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this meme is HAUNTED! (a horror-themed fic meme)
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It's that time of year again (if you're in the northern hemisphere), when the shadows grow long and the leaves scratch at your door. At least, you think those were leaves...

Isn't it the perfect time to settle in somewhere warm and cozy and think some blood-curdling thoughts? It's this time of year I miss sharp_teeth and even the little meme I ran a few years ago. So, it's sixteen days until Halloween -- why not do another one? All right! Let's do it, let me introduce you to this meme is HAUNTED!





Rules:

- All fandoms and all pairings are welcome. Gen, of course, would be fantastic!
- The meme is active in both LJ and DW. Anon is on.
- Prompts and fills must be horror/supernatural-themed in some way. In what way is up to you.
- Prompt some, fill some! It's no fun if there's just prompts, y'know?
- Format your prompts this way, please: "FANDOM - PAIRING/CHARACTER - PROMPT". When posting a fill to a prompt, please use the following format in the subject line: FANDOM - TITLE (optional) - CHARACTER/PAIRING - RATING/WARNINGS (optional).
- Don't be an asshat. Bashing others users/prompts has no place here. In the immortal wisdom of Bill and Ted, be excellent to each other.
- Questions and comments about this comment meme? Use the thread below.
- What to promote this? Why, thank you kindly! There's a code below for you to do just that.

With the banner:


Without the banner:


Fills:
Historical RPF - Cold Blood - Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare
Black Books - From Old Tales - Gen
X-Men: First Class-Enclosing Dark-Charles Xavier-PG-13 [contains paralysis]
Thor (Movies) - no title - Jane Foster, gen
The Charioteer - Mary Renault, Bim Taylor's the life of the party, even when he's dead.
The Silmarillion, My cage has many rooms / Damask and dark, Lúthien(/Beren)
Sleeping Beauty - untitled - the princess woke up wrong [body horror, sex]
The Silmarillion - The Deplorable Word - Fingon/Maedhros [chose not to warn]


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Tide of Yules.
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So, the 2014 Yuletide schedule has been posted, so obviously it's a great time to talk about what we want nominated. Right? Right.

I'm definitely keeping close to the rules this year -- and probably won't have time to do a pinch-hit -- so it shouldn't be too hard to pick what I want this year. In theory.

Some possibilities:

- Leopold and Loeb RPF (Nathan Loeb, Richard Leopold, Clarence Darrow) - Because no fictionalized account actually touches on the absolutely strangeness of this case and the people involved. Hat tip to zopyrus for leading me to Thrill Me, which is fantastic, by the way.

- Maurice - bookverse. (Maurice Hall, Alec Scudder, Clive Durham. If they're already nominated -- which I assume they will be -- I'd ask for Kitty Hall, Violet Tonks and Anne Durham. But that's for the nominations post.) Woo! I feel guilty, a bit, because whenever I read something fantastic, I usually do want fic for Yuletide. But I do want fic for Yuletide.

Maybe meeting up again during WWI? Or any kind of future fic, really. I ended up low-key shipping Kitty/Miss Tonks because they both deserve more than they get, and I kind of want the reaction of his family to Maurice having chucked everything.

Also, an obligatory crossover with The Charioteer. (I know that there's one already, but still. More.)

Uh, the third place is kind of tricky. I know earlier this year, I wanted to nominate The Last of Wine (and I still do), but... Eh. I've been think of A Separate Peace, and how God awfully unsatisfied it makes me. Maybe I'll ask for futurefic with Gene and Brinker meeting up years later, in LA, for a some bitter banter. And hatesex ensues?

Maybe. It's difficult to tell. How about you, flist?


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They'll take you in their arms and then take out their knives
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Pick any paragraph or any passage less than 500 words [or more if you really feel like it] from any fanfic I've written and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet of what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it, what's going on in the characters' heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the fic, and anything else you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.


Personally, I feel like this meme is probably disappointing, in some ways, because I rarely have deep, intellectual reasons for writing what I write.


