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[personal profile] wintercreek invites: Talk to us about Steve Rogers. Fic, meta, rambling, whatever. STEEEEEEEEEEEEEVE.

Oh, Steve! Your downcast face in the poster was the thing that lured me into the theater to see "Captain America" in the first place, even though at that time I thought that Marvel movies were likely to be Not My Kind Of Thing. Your homegrown scrappiness, surprising moments of sarcasm, and profound underlying sweetness made a fangirl of me, even though dark 'n' bespectacled is much more my type than blond 'n' built.

How I wish America were really like you.
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[personal profile] veronamay asks: what's your all-time favourite piece of fanon/headcanon? Describe in detail, including reasons why you love it. Can be something you came up with, or someone else's that you've adopted--just something you really love.

You know what's making me really happy right now? I've been gone from Harry Potter fandom for a long time, but I still sometimes go off into reveries in which Snape actually survived the series and went on to actually have a real life.

Back in the day, there were hundreds of stories on this topic -- I fondly remember some very late ones of [personal profile] dementordelta's. I'm out of touch; maybe people are still writing them.

Sorry -- I'm not really sufficiently fannishly connected right now to have a lot of headcanons regarding fandoms that are still getting new source material, except that I share with a lot of people the absolute conviction of Captain America's bisexuality.
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[personal profile] amalthia asks: what is your current favorite fandom and what do you love about it?

Right now I get all excited if a "Captain America" story shows up on my screen, especially a Steve/Bucky story.

I love the character of Steve Rogers, because he's good, but he isn't easy. He's interesting, too, because he's a stranger to our century, and he can take an outsider's view of things we take for granted; he turns the everyday world into science fiction just by looking at it.

There are a lot of different ways to write Bucky Barnes, but he can be approached as something like a feral cat, which is an approach I enjoy because it allows you to do that thing I love where you get physical intimacy (or at least bed-sharing) very early and have to wait for a long time for emotional intimacy.

One thing I don't like about the fandom is that some really fine Bucky-recovery stories are being labeled "Hydra trash" (inaccurately, in my opinion), which means either I have to miss great stories or I have to read things without knowing whether or not they're going to trip my torture squick.
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[personal profile] monanotlisa prompts: Can I interest you in writing a Steve/Sam snippet? Or some thoughts on them? ♥

I'm not normally very OTP-ish, but I find that if Bucky is alive, I want him and Steve together.

But if I'm going to read Sam/Steve, you know what I want? I want Sam to need help and Steve to provide it.

Because I get it -- Sam is that amazing rarity, a genuine full-grown adult man, and Marvel and fanwriters alike grab hold of him and go, "Finally! Somebody who can be relied upon to suggest that possibly there are treatments for PTSD other than bloody vengeance!" But I want to see Sam need something.

Like, OK, maybe he's seriously injured. Long recovery time, very hard physical therapy. And he is the worst patient ever, so that physical therapists who lined up to treat him at first because he's so handsome and charming are now drawing straws to determine who'll be forced to work with him today.

And probably there's a touch of survivor guilt going on, and there's nothing you can say to him that he doesn't see right through, because he's in the field, right? So every time anybody tries to say anything therapeutically correct, he can probably tell them which book they read it in, and he's not having any of it.

I can actually see a turning point where Sam finishes doing his home PT, shirtless and shining with sweat and righteous fury, and Steve is standing there dumbstruck, and Sam is ready to snarl a response to any number of encouraging responses, but he has nothing at all to say to, "Dear god, you're beautiful -- oh, shit, did I say that out loud?"
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[personal profile] wychwood asks: What is your favourite of your own stories? Which fic-writing achievements are you proudest of?

