mayhap: (Socrates/Alcibiades)
I got Socrates/Alcibiades fic this year and it just nails the dynamic I love:

Xafniká (1140 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alcibiades/Socrates
Characters: Socrates (c. 469-399 BC), Alcibiades (c. 450-404 BC)
Summary:

Alcibiades reflects on the object of his affections, and resolves on a course of action.



I just checked and I've been requesting Socrates/Alcibiades since 2009 and this is the first year anyone's officially taken me up on it! I'm glad that I persisted.

Downloading approximately a zillion other things to read now.
mayhap: Trixie and Honey bent over Trixie's hand with text practically perfect (practically perfect)
My Yuletide gifts are completely amazing and everyone should read them and shower them with love.

Trixie Belden and the Sorrowful Sisters (9515 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: The Trixie Belden Mysteries - Julie Campbell Tatham & Kathryn Kenny
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Trixie Belden, Honey Wheeler
Additional Tags: Mystery, buried treasure, Wait for it, Setting: Pre-1960
Summary:

Trixie and Honey discover a mysterious message in the woods, referring to estranged sisters and a 'treasure' waiting for one of them. But all may not be as it seems... (This story intended to be accessible to readers new to the canon.)

Someone wrote me 10k of shippy Trixie Belden casefic! The best thing about it is that it is absolutely written in the style of the books, including all the information you need to read it if you haven't ever read the Trixie Belden books, but you do like vintage juvenile mystery series and best friends who are opposites.


Frog And Toad Write Fic (1113 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Frog and Toad - Arnold Lobel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Toad (Frog and Toad), Frog (Frog and Toad)
Additional Tags: Characters Writing Fanfiction, Yuletide Is Awesome
Summary:

Frog and Toad do almost everything together, so why not Yuletide too?

It's Yuletide meta fic! Very meta, since Frog and Toad wrote this treat together while they were waiting for the archive to open, which was extremely thoughtful of them. ;)


Frog and Toad Forever (1148 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Frog and Toad - Arnold Lobel
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frog/Toad
Characters: Frog (Frog and Toad), Toad (Frog and Toad)
Additional Tags: Non-Explicit Sex, negotiation, Begging, Easy Reader Diction, Friends to Lovers
Summary:

Or, Frog and Toad are Friends with Benefits.

This is an absolutely pitch-perfect mimicry of the Frog and Toad books that also includes anatomically-correct frog foreplay and frog sex. Honestly, I think that you need to read it to believe it And you should definitely read it, because it is amazing.


Fair Trade (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Trixie Belden Mysteries - Julie Campbell Tatham & Kathryn Kenny
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Trixie Belden, Honey Wheeler
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
And one perfect drabble in the Madness collection!


I haven't gotten to many stories that aren't mine just yet, but the ones I have read so far have been amazing.
mayhap: animated gif of yule log burning (yule log)
I got two Cassel/Lila Curse Workers fics this year and they are both absolutely amazing. I am so, so, so lucky. ♥

our kiss is a secret handshake (1934 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Curse Workers Series - Holly Black
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cassel Sharpe/Lila Zacharov
Characters: Cassel Sharpe, Lila Zacharov
Summary:


Even though Lila is undeniably, indisputably, unequivocally in control, she still looks at him with a faintly nervous expression, as if she’s afraid he’s going to change his mind.


Three Predicaments (3785 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Curse Workers Series - Holly Black
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Cassel Sharpe/Lila Zacharov
Characters: Cassel Sharpe, Lila Zacharov
Additional Tags: BDSM, D/s, Orgasm Delay/Denial, Piercings, Predicament Scenes, Kink, Dream Work
Summary:


Lila made the amulet against dream work for me a few weeks back, but not for my protection. She made it so that when I take it off, we both know she can work me.


Everyone should read them. Unless you haven't read the Curse Workers books, in which case you should do that first. But I imagine that you wouldn't be able to get around to that for a while, the holidays being what they are, so I understand.

Today ended up being really busy, so I haven't gotten a chance to read or comment very widely beyond my own gifts. Looking forward to getting a start on that tomorrow. *falls over*
mayhap: wee Matilda reads a book (Matilda)
I was hoping to have the Phèdre/Hyacinthe story I'm writing as a present to Bevy ready to post on my birthday, but between one thing and another, that … will not be happening today. Soon, though!

I think I'm finally completely over the crud I came down with on the 31st, as I managed to make it through my delightful birthday lunch without noisily rearranging any bodily secretions, which is not appreciated in public and especially not in intimate, classy restaurants. (I had the pheasant pot pie. Heaven.) Luckily, I was housesitting for a family friend until two days ago, so I was able to convalesce in peace with a nice fireplace, cozy dogs and vintage copies of the complete Swallows and Amazons books for lovely untaxing reading, but still.

Still have not made it to the Hobbit movie, or indeed through my re-read of The Hobbit. I literally do not understand what it is about The Hobbit that compels me to put it back down after maybe a chapter or two, whereas I find any of the LOTR books completely gripping. Maybe it would be working better for me if someone was reading it to me at bedtime? I'm well-past a third of the way through, though, so I suppose I'm fine for this installment of the movie regardless.

I have, however, seen the Les Misérables movie, and I am currently in a state of having far, far too many feelings about Javert/Valjean. I mean, I've sort of passively shipped it since I saw the show, which was also around the time I discovered slash fandom by googling LOTR things, and I've always enjoyed the music and can sing most of most of the songs and such, but lately I've been spending hours mooning about their doomed obsession (and also being annoyed by people who ship it wrong because Javert so clearly has a massively repressed desire to be dominated, argh).

I'm sure I haven't come close to plumbing the fandom's online presence, mostly because I'm pretty sure I don't know where most of it is, but I do have one insta-rec:

Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child) (7184 words) by zamwessell
Chapters: 2/8
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types, Les Miserables - Schönberg/Boublil, Les Misérables (2012)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Javert/Jean Valjean
Characters: Inspector Javert, Jean Valjean, Euphrasie "Cosette" Fauchelevant
Summary:

Javert calls what he thinks is Valjean's bluff about needing three days to find the child Cosette and intercede for her. The Inspector comes along for the ride -- and gets much more than he bargained for, in the process.



It's a WIP, but it's already updated twice in two days, like almost as soon as I hit the subscribe button. ♥

*flails*

Dec. 30th, 2011 12:02 am
mayhap: Mike and Psmith walking and chatting (Mike/Psmith)
I'm nearly done with my first pass through the Yuletide archive after reading feverishly for the last few days. (Literally feverishly, although sometimes also figuratively so. I came down with some kind of crud somewhere along the Family Christmas Roadtrip.) There is, as always, so much good stuff to read.

Some amazing person wrote me Love and Pfriendship, an utterly adorable modern-day (American) college AU Mike/Psmith story. All the little transposed details are just perfect and will fill the devoted fanperson with squee, but you could just as easily read it with no fandom knowledge whatsoever.

And you should, because it is hilarious and sweet and sexy!

*flails*

Dec. 30th, 2011 12:02 am
mayhap: hennaed hands, writing (Default)
I'm nearly done with my first pass through the Yuletide archive after reading feverishly for the last few days. (Literally feverishly, although sometimes also figuratively so. I came down with some kind of crud somewhere along the Family Christmas Roadtrip.) There is, as always, so much good stuff to read.

Some amazing person wrote me Love and Pfriendship, an utterly adorable modern-day (American) college AU Mike/Psmith story. All the little transposed details are just perfect and will fill the devoted fanperson with squee, but you could just as easily read it with no fandom knowledge whatsoever.

And you should, because it is hilarious and sweet and sexy!
mayhap: monks with text check out my gospel of mark fanfic / you are not a very good monk (Biblefic)
Yuletide is kicking my ass, as per usual, but mostly in a good way! I'd much rather have a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to finish in time than a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to start in time. Especially a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to finish because I want to put in ALL THE THINGS, as opposed to a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to finish because I can only seem to string together three consecutive words at a sitting.

In the meantime, if you're in the mood for rare fandoms, [livejournal.com profile] virgofolkiehas posted her latest Virgil/Dante story in two parts: The Shade Trees of Lucca Part I and Part II. This is the second part of a story triptych which traces its inspiration in some small part back to my own Virgil/Dante story and takes place, accordingly, in the same 'verse. It is lovely.
mayhap: hennaed hands, writing (Default)
Yuletide is kicking my ass, as per usual, but mostly in a good way! I'd much rather have a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to finish in time than a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to start in time. Especially a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to finish because I want to put in ALL THE THINGS, as opposed to a story that I'm not sure how I'm going to finish because I can only seem to string together three consecutive words at a sitting.