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Seven Days of Self-Promotion: Day Four, something you made just for yourself
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The Primrose Path (2548 words) by zeen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Hazell/Ralph Lanyon
Characters: Hazell (The Charioteer), Ralph Lanyon, Laurie Odell
Additional Tags: Caning, Dubious Consent, Boarding School, Canon Gay Relationship, Never to Play the Dane, Community: kink_bingo
Summary:


Hazell, of all things. Good Lord, Lanyon only keeps an eye on him because he‘s such a misfit and people were giving him hell.



The thing is, I've always wanted to read Ralph/Hazell, but it's pretty thin on the ground. The AO3 tag for it turns up one earlier story, by AO3 user athousandwinds, who is, btw, one of the fic-writers I always envy because it feels like they have gone before and expressed things perfectly, so why do I, with my run-on sentences and typos, even try.

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The Obscure and British Commentfest rides again!
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moetushie
Here's a nice graphic to lead you to it:



I've already gotten a very nice Macbeth/Lady Macbeth fill for it. (And it is hot.)

... I prompted a crossover of The Charioteer and Foyle's War because, ah, I have no idea. Both have doomed queer airmen? Also I would so love to see Ralph Lanyon and Foyle face off? Could Bunny be the murder victim, or should it be Sandy? It's all so much to think about.


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JUKEBOX 2014
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moetushie
Hi! Thank you for doing this, mystery writer. I applaud you and your excellent taste in music! We're going to have some fun here. :)

The thing about writing song-based fics is that, even more than films, TV or books, we all experience music idiosyncratically. The song that to me obviously means X and Y, might to you obviously mean Z and A. I want to know about your interpretation. The suggestions I have below are just that -- suggestions. Feel free to be as faithful or free-ranging as you wish to be.

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I only have eyes for you~
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moetushie
Art dump, I guess!

Mostly Maedhros & company.Collapse ) </center>

Legendary Ladies April has me seriously outclassed, but I'll persist.

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And Cap 2 stuffs! Some A Softer World remixes, and one unrealistic picture of Bucky.

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Totally not a troll post.
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moetushie
Poll #1964603 An Important Question

Sorry, but you're wrong about something. What do you have coming to you?

You have another thing coming!
8(50.0%)
You have another think coming!
8(50.0%)


What do I think? Well...


A long, embarrassing story. (Aka, happy birthday, Oshun!)
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moetushie
I really don't do online birthday wishes -- not because I don't love and adore you all (I do), but because without technology reminding me, I forget all about anyone's birthday (except my own, I admit.) I mean, nowadays I log directly on to my filtered flist and never see the LJ main log-in page at all... All of this is just a long and rambling semi-justification for what's next.

Tomorrow is Oshun's birthday! And I know that because I have Europeans on my LJ flist who live in the future and can tell me these things. I had just enough time to fire up the Photoshop and make something. Oshun is a very special writer, and her Fingon/Maedhros stories were one of the very first Silmfic I ever read, way back when. Because I was a serious lurker back then, I never left any reviews (please forgive me) -- but those stories -- Maitimo and Findekano and A New Day very much influenced the way I saw these characters. When I started posting my own Silmfic, I was flabbergasted to see that she had reviewed something of mine! Wow!

That's what Oshun is -- talented, gregarious, and generous. (I hope you don't mind if I sometimes talk about you to my mom, and call you my friend from Brooklyn...)

Anyway, happy birthday, Oshun! I hope it's a good one, and you have a great year. You deserve it.

Under the cut is, well, a drawing of Fingon and Maedhros k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

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P.S. Everyone: I will try to be less fail-boatish about birthdays. Possibly, you might have to PM me to make sure the dates penetrates my thick skull.


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This is it, boys, this is war.
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moetushie
So I am on a sorta-internet exile until I can see Captain America: Winter Soldier (hopefully tomorrow at 2 o'clock -- it'll also be the first time I watch anything in 3D!)

