resonant: Little Red Riding Hood and wolf. Text: "La beta noire." (beta noire)
It's a day every mother dreams of: the kidlet makes their fannish debut with a story I'm not even a little bit biased about ...

make my wish come true (12296 words) by terminally_underwhelmed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Additional Tags: Epilogue What Epilogue, Post-War, magical amnesia, Mariah Carey, Fluff & Angst, Slightly Dubious Motivations

Ten minutes later Harry’s drying his hair while staring in his own eyes in the mirror and not moping. Never mind that he's twenty-four and already feels due for a midlife crisis. Never mind that he’s desperate enough for human company that he's considering getting a haircut just for the awkward scalp massage (and even more awkward questions about his scar) while being shampooed and then inviting Dudley out for drinks. He is a fully grown adult making the adult decision of working the entire week leading up to Christmas Day, since there’s a conspicuous lack of other places to be, and he isn't going to start moping about it now.

“I'm not,” he tells his reflection decisively. His voice is hoarse from lack of use.

The reflection has no response.

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So remember when I said I'd love to see the worlds of Rivers of London and Good Omens meet?

Here's something even better!

Rivers of Ankh-Morpork (6357 words) by melannen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Grant, Angua von Uberwald, Samuel Vimes, Foul Ole Ron, Gaspode (Discworld), Sybil Ramkin, Thomas Nightingale
Additional Tags: Crossover, community policing, hydrological engineering, Ankh-Morpork City Watch, the River Ankh

The Faceless Man miscalculates, and Peter Grant falls into a river.

...well, more onto a river, really. He may have bounced.

Terrific voices, completely plausible Discworld fanboy Peter Grant, and a bit of headcanon that made me catch my breath.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Fraser tongue)
[personal profile] zelempa has done a beautiful comics-style panel of a scene from my Due South story, American Way. Go take a look -- it's fabulous!
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (smrt)
Who out there has had experience with those water filters that you attach to your faucet? Does the water actually taste as good as bottled? I'd love to stop essentially paying good money to bring a bunch of plastic into my house and then have to carry it out again, but water from a Brita filter pitcher just does not taste good enough to me, so if water from a faucet filter doesn't taste any better than that, I guess I'm going to have to continue to be evil.

(I'm particularly poking [ profile] cereta, [ profile] way2busymom, and others who live in my neck of the woods and know what the water here tastes like when unadorned.)

To make up for this incredibly boring post, let me point you at an incredibly interesting post, from the food-meta blog Raspberry Debacle, which I love: A Sketch Towards a Taxonomy of Meta-Desserts.
resonant: It feels so good. (So good)
Remember the Teyla, P.I. conversation a while back? As an entry in the [ profile] paintedspires art challenge, [ profile] leyna55 has painted it!

If you click the image to see the full-size version, and then click the Up To Gallery link, you'll see that she's made book covers for each pairing, and, man, I would read every one of them.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Cupcake)
Is it bad that my virtual birthday presents were way more exciting than my three-dimensional ones?

I had a nice quiet birthday. Planned cookout party had to be postponed a couple of weeks, so there was no cake, but the spouse took us all out for ice cream. The kidlet gave me a homemade card with a very surprised-looking face on it. The spouse gave me a box of chocolates. My parents gave me money and a nonstick sautee pan. Brother and in-laws forgot altogether, which means an extended celebration whenever they remember.

Oh, but here -- here I got so many stories! I'm listing them in the order in which I discovered them. I'd give the first one about an R and the last one maybe a PG; the rest are seriously smutty. If you like the stories, tell me if you want to, but tell the writer, for sure!

From [ profile] khristaz, Benton Fraser and the Order of the Secret Goblet of the Philosopher’s Half-Blood Prisoner, some Fraser/Kowalski HP crossover craziness, with a view of Turnbull that would explain a great deal.

From [ profile] vulgarweed, omg one of the hottest things I've ever read: Détente, Aziraphale and Crowley and a very big bathtub, and if you've ever wondered what I mean when I say, "Friendly dirty talk," this story is an extended demonstration. (It's a sequel to an earlier story, Compromising Positions, which is also a direct hit on my kink centers.

From [ profile] panisdead, Showboat, SGA schmorn, short, sweet, and hot hot! John and Rodney.

From [ profile] _inbetween_, It Takes Two, a hot little threesome with John and Rodney and a woman who knows what she wants.

