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Feb. 17th, 2019

Thor

Thor/Loki tropes and recs

I’m co-modding a thorki (Thor/Loki) panel at an upcoming slash convention. We’ll be talking common tropes and giving recs. If you’re not attending but would like for me to include your recs at the panel, please list story titles, authors, and URLs, and, if you like, give info on what trope or category you’d put the story in.

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Feb. 9th, 2019

KS SL

Old fic

While going through a box I'd had in storage for a long time, I found two binders full of my old fanfic - as in, decades old carbon copies* of fanzine-published Star Wars fic I wrote in the 1970s, none of which is online because it was seriously jossed, and fanzine-published Star Trek fic I wrote in the 80s, most of which is online.

And the poetry! Tons and tons of fannish poetry! Mostly Trek, mostly fanzine-published. I'd say maybe 10% of those poems are online, but I'll be going through them in the weeks ahead to see if I feel if any of them is worth posting.

Plus I found a folder containing an original handwritten fantasy* novel that I don't even remember writing and have no idea what it's about.

*I'm assuming it's fantasy from the fantasy-style title, but maybe it's the SF novel I hand wrote in the month between the winter break between the my college sophomore fall and spring semester.

* carbon copies - how many people even remember that term?

Jan. 26th, 2019

Loki riding

Snowflake Challenge Day 9



Snowflake Challenge Day 9: Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done.

I remember a get-together back in 2008 with eight friends. Four of them, myself included, had lost their jobs during the Great Recession.

I was the only one who ever worked permanently again.

Back then, none of us could have imagined how radically and permanently the world had changed for us, how disposable 50-something women were, how much our lives would change. We weren’t yet aware of the little tricks companies had to weed out employment applications for people of our age. Can’t legally ask your birthdate? Ask for the date you graduated from high school . (Since I graduated from high school when I was 16, that effectively made me two years older than I actually was.) None of us knew about the online algorithms that hid employment offers from unwanted age groups. None of us knew we’d be sending hundreds of resumes out to the winds and never, or almost never, hearing anything back. I was one of the lucky ones. Networking worked for me; I first found part-time, then full time work. I also sold a lot of my belongings to pay for private health insurance.

In the years since then, particularly in the last few, I’ve been seeing more and more GoFundMe requests from women I’ve known for years. Car repairs. Medical bills. House payments. There’s so much need out there.

I’ve donated to those campaigns as I am able, two in the last month alone. And, because of my lifelong obsession with politics, about issues of injustice and inequality – including income inequality - I’ve done everything I can to point out all the structural reasons why the economy went off the cliff then, such as when the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed in 1999. I had a feeling then that action would lead to bad consequences, and, indeed, it has been singled out as one of the major contributors to the Great Recession.

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Jan. 20th, 2019

Loki riding

Snowflake Challenge Day 8



Day 8
In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created.

1.
When I got into Marvel, I quickly discovered how much I liked frostiron stories (Loki/Tony Stark). I’ve written several Loki/Thor stories, and several Loki/Steve stories, and some gen, but I’ve never quite been able to master Tony Stark’s rapid-fire pop-culture-reference style of speaking. So I decided to venture sideways into frostiron by doing a Victoriam Steampunk A/U titled “False God”, using the fannish trope of Loki as an actual god.

One of the things I learned about Loki fandom – at least the corner I’m in – is that I had to get up to speed quickly on Norse mythology, Viking customs, and decades of comic book plotlines. For the first several months I was in this fandom I kept Google and Wikipedia open at all times to look up unfamiliar references.

I quickly realized how fragmented and inconsistent the actual mythology was, and further reading inspired one of the tropes I use in this story – Myth Loki as god of fire. Academic meta posit this version of the myths with him as an archetype of chaotic neutral intellectual creativity and as an avatar of the Prometheus myth, giving fire to mortals.

False God
In a world where gods play favorites in the lives of mortals, Tony Stark has always been especially beloved by the gods.
https://archiveofourown.org/works/8003260


2.
“Sacrifices” is a Kirk/Spock story I wrote in 2007. A common theme in fic set post-Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and post-Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home deals with how Kirk and Spock re-establish their relationship after Spock’s death and resurrection, particularly regarding the degree of amnesia he experienced. I like to “flip tropes”, and I started wondering, what if the Vulcan healers, due to their cultural norms, decided when they fused Spock’s katra back into his body, suppressed his emotions. What if Spock remembers *everything* about his relationship with Kirk – but feels nothing?

Uniquely among my stories, the process of writing this story was like writing poetry, rather than prose. I’ve written quite a bit of poetry over the years, fannish and semi-pro, but find the mental process is somewhat different for poetry than prose. However when I wrote this story, it simply appeared to me, exactly like lines of poetry, revealing themselves to me one at a time.

“Sacrifices”
Kirk founds out exactly what Spock remembers after the fal-tor-pan.
https://archiveofourown.org/works/232156

3.
I enjoyed taking part in challenges such as “Big Bangs”. Having an absolute deadline keeps me focused and working, rather than doing my usual ADD heading off in 20 directions at the same time.

For the 2015 Avengers Fest, I wrote a Loki/Steve Rogers story, “Those Who Favor Ice”, based on the prompt “The Jotun (Loki at their head) save Earth from the Chitauri.”

It’s canon-divergence from the MCU at the point where Sif and the Warriors Three defy Loki and go to earth to meet with Thor. In my version, Heimdall charges them with treason, Loki remains regent until Odin wakes from his trance/sleep, and then leaves Asgard.

I got so many ideas for this story that it quickly became obvious to me that, in order to meet the deadline, I’d either have to do a massive word dump of back story, or else find another way to explain “what happened before”. So, for the prologue and epilogue, I told that part of the plot in “fairy tale” style, and wrote the rest of the story in a conventional narrative style.

This story was the first time I’d written Steve Rogers. Though the story was set in the present, I gave a lot of thought to stories my mother told me about living through the Great Depression and other aspects of life in the 30s and 40s. (My mother was born a few years prior to Steve’s fictional birthdate.) I also found some great information at the “Historically Accurate Steve Rogers” site, and used these details to highlight Steve’s feelings of disconnection from the 21st century.

Those Who Favor Ice
https://archiveofourown.org/works/4867283

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Jan. 12th, 2019

Loki riding

Snowflake Challenge Day 7



Snowflake Challenge Day 7: Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you.

I decided to go for a new pairing. I actually went looking for some femslash, but found this lovely story where Pepper has to deal with her own PTSD after Extremis and Tony, feeling helpless, asks Natasha’s help. The pairing is Tony/Pepper.

Rise and Rise Again by Arukou
https://archiveofourown.org/works/5577226

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Snowflake Challenge Day 6



In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

1. I’d love to have fan art for more of my stories. I’ve been fortunate in that, back in the fanzine days, several of my stories were illustrated by some wonderful artists. Recently, I took part in the Marvel Big Bang 2018 and was fortunate to have two artists choose my story to illustrate.

https://emmatheslayer.livejournal.com/541083.html

https://archiveofourown.org/works/16747858

But since I’m wishing, it’d be cool to see art for my MCU stories, the steampunk “False God” and the 1940s era “In The Grove”, and my Kirk/Spock story “Sacrifices”.

Does that count as three? :-D

2. I’d love to see stories where Loki and Steve Rogers meet in the 1940s. Bonus if they meet again in the present day.

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Snowflake Challenge Day 5



Snowflake Challenge Day 5: In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

Facebook: There’s a lot of the sort of fannish meta discussion on some Facebook groups that reminds me of how much I loved those same sort of conversations in Yahoo groups. I’m doing most of my fannish interaction there now.

Dreamwidth: The recent influx of old friends and new people to DW is bringing a lot of joy to my life.

Challenges: I love doing story challenges, and just signed up for this year’s Captain America Reverse Big Bang. I did this challenge in 2017, inspired by artwork by RenneMichaels.

https://archiveofourown.org/works/11259435

Reciprocity by CatalenaMara, RenneMichaels, RenneMichaelsArt (RenneMichaels)
Summary: Instead of throwing Loki into a dungeon, Odin placed him in the care of Asgard’s healers. Now Loki’s on parole back on Earth, magically restrained from doing anyone harm, there to help humans develop defenses and weapons in the coming war with Thanos. Steve, at first highly skeptical, begins to believe in Loki’s redemption, eventually making Loki his project. But Loki, who doesn’t want to be anyone’s project, is expert at maneuvering, even under what should be foolproof constraints.
Steve already knows how they differ. What surprises him is what they have in common.

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The Captain America Reverse Big Bang




>> CAPTAIN AMERICA REVERSE BIG BANG <<
The Captain America Reverse Big Bang is a reverse of the usual Big Bang challenge. Artists wishing to participate will create art that will be posted anonymously to be claimed by an author. Authors will then write a story (minimum of 5,000 words) inspired by the art they have chosen. Join us for Round 3!

SIGN-UPS ARE NOW OPEN!

Sign up as an Artist, Author, Pinch-Hitter or Beta

Crossposted to PillowFort | Twitter | Tumblr</i>


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Jan. 5th, 2019

Loki riding

Snowflake Challenge Day 3



Day 3: In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

I love this moment from “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan”. This scene shows how comfortable Spock is in his own skin, how easily he can speak of emotional matters, and – of course – the depth of the connection between him and James T. Kirk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbAziTwuiNU

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Snowflake Challenge Day 2



Day 2: Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

Every once in awhile I get completely involved in an epic-length fic or series. Here are three of my favorites.

I’ve just spent every spare minute these past couple of weeks reading Scyllaya’s amazing frostiron (Loki/Tony Stark) novel “Bend Around The Wind”. Posted between 10-31-12 and 11-26-13, it’s canon-divergent from the end of “The Avengers” on. Friends have recced this fic to me and I finally decided now was the time to read it.

https://archiveofourown.org/works/550896
Summary: A few months after the battle of New York the God Loki appears back on Stark Tower under chaotic circumstances. This time however he is on the run. Tony Stark gets caught up in the crossfire and is taken along with the Aesir. Can the two of them ever make truce in order to get away? And even if they do, how does one escape from such a dark corner of the universe, when they are so very far away from the Nine Realms, that not even Loki knows the way back home? But first, they need to survive.