In the meantime, if you're in the mood for rare fandoms, [livejournal.com profile] virgofolkiehas posted her latest Virgil/Dante story in two parts: The Shade Trees of Lucca Part I and Part II. This is the second part of a story triptych which traces its inspiration in some small part back to my own Virgil/Dante story and takes place, accordingly, in the same 'verse. It is lovely.
mayhap: watercolor star over a hill (le plus beau et le plus triste paysage)
Oh, I got such an excellent story this year for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide! I feel really bad that I honestly can't recommend that you read it at all if you don't know the canon, which is A. S. Byatt's new book from last year, The Children's Book. Which I do recommend, very much, as the Byatt book that you are most likely to enjoy if you loved Possession, and if you haven't read Possession I just don't even know where to begin with you. It will certainly take longer than can be managed between now and New Year's Day.

So, my story is The Indian Rope Trick, and it so perfectly satisfies my desperate and incoherent desires for what happens next. It's the story of Julian Cain, cut for spoilers. )

If you can read this story, please do, because it's beautiful.
mayhap: watercolor star over a hill (le plus beau et le plus triste paysage)
Oh, I got such an excellent story this year for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide! I feel really bad that I honestly can't recommend that you read it at all if you don't know the canon, which is A. S. Byatt's new book from last year, The Children's Book. Which I do recommend, very much, as the Byatt book that you are most likely to enjoy if you loved Possession, and if you haven't read Possession I just don't even know where to begin with you. It will certainly take longer than can be managed between now and New Year's Day.

So, my story is The Indian Rope Trick, and it so perfectly satisfies my desperate and incoherent desires for what happens next. It's the story of Julian Cain, cut for spoilers. )

If you can read this story, please do, because it's beautiful.
mayhap: Virgil/Dante l'amor che move il sole e l'atre stelle (Virgil/Dante)
In May I visited the amazing Minneapolis Arts Institute with my father and brother, the latter of whom was getting ready to leave the Twin Cities after graduation and doing a last hurrah tour as well as entertaining his out-of-town family.

While we were wandering around, perpetually gobsmacked by gallery upon gallery awesome, I suddenly squeaked and darted in the direction of one painting in particular, which turned out to be separated from me by an atrium that necessitated a severe course correction before I found myself standing in front of a familiar canvas: Six Tuscan Poets.

Not familiar enough, however. Upon reading the placard, I realized that, in my initial Google images search, I had been too readily seduced by the appealing composition and sexy hand-porn, and my Virgil/Dante icon turns out to be more of a Guido Cavalcanti/Dante icon, and oh, man, I'm not saying I wouldn't read it, hot young Italian love poets in sweet new love, but talk about your rairpairs.

So I should probably get around to making a new Virgil/Dante icon, but I haven't done so yet. This one is going to have to do for posting about Thrice Purified, [livejournal.com profile] virgofolkie's Virgil/Dante set in the same continuum as mine.

I loved the idea when [livejournal.com profile] virgofolkie floated it, and now that it exists, I love it even more. A sweet, sensual sexual interlude in Canto I of Purgatorio, with lovely crisp metaphors, poetical banter and philosophical musings, and further sequelae to come!

If you're a Divine Comedy slasher, you should totally check it out.
mayhap: Virgil/Dante l'amor che move il sole e l'atre stelle (Virgil/Dante)
In May I visited the amazing Minneapolis Arts Institute with my father and brother, the latter of whom was getting ready to leave the Twin Cities after graduation and doing a last hurrah tour as well as entertaining his out-of-town family.

While we were wandering around, perpetually gobsmacked by gallery upon gallery awesome, I suddenly squeaked and darted in the direction of one painting in particular, which turned out to be separated from me by an atrium that necessitated a severe course correction before I found myself standing in front of a familiar canvas: Six Tuscan Poets.

Not familiar enough, however. Upon reading the placard, I realized that, in my initial Google images search, I had been too readily seduced by the appealing composition and sexy hand-porn, and my Virgil/Dante icon turns out to be more of a Guido Cavalcanti/Dante icon, and oh, man, I'm not saying I wouldn't read it, hot young Italian love poets in sweet new love, but talk about your rairpairs.

So I should probably get around to making a new Virgil/Dante icon, but I haven't done so yet. This one is going to have to do for posting about Thrice Purified, [livejournal.com profile] virgofolkie's Virgil/Dante set in the same continuum as mine.

I loved the idea when [livejournal.com profile] virgofolkie floated it, and now that it exists, I love it even more. A sweet, sensual sexual interlude in Canto I of Purgatorio, with lovely crisp metaphors, poetical banter and philosophical musings, and further sequelae to come!