From [ profile] nestra, Cadence, a beautiful [pardon the pun] coda to her SGA music AU, Counterpoint. It has the stuff I love in established relationships -- the combination of sweet familiarity and a new barrier coming down. John and Rodney.

From [ profile] kormantic, a sweet hot SGA snippet with kissing and amateurish smoking. John and Rodney. Bonus SGA-related dream.

[edited to add one more!}

From [ profile] lamardeuse, Contact Points, bittersweet SGA established-relationship love and longing. John and Rodney.

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes. I'm 42 this year, so I'm the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.
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[ profile] kormantic has written a Ray/Ray piece called Right. It's a companion to a my story, Left, and it's sweet and hurty and an absolutely glorious Vecchio voice.

In my part of town, if you meet a guy who used to date your old girlfriend, you either ended up playing bocce ball together every Sunday afternoon or else you spit on the sidewalk every time you heard the other guy's name.

It should make sense to you whether or not you've read "Left," and every one of you ought to go read it right now.
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"Where's the originality in intolerance these days? That's the real problem with bigoted quizzes, no creativity, no wit, no flair, no SNARK. Let's face it, homophobic websites need gay writers."
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Invulnerable)

[ profile] carolyn_claire wrote a crazy thing snippet for my Stargate: Atlanta challenge. She's now expanded it into a truly insane thing story, which you can read on her LJ:

Clean Restrooms
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Quidditch)
This is so cool! Alina, a.k.a. [ profile] shored, is doing a graphic novel adaptation of my Harry Potter story, The Familiar. It's a work in progress, but she's already got eight pages up, and is updating every week. (Except that she went on vacation before I got around to updating, which is my fault and not hers.)

The story was NC-17, so I imagine the graphic version will get there eventually, too, but so far it's safe for all.

Check out all her art while you're at it!

[edited to add] When you get to page 8, be sure to click the Next button (which will attempt to take you to a page that isn't there) because her error message is a classic.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Whoa)
[ profile] brighidestone wrote me a poem inspired by Abstain!

Go read it, seriously. On her LJ or here: Pullulate.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Wombat)
[ profile] littera_abactor has written an absolutely hilarious Aliens Made Them Do Something Other Than The Usual Slash Cliches story here. Stargate, with the best butchering of the English language I have ever read.

Also, if you haven't read all the comments on the Aliens Made Them Do It post, don't miss them, because there are fabulous comment stories by [ profile] makesmewannadie, [ profile] _aerye_, [ profile] brighidestone, [ profile] marinarusalka, [ profile] valarltd, [ profile] pandarus, and me. It's like a mini-fest!

Alien recs

Apr. 9th, 2005 01:27 pm
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[ profile] saridout and [ profile] _inbetween_ evidently haven't consumed their recommended daily allowance of "Aliens make them do it" stories, so here's a small collection of my favorites. I welcome other recs!

Blake's 7 (Avon/Tarrant): Duty by Pat Jacquerie. Long and hot and hits nearly every kink I've got; this is one of my most-often-re-read stories.

Stargate Atlantis (Sheppard/McKay): Proof by Contradiction by [ profile] astolat

Stargate SG1 (Jack/Daniel): Objectives by [ profile] astolat

Voyager (Paris/Torres/Kim): Epiphany by Merri-Todd Webster (aliens aren't the first cause, but they have input)

Voyager (Chakotay/Paris): First Contact by Ruth Devero (this is a pose-as-slaves story)

Who on earth wrote that Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy slash? It was called Aliens Make Ford and Arthur Have Sex, and I thought it was at Yuletide, but I can't find it.

For obvious reasons, these stories are a lot more common in sci-fi universes than in realistic or magical ones. In Harry Potter I suppose the equivalent would be "Death Eaters force them to have sex" -- those usually hit my torture squick, but I quite liked [ profile] icarusancalion's Ron/Draco story, Beg Me For It.
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Well, I had one of those days where the warm-up exercise took all day long. But at least I wrote something.

Fair -- for [ profile] nestra, who asked for Harry/Ron/Hermione, "Langour."

Also, I've finally done a site update to display the lovely gifts people have given me.

[ profile] lilbakht has drawn me a lovely image of Draco talking to the Snape statue from Transfigurations.

And -- I've never, ever seen anything like this -- Ian McDuff has made a movie score for Transfigurations! To listen to it (and look at the score), you'll need to download the Sibelius Scorch plug-in; instructions are on the page linked. If you like it, please e-mail him and let him know!
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Harry eyes)
Somehow I neglected to mention this yesterday, but [ profile] julad has written the loveliest, most imaginative, cleverest Snape/Neville story ever.

Night-Blooming Heartsease

This is set in the Transfigurations universe; I suspect it would stand on its own if you hadn't read Transfig, but obviously I'm not the one to say for sure. But I can tell you that it's a marvelous world of its own, wonderful to sink into and stay awhile, and that it gets Neville from book-canon to Transfig-canon in a truly marvelous way.

I'll just include the warning Julad gave in her own LJ: Please note: There's a quote at the start of the story, and it's there to serve as a gentle reminder for those who've read Transfigurations, and a warning for those who haven't.

If you like it, please tell her so.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Ray grin)
[ profile] pearl_o asked for Due South threesomes, so I gave her ... well, a twosome, actually, but it approaches the state of threesomeness:

Fraser/Kowalski -- R -- 4K

In return, I asked her for an Asylum snippet, and she came through magnificently.

Also, I've very belatedly put up three snippets that I did for [ profile] ds_flashfiction last year:

Getting the Message (G)
Potluck (G)
Explanatory Notes (NC-17)

And in closing, may I just say that I really, really hate haiku.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Ray grin)
In my boring smut rant, I argued against moving the action from one place to another in the middle of a sex scene.

[ profile] china_shop has a lovely opposing viewpoint featuring Fraser, Ray, and a hapless neighbor.

Story rec

Jun. 12th, 2003 03:10 pm
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One day when I had a sinus headache and my refrigerator had been broken for a week, I was whining to [ profile] darthfox on AIM.

She said, "Would some nice smut cheer you up?" Then she wrote a Snape/Bill story and popped it to me, paragraph by paragraph, as written. (Which is quite a feat; she's braver than I am.)

The beta-edited version is now online. It's sweet and sexy and a tiny bit sad. Go read it. It's here.
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I was talking to [ profile] laurakaye about Due South characterization the other night, and it seemed like a good LJ topic. So here are the stories that have my favorite characterizations of RayK and Fraser.

Favorite Rays

Knowing Ray from Mia's "Indulgence." I love him for himself alone and not his black leather gloves.

Happy Slut Ray from [ profile] cmshaw's Ray/Ray LiveJournal snippets.

Grown-Up Ray from Hth's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," telling Fraser how to be a father.

Wood-chopping Ray from Denise Raymond's "All the Comforts of Home."

Ray the Angry Clown from Speranza's "Juggling Act."

Ray in eyeshadow arguing with his mother on the phone from Shrift's "Refraction."

Insomniac Ray from Livia's "Sweetness."

Speaker for the Gay Ray from Laura JV's "Un-American."

Desperate Ray from Bone and Mairead Triste's "Unguarded Protectorate."

AU favorite: Celtic prisoner Ray from Viridian's "Ashes and Fire."

Favorite Frasers

Dead Fraser from Speranza's "Beyond Embarrassment."

Diabolical and Nutritious Fraser from Speranza's "Chicago's Most Wanted."

Fraser Half In and Half Out Of a Dress from Speranza's "A Dare's A Dare."

Death Wish Fraser from Speranza's "Scrabble."

Fraser the Therapist's Nightmare from Speranza's "Eight Sessions." Seeing a pattern here? Nobody does Fraser like Speranza does.

Desperate Fraser from Mia's "Fall."

Handcuff Fraser from Kalena's "Into the Wild."

Teen Fraser from Kellie Matthews' "Stealing Light."


About "Transfigurations," an obstacle appears: A week from Monday, we'll be leaving to spend three weeks with my in-laws in California. I can't see any way to get it finished, beta'd, corrected, coded, and posted before we go, and my internet access (not to mention my time and solitude) will be severely curtailed while I'm there.

So expect it on Easter Monday, all spick and span.
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The kidlet (4) has an inexplicable fondness for highly formal, old-fashioned stories. One of her favorites is "The Griffin and the Minor Canon" by Frank Stockton, in a little book illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

No, it's not a slash story, but it has a feel to it that I see in some of the better HP slash stories. It is, in its own understated way, a romance, I think. And I can't help comparing the griffin to Snape.

"Do you know," said the monster, when he had finished, "that I have had, and still have, a great liking for you?"

"I am very glad to hear it," said the Minor Canon, with his usual politeness.

"I am not at all sure that you would be," said the Griffin, "if you thoroughly understood the state of the case."

The Griffin and the Minor Canon.

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