I've stayed pretty much unspoiled by stint of TS all the relevant terms about a year ago and not clicking on the tempting cuts. But you know what spoilers I am eagerly looking at? If you guessed spoilers for the finale of How I Met Your Mother, then you would be correct.

Flist, you know how much I love witnessing internet clusterfucks (as long as they don't involve stuff I care about) and the HIMYM finale has it all:

- First is the barneyrobin finale viewing post, which started happily as shippers saw their OTP get married in the second-to-last episode, only to end in FIRE AND BLOOD AND TEETH. (I felt for those shippers! I've seen enough HIMYM to know that Ted/Robin doesn't work at all.)

- Alan Sepinwell on Hitfix outlines how it all went wrong. There's a good lesson here for wannabe writers (like me) out there, and that is -- don't fall too deeply in love with your own cleverness! You might have a ending picked out way in the beginning, but your story might change so much that your original ending just doesn't fit anymore. The worst thing you can do is blindly sticking to a plan that was kind of shitty to begin with. Flexibility is good.

But Farzeen, you say, this is but common sense! Well, it turns out common sense ain't that common.

- There is a Change.org petition to change the ending. Thus far, fifteen thousand people have signed it.

- Apparently there will an alternate "happy" ending on the season 9 DVDs, but from what I've read, it's just going to be editing changes.

Idk. I'm ashamed to say that I've followed these developments more closely than I do serious politic events. I should probably feel guilty about this, but eh.

Spoilers in the comments!


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Sometimes when you're on, you're really fucking on...
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moetushie
I love the concept behind [community profile] jukebox_fest, because there are so many songs that I am dying to know the stories behind. (And some songs that are perfect stories in themselves.) Nominations start on April 17, but I'm going to put some candidates out there now. Please feel free to pipe in with your own suggestions!

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ATTN: Silmarillion fandom!
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moetushie

Hello, friends and enemies! I come to you with a request and a question (a requestion?) - ANYWAY. Remix Redux is nigh on hand! If you're wondering what it is, it's a pretty fun fic exchange where you offer up fandoms that you have at least written 5 x 500 words stories in (or 7 x 100 word stories in) and someone is assigned to pick one of those stories and remix it! 


Remixing is a lot of fun and really gives some valuable insights into your and other people's stories. So, yeah, remixing is supercool! And I would really, really like to nominate the Silm as a fandom for remix -- I know how big y'all are on drabbles and ficlets and stuff! 


If you're interested in participating in Remix and have the required amount of stories, could you drop into this Livejournal thread and say so? 


Thank you! 


Wow, I misunderestimated you.
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moetushie
I admit, I am reluctantly charmed The Last of the Wine. It really did grab me, and I've grown quite a bit fond of Alexias. spoilersCollapse )

The Queen's Thief series continues to be great! I went out (well, went to Amazon) and got the next two books on the strength of how much I liked The Thief. If only I had time to dedicate to reading it as quickly as possible...

Also, Renault-related:



Renault Exchange on Dreamwidth
An exchange for the contemporary Mary Renault novels
Sign ups 16 March - 23 March


March is shaping up to be crazy-busy (B2MeM! Real life! Yes, I ranked B2MeM before real life! This is my life now. Invisible Ficathon! Which I have not worked on... And now this!) I was actually hoping that the remix idea would catch on, but the exchange idea was more propular. Alas, democracy.

But more Charioteer fic (or Return to Night fic, or The Friendly Young Ladies fic) is not such a bad thing, right?


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*sigh*
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moetushie
I posted this song on Tumblr a few minutes ago. It gives me, as the kids say, a lot of feels. But as a Bengali person, even a failure of one (I can't even speak it properly -- on the otherhand, it's a very complex language and I was very young when I left Bangladesh) -- I'm obligated to love Tagore. And I do, because it's very easy to love Tagore. He love music and poetry and he painted, and he nursed a hopeless love for his sister-in-law, an sharply intelligent woman who was (clearly) trapped by the limitations put on by society. And Tagore was intelligent, sensitive enough to see it.

