sistermagpie: Thieving Magpie (Thief)
( Dec. 28th, 2014 02:36 pm)
I won Yuletide this year with my gift fic. A story of an asset and his handler through the years. I think this is the very first fic for The Americans to feature Charles Duluth and it is SO. GOOD!

Like the Fellow Says (7425 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Americans (TV 2013)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip Jennings & Charles Duluth
Characters: Philip Jennings, Charles Duluth, Elizabeth Jennings
Additional Tags: Unresolved Emotional Tension, Backstory, Character Study, Non-Linear Narrative
Summary:

He knew damn well that without these meetings with Philip, handing over information, trading sarcasm, his life now would be meaningless. He'd known that for a while. But what he hadn't known before was what Philip got out of it. Asset and handler: Charles and Philip through the years.

So Yuletide really is fun, I find. :-) I read a lot of stories I really liked. Once again I'll pimp my Nero Wolfe story, Furlough, which I now know was written by Re_White.

I wrote two stories, one as a treat. My treat was in the English and Scottish Popular Ballads fandom. [personal profile] measured_words talked about a fic based on the song Lamkin/Long Lankin that made sense of some of the plotholes. If you don't know the song, someone put up a video to the Steeleye Span version, the one I know, here. Lots of blood! Anyway, this is the solution I came up with:

December 8, 1957 (1966 words) by faviconsistermagpie
Fandom: English and Scottish Popular Ballads - Francis James Child
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lamkin
Summary:

Fred told Gloria to beware.



There's canon level violence (which means some character deaths) in that one. Also misogyny.

My main assignment was really exciting because it was for one of my favorite books and movies, The Haunting of Hill House. I was watching this movie nonstop around Halloween so I was in the right headspace for the assignment and a nice reread. I love Shirley Jackson! And [personal profile] ava_jamison and [personal profile] jlh for showing me what didn't work.

Fear and Guilt Are Sisters (4345 words) by faviconsistermagpie
Fandom: Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eleanor, Theodora
Summary:

Theo thought she got away from Hill House just in time.



It takes place post-canon so there's mentions of character death and suicide as a subject.

I love bringing a little Halloween to Yuletide!

I hope everybody had a happy new year! I've started the new year off in the traditional way, housecleaning while watching a Hoarders marathon. I'm not sure how I ever cleaned before Hoarders.

Hopefully I'll get it together enough to do a list of some of the stories I loved this year, though I'm still making my way through the collection!

I hope everybody had a great
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Merry Christmas from pauraque!)
( Dec. 26th, 2011 09:59 pm)
I hope everyone is having a wonderful December, whatever you celebrate! I bring a lovely Yuletide gift to share!

Furlough (1391 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Archie Goodwin/Nero Wolfe
Characters: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe
Summary:

Archie knows that this is Wolfe being polite. This is Wolfe bowing to circumstance.



Nero Wolfe--so psyched! One of the things that's so cool about Ner Wolfe is that, like comics, the series goes on for decades without the characters changing. So you have your choice of what time period to set a story. This year, interestingly, there were 3 Nero Wolfe fics that took place during WWII. I admit, mine was my favorite.:) But it was great reading this fic in context. In Black Market Blues a restless Archie goes undercover to catch some black market thugs. He's restless because Nero has pulled strings to make sure he never goes to the front.

In my story, Nero has tried and failed to pull the same strings. Archie is sent to the front, but carries Wolfe with him.

So yeah, I'm pretty pleased with my Yuletide!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( Dec. 26th, 2011 09:59 pm)
I hope everyone is having a wonderful December, whatever you celebrate! I bring a lovely Yuletide gift to share!

Furlough (1391 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Archie Goodwin/Nero Wolfe
Characters: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe
Summary:

Archie knows that this is Wolfe being polite. This is Wolfe bowing to circumstance.



Nero Wolfe--so psyched! One of the things that's so cool about Ner Wolfe is that, like comics, the series goes on for decades without the characters changing. So you have your choice of what time period to set a story. This year, interestingly, there were 3 Nero Wolfe fics that took place during WWII. I admit, mine was my favorite.:) But it was great reading this fic in context. In Black Market Blues a restless Archie goes undercover to catch some black market thugs. He's restless because Nero has pulled strings to make sure he never goes to the front.

In my story, Nero has tried and failed to pull the same strings. Archie is sent to the front, but carries Wolfe with him.

So yeah, I'm pretty pleased with my Yuletide!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Sigh.  Monet.)
( Jan. 2nd, 2011 01:30 pm)
There's something weird about that year. Weird in a good way. 11 is so Edwardian. It's also my favorite number. Hopefully that will make for a lucky year.