All the kudos! “Bend Around The Wind” is epic! It’s a slow burn enemies to allies to friends to lovers that follows Tony and Loki in their travels across the universe to return back to the Nine Realms, in the process picking up several new OC allies and antagonists. The worldbuilding is amazing. Some of it is partially based on comic book locations, such as the Kree and the Skrull storylines, and part of it is based on Norse mythology, such as the use of the god Frey, but there’s no need to know any background information since everything is fully explained in the plot. Half of the story deals with their journey back to earth, and the second half goes into the political consequences of what happens after their return. There are political machinations, both on earth with the World Security Council and in the rest of the Nine as not everyone on Vanaheim, Alfheim, or Jotunheim are happy with Asgard’s supremacy. There are cliffhangers along the way, which makes me happy I read the whole story complete.

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“Wild Ambition Fortune's Ice Prefers” by amberfox17 is an A/U thorki story using the “always a Jotunn” and “arranged marriage” tropes frequently used in stories for this pairing.

https://archiveofourown.org/works/845183
Summary: When Thor went storming into Jotunheim he was looking to start a fight, but accidently winds up a pawn in Odin and Laufey's plans for a permanent peace between the realms; namely, in exchange for the return of the Casket of Ancient Winters, Laufey is offering his firstborn child Loki, the Aesir-sized sorcerer, in marriage to Thor. Such a momentous decision is not to be taken lightly, so Odin sends Thor to live on Jotunheim - without Mjolnir - for a season with Loki, to get to know his prospective consort and to teach the wilful prince some diplomatic sense. Thor is horrified, his parents are insistent and no-one really knows what Loki is thinking, but he hasn't stopped smiling... Or, a jotun AU arranged marriage worldbuilding fic, featuring a confused Thor, a manipulative bastard Loki, Jotunheim politics, a slow burn developing relationship and a motley arrangement of characters from Marvel and myth.

I loved the slow burn between Loki and Thor. Loki’s got complicated plans – and so do most of the rest of the characters in this complex and vivid novel. The author does a great job of showing how Loki’s plans, while seeming to align with others, are always his own. Thor and Loki struggle to find their place with each other while always being aware of the complex politics surrounding them, with Thor’s family, Loki’s family, and many other parties jockeying for political position in this new reality. The author’s worldbuilding is amazing. In addition to Asgard and Jotunheim, Thor and Loki visit other realms as they get to know each other and they all feel incredibly real.

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The SHIELD Codex by KhamanV is a 14 story series consisting of six novel-length stories and 8 shorter ones. Gen.

https://archiveofourown.org/series/181178
Description: As Loki falls from Asgardian grace one more time, he chances a risky path that takes him directly to the door of SHIELD. At first a cautious enemy, then eventually an odd ally, and then ultimately a friend, Loki has to decide what changing his destiny truly means - and what it will cost.

Whether Loki’s destiny is fixed or whether he can rebel against it has been a theme in Marvel comics for some time now. Faced with the prospect that all his plans will inevitably lead to disaster, he decides to make a sharp and unexpected turn in his life by turning himself in to Phil Coulson. This leads to a series of adventures, leading to a climactic and utterly satisfying ending with Thanos’s complete defeat.

The series involves pretty much everyone from the MCU including the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the agents of SHIELD from the earlier seasons, including Skye (Daisy), Melinda May, Antoine Triplett, Gemma Simmons, Leo Fitz, and Alphonso MacKenzie, with guest appearances from other Marvel characters, heroes and villains such as Dr. Doom from the comic books. There’s no need to know any comic book background as the author fully explains who they are.

My favorite stories in the series are “An Honest Man”, in which Phil Coulson has to defend Loki from a crime he did not commit; “A Snake Came Crawling” where Loki meets his biological mother and has to come to terms with what he did to Jotunheim; and “When The Man Comes Around”, which shows Thanos’s final defeat. There are some flashbacks in the later stories to Loki’s time in Thanos’s hands and exactly how Thanos and his followers turned Loki into his tool.

An Honest Man: Since his struggle with not only the Darkhold but his own nature, Loki has found a strange new path in life, and grudging allies of a sort he'd never expected - but it's not an easily kept path. Now, accused of the greatest monstrosity of his life and awaiting the most final of consequences, Loki needs at his side the one thing he himself has never been - an honest man.

A Snake Came Crawling: Thor's visions and Loki's warnings combine when the God of Thunder confesses his fears about a great and final doom gathering around Asgard. But Ragnarok's legend is known - the twilight of the Gods coming at the end of a great war, and the betrayals of Loki. A destiny Loki has refused. If he will not attempt to bring the cycle of the gods to a close - who will?
“When The Man Comes Around”: When Thanos strikes a distant Nova Corp outpost with the power of his newest Infinity Stone in his fist, Loki and the Agents of SHIELD know that time has run out not only for them, but for the entire universe. All hopes now rest on Loki’s closely held, mysterious plan to halt the Titan’s advance - but for many, the question will forever linger: Can he be trusted?

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