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because my dear [personal profile] ipreferaviators requested hockey fic recs, but no primers. I have thus defaulted to pretty much a list of links what you should click. >.>;;;


Sidney Crosby/Evgeni "Geno" Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) | Primarily for the times you need some adorable pining, oblivious boys, interfering friends (who all happen to be Russian), etc. The epic tale of a Canadian hockey robot and the goofy Russian puppy who loves him. <3 (I think the warnings on this one are a bit -- too warning-y? I was almost scared off, and then I read it and was like, ??? o_0? YMMV, of course!)

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)/Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) | Supposedly "rivals", awesome hockey players, polar opposites. Somehow it... works? (<-- MUST READ.)

Eric Staal/Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes) | The Captain and The Rookie. Go-to for the long AUs full of pining. (Pining may be a ~thing~, shut up.) Some power imbalance issues, but mainly the ones that make them go, "But I CAN'T, it would be WRONG! :( " and then their teammates/friends/brothers do a lot of eyerolling.


AUs: (the nanny!Jeff fic) (the runaway!Jeff fic)

Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) | BFFs who might possibly bone a lot, in between fighting about how much the other one sucks at life and shit. Also it's TAEVES, not TOES, tyvm. Buddyfucking, a decent amount of pining when they are buddies who WANT to be fucking instead of just doing it, stupid boys being stupid, a smattering of kidfic. We love their stupid faces, except when we hate them.

...aaaaand I'm stopping there because that should take a while to get through. :)
solarcat: (SC (Bernard) -- *smirk*)
SO... I have come out of hibernation to say MERRY CHRISTMAS (or whatever y'all celebrate, it's all good), and also...


Specifically, that Bernard/Charlie fic that's been on my WIPs list since 2008. I KNOW.


Go read it. And stuff. <3
solarcat: (Gen -- Pen & Ink)
A few weeks ago, I bought a book, either at Newbury Comics or at the Borders closing sale, but where I got it doesn't particularly matter. It sat on my shelf for a while, and then, because I've been in a book reading mood lately, I picked it up again. I started reading it during my lunch break yesterday, and kept reading in the evening until I had devoured the whole thing. It was amazing, and so, I decided I should recommend it to all of you, since many of you may agree with me.

Title: Objects of Worship
Author: Claude Lalumière
ISBN: 978-0-9812978-2-8
It's also apparently available for Kindle; I don't know about other eBook stores.

Objects of Worship is a collection of short stories, and to say they are "creepy" would be to both understate the point and misrepresent them in some ways. The author hails from Montreal, or thereabouts, so many of the stories take place in Montreal or feature Canadian characters. The characters themselves represent a broad range; women and men, varying ethnicities, varying time periods. Some are zombies. Some are superheroes. Some are gods. They inhabit our world, alternate worlds, a future where zombies farm 'fleshies' (leading, of course, to natural concern for animal rights). The stories contain a strange mixture of the erotic and the grotesque, and shies away from neither. If you like that sort of thing, you'll probably adore this book as much as I did.

It's hard to describe the stories without giving away the most intriguing parts, the parts that are the most fun to discover for yourself. I think perhaps it suffices to say that the narrative voice is fully immersed in the world of the story. When we meet George and Raymond, we are given their worldview--their happiness at their choice to adopt a fleshie child; how lovely it is to hear the sound of his screams every day. We meet Cleo and her lovers--West, Assaad, Patrice and Tamara--and their children; Sonya, and Njàbò, who might be a god. We meet the survivors of a sudden ice age. We meet Coro the lame, who dreams of flying with the warriors of the Green Blue and Brown God and so, goes on a journey across the flat earth. We meet a retired fisherman, who gets tangled up with heroes and gods after he sees a woman walk into the poisoned sea.

Every world is fully realized; they're rich and vibrant and disturbing all at the same time--real worlds full of impossible things. It is hard to do this in a novel, and I would venture even harder to accomplish in short story format, with such limited space to explore. Lalumière does it by presenting the fantastical through the lens of the mundane. Rose and Sara argue over whether Sara takes proper care of their household god. The son of a superhero fights with his brother, who cannot reconcile his religion with his powers. George and Raymond want a family.

The writing is flowing and evocative when it needs to be, and sparse when it needs to be. Some of the stories are linked together, existing in the same world. Things like stores and titles of comic books connect them, and there are more subtle connections as well. Despite the broad range of the book, it remains a cohesive whole, suitable to curl up with and read straight through, though the short story format allows the reader to take it in bite-sized chunks or skip around at leisure.

If you enjoy comic books, mythology, Lovecraft, speculative fiction, or zombies (or, preferably, all of those), I think you'll find things to love about Objects of Worship. I found it absolutely enthralling, and it's rare anymore that I find something I put firmly into the "couldn't put it down" category. I highly recommend this book; it's a truly imaginative and unique collection.

A final note:
All of this said, it's important to note that there are elements in the book that are disturbing, possibly to the point of being triggering to some readers. Please proceed with caution. I will note for the record that there is no rape, though there is some imagery that might be considered sexualized violence (Note: it is REALLY hard to describe this book without spoiling everything...), and no graphic depictions of self-harm. There is, however, a certain loving attention to gore in some places (though always within the context of the story--there's no torture porn), and some animal harm (again, within context, but it's there). If you know you have certain triggers and would like fair warning, I would be happy to answer any specific questions either in the comments or via PM or email.
solarcat: (Bandom (Pete) -- Nun)
Hey, all! So, because I fail and stuff, I have extra tickets to several upcoming shows that may be of interest to people. I have the tickets in-hand, and I'm selling the spares for face value (listed); you can either meet me at the venue or I can try to mail them or something, but if I'm mailing them I'll need Paypal ahead of time. Otherwise, either Paypal or cash-at-the-door is fine.

SHOWS! \0/
(All tickets are General Admission/SRO. As far as I know they aren't actually sold out? But hey, you don't have to fight with Ticketmaster and/or Ticketweb, so that might be a bonus. *shrug*)

Travie McCoy with BlackCards, Donnis, XV, Bad Rabbits
Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
All Ages
Tuesday, March 22. Doors open at 6pm, show at 6:30.
Tickets available: 2
Face value: $16.50 + $6.50 = $23.00
This also happens to be my birthday, so before the show you will find me at Sunset Cantina, just down the block, having a birthday dinner. Anyone who can read this is welcome to attend that, btw. <3

Patrick Stump
Great Scott, Allston MA
18+, ID required
Tuesday, April 5. 7pm.
Tickets available: 2
Face value: $20.00 + $4.13 = $24.00
really ticketweb? 13 cents? o_0?

My Chemical Romance
I've got two tickets to the House of Blues show in Boston, but I'm 99.9% sure these have already been claimed. However, I can't remember which of you claimed them (though I've got a mental list of likely suspects... <3 ). If you own one of these, please comment or email me or tweet at me or something so I don't have to go crazy wondering? TY! <3 <3 <3 I promise to write down your names this time!
solarcat: (Bandom (MikeC) -- =D)
I think you guys should ask me questions about any of my fics. Like, thinky thoughts (MY FAVORITE) or even "WHY ON EARTH DID YOU DO THIS, IT'S BEEN DRIVING ME CRAZY" and such.
via [ profile] akire_yta

I am in a write-y mood, so I'm all for talking about my fics! (Plus these things seem to be where all my sequels come from... *looks at [ profile] psuedo_catalyst* )
solarcat: (Gen -- Belly)
Because Twitter was not the ideal environment for this sort of discussion topic...

Safe Sex & Porn

Readers, what is YOUR take on the topic of safe-sex practices in porn? (Fic porn, filmed porn, whatever.) Does it turn you on/off? What about a distinct LACK of safe-sex practices in your porn? Do you sit there thinking, No condom?? >:( or UNF. I WILL BE IN MY BUNK!? Are certain unsafe-sex practices kinks and others total turn-offs? Is it sexy when Character A says "I forgot the condoms" and Character B says "Do it anyway", or do you cringe and hit the back button?

LET US TALK ABOUT WHAT TURNS US ON. FOR ~*SCIENCE*~! (Or, y'know, just because it's fun. XD )

My two cents... )

(Please feel free to discuss/debate/talk about your differing opinions. I trust you guys to respect each other, and each other's kinks! <3 )

ETA: Hi there, metafandomers! You're more than welcome to throw your two cents in! Additionally, this post is mirrored on LJ here, if you are interested in the comments there, or prefer commenting on LJ. <3
solarcat: (Gen -- Pen & Ink)
I have come to the sad realization that my WIPs folder really contains very little in the way of PWP and/or short-and-porny prompts/ideas/fics of any kind. As I procrastinate on my longer, plottier WIPs by writing porn, this is a PROBLEM, of the highest order. SO.

With this in mind; PROMPTS PLEASE? =D?

I'm mostly looking for Mike Carden/Kevin Jonas, but y'all know basically what I write, I guess.

Also willing to write MCR, Panic!, etc (no Brendon/Ryan, thanks), and for those of you not even in western media, I feel like I could probably do Petshop of Horrors (WTF am I saying? I would LOVE to do Petshop of Horrors!) and maybe Gundam Wing or HikaGo? The usual pairings, you all know what's up. <3

Um. I should also say that I'm not guaranteeing fics for anything? I'm woefully bad at that. But I'm in serious need of prompts, so. NOW IS THE TIME, IF YOU EVER WANTED ME TO WRITE SOMETHING. >.>;;;
solarcat: (Gen -- Blue Keys)
Oh, I am woefully late. But here, at last, is my wrap-up of 2010's writing endeavors, and final, year-end wordcount! \0/

Fics What I Published in 2010 )

This was obviously the Year of Skippy, with Mike Carden/Kevin Jonas fics making up the majority of my wordcount, and of my fannish efforts in general. I am still very much in love with Skippy, and have a bunch of Skippy WIPs that I'll be working on in 2011, so it looks like this might be another Year of Skippy, though with a bit of Frank/Gerard on the side. *G*

All of which brings my wordcount for 2010 to a grand total of:

76950 / 75000

76,950 WORDS!

Which means I beat my self-imposed wordcount goal for the year by ~1,950 words! \0/ GO ME!

Considering that in 2009 I only managed to write about 27,000 words, and at the time I considered that seriously impressive, I am so incredibly proud of myself. Now to keep it up! I don't think I'll up my goal for 2011; if I can hit 75k for the year again, I will count myself a successful and goal-meeting person. :)

I would post a WIP roundup, but those take kind of forever to do, and I need to go to sleep soon. So I'll post a fresh, 2011 WIP roundup soon-ish. *G*
solarcat: (Gen -- Blue Keys)
Way, way back, when I was but a wee baby!bandomer (AKA August, 2009), I wrote a little Frank/Gerard-ish fic called Vampires Will Never Hurt You (But I Make No Promises About Zombies)

This fic was, in a word, ridiculous. It sprang from this idea I had about wee!Gerard who had a disease that made him kind of like a vampire (he can't go out in the sun), and wee!Frank who thinks wee!Gerard is THE MOST AWESOME PERSON ON EARTH, and their adorable fourth-grade love. It was only 1,400 words, and an elementary school AU, and while I did get some lovely feedback when I posted it, and I was a bit in love with my wee!boys, I moved on to other parts of bandom and didn't exactly forget about Vampires, but I mostly put it behind me as a first effort in bandom, and a cute enough little fic for what it was.

Fast forward.

This evening, I posted the sequel to Vampires. It's called You Only Hear the Music When Your Heart Begins to Break, and it's 13,700 words of high school fic set in the same universe.

There is really only one reason that this fic exists at all, and that's because [ profile] psuedo_catalyst asked me about what high school held for my Vampires versions of Frank and Gerard, and got me thinking about it, and then proceeded to be very excited every time I talked about it after that. (Which just goes to show that if you want fic from me, clearly the way to go about it is to actually ask me stuff when I post writing questions memes. XD )

Now, I LOVE that, okay, totally love that anyone would like my silly little fic enough to want a sequel that much. But I probably wouldn't have devoted a post to it, not really, but then [ profile] isweedan mentioned something very similar tonight on Twitter, and I just felt the need to post about it.

Because it's AWESOME, of course, but also a little weird to me, that people not only read my little elementary school AU, but really did like it, and even remember it.

I'm not even sure what the point of this post is, other than that I am mystified when stuff like this happens, because I don't think of myself as the sort of person whose fics people remember, or demand sequels to. So it's weird to me, but it also means so much, and makes me so happy when people tell me stuff like that.

So perhaps the point of this post is to encourage everyone: if you like someone's stuff, comment and say so.

I'm not going to claim I'm perfect at this myself, because I'm not. But even though it's not New Year's yet, I think I'm making that my resolution. I will try to be better about telling people when I really love their stories, because I know how much it means to me to hear things like that. It's amazing what the smallest comment can do to make someone feel good and happy and valued.
solarcat: (Xmas -- Snowflake)
This is a post full of thanks, to awesome people who are awesome and kind and fantastic and generally lovely. <3

Thanks go out to:

[ profile] callmetothejedi for the Target gift card and a copy of Indian Bunny, ZOMG HOW AWESOME IS LIFE??? <3 <3 <3

[personal profile] sofiaviolet for the U-Haul gift certificate. <3

[ profile] mayqueen517 for the awesome TAI... icons. <3
I'm still trying to decide which ones to use!!! SO MANY CHOICES, ALL OF THEM AWESOME, ZOMG.

Anonymous Lovely Person for the Lane Bryant gift card. <3

You are all wonderful. Thank you so much!! *big hugs to everyone*
solarcat: (Xmas -- Candy Canes)
Step One
- Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Harry/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real-life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Step Two
- Surf around your friends list (or friend’s friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
- You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not - it's your call.
- There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Christmas Wishes )

solarcat: (Gen -- Blue Keys)
I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! Or ask your flist to ask you questions.

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? And so on.

Meme via [ profile] mizzmarvel

Ask away! I kind of over-think EVERYTHING in my stories, so if you have a question, there is probably an amusing and/or "Frankie is lame" anecdote to answer it. XD
solarcat: (Bandom (Pete) -- Nun)
So as many of you know, I work for a small publishing house. I come to you today with a question that is relevant to my work, and I ask that you please spread the link to anyone you know who would be able to weigh-in on this issue.

We recently positioned an upcoming middle-grade fiction title, the third in a series. As part of that meeting, we determine our cover concept. The cover concept for this title involves the main characters in a cafeteria setting at their junior high school. However, this is the first time all of the main characters have been featured on the cover. We're excited to finally be able to depict them on the cover, but we want to make sure we're doing it right.

So, I come to you today, LJ, to respectfully ask your opinions on a question of hair. One of the main characters of the series is a 12-year-old African-American girl, from a middle-class family living in the Midwest.

I will put it bluntly--our editorial staff is made up of Catholic nuns, none of whom are black, and white women. We have no practical knowledge of the style of hair this girl would be likely to have. We are aware that hair can be a highly-charged topic for African-Americans, and we are trying to determine (again, to put it bluntly) the safest option we have for this cover. While we realize that it is impossible to please everyone all the time, we're hoping that by doing some research and asking around, we can determine the hopefully least-offensive route to take, here. Everyone was very excited to finally have all the characters on the cover of the book, but we don't want to fuck it up.

We would be grateful for any input on this matter. (And I apologize if I've inadvertently phrased something poorly.)
solarcat: (Bandom (GeeWay) -- why are you blond?)

solarcat: (Gen -- Blue Keys)
I know it's simply an artifact of a simpler time on the internet, but am I the only one who gets blindsided by fics that use the old system of fic-length measurement?

Because, okay, there is a BIG difference between the following:



Can you all see the difference?

The difference is about 175,000 words of content, give or take.

I guess my annoyance comes from the fact that a fic is, to me, an investment. I choose to invest in THIS fic experience over THAT fic experience on the basis of factors X, Y, and Z. Maybe X (the fandom/pairing) is the same, but Y (the genre/trope) is different. So I pick the Y I am interested in at the moment. Easy! But if X and Y are the same, I am wildly more likely to pick THIS over THAT because THIS has a Z (wordcount) of 200,000, while THAT has a Z of 30,000.

Both, in this case, are awesomely long, which makes them full of win (I will NEVER knock a 30k story for being too short!!). But when I'm out looking for that big Z, the massive, super-epic fic, it's something of a disappointment to realize that you've misread the old system (200KB) for the new system (200k). And it doesn't even matter the quality of the fic! It could be the greatest fic in the universe! I will STILL be disappointed, because my EXPECTATION in terms of wordcount was much, much higher than what I actually got.

Which is why, my dear friends, I ask you to be careful when labeling fic recs. Sometimes the author has used the old system. Maybe it's an older fic. Maybe they're just used to the KB system instead of the k=thousand system. Whatever, it's all good.

But for the love of jeebus, PLEASE don't just label a "KB" story with: (number)~K

/Public Service Announcement
solarcat: (Bandom (MikeC) -- =D)
After seeing the TAI... show last night and actually getting to meet Mike, I am overcome with the need to show my love in a non-fourth-wall-breaking, non-creeptastic sort of way. SO! A picspam. Because the world needs to be aware that Mike Carden is a hugely adorable dork. <3
(Actual picspam is on my fic journal; sorry for the crossposting, those of you who are following both + [ profile] sodamnskippy!)

solarcat: (Bandom (MikeC) -- =D)
Last night, [ profile] zeenell, [ profile] psuedo_catalyst and I saw The Academy Is... in Portland, Maine, and it was maybe one of the best concerts I've been to. The venue was smaller than my apartment, and we were basically in the second/third row from the stage? Despite sitting with the parents for both of the openers. YEAH. Plus, we were on the Carden side of the stage, so I got to spend the show probably-not-so-sekritly admiring his Carden-ness. From about two feet away.

Guys, Mike really does have the dorkiest smile ever. Also he doesn't stand still on stage for more than a couple of seconds, and is clearly at least in guy-love with everyone in his band.

Ramblings about how awesome TAI... is under here! \0/ )

Okay, so now the bit everyone is actually here for: Pictures! \0/ Like I said, my pics with Mike (T____T) and Sisky (also T___T ) didn't come out, but my pic with Bill did, so yay! for that. =D And, y'know, I took all the other ones, so it's like I'm there in spirit. *gets her Tom Conrad on* Mostly the lighting was just really bad. Damn you, rotation of the Earth!! *shakes fist* But I tried to lighten these up in Photoshop enough that you can see them.

Pics under here! )

Post is public for the moment, but please don't swipe pics for re-posting anywhere, unless of course you are featured in said pictures. XD

OH SHIT I ALMOST FORGOT! Check out the ridiculously awesome ISWC membership card [ profile] psuedo_catalyst made me!!! Isn't it the most amazing thing in the history of things??

solarcat: (I'll (Hiiragi) -- stfu)
My friends, my lovely roommate [ profile] zeenell/[personal profile] zeenell and I are having a little debