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Feb. 19th, 2017

Loki riding

Gotta say, I've just gotten the DUMBEST comment I've ever received on a story

Gotta say, I've just gotten the DUMBEST comment I've ever received on a story:

"Oh shit its a thorki"

Uh, yeah. That's why I put "Loki/Thor" in the Relationship field.

Reminds me awhile back. I read a story with the AO3 Archive warning "major character death". I also read the comments to the story, and one reader went on a RANT about "HOW DARE YOU NOT WARN FOR THIS?!?" The author responded, "Um, it's right there in BOLD under the Archive Warning: Major Character Death." The reader replied, "Oh. I never read those. I expected you to warn for this in the tags."

Yeesh.

Posted to LJ and Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you prefer. :-)
Loki riding

I posted a new Loki story to AO3: “Lock and Key” (Loki/Thor)

I posted a new Loki story to AO3: “Lock and Key” (Loki/Thor)
“Lock and Key”
Summary: Frigga brings Loki books. And something else.
Rating: Teen and up.
Relationship: Loki/Thor
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9817271

I didn’t like having Frigga “fridged” in “Thor: The Dark World”, so decided to do a fixit fic.

As soon as the deleted scene was released last year from “Thor: The Dark World” showing Loki fantasizing himself to be Asgard’s King, I wanted to write a follow up to that scene. So did a lot of other people, and a whole bunch of uber-angsty stories showed up on AO3 in short order. I couldn’t think of anything that hadn’t already been done, so tabled the idea.

And then I came up with this idea. I love the idea of “mama bear” Frigga and wanted to write a “Frigga Lives” fic. So why not combine the two?

Aside from the “Loki’s coronation” deleted scene I was also inspired by the deleted scene from “Thor” in which Frigga and Odin argue about Thor’s banishment, and the deleted scene from TDW in which Frigga and Thor discuss the reasons why she taught Loki sorcery, as well as the TDW tie-in comic book which shows Frigga had a vision of Loki some time after he fell from the Bifrost. Additionally, Frigga’s teleportation spell is based very loosely on Loki’s teleportation spell in “The Young Avengers”.

Deleted scenes:

Loki’s coronation (“Thor: The Dark World”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_iOTgLoru0

Frigga argues with Odin re Thor’s punishment (“Thor”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5sTE8d5Vuo

Frigga speaks to Thor after visiting Loki in his cell (“Thor: The Dark World”):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhfl4Rmd5_I

“The Young Avengers” teleportation spell:
http://media.tumblr.com/4bc21db06a7e1c7981c1bd11b3da5b21/tumblr_inline_mhcek7h2171qz4rgp.png

TDW tie-in comic book:
http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/marvelmovies/images/4/45/THor_The_Dark_World_prelude_pg2.jpg/revision/latest/top-crop/width/480/height/480?cb=20130605231511

Posted to LJ and Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you prefer. :-)

Nov. 20th, 2016

Loki riding

My Marvel Big Bang story

Whew! I made it, and just a few hours before the deadline. I finished my story for the Marvel Big Bang.

I originally projected it to be 15,000 words (the minimum was 10,000). Well, it was a lot longer – 50,000+ words. My life has been chaotic over the last many months, and I’m still reeling in shock from the results of an election that feels like a direct assault on everyone and everything I hold dear.

But, early on I set myself a goal of a minimum of 300 words a day five days a week, and I stayed with that goal day after day, week after week, despite everything else that was going on. I made this commitment months ago, and I was 99% of the way there on election day. So I kept on going all the way to the finish line.

“Secret Identities”, a Thor/Loki fic:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/8581408

Summary: It’s a long and twisting road that leads to redemption, whether it’s Thor’s path back from his murderous attack on Jotunheim, or Loki’s descent into emotional darkness when his treachery backfired and he learned his true identity. He struggles between his love for and his hatred of his brother - which path will he take?
Canon divergence from the point where Odin falls into the Odinsleep. Odin’s punishment for Thor’s arrogance: Banish him to earth. Make him mortal. Take his memories from him and give him the identity of the mortal, Donald Blake, a mortal, moreover, with a disability. Because three days as a mortal isn’t enough to overcome the habits of a lifetime.
At first Loki is gleeful about Thor’s banishment, but despite himself, Loki’s emotions turn into longing for what they had once, which turn into fear and determination as he realizes he has to somehow break Odin’s spell, restore Thor’s memories, and bring Thor home before Thor meets a mortal death. And there’s also the matter of the pending war with Jotunheim…
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Sep. 29th, 2016

