We were invited to post early, so here is my and Wren's Cap RBB:

Tony Stark and the Mysterious Marksman (18510 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Noir
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Tony Stark
Characters: Tony Stark, James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Invaders (Team), Nick Fury, Carol Danvers, Victor von Doom
Additional Tags: Action/Adventure, Secret Identity, Identity Porn, World War II, Hero Worship, Doombots, Latveria, Snipers, Explosions, Canon-Typical Violence
Summary: The year is 1943, and the war is swinging into an unexpected front: the Allies need to get their hands on every magical item they can find before someone else does. There's no one more qualified for the job than Tony Stark, former adventurer for Marvels magazine. When Nick Fury sends him on his latest mission, Tony finally gets the chance to work with Captain America... and the guy won't stop extolling the wonders of his partner, some kid called Bucky. But when Tony gets back to base, he meets someone even better than the Bucky of Cap's stories: an enigmatic -- and incredibly handsome -- marksman by the name of James Barnes.

That's right, it's Marvel Noir Winteriron identity porn! I've never written Winteriron before, but this was a lot of fun! It was written to accompany Wren's gorgeous art, which you can view here. (The stargazing art was the original art, she drew the sniping art to go with the story, and the art at the end she drew to have more Noir art and I asked if I could steal it and put that scene in. So I did.) I originally wasn't even going to write for this, but the art just won me over (because OMG NOIR) and then I had an identity porn idea and... all of this happened.

I hope all three of you who like this pairing will appreciate this story. :D You probably don't need to know anything about Marvel Noir; I explain it at the beginning if you're curious.
 
 
 
The first Cyborg movie featured a cyborg, but was not really interested in cyborgs. You could have replaced the cyborg with an ordinary human and it would not have made a difference. She was not even a main character, more of a McGuffin.

Cyborg 2, on the other hand, delivers on the cyborg front, while offering no continuity of characters or world-building with the first movie.

A young Angelina Jolie plays a cyborg intended as a weapon in corporate warfare: the company that built her wants to send her to a meet-up with their competitors, where the bomb inside her will be detonated. A mysterious man who communicates only through screens helps her to escape – along with her combat instructor, who has been looking up the penalties for sexual contact between humans and cyborgs. Together, they must escape to the one place in the world where unlicensed cyborgs can live freely.

Other cyborgs are sent in pursuit, including my favourite character, a vain cyborg assassin whose main concern is preserving his very expensive reconstructed face. There is a sort of robot underground, and a shantytown for those who have been junked. The people involved in this movie were clearly interested in robots! They ask the question, 'can there be love between man and machine?' and they answer, 'hell yes!'

I wouldn't say it's a good movie, or even a consistently entertaining one, but I can definitely appreciate what they were trying to do, and I'm glad we watched it.

(The third movie looks terrible but apparently involves ~cyborg pregnancy~ and also Malcolm McDowell so I think we'll be watching that one as well.)
 
 
 
22 June 2017
I ended up signing up for [community profile] fandomgiftbox, which is sort of [community profile] fandom_stocking in the summer with slightly different rules. I had fun treating it last year, so why not.

Wish there were more people in my fandoms in [community profile] multifandomdrabble fest. Sign ups open for another day!

I know people have been looking for nice Bill icons from this series of Doctor Who. Here are a bunch made by [personal profile] luminousdaze, along with 12, Missy, Clara and a bunch of the gang.

I really like this essay by [personal profile] lydy: The Rules: A Memo for Every Man in My Life.
Instead, I want to address something that comes up over and over in these conversations, and always from men. "What are the rules?" "How can I know how to behave if you won't clarify what you want?"

Dear men, please do not ask me to provide to you something that I have never had. I cannot provide you the rules. I do not know what they are, and I never have.


Pitssburgh Queer History project has some great archival material here.

ETA: For those who like Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells is doing an AMA here, and here's a quote from the next one.
 