I'm rather proud of my Losers story, Impersonation, because I was playing a game with POV, and several readers told me they got it. (I suppose it's a romance-specific variation on the unreliable narrator. I wanted to write a story where, if you reeled it back in your mind and walked through it from the other character's point of view, the emotional landscape of the story was very different. In this case, the story Jensen is experiencing is, "Wow, I have the hots for my pal; didn't expect that ... Why's he acting so weird? ... Oh, OK, he's got the hots for me, too. We're golden." But the story Cougar is experiencing is more like, "Nobody could be this clueless; he must be mocking me ... This is cruel. I thought we were friends ... It's kind of humiliating to be desperate enough to accept a pass this wrapped up in mockery ... Wait a minute. Looks like he could be this clueless. Wow, OK, this is what a happy ending feels like.")

Tolleranza, the Commandos-era story where there's a lot of very explicit sex being had by people who are not Steve Rogers, is one that I feel really good about, because it only works if you care at least a little about those original characters, and by the time I was done, I did.

It's harder to pick a favorite, but if you were going to wipe out my whole catalog and leave me only one story to say, "I am the author of _____ and nothing else," I would have to say Transfigurations. I can point to ways I've grown as a writer since then, but in some ways I've still never equalled it.

I kind of

Jun. 17th, 2014 03:33 pm
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want to write a story where Steve Rogers is in love with everybody.

Not really like polyamory. Totally, monogamously, single-mindedly in love ... just with a lot of people at the same time.
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[personal profile] majoline earns my eternal gratitude by prompting: favorite headcanon?

Six days left for claiming, or else I'll start making up my own questions!

Fantastic prompt! I hope [personal profile] majoline prompted others with this same question, because I love this kind of stuff.

I've talked a bit about this one elsewhere, but it's in the background of the story I'm working on now: Sherlock's view of sexuality is totally warped by a disastrous relationship at a shockingly early age. Read more... )

Another bit of headcanon, not so specific, is that there must be a reason why friendly, warm, easygoing John Watson didn't have a single friend or lover to come home to after he was invalided out. I have varying theories about why that was, some of them cuddlier than others.

Moving to other fandoms, I believe that Eames is not English )

I believe that one of the ways Hawkeye and Black Widow bond is that they have much the same taste in women.

And I'm sure I'm not alone in believing that the romance between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts is adorable and significant but not remotely monogamous.
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The kidlet has granted me permission to share this image of her Lady Loki Halloween costume (the faceblurry is quite unintentionally creepy) because she was so proud of those horns! They started out as a styrofoam wreath, and layers of spackle and gold Mod Podge and I don't know what-all else made them the magnificent thing they are.

We live on a college campus. While she was trick-or-treating, two students spotted her through the window and came running out of their townhouse to ask if they could take her picture.

OK, fine, html, I give up. I'll make a link; I know how to do that.

Res's kidlet in her Lady Loki costume

Hangups

Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:17 pm
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Enough real life. Let's play a game.

You give me a fannish character I'm reasonably familiar with, and for that person I will give you a hangup. You know: a sexual dysfunction, an unexpected inhibition or aversion, some perfectly ordinary thing he/she simply cannot handle.

If I'm *not* familiar with your character, maybe some other reader will join in.

-----

We have requests that I'm unable to fill:
Joe Dawson
John Winchester
Reese or Finch
Christopher Chant

Anybody want to take these on?
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This is just the sort of thing I can't resist, and just the sort of thing that adds to my list of Stories That Will Probably Never Be Finished, but ... (taken from [personal profile] torch):

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing and I'll tell you something about the story I'd write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School / College AU

I'll take any of the fandoms I've written in plus ... let's see, in the past year I've seen all three Men In Black movies, plus seasons 1-4 of Buffy and the first few eps of Angel (yeah, so late to the party that the house isn't even there any more).
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Or: The prologue to anything I might possibly write involving any of the Avengers at any point in the future, allowing me to love multiple apparently-mutually-exclusive ships at the same time.