Tony

Last chance to download some amazing Marvel Cinematic Universe fic

It always makes me so sad when a writer takes her work down from the net. One of my absolute favorite writers, goddamnhella, has just taken down all her work from AO3. BUT, she’s put a link on her tumblr, for a limited time, for people to download the files.

http://goddamnhella.tumblr.com/

She writes absolutely wonderful Marvel Cinematic Universe fic, and some other fandoms as well. She’s written what is my all-time-favorite Frostiron (Loki/Tony Stark) stories, “Winterheart”, which I have recced to lots of people. I highly rec it here – and her other work as well.

I had only just finished reading her latest story, "Papercut Heart" and hadn't gotten around to leaving kudos and commenting. I wish I had taken the time.

Papercut Heart by goddamnhella
Summary: Had Tony really forgotten to tell the team he had the arc reactor removed? The look in Steve's eyes said he had. In which Steve is desperately lonely, Tony is oblivious, and Natasha is sick of the whole song and dance. Friendship wasn't supposed to be this hard, was it?

Winterheart by goddamnhella
Summary: For his crimes, Loki’s punishment began in a lonely and endless winter. For Tony’s sacrifice, his imprisonment began with a rescue. A story of ugliness and beauty, inside and out - and learning what the word ‘monster’ really means.

So, if you’re interested in reading her stories, act now – I don’t know how long she’ll keep the link up.

Nov. 22nd, 2015

Loki riding

New(ish) fic: Those Who Favor Ice: Writing Steve Rogers

This is my most recent story: Those Who Favor Ice (Steve Rogers/Loki), NC17.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/4867283/chapters/11156510

I never used to have any interest in participating in fic exchanges/challenges, but I’ve been wanting to expand my writing horizons, and these events looked like fun and interesting things to do.

So when “Avengers Fest 2015” was announced I signed up and indicated what characters I would (and would not) write and what tropes I would not do.

I was sent a list of prompts from Heeroluva, and she listed her favorite characters as Thor, Loki, Steve, Bucky. She also had a long list of very interesting prompts. I came up with ideas for a few of them, but the one that ate my brain was “The Jotun (Loki at their head) save Earth from the Chitauri.” I wondered just how I could make that work. When I woke up the next morning the idea was there, pretty much fully developed, in my head. Thank you, subconscious.
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Nov. 17th, 2015

Thor

New(ish) fic: "Winter Child" (thor/loki) + thoughts on writing

When was the last time I posted here? This year has been so busy it’s been a blur. I actually managed to do some writing done, in between bouts of RL, and thought I’d talk a bit about my latest stories, one post at a time.
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May. 9th, 2015

Black Widow

More Ultron mini-thoughts

I’m planning to see Ultron again next week and I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to say about it then.

In the meantime, a couple of things I enjoyed:

The running joke about Steve and “language”. I have a minor pet peeve about some fic writers presenting him as on the verge of fainting at the sound of “rough language”. The man had a rough life, pre- and post- serum. The man was in the military. What more need I say?

Thor’s hammer and who is “worthy”. I loved Thor’s worried look when Steve Rogers tries picking it up. Because awhile back I was curious about who, in comicsverse canon, is “worthy” to pick up Thor’s hammer, and guess who was. Yes, Steve.

https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/2562927-captain_america_mjolnir.jpg?w=633&h=1024

And, here’s a panel from at least one storyline where Natasha picks it up and gets transformed into an Asgardian warrior – as usual, in the utterly impractical costume comic book heroines have to wear.

http://www.hitfix.com/comedy/theory-the-real-black-widow-didnt-pick-up-thors-hammer-in-age-of-ultron-trailer

And, well, a tiny bit of research shows quite a few characters have been “worthy” over the course of the past few decades of comicsverse canon. As Ultron proves.

Posted to LJ and Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you prefer. :-)

May. 7th, 2015

Black Widow

Ultron mini-post

I was going to make a long thinky post about Ultron, which I mostly liked – a lot! Well, except for them cutting out Tom Hiddleston’s Loki cameo - and I had to LOL that 15 out of 20 Ultron articles on an aggregate site pointed that fact out.