If you're a Divine Comedy slasher, you should totally check it out.
mayhap: (Mary Anne)
[livejournal.com profile] idlerat has similar thoughts about what makes me less excited about Dollhouse, a certain lack of originality, inasmuch as originality is even a useful concept, and particularly the similarities to early Alias that makes me want to get out my DVDs and watch them instead.

At the same time, [livejournal.com profile] lotesseflower never fails to point out what the show is succeeding at already and has potential to improve upon, and has written a lovely Echo/Boyd ficlet that plays with and against the rampant issues of trust and consent, manifest particularly in 1x02 The Target: Yet shee will bee false, ere I come, to two, or three, PG-13, dubcon.

I fell head over heels with Firefly on DVD, so ultimately, I am inclined to give all kinds of benefits of the doubt to Dollhouse as shown on Fox with who knows what kind of editorial tinkering and bizarreness. I really do hope it grows into a show that I unabashedly adore.
mayhap: (Mary Anne)
[livejournal.com profile] idlerat has similar thoughts about what makes me less excited about Dollhouse, a certain lack of originality, inasmuch as originality is even a useful concept, and particularly the similarities to early Alias that makes me want to get out my DVDs and watch them instead.

At the same time, [livejournal.com profile] lotesseflower never fails to point out what the show is succeeding at already and has potential to improve upon, and has written a lovely Echo/Boyd ficlet that plays with and against the rampant issues of trust and consent, manifest particularly in 1x02 The Target: Yet shee will bee false, ere I come, to two, or three, PG-13, dubcon.

I fell head over heels with Firefly on DVD, so ultimately, I am inclined to give all kinds of benefits of the doubt to Dollhouse as shown on Fox with who knows what kind of editorial tinkering and bizarreness. I really do hope it grows into a show that I unabashedly adore.
mayhap: flying raven with text argent, raven volant (raven volant)
My [livejournal.com profile] yuletide santa is nothing short of a magician, I swear! They took two of my requests, complete with my daft squicky beloved pairings, and crossed them over in a work of sheer fucking genius that is lush, evocative, sensual, gorgeously characterized, everything.

I'm just incredibly touched by the extent to which someone went to the effort, not merely to write a story for me, but to write a story so completely and utterly tailored to be everything that I adore. You are simply amazing, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Go and read!

The Language of Birds
R. The Once and Future King by T.H. White/Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
All magicians lie, and the Raven King, like Merlyn, is fond of tall tales and impossible deeds.

I have read so much other goodfic in the car on the way home, and I've not got through a fourth of my tabs, much less go back and compose feedback and compile recs! Merry [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, all!
mayhap: flying raven with text argent, raven volant (raven volant)
My [livejournal.com profile] yuletide santa is nothing short of a magician, I swear! They took two of my requests, complete with my daft squicky beloved pairings, and crossed them over in a work of sheer fucking genius that is lush, evocative, sensual, gorgeously characterized, everything.

I'm just incredibly touched by the extent to which someone went to the effort, not merely to write a story for me, but to write a story so completely and utterly tailored to be everything that I adore. You are simply amazing, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Go and read!

The Language of Birds
R. The Once and Future King by T.H. White/Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
All magicians lie, and the Raven King, like Merlyn, is fond of tall tales and impossible deeds.

I have read so much other goodfic in the car on the way home, and I've not got through a fourth of my tabs, much less go back and compose feedback and compile recs! Merry [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, all!
mayhap: Kristy and Mary Anne, pillow fight! (Kristy/Mary Anne)
I suck so much (ha ha ha) because I ended up asking for an extension to June on my Worple/Sanguini fic for [livejournal.com profile] pornish_pixies because I was writing Prince of Tennis fic instead. I am, like, the living recapitulation of that stupid kerfuffle from a month ago where Tenipuri is killing Harry Potter.

But that is not important. What is important is that everyone who has the vaguest ability to comprehend it go and read [livejournal.com profile] marksykins's BSC/Tenipuri AU this very minute. It is the two things that have been making me ridiculously happy, combined, and it is genius.

Also, tonight is the finals of the Scripps national spelling bee, which my mom and I will be watching. And if no one else writes the Akeelah and the Bee OT3 fic, I may have to do it.

EDIT: I am totally rooting for the homeschooled boy. Because, a.) homeschoolers and former homeschoolers represent, and b.) he looks eerily like wee![livejournal.com profile] satyadasa.
mayhap: Kristy and Mary Anne, pillow fight! (Kristy/Mary Anne)
I suck so much (ha ha ha) because I ended up asking for an extension to June on my Worple/Sanguini fic for [livejournal.com profile] pornish_pixies because I was writing Prince of Tennis fic instead. I am, like, the living recapitulation of that stupid kerfuffle from a month ago where Tenipuri is killing Harry Potter.