When they showed him around Stark Industries, Dr. Banner was vague and charmingly ruffled and polite, but he didn't have any particular reaction to anything. It was obvious to Pepper how disappointed Tony was, and watching him clown to get the man's attention was so unpleasant that she was forced to take drastic action.

sorry about that; here, I'm adding a spoiler cut, OK? )
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I didn't think I was feeling particularly slashy-fannish about "The Avengers" (how could I, when Natasha?) -- but then came the sexy Tony/Bruce dreams.

[taps brain] Huh. All kinds of stuff in there.
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OFC/OMC(/Steve Rogers) -- NC-17 -- 3,900 words
Steve goes to a brothel and learns something.

Tolleranza at my site
Tolleranza at AO3

Beta thanks to [personal profile] cesperanza. And a million thanks to [personal profile] dorky for helping me with Italian language, names, customs, and general efforts to avoid being publicly ignorant.
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Accommodations

Five reasons the Avengers don't want to live together, and five reasons maybe they do, after all.
Steve Rogers/Tony Stark -- PG-13 -- 3,600 words
Many thanks to [personal profile] astolat and [personal profile] terrio for beta.

WIP meme

Jan. 30th, 2012 02:13 pm
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I've come to the conclusion that these things are not companions to actual writing, but substitutes for actual writing. Nevertheless, I can't resist. Stolen from [personal profile] misspamela and [personal profile] dira:

Post a random sentence (or three whole paragraphs) from every WIP you're currently working on, even if it's very short. Then invite people to ask questions about your WIP. With any luck, you'll get talking about writing, and the motivation to take that WIP one step closer to completion will appear as if by magic!

The Tony/Steve one code-named "Avengers slumber party":

Read more... )

and a strange Commandos-era OFC/OMC(/Steve[/Peggy]) thing that nobody is going to read, "Tolleranza":

Read more... )
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If you'd rather read the whole finished thing, it's up now.

Steve Likes Tony on my site
Steve Likes Tony on AO3
Avengers movieverse -- Steve Rogers/Tony Stark -- 3,100 words -- NC-17
One of them is very confused.
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Continued from here and going NSFW pretty much immediately; hope that's not too much of a spoiler for you.

Edited, thanks to a comment by [personal profile] bluemeridian, to reassure one and all that Steve continues to like Tony all the way through, though he likes some parts of Tony in a more personal fashion by the end than he did at the beginning.

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"Tony," he says helplessly. "What -- I don't understand."

It's like playing that game where you make a move and turn over all the pieces from black to white: all the things that have happened since he woke up are turning over and showing another side. He and Tony have been spending nearly all their time together for months. He's seen Tony's good sides and admired them. He's seen Tony's bad sides and either accepted them or helped him nudge himself out of them.

He *likes* Tony.

Read more... )
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Continued from here

"Look here," Steve says. "I know all you people expect me to be like everybody's grandpa, but I never looked down on a man if he wanted to go to bed with other men. Never. It's his business, and that's the end of it. And if you're one of those --" He falters at that, because it runs smack up against all these pictures in his head. Tony at a party with some gal in a fringed skirt, doing a dance that's not too much different from screwing standing up. Tony in a limo with a blonde whispering into each ear. "Or only some of the time, if you --"

Tony smirks at him, and he goes on doggedly: "But it's got to feel different for a fellow like that. Because what I feel when I'm with my best pal and what I feel when I'm with a girl I like, they're totally different feelings."

Read more... )
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Continued from here.

It works at first, and then it doesn't. He works out more, but it's pretty tough to wear this body out. And anything other than full-out exertion leaves his mind free to wander, which is just what he *doesn't* want.

It's probably bad to wish for another megalomaniac so soon after they defeated the last one.

When Tony comes down to the gym, Steve thinks at first that he'll be a great distraction, but he stays just as keyed up as before. It doesn't help at all. In fact, when Tony wants to spar, the idea just makes things worse. Maybe it's the similarity to dancing? Anyhow, Steve says, "No," really fast, and Tony makes an exaggerated hands-off gesture and says, "Fine, fine, no contact, I get it," and there's something stiff around his mouth like Steve's hurt his feelings.

Read more... )

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