He was also very handsome. Here he is as a young man. Here he is as he's growing his famous beard. And here's the time he and Albert Einstein hung out. Probably talking about the cosmos stuff.

Anyway, the song, "Ogo Bideshini", at least this version of it -- was featured in the 1964 film, Charulata, directed by Satyajit Ray. It's based on a short story by Tagore, and features a lonely woman, who falls in love with her (worthless, imho) brother-in-law. Hm, I wonder where Tagore got the idea from?

Anyway, it's a beautiful song, even if you can't understand the words attached to it. I've heard it all my life, played by nostalgic parents and friends-of-parents, people who left Bangladesh (and India -- Tagore is something that Bengalis on either side of the border share) when they were quite young, usually, and made their lives in places quite different than where they had started. And even if they go home back, years later, of course, nothing is ever the same.

So, the song, to me, became inextricably tied to the notion of being away, of living your life in the foreign shores (that also holds Tagore's beloved foreigner.) You hope, of course, that this life away will be full of love and song, and loneliness is only ever a passing thing. But if it isn't, well, at least you can play this song again and remember a distant land that was once your home.


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Fic: Gold, Silver and Lead
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Title: Gold, Silver and Lead
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Wordcount: 3,860
Pairings/Characters: Indis/Míriel, Finwë/Míriel (Background), Ingwë
Rating: Teen
Contains: Mild violence, minor character death
Notes: Written for Elleth for LoTR SeSa 2013.
Summary: A young Indis meets Míriel Serindë for the first time.

Read on AO3 | Read on SWG


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Yuletide Treats: The Chariot's Lost a Wheel
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moetushie
I wrote two Madness treats for The Charioteer this year. The results were ... mixed.

The Fatally Compromised Diaries of Ralph Ross Lanyon (551 words) by zeen
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ralph Lanyon/Laurie Odell, Bunny/Ralph Lanyon
Characters: Ralph Lanyon, Laurie Odell
Additional Tags: Dark Crack, A Very Sad Handwritten Book, Implied/Referenced Suicide
Summary:

Excerpts from Ralph's diary, with bits of his soul attached.



So, I wrote this while drinking heavily from a three-dollar bottle of wine from Kroger. (I know, I know, it should been rum. But needs must, darling.) I also blame Yulechat conversations with [personal profile] naraht about Ralph's terrible, horrible, no-good life.

I also wrote:

For Want of a Spoon (903 words) by zeen
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Laurie Odell/Andrew Raynes
Characters: Andrew Raynes, Laurie Odell
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Introverts in Love, Awkward Romance, Adolescent Sexuality, First Kiss, Spoons
Summary:


At this moment, Laurie could feel nothing in himself from which Andrew ought to be protected. With the simplicity which this knowledge made to seem quite natural, he leaned over and kissed him. Even when he had done it he felt no reaction or self-reproach. It was as if it had happened before and they had both remembered.



Which I've talked about before. I don't regret writing it, and I think my recipients were happy with it. This is the closest I've gotten to Yuletide wank, and there's a lesson in there somewhere...


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Yuletide Treats: The Babies of Doom!!
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moetushie
I wrote four Yuletide treats this year, one full-length and the other three in the Madness collection -- but I'm going to talk about the first two here. (The last two are in the next post.)

Heart of Stone (4075 words) by zeen
Fandom: Tam Lin (Traditional Ballad)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Janet/Tam Lin, The Queen/Tam Lin, The Queen/Janet
Characters: Janet (Tam Lin), Tam Lin, The Queen (Tam Lin), The Baby (Tam Lin)
Additional Tags: Shotgun Wedding, One Year Later, Giving Birth, Yuletide Treat, Married Life, Past Rape/Non-con

Summary: Janet and Tam Lin's first year together.



I laugh now, because last week I fretted that because there were four other stories in Tam Lin (Traditional Ballad) category, and I thought that adding a fifth would be overkill. But I posted it anyway, and I'm glad I did because it turned out to be the only story I wrote this year that got recced, pre-reveals.