 
This was not on my fic WIP list, but it kind of just happened. You know. Like these things do. After this it's back to regularly-scheduled programming, I swear.

The Right Thing (1987 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Anniversary, Hydra Steve Rogers, Not A Fix-It, Civil War (Marvel), Secret Empire (Marvel), Avengers Vol. 7 (2016)
Summary: Today is a very important anniversary for Steve and Tony, and the fact that Tony's currently comatose isn't going to stop Steve from celebrating it.

You know how sometimes you get to thinking about how people used to call Tony a scumbag fascist dictator because of Civil War? You know how then you start thinking about what would happen if Actual Scumbag Fascist Dictator Steve Rogers, the leader of Hydra, showed up at Tony's bedside to tell him how much of an inspiration Tony has been to him? Wouldn't that be great? Hey, where are you going? Come back!
 
 
 
 
Title: Baby, You're My Flame
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 709
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Sick fic
Notes: For [community profile] 15kisses, Prompt: Endure. Part 3 of Fever (Part One: Getting Warmer, Part Two: What a Lovely Way to Burn)

Summary: Root is convalescing. She's just not very good at it.

Also at the Archive

Root was tired of being sick )
 
 
 
Title: Would Teach My Feet to Fly
Fandom: Wynonna Earp (TV)
Charactesr: Wynonna & Doc
Length: 1,000 words
Rating: Teen
Content notes: Canon typical mental health issues and dysfunctional relationships, some theology.
Author's Notes: Set after 2x02 with minor spoilers. Title from "River" by Joni Mitchell.

Wynonna had used to say, "Make your peace." She'd even said that was going to be "her thing."
 
 
 
19 June 2017
Going through [personal profile] gwyn's beta comments on my Cap RBB, I have found the best typo that I have ever personally committed:

He upholstered his gun.

I'm almost tempted to keep it.
 
 
18 June 2017
So the Cap-IM RBB is finally done posting, and I wanted to highlight a couple of the stories I really enjoyed. Because now I have read and commented on ALL OF THEM. (I still need to finish the Holiday Exchange fics, alas. Yes, I know it's June.) The RBB masterlist is here, and I know if you're in the fandom you likely will be reading a lot of them anyway but I wanted to pick out some I really liked that I think those of you who are only more casual readers of Steve/Tony will be able to appreciate as well, since I know not all of you are in this fandom. (So this is not me meaning to slight anyone by leaving you off! I loved all your fic and art! I hope I have told you so!)


  • [personal profile] magicasen's To Liars and Saving the World (Ults, 45,720 words). I betaed this so I am obviously TOTALLY UNBIASED, but it is awesome and my new favorite story of hers. It's long enough, with enough backstory given, that I think you can enjoy it without knowing Ultimates canon. And the reason you want to read this is that it is a fake marriage/marriage of convenience story. Yessss. (I mean, she does a great job with a very specific plot that is a clever mix of Ults and 616, which you will also love if you know 616... but you don't need to know that to enjoy the fake marriage goodness.)

  • [archiveofourown.org profile] citsiurtlanu's Let Us Not Forget This (Noir, 36,039 words). A lot of Noir stories are World War II adventure stories, in the tradition of Noir canon, and this is one of them... but it is also an AU. An AU inspired by a particular source that I really cannot reveal because that would be a spoiler. But it is amazing. Once you read this, you will need to read it again immediately.

  • [personal profile] muccamukk's Captain Rogers and the Iron Man of La Rochelle (616 AU, 15,614 words). A delightful historical AU that is 50% The Scarlet Pimpernel, 50% The Three Musketeers, and 100% riveting naval adventure. Yes, I know that's 200%. This is definitely 200% worth of story. There is piracy and secret identities! What more could you possibly ask for from a historical AU?

  • [personal profile] marinarusalka's That Bonnie Road (ambiguous canon, 13,761 words). Gen, urban fantasy AU where Earth has been running out of magic. You'll never guess who Tony the technomancer meets when a gate to Faerie opens. The worldbuilding here is lovely.

  • [archiveofourown.org profile] a_sparrows_fall's Every Little Thing He Does Is (Rhodes Industries/Harry Potter, 40,735 words). This was the story I started making this post to rec. You don't need to know the original Marvel canon; it literally only exists in one panel (Rhodey runs the company, Tony is one of his employees). It apparently uses Fantastic Beasts canon but I've never seen Fantastic Beasts and I did okay. This is a Harry Potter fusion where Steve, still a man out of time, is an Auror attempting to adjust to the modern world and pretending, for job-related purposes, to be a Muggle -- which is where he meets and falls in love with Tony. He has to then try to figure out how to date Tony without giving anything away. And, of course, Tony's got some secrets. Probably not exactly the secrets you think they are. They weren't the ones I thought he had, anyway. Come for the amazing worldbuilding and the meet-cute, stay for the wizards complaining about how unicorn frappuccinos aren't even made with real unicorn.


There. Go! Read!
 
 
18 June 2017
Signed up for [community profile] multifandomdrabble fest, which is about my speed these days.

I also really like the idea of [community profile] picture_prompt_fun, but haven't done anything for it yet. #4 is calling to me though.

Most of my fic time is going to be spent reaping and paying off debts incured during STH anyway. I'm doing a multi-media found document thing with a couple other people (hence the card catalogue questions), and then someone put down $100 USD if I'd work on HoS. So.

I'm strongly considering not modding Femslashex this year. I just have too much RL stress, and I'd hate to do it badly. I'll have to decide soon to give time for new mods to take off. Argh. I don't want to give up something I'm really proud of and enjoy, but at the same time...

[livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman RBB is wrapped up, and holy fuck you all NEED to read Every Little Thing He Does Is by [archiveofourown.org profile] a_sparrows_fall. It's a Harry Potter fusion with Marvel 57289, and it's absolutely stunning. Some of the best worldbuilding I've seen in a fandom with baseline fabulous worldbuilding. Go read it. Go read it now.

ETA: [community profile] mcurollingremix has posted. Go here for fic.
 
 
Title: What a Lovely Way to Burn
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Sick fic, show-level injuries, Shaw has no bedside manner
Notes: Part Two of Fever (Follows Part One, Getting Warmer)

Summary: Shaw's bedside manner is a little brusque but Root wouldn't have any other doctor.

Also at the Archive

Root wanders a New York dreamscape with leaden legs )
 
 
17 June 2017
Now that I have one RBB posted and one drafted, I can start making inroads into this pile of RBBs I haven't been reading because I've been frantically writing. I am looking forward to this! (And then I can start writing again!)

My copy of the Not Without You Steve/Bucky zine got here the other day. "But, Sine, you don't even ship Steve/Bucky!" you say. This is... sort of true. I mean, I don't write it and I don't imagine that I ever will, but I will read basically anything if it's good without necessarily needing to ship it, and I like a lot of the authors in it (okay, okay, I really wanted to read Dira's story, which is the saddest deaging story in the world), and also I really, really just like zines. I was not expecting, however, that it would be a giant hardcover monstrosity. It is literally the size of a textbook. A textbook of Stucky. I can only imagine that people who actually ship Stucky are over the moon about it, because this is pretty cool.

(I don't understand why we don't have a Steve/Tony print zine. At all. I feel like over the years someone should have made at least one. I mean, there's the anniversary zine project, which I am writing for, and which sounds great and which I am really excited about, but that's digital only. I just really like zines and I think there should be some.)

Also, I now own a Captain Marvel sleep mask, which I can recommend as it is very nice and soft. It is replacing my previous sleep mask, which was both too small and too tight; it is really not fun to wake up in sudden terror because OMG something is crushing your eyes. But this entirely eliminates this problem and also has a Kree star on it, which makes it better.
 
 
17 June 2017
Don't worry, I still really ship McShep :D A friend of mine was going to start a rewatch of The Flash and invited me to join. I'm easily persuaded when it comes to ships - if you get to me first and talk your ship up, I will totally start to ship it too (and then nothing can make me stop).

Meet Harrisco )
 
 
17 June 2017
So cold this morning. For values of cold in Australia, which is to say there's frost on the grass and I have my giant scarf on. I am having crappy, crappy low moods but weirdly and ferociously creative times. It is strange and I don't understand the rhythms of it at all. I feel like the world is being sucked into a black hole, and yet I cannot stop writing POI fic.

Five things about winter Saturdays in rural Australia:
- Frosty, foggy mornings that will become clear and sunny by twelve
- The footy scoreboard shining orange through the fog as the under-twelves play the 8am match
- Teenage girls in netball skirts with goosepimpled legs, poor things
- People leaving their shoes at the front door so they don't track mud through the pharmacy
- Farmers all hollow-eyed from helping calves into the world, eating hot pies for breakfast

I want to say some things about media I've been enjoying but I keep procrastinating because I don't have the time to write long and involved things. So, here are some short thinkings on things:


Five things about Wonder Woman
Not very spoilery but I wouldn't want to ruin anyone's joy )


Five things about Legion
Not too spoilery. Defs not addressing the big spoilers, anyway. )


Five things about Twin Peaks
I have seen episode five, so assume spoilers for up to there )


Five Things to Do
- Via [personal profile] leecetheartist, a zooniverse project based in Western Australia: Western Shield Camera Watch. Their description: Western Shield is a government funded conservation project that is dedicated to managing introduced predators, primarily foxes and cats, that threaten native wildlife in Western Australia.
This is a very gentle and calming kind of thing to do, I enjoy it a lot. You get to identify kangaroos and emus and all sorts of weird little hopping things. You could also identify this murderous looking bird:
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[A giant, yellow eyed bird, going at the lens of a camera with an angry beak]

- [personal profile] anandrine is talking about communities on Dreamwidth: active comms, comms you'd like to see become more active. let's talk communities

- read this Beatles zombie AU webcomic: Eleanor Rigby
(when i was very small i assumed this song was about some lady who literally kept a human face in a jar by the door and since father mckenzie buried her that meant that he also killed her and basically i thought eleanor rigby was about zombies until i was like 12 years old)

- Check out this new prompt comm, [community profile] picture_prompt_fun, write a story for a picture prompt.

- sign-up for [community profile] multifandomdrabble, and write someone 100 words. I did this last year, when it was being trialled at Imzy, and it was fun! More details here.


Five Linkspams to make your day a little better
- This woman's joyful reaction at a woman proposing to her girlfriend at a museum: No One Can Get Over This Older Lady's Reaction To A Woman Proposing To Her Girlfriend (This gave me life at a time when I was feeling very bitter at yet another friend's marriage where they did not do anything about the hateful 'Man and woman' clause of the marriage act that must be read out at a wedding in Australia. Like this: Objectors block out Marriage Act's 'union of man and woman' words at civil weddings.)

- The Grenfell Tower fire is a horrible, terrifying tragedy. I am buoyed by the stories of how people have helped, how emergency workers have been amazing. (Like Mr Rogers: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.) Today in my email, I saw this about pharmacists dealing with the logistics of people losing all their medication and prescriptions and records: Pharmacists in West London have been working to help people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

- Remember Tommy Westphall and the snowglobe phenomenon? Check in with it again here: The Tommy Westphall Universe. Apparently reboots have really kicked the database into overdrive this year. I saw a pack of Morley cigarettes on Twin Peaks, which means the Twin Peaks verse doesn't exist. No surprises there, though.

- Knitting spies!! The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

- From some of my Person of Interest research: The 10 Best Bottles of Vodka in the World. Linked because the tasting notes are even more amazing and wanky than wine tasting notes. For example: Soft and laser-precise on the palate with a seamless balance and great length of flavor.

Now I want vodka. But it is illegal for me to drink vodka and be a health professional. So cruel.

Son of ETA: As people have asked, yes, I am legally forbidden to drink vodka only while I am at work being a health professional. After work, I may freely engage in the drinking of vodka, and indeed, many other spirits.
 
 
That should just be my subject line for all my Greek posts from here on out.

Today in Attic Greek hell: the middle voice.

Just in case not everyone wants to hear about Greek )

"Middle" no longer looks like a real word.
 
 
Title: Getting Warmer
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Show-level injury
Notes: Written for [community profile] 100words Prompt #46: Fever

Summary: The Machine is trying to make a connection but Root is too far gone.

Also at the Archive

Shaw cradles the receiver and fishes for a pen )
 
 
If you were the Smithsonian, and you had a bunch of stuff in a box in storage, what would the inventory ticket for that look like? I assume there's some kind of catalogue/database that has something like: Wooden box, containing crystal skull. c. 1830. Collected by Davie Jones, 1901. Corridor x, shelf b, box 37. But exact details would be great. Actual images or references would be amazing. I'm googling the wrong terms or something.

(For found document fic.)

ETA: To be clear, I'm looking for whatever the record would look like now, in present day, not in 1901.
 
 
14 June 2017
What I Just Finished Reading

Mur Lafferty, Six Wakes: A SF/F locked-room murder mystery where a group of clones on a spaceship awake to find that their previous clones have all been murdered and they have to figure out which of them did it. The premise was interesting, and I liked the worldbuilding, but the actual writing didn't grab me; the characters just felt flat and boring. Oh well. (Also, someone should tell the author that cerebral palsy is not genetic.)

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Black Panther and the Crew #3, Captain America Sam Wilson #23, Defenders #1, Ms. Marvel #19, Secret Empire #4, Secret Empire United #1, Secret Warriors #3, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #21, Uncanny Avengers #24, X-Men Blue #5 )

What I'm Reading Next

Dunno. Hopefully something, as I should be done with the Cap RBB draft really soon.
 
 
 
 
Title: Captain Rogers and the Iron Man of La Rochelle
Artist: [personal profile] marinarusalka
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Rating (both art/fic): Teen
Universe: 616 AU
Word Count: 15,614
Warnings: None

Fic Summary: Privateer Captain Steve Rogers' suspicions are raised when the notorious Iron Man hires his ship for a desperate mission to the besieged city of La Rochelle, and that's before he begins to make the connection to a French spy, and the extremely irritating Anthony Stark, Earl of Richford.

Link to art page
Link to fic page
 
 
 

This weekend, Cat will be at the 2017 Campbell Conference and Awards in Lawrence, KS. We’ll post Cat’s schedule later this week, if possible, so check back here on Wednesday!

In the meantime, we’ve got another exclusive excerpt from The Refrigerator Monologues to share with you! We hope this embarrassment of riches will entice you to pick up a copy, if you haven’t already – and if you aren’t able to get a copy yet, may this keep your appetite whetted.

THE HELL HATH CLUB VS. THE MIGHT OF ATLANTIS

All eyes turn to the lady in green. She swirls a spoon around her coffee cup. It doesn’t make any noise. Thank the tiny baby Jesus, down here in Deadtown we are spared the constant tinkle of silverware against porcelain that plagues the restaurant industry. A long, long red curl slides out of the black pearl comb in her hair and lands on the table like a spurt of blood. It hurts to look at it. Like a camera flashing in your eyes. The sides of her head are shaved down to red fuzz, just the one long horsetail left, running up and over and down her spine like a special-edition collect-them-all punk-rock Barbie doll. . .

You can continue reading this excerpt at Paste. Enjoy!

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