But I don’t have time right now to write a long thinky post, and anyway, I need to see Ultron a couple more times because watching this movie was like speed-reading an abridged book – it made me hyper-aware of all that hit the cutting room floor. (They certainly had better release an extended version at their earliest opportunity.... With that Loki clip restored. :-)

Point I liked – a lot: The character with the most to lose (Clint Barton) – didn’t. (Oh - and spoiler! - the dog didn't die!)

So. Today’s post. Once I started reading MCU fic I quickly realized that if an Original Character shows up in one story, then shows up again in an entirely different story by an entirely different author, chances are 100% that the character is actually from comicsverse canon.

And when an “Original Character” shows up in Ulton? Comicsverse canon. Though apparently AU.

I give you Laura Barton.

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/7-Marvel-Women-Who-Could-Make-Surprise-Avengers-2-Appearance-70751-p3.html

http://marvel.wikia.com/Laura_Barton_%28Earth-1610%29

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Mar. 1st, 2015

Marigold

Leonard Nimoy

So many wonderful tributes, so many wonderful memories of a man whose life touched us all in so many ways.

The moment I will always remember about Leonard Nimoy:

Back in 2009, several friends and I attended a Creation Convention in Las Vegas. Leonard was there, and after he gave his talk he took questions. The questions were pretty much the usual thing you’d expect at a Creation convention.

And then one fan asked this: “What do you have left on your bucket list?”

Leonard’s mood changed from that of an actor repeating lines he’d said many times before (the “bicycle” story, etc.). He became serious, he became intent, he became open. It was as if his personality suddenly “expanded” to encompass everyone in the room.

Leonard said that he had already done all the things on his "some day" list, and at the present moment he was happy and fulfilled and grateful for everything and everyone he has in his life. He went on to give a special thanks to his fans, acknowledging all the support they had given him all through the years – support which had made it possible for him to pursue his passion projects and to live his life the way he wanted to.

The audience was riveted. It was a huge auditorium but I could barely hear anyone breathe. The connection between Nimoy and the audience was electric. My words can’t do justice to the sheer emotion in his voice as he expressed his gratitude to his fans.

Nimoy finished his session by telling the audience "Live Long and Prosper" in a *very* heartfelt way.

Other memories from that convention:

I had to dig for awhile to find a report I posted back then – here’s the rest of it. I’m not rewriting it; I’m keeping it exactly the way I wrote it then.

The Vegas convention was *wonderful*! Bill and Leonard were in absolutely top form, and both were looking good. It's so wonderful seeing them interacting together.

Shatner was on stage first, then both of them, then Nimoy (joined for a couple of moments by Zachary Quinto and by the boy who played young Spock in the movie).

Some interesting questions. I found it very interesting that both of them brought up their own experiences of being a fan. Nimoy talked about the time he met Cary Grant and was completely tonguetied. Shatner talked about taking his granddaughter to a Jonas Brothers concert, and what it was like to be on "the other side" of that sort of fannish adulation.

(End of the Vegas convention report)

I’m also thankful I attended Leonard’s Skype talk at last year’s Shore Leave. He was open and friendly and seemed genuinely delighted to be able to participate in a convention in such a “high tech” way. This being Shore Leave, questions from the audience were a cut above those of the average Creation Con. The one I remember most clearly was a man who told Leonard that he had been inspired by Leonard quitting smoking all those years ago to quit smoking himself. Leonard appeared to be very moved about this, and it seemed to me that he talked to the man for a longer period of time than he devoted to this other answers. Leonard explained during the talk about his COPD and how it was sometimes difficult to move from one part of a room to another. He didn’t dwell on his condition, nor did he minimize it. However, his voice was strong – strong enough to sing “Maiden Wine” - and he was laughing and clearly enjoying himself.

I left the talk happy that I’d had this chance to see him again. However, I had a strong feeling that this would be the last time he’d be able to “attend” anything like this.

I had a bad feeling when he went into the hospital this last time – his health has certainly been shaky for awhile, and there have been other scares. But this felt different. When I heard the news, I wasn’t surprised. But deeply deeply sad.

He truly had a live well lived; something for us all to celebrate even as we mourn.

Dec. 31st, 2014

Fireworks

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2014 was a rough year for a lot of people. Here's hoping 2015 brings many good things to all of us! {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} all.

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