Hope everyone had a good New Year's. I got back home just as the blizzard was starting and stayed locked inside for the worst of it, rationing food to keep from having to go shopping. I went to a New Year's slumber party and could even just see the fireworks from the window! [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose made these Mohito martini cocktail things that went very well with pink champagne. It must have left me really hungry because I went out to dinner last year and was ravenous--and also had some nice spiked apple cider. Mmmm. Warm.

Anyway, I did Yuletide this year so for the first time I actually knew what was going on with that. I got four lovely stories (linked here) and was so grateful and psyched for that that I wrote a treat for someone on Christmas Day. Apparently people reveal themselves on lj to say what they wrote, so these were mine.

The treat I wrote was for a YA book that might not be that well-known but it was a favorite of mine and one person requested it. It's called Down a Dark Hall and is by Lois Duncan. I recommend the book more than my story, but my fic is Priorities.

My main story is a re-telling of one of my fave fairy tales that's not as well-known as some others (but is sort of a variation on a more well-known story), "Fitcher's Bird." In my head it's read in a 1920s New York accent. Much jazz age slang, Yiddish and flappers.

Esther and the Egg 3200 words. The Egg snatched nearly every chorus girl at The Club Araby. Then he snatched Esther.

Community and Back to the Future fans should also check out Clio's Ancient Artifacts and Modern Rituals (the gang goes to NYC for a Vacation Episode!), which I got to read before it was posted, and Alternates (I can't be the only person who found the happy ending on Back to the Future a little scary, right? How was Marty going to cope with a family full of strangers?).

Okay. Have a ton of stuff to do today, all without getting out of pajamas. Let 2011 begin!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( Jan. 2nd, 2011 01:30 pm)
There's something weird about that year. Weird in a good way. 11 is so Edwardian. It's also my favorite number. Hopefully that will make for a lucky year.

Hope everyone had a good New Year's. I got back home just as the blizzard was starting and stayed locked inside for the worst of it, rationing food to keep from having to go shopping. I went to a New Year's slumber party and could even just see the fireworks from the window! [personal profile] ali_wildgoose made these Mohito martini cocktail things that went very well with pink champagne. It must have left me really hungry because I went out to dinner last year and was ravenous--and also had some nice spiked apple cider. Mmmm. Warm.

Anyway, I did Yuletide this year so for the first time I actually knew what was going on with that. I got four lovely stories (linked here) and was so grateful and psyched for that that I wrote a treat for someone on Christmas Day. Apparently people reveal themselves on lj to say what they wrote, so these were mine.

The treat I wrote was for a YA book that might not be that well-known but it was a favorite of mine and one person requested it. It's called Down a Dark Hall and is by Lois Duncan. I recommend the book more than my story, but my fic is Priorities.

My main story is a re-telling of one of my fave fairy tales that's not as well-known as some others (but is sort of a variation on a more well-known story), "Fitcher's Bird." In my head it's read in a 1920s New York accent. Much jazz age slang, Yiddish and flappers.

Esther and the Egg 3200 words. The Egg snatched nearly every chorus girl at The Club Araby. Then he snatched Esther.

Community and Back to the Future fans should also check out Clio's Ancient Artifacts and Modern Rituals (the gang goes to NYC for a Vacation Episode!), which I got to read before it was posted, and Alternates (I can't be the only person who found the happy ending on Back to the Future a little scary, right? How was Marty going to cope with a family full of strangers?).

Okay. Have a ton of stuff to do today, all without getting out of pajamas. Let 2011 begin!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Merry Christmas from pauraque!)
( Dec. 27th, 2010 01:54 pm)
I hope everyone has had a happy holidays this month, whatever and whenever you celebrated! I always feel left out of Yuletide this time of year so this year I decided what it would feel like to actually participate--it feels like being a kid totally excited for presents for me, it turns out.

I got fantastic gifts! I still can't get over somebody writing them for me--and not just an assigned story but lovely treats! I was ridiculously gleeful just knowing they were there before the reveal. So sharing the love, I got 4 stories in all in 2 fandoms.

Dark is Rising, LA Confidential, and also Nero Wolfe and Huge )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( Dec. 27th, 2010 01:54 pm)
I hope everyone has had a happy holidays this month, whatever and whenever you celebrated! I always feel left out of Yuletide this time of year so this year I decided what it would feel like to actually participate--it feels like being a kid totally excited for presents for me, it turns out.

I got fantastic gifts! I still can't get over somebody writing them for me--and not just an assigned story but lovely treats! I was ridiculously gleeful just knowing they were there before the reveal. So sharing the love, I got 4 stories in all in 2 fandoms.

