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04 December 2016
SPN mundane alternate universe genderswapped f!Cas/f!Dean. With Sam and bees, as one does.

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04 December 2016
Tonight was my first night DMing anything whatsoever, and boy howdy I did not need to write out twenty-six pages of backstory when I had to off-the-cuff most of the evening. It was fun (much fun!), but I don't particularly enjoy improvising or acting or having a group of people look at me; what I like is building the world and populating the world with characters and drawing maps. Writing. That is called writing. I like the writing part.

I also miss playing my grouchy half-elf ranger and not having to convince two-thirds of the adventuring party that the young woman sitting by her wagon and crying about a broken wheel really isn't part of an ambush and that maybe tying her up and terrorizing her isn't the greatest idea, although it is awfully fun to come up with ideas for secret doors.
 
 
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28 November 2016
Title: Hiraeth
Characters: Sif/Loki
Wordcount: 2071
Notes: Also on AO3.
Summary: "Everything I tell you is a lie."

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27 November 2016
Once upon a time I started writing a Kylo Ren/Hux AU where they were only horrible in petty ways and where Ben had three younger siblings named Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin and here it is and I remain very fond of it, thank you.

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Only a placeholder for now until I take the time to format it for Dreamwidth.

Title: Hawkeye Does America
Characters: America/Kate, Clint, Lucky
Wordcount: 6849
Summary: Kate Bishop, a.k.a. Hawkeye, is the greatest sharpshooter known to man — yeah, even better than that other guy. This is what happens when she hits the Mother Road.

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Title: Emotionally Magnificent
Characters: Hawke/Varric, Aveline
Wordcount: 11606
Notes: For Hightown Funk 2016. Also on AO3.
Summary: Hawke pines out loud.

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I am very behind in backing up fic.

Title: Hazards of the Job
Characters: Hawke/Varric, Aveline
Wordcount: 1204
Notes: For Hightown Funk 2016. Also on AO3.
Summary: Tethras and Hawke, on the case.

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05 November 2016
Doctor Strange was great but what I really want to talk about is one very specific reaction I had to it: I am so tired of Supporting Girlfriend, and I am so tired of being tired of Supporting Girlfriend. This is not a complaint about any one character – it is not a complaint about Jane Foster or Pepper Potts or Christina Palmer in particular – but it is a complaint about how superhero films are structured over and over to make The Girl Character an accessory to the story of Our Square Jawed Hero, sometimes to the extent that we have almost no sense of The Girl Character outside of her relationship with Square Jaw.

This is a role complaint, not a character complaint. I like Supporting Girlfriend (she’s at the top of her field and willing to call Square Jaw on his shit!); I would like a movie centered around Supporting Girlfriend; I would also like a superhero movie about a superhero who is also a woman where her story drives the action and her needs are paramount rather than ancillary. Maybe she was originally a Supporting Girlfriend, and maybe not! I can’t afford to be picky. I am so ready for Captain Marvel. I am SO READY FOR WONDER WOMAN. And where is my Black Widow movie.
 
 
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25 September 2016
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What if Jack proposes to Bitty before a game
so that becomes part of his pre-game routine
so he has to do it before every game from then on
Like, if bitty is there, he'll go propose to him
If he isn't, he facetimes him

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There must be other people out there excited for Infamous Iron Man, right? Right?? There is so much potential for hilarity there. Like, what if in every issue, Doom alters one more piece of his flashy new armor to look like like traditional Doom attire until by issue #15 he’s literally just this:

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11 September 2016
Remember these? Weren't they fun??




eta here's how to do fancy links - works for all major platforms including ao3

 
 
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11 September 2016
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08 September 2016
Here is my current list of demands for the hypothetical Invisible Woman series that Bleeding Cool suggests maybe could possibly be happening:

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05 September 2016
I can’t believe I’m saying this as someone continually beating the drum of Include More Women In The Marvel Brain Trust, but I think F4 retcons and remakes need to stop trying to make Sue a superscientist. She’s awesome on her own merit, and turning every member of the team into a genius on par with Noodle Husband or Murder Uncle actually makes them less interesting as a group, not more.

