ANH works, though, in this universe, unless this is all happening somehow in addition to Anakin's storyline rather than in place of it (I suppose he could ...not fall and be on the run with Padme, Obi-Wan and the kids. Or he could still be Darth Vader and Bucky is just like Ventress was, or Mara Jade in the EU - a dark side assassin without a Sith title). It's a good thing I'm not writing it. *g*

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People who reheat fish in the microwave at work must be found and stopped in any way possible.


Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

daggers and lips of ice

Feb. 12th, 2017 06:30 pm
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Have a poem:

Niagra Falls at Night

February means daggers and lips
of ice, whole milky globs of it –
all with a dark blue center shot

through like ink. Tourists click
their cameras, but lenses frost
unless you blow and that means

pulling your scarf down from your mouth.
And that means nose hairs shocked
to attention from the roar of a hundred

thousand pounds of silver ice water racing
over the cliff. So don't you dare. Ninja
your face with fleece, fur, cashmere.

All you need are eyes tonight anyway.
Pastel floodlights spin the falls
into huge sheets of taffy just waiting

to be pulled. But there are still two ducks
tender in a quiet pool near its base.
No matter the roar, the whip, the shiver

behind them, all they notice is a broken kite–
shredded and caught in a split oak branch.
How lovely to steal all that string.

~Aimee Nezhukumatathil


YOI and Word of God

Feb. 12th, 2017 09:15 am
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A few things to keep in mind, about Yuri!!! on ICE and about any canon.

Word of God is not canon. What's on the screen or on the page is canon. Word of God is supplementary material that you are welcome to incorporate but you are not obliged to. We do not live in a universe where Greedo shot first!

Actions speak louder than words. People don't always say what they mean. They don't always know what they mean. When they try to explain their motivations after the fact, they may get them wrong or they may not be able to admit their true motivations. That applies whether you're taking a Doylist or Watsonion point of view.

Just because Kubo or Yuuri says, "hey, looking at these matching gold rings that canonically engaged couple JJ & Isabella are wearing makes me want to go buy a matching set of expensive gold wedding bands to wear on our wedding band fingers and exhange them with Victor on the steps of a church -- it will be just like that time my high school handicrafts club sewed matching bookmarks for everyone!" doesn't mean that was actually Yuuri's motivation, even if Yuuri tells himself it is. Or Kubo tells us it is.

People can't always articulate their feelings. One anime scene that strongly impressed me in years gone by was in Nana. Early on, Hachi and her boyfriend are away on a trip together. She asks him to tell her that he loves her. At first he says, "Don't ask a Japanese man to say that!" But he can tell she really wants to hear it, so he starts psyching himself up to it: I'm an American. My name is Michael. But he still can't say it and in the end, Hachi says it's okay, she heard him say it in her heart.

Obviously, not everyone will have that much trouble speaking about their feelings, but it's something to keep in mind.

Your interpretation is valid. I can interpret Yuuri and Victor's relationship in a lot of different ways and I really love that. You do you.

Personally, you will never convince me that Otabek is a DJ.
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Back at work. The sidewalks were happily clear enough for walking, though the corners are, as always, treacherous.

Yesterday, while curled up cozily on the couch, I finally watched John Wick. I mean, I have watched way worse movies over the years for Keanu Reeves, so I feel okay recommending this. If you can handle the dog dying, this is a very entertaining movie where Keanu Reeves kills a bunch of dudes for killing his dog. (To be fair, they are all mobsters and terrible people and also douchebags. I mean, sure, steal a guy's sweet ride, but why kill the dog? That's just evil.) A fine specimen in the "dude kills a bunch of dudes in revenge" movie genre, because it is also very weird. I won't go see the sequel in the theater, but I'll happily watch it when it comes to streaming services. But only if no other dogs die.

Otoh, speaking of GREAT Keanu movies, here's a good look at Speed. I love that movie a lot.

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