But that is not important. What is important is that everyone who has the vaguest ability to comprehend it go and read [livejournal.com profile] marksykins's BSC/Tenipuri AU this very minute. It is the two things that have been making me ridiculously happy, combined, and it is genius.

Also, tonight is the finals of the Scripps national spelling bee, which my mom and I will be watching. And if no one else writes the Akeelah and the Bee OT3 fic, I may have to do it.

EDIT: I am totally rooting for the homeschooled boy. Because, a.) homeschoolers and former homeschoolers represent, and b.) he looks eerily like wee![livejournal.com profile] satyadasa.
mayhap: sheet music with text Anyone can take the harmony if they will only leave us the counterpoint (counterpoint)
For those of you who haven't sampled Jonathan Coulton's charming brand of geek folk pop, allow me to make a few recommendations, because lately I keep listening to his stuff on repeat and I thought I'd share the love:

Skullcrusher Mountain (mp3) (lyrics)

A tender ballad of an evil genius struggling to gain the affection of the fair maiden he has had brought to his titular lair.

You know it isn’t easy living here on Skullcrusher Mountain
Maybe you could cut me just a little slack
Would it kill you to be civil?
I’ve been patient, I’ve been gracious
And this mountain is covered with wolves
Hear them howling, my hungry children
Maybe you should stay and have another drink and think about me and you


Someone is Crazy (lyrics) (mp3)

A catchy little tune about those incurable drama whores. Unofficial theme song of one of my NaNo characters.

The world’s against you, so you think or maybe wish it was
At least that way someone would care but baby no one does, not even you
Baby someone is crazy and it’s you


I Feel Fantastic (lyrics) (mp3)

From the soundtrack to the September 2005 issue of Popular Science, this song examines the increasing dependence on prescription drugs in our culture.

Work is over but I can’t stay to work late
Got to leave and get ready for my second date
With a pretty girl that I met at the pharmacy
Right in the prescription line
I take a pill for my social anxiety
I get a table and a nice bottle of chablis
Now it’s getting late and there’s still no sign of her
I have another glass of wine


All I know is the wine lasts longer when you don’t gotta share it with someone
All I know is my steak tastes better when I take my steak tastes better pill


Baby Got Back (lyrics) (mp3)

The (in)famous folk cover of the (in)famous) rap song.

More of Jonathan's stuff can be found here.

Also, courtesy of a bout of insomnia last night, a spot of NaNoNonsense:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
16,460 / 50,000
(32.9%)
mayhap: sheet music with text Anyone can take the harmony if they will only leave us the counterpoint (counterpoint)
For those of you who haven't sampled Jonathan Coulton's charming brand of geek folk pop, allow me to make a few recommendations, because lately I keep listening to his stuff on repeat and I thought I'd share the love:

Skullcrusher Mountain (mp3) (lyrics)

A tender ballad of an evil genius struggling to gain the affection of the fair maiden he has had brought to his titular lair.

You know it isn’t easy living here on Skullcrusher Mountain
Maybe you could cut me just a little slack
Would it kill you to be civil?
I’ve been patient, I’ve been gracious
And this mountain is covered with wolves
Hear them howling, my hungry children
Maybe you should stay and have another drink and think about me and you


Someone is Crazy (lyrics) (mp3)

A catchy little tune about those incurable drama whores. Unofficial theme song of one of my NaNo characters.

The world’s against you, so you think or maybe wish it was
At least that way someone would care but baby no one does, not even you
Baby someone is crazy and it’s you


I Feel Fantastic (lyrics) (mp3)

From the soundtrack to the September 2005 issue of Popular Science, this song examines the increasing dependence on prescription drugs in our culture.

Work is over but I can’t stay to work late
Got to leave and get ready for my second date
With a pretty girl that I met at the pharmacy
Right in the prescription line
I take a pill for my social anxiety
I get a table and a nice bottle of chablis
Now it’s getting late and there’s still no sign of her
I have another glass of wine


All I know is the wine lasts longer when you don’t gotta share it with someone
All I know is my steak tastes better when I take my steak tastes better pill


Baby Got Back (lyrics) (mp3)

The (in)famous folk cover of the (in)famous) rap song.

More of Jonathan's stuff can be found here.

Also, courtesy of a bout of insomnia last night, a spot of NaNoNonsense:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
16,460 / 50,000
(32.9%)

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