I suspect the logic of a lot of writers is that to make Sue an equal partner for Reed, she has to meet him on the field of whizbangery – or, if I’m not giving them the benefit of the doubt, it’s that they can’t fathom why Reed would be interested in Sue unless she’s also a superscientist. I recently had a guy tell me that he couldn’t understand why someone as smart as Peter Parker would be interested in “a bimbo” like Mary Jane, and I’m thinking that sentiment is not a foreign attitude re: Sue and Reed.

I am really, horrifically new to loving the Fantastic Four as more than historically noteworthy supporting characters in Spider-Man stories, but I don’t see why Sue needs to be smart in the same ways (or to the same degree) as Reed to make her an awesome character. For one thing, making her a superscientist isn’t developing her for her own sake, it’s developing her for Reed’s sake, and for another, she has her own stuff going on, and it’s lazy writing to substitute Reed’s schtick for Sue’s schtick instead of growing Sue’s schtick in ways that are new and interesting while still being grounded in who she is as a character.

Retcons and remakes aren’t inherently bad – I find it downright uncomfortable to read a lot of earlier F4 stuff, and I way prefer the gentle-but-accidentally-arrogant Reed and spine-of-steel Sue that it seems I encounter in more recent comics – but!!! But!!!!!! Let Sue be Sue!!!!!!!!!!

Also, movies need to stop pretending Doom is anything but the despotic technomage ruler of a small European country.
 
 
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08 August 2016
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Fic where Anders actually /is/ building a mage rebellion out in the middle of a wasteland and he realizes that he can’t be the one to lead it because a.) nobody quite trusts him because b.) he’s constantly on the verge of going all glowy-vengence spirit, so Anders tracks down the one person who has a chance of holding the whole thing together, the one person who just maybe has the charisma and daring and streak of crazy to make it work: Hawke.

And listen, Hawke’s a mess. Hawke just fought her way out of the Fade. Hawke just wants to kick back on the beach with a cold beer. Hawke has no connection to the Circle of Magi because Hawke was raised apostate by an apostate’s apostate (in fact Hawke’s only view on the Circle is that it secretly terrifies her – living like that, growing up like that, being locked away in a tower and reminded every day that your great moral failing is not a matter of choice but of /existence/). Hawke, who is incapable of displaying two consecutive moments of serious heartfelt emotion, who is so thoroughly a mask that she doesn’t realize there’s something underneath the mask, who has no interest in being a hero and only wants to keep the people within arm’s distance safe, suddenly has to consider whether or not she wants to be the leader of a revolution.

She actually does consider it, because it’s Anders asking, and because it’s what Bethany would have wanted, and because – well, what does she have to lose? Malcolm used to say that “magic should serve that which is best in us, not that which is most base,” and you can bet your ass that if he hadn’t had three kids to protect he’d have been burning every Circle to the ground by the time he was thirty. (I’m thinking shades of If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for here, because this isn’t Hawke trying to save her family or Hawke cleaning up what she perceives to be her own mess, this is Hawke stepping forward and claiming a destiny, but it’s also Hawke being tired and done and thinking that if she’s going to go, she might as well make it worth something.)

Anyway, there’s about twelve million tons of crack in Professional Hot Mess Marian Hawke agreeing to and then figuring out how to lead a mage rebellion, assisted by trusted advisors Isabela (mostly here for the kicks, doesn’t want to get involved but secretly cares a little bit about not locking people up) and Fenris (hates magic, hates mages, also secretly cares a little bit about not locking people up as a matter of principle but don’t you dare call him out on it). Varric may or may not be Kirkwall’s Viscount in this story, but if he is, you can bet he gets increasingly desperate letters from Anders (”Varric, what was I thinking”) and increasingly nonchalant letters from Hawke (”Carver farted in front of that chevalier he’s infatuated with today and it was hilarious, also please disregard any reports of Val Royeaux burning, it was a light torching at best”).

this might be the endgame of the hawke epic i never write idk idk