Dark is Rising, LA Confidential, and also Nero Wolfe and Huge )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Poison Pen)
( Nov. 14th, 2010 09:05 pm)
It's been a while since I've updated, I just realized. But I'm still here and commenting! December is coming, and every year I feel a little left out of the gift exchange at Christmas since I don't write fic. Not the stress when everyone seems to be worried about their fics--but the present opening seems like such a fun part of everyone's Christmas day!

So this year I decided to take the plunge! Here I am writing my very first Yuletide letter.:-)

Dear Yuletide Author... )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Merry Christmas from pauraque!)
( Dec. 24th, 2009 11:36 am)
Hope everybody had good holidays if they've already had them, or will have a good holiday if you're getting ready for them.

On a fandom note, this year I realized that even though I've never actually been involved in Yuletide, I still look forward to it as part of the season. Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] jlh patiently answered all my questions about how it works. I don't know how to explain it since like I said it's not something I'm really involved in, but for some reason I love it when my flist starts getting ready for it and working on it. I know there was some controversy a while back about whether it's a Christmas fest because of the timing, and obviously I can't speak on how anybody else feels about it, but to me it seems really inclusive. Either the date is part of Christmas or it's just a day of getting stories.

Anyway, it makes me appreciate fandom this itme of year. The idea of so many people accepting a fun challenge of writing a story for someone else and getting one in return in all these little fandoms that celebrate shows, movies and books that don't get as much love during the year? I can't imagine another hobby does anything I like as much as that.

Happy Yuletide everyone!! I hope you all get awesome stories!
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sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Blah blah blah blah blah)
( Aug. 9th, 2009 07:35 pm)
Oh my god, this meme ate my entire weekend almost! It's hard! Which I should have known. But I think I finally finished. I'm going to post it before I change my mind on everything.

Top Five Favorite (Not Fanfic) Authors )

Top Five Self-Indulgent-But-Undeniably-Appealing Fanfic Tropes )

Top Five Characters You Ended Up Loving More Than You Thought You Would At First )

Top 5 websites )

Top 5 books )

Top 5 Moments of Glee )

Top 5 Fanfics, The Ones You Read Again And Again )

Top 5 Actors )

Top 5 Songs You Associate With Anything Fannish )

Top 5 Cities You’ve Ever Visited )

Top Five Missing Moments/Scenes/Episodes )

Top Five Horror Stories, Can Be Movies, Books, Etc. )

Top Five Favorite Endings To Books )

Top 5 Villain Archetypes )

Top Five Ideas Or Themes You Find Yourself Concerned With When Interacting With Fannish Works )

Top 5 favorite fictional characters, answer in picture form (either pictures of them, or pictures of something that represents what you like about them; whatever. Pictures!). )

Five best episode endings )

Top 5 Batman stories, Top 5 Robin stories? )

Top five successful adaptations of books to films. )

Top 5 fictional worlds )

Top 5 Fictional Friendships )

Five Top Fannish Meta Pet Peeves )

Topo five things about Dick Grayson/Robin )
sistermagpie: Thieving Magpie (Thief)
( Aug. 9th, 2009 07:35 pm)
Oh my god, this meme ate my entire weekend almost! It's hard! Which I should have known. But I think I finally finished. I'm going to post it before I change my mind on everything.

Top Five Favorite (Not Fanfic) Authors )

Top Five Self-Indulgent-But-Undeniably-Appealing Fanfic Tropes )

Top Five Characters You Ended Up Loving More Than You Thought You Would At First )

Top 5 websites )

Top 5 books )

Top 5 Moments of Glee )

Top 5 Fanfics, The Ones You Read Again And Again )

Top 5 Actors )

Top 5 Songs You Associate With Anything Fannish )

Top 5 Cities You’ve Ever Visited )

Top Five Missing Moments/Scenes/Episodes )

Top Five Horror Stories, Can Be Movies, Books, Etc. )

Top Five Favorite Endings To Books )

Top 5 Villain Archetypes )

Top Five Ideas Or Themes You Find Yourself Concerned With When Interacting With Fannish Works )

Top 5 favorite fictional characters, answer in picture form (either pictures of them, or pictures of something that represents what you like about them; whatever. Pictures!). )

Five best episode endings )

Top 5 Batman stories, Top 5 Robin stories? )

Top five successful adaptations of books to films. )

Top 5 fictional worlds )

Top 5 Fictional Friendships )

Five Top Fannish Meta Pet Peeves )

Topo five things about Dick Grayson/Robin )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Magpies in the library)
( Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:27 pm)
Having just read a bunch of posts on warnings in fics that didn't actually cover my own feelings about them? I thought I would share them!

A lot of the discussion has centered around triggers, which I think is important, but even as someone who doesn't think of herself as really having any triggers, warnings are still important to me. Just as they are in non-fanfic )
What's that cliché? I think it's Chinese? "May you live in interesting times?" Reading posts about [livejournal.com profile] scans_daily's deletion as well as the many Racefail '09 posts made me think this is true. We're living in interesting times as we get this internet thing worked out, and interesting times are wearying!

Thoughts about writers on the 'net, and the changes they bring... )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Me and my boyfriend.)
( Feb. 17th, 2009 10:21 am)
I was reading an interesting post today about shipping, and it included a line that got me thinking about shipping in a totally different direction. It was just a throwaway line saying that Harry/Draco shippers are into Merlin/Arthur now. I was a Harry/Draco shipper, of course, and I haven't watched Merlin yet so I've no idea if I would be into the ship. The point the poster was making was that if you have a shipping trope with which you're comfortable you will probably find it somewhere else--hence the H/D=M/A.

Which just made me think about my shipping tropes. )

Anyone have any thoughts on what their favorite tropes might be? I love hearing about that!
Recently I’ve read a couple of conversations that made me think about shipping. Specifically I've been thinking about the criticism: Why does s/he like her/him? As in: We don't understand why s/he likes her/him. The sudden attraction comes out of nowhere. If we don't understand that it's not realistic/it's badly written or whatever.

I'm going to use actual ships to talk about this, but hopefully this will not set off a ship argument or make anybody feel criticized for liking or not liking a ship. One of the ships I'm going to talk about I don't like (Harry/Ginny from HP) and one I do (Zuko/Mai from Avatar), so hopefully that separates it from liking or not liking the ship straight off.

But where did that attraction come from? )
I have to follow up on the last post about Don Quixote. I think I'd mentioned that some other guy had published a fraudulent sequel to the book during the ten years between parts 1 and 2? So Cervantes has Don Quixote at an inn where he overhears people discussing the second (fake) book and how bad it is compared to the first. Don Quixote naturally jumps in to criticize this false history as well.

So to the early flints we add:


  1. Ship wars!
    In the fake sequel DQ is no longer in love with Dulcinea!! Quixote/Dulcinea OTP!! Quixinea 4-evah!!


  2. Character bashing! OOC!Fanon!Sancho!
    He is simple and droll not a glutton and a drunkard!! >:-( And btw, measly account, defective in contrivance, mean in style, wretchedly poor in devices and rich only in absurdities much?


  3. "I think the author has been reading fanfic..."
    Well I was GOING to go to Saragossa, but since the guy did it in crapfic now I'm going to go to Barcelona instead just so everybody will know that THAT FIC IS NOT CANON!!


  4. Discussion about fanfic!
    "...said Don Juan, "and if it were possible, there should have been a law that no one should dare to write of the affairs of the great Don Quixote except...his first historian..."

    "Let anyone portray me who will," replied Don Quixote, but let him not abuse me; patience often stumbles when they pile on too many injuries."


But what are his thoughts on yaoi?
I was reading this entry earlier, about mistakes that can pull you out of the story when the author hasn't researched properly. It made me think about how frustrating I often find research.

Research can be really fun, but as I said in the comment of that entry, sometimes I forever feel like I'll never get certain things right. Like, there are things you don't even realize you need to research or that seem instinctual and even if you do research it you might get the wrong idea. Here I reminisce about researched stuff that I've seen that still came out wrong. )
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sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I'm still picking.)
( Jan. 10th, 2008 09:41 am)
I watched the first episode of the US "How to Look Good Naked" and it made me all happy inside--yay for the girl to figure out she's pretty! There was only one moment that annoyed me because it referenced my pet peeve. When they put the girl's body on the side of a building and asked passersby what they thought of it most people complimented her, but one woman said, "That's what a real woman looks like."

This annoys me on two levels. First because I hate that phrase. I'm not a supermodel by any stretch, but it's gotten applied to me because it's always used to mean that a "real woman" has to have a certain body type--usually whatever body type the person using the phrase thinks she has, or thinks she looks better than, and that's bullshit. All women are "real women." Even supermodels before they're airbrushed. The whole point is there isn't one way women look, everybody's different and they can all still be beautiful. Trying to change the aesthetic to put your own body type on top isn't freeing you from anything.

Secondly in the context of this show I thought--why can't you just give her a compliment on her own? Why does there have to be this implied comparison to some other "non-real" woman, who we all know is a supermodel, so that basically you just said, "She doesn't look like a supermodel." I'm sure the girl knows she doesn't look like a supermodel. That's why she's insecure. We're trying to get away from comparing her to people whose body types she was not born with and celebrate what's good about her. I just feel like while everybody else was complimenting the woman, this statement is more a political statement about the agenda of the person making it--down with supermodels. It's a weird day when "nice rack" is the more empowering thing said to a woman, but there it is!

Anyway, this also made me think about something I was talking about on New Year's Eve about fan fiction and bodies, specifically in media fandoms. More about that within. )
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