I was exposed to this story at a young, impressionable age, thanks to Time-Life Books, and I never really thought of it in terms of happily-ever-afters or true-loves. Because it was pretty clear to me that a.) Janet and Tam Lin's first encounter was not at all consensual, and b.) being a single mother in early-modern Scotland probably sucked a lot, so of course Janet would go to the back of the beyond to not let that happen to her.

(Or, you know, get Ye Olde Abortionweed from Carterhaugh Woods. Either way!)

I'm not sure if I deliberately made Janet and Tam Lin's daughter be May Margaret, but I'm sure her story will be different. She doesn't have any brothers (yet), much less seven of them.

Anyway, the story itself turned out less happy than I wanted it to be, but ambivalence bleeds through. Also, I was kind of paranoid that people would know that I usually write Silmarillion fic. It's canon that Tam Lin looks like a Noldo, it's not my fault! Alas.

Next up is a grim bit of nonsense (which I wrote/posted first):

More than Blood (843 words) by zeen
Fandom: Arthurian Mythology
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Morgause/Arthur Pendragon
Characters: Arthur Pendragon, Morgause (Arthurian), Mordred (Arthurian), Gawain (Arthurian)
Additional Tags: Infanticide, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Half-Sibling Incest

Summary: The one where Mordred is, in fact, drowned soon after birth.



After browsing through [personal profile] toujours_nigel's list of Arthurian prompts (I had originally been looking at The Charioteer prompts, but never mind), I originally intended to write a five-things thing about Mordred growing (or not), but this was as far as I got up to. I am surprised that anyone would actually want to read about (canonically attempted) infanticide but it's possible that they wondered why anyone would write about it.

My original theme of Arthur being as ruthless as Morgause (and later, Mordred) kind of got lost in the horror of what he does. I do see the characters here as the version who show up in The Once and Future King, i.e., the one Arthur I absolutely care about, emotional Kay, redheaded Gawain, Morgause, the Queen of Air and Darkness... Arthur, of course, was later haunted by the the little barge o' infants that did not, in fact, contain Mordred...

I think I might need to revisit Arthur/Morgause.

Ah, their family is so very interesting and awful! ♥ Nothing really beats 'em.


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Yulefic: Strange Agonies (Carmilla/Laura)
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Ah, it's that time of year again. I'm sipping some of the (flat) leftover champagne from last night and thinking the whole thing through. After Jukebox, I swore off writing longer stories for exchanges. It wasn't worth the exhausting amount of work I have to put into it, I thought, and more words means more chances to turn the readers off. Alas, I have always been bad at following my own advice, and so for my main assignment this year, I wrote this:

Strange Agonies (15231 words) by zeen
Fandom: Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Carmilla/Laura
Characters: Laura (Carmilla), Carmilla (Carmilla), Canon Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Misses Clause Challenge, Vampires, Romantic Friendship, Or Is It?, Dubious Morality

Summary: This is the story of Laura and her lazy girlfriend; how they met, how they fell in love, and how one of them was revealed to be a centuries-old vampire countess with a burning fondness for anagrams of her own name.


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Yuletide XIII: A Grave Reckoning
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moetushie
More recs! Thirteen of them to be exact, because what's a gimmick or two amoung friends? I've tried to hit on things that haven't been recced so far, but I might not be entirety successful in that regard. Ah, well. I strongly recommend you take a gander at my gifts, especially those who are interested in canons like The Charioteer (with tentacles, naturally), Hamlet (and Horatio, at university before the whole dying thing), Design for Living (canonical threesomes!), and a really great take on the song The Highwayman (featuring a sexy highwayman, i.e. the best kind.)

Ahem. Moving on. As always, please read the tags/warnings first before determining whether a story's for you, etc, etc. Organized by fandom, hopefully alphabetically. *Crosses fingers and hopes that the linking isn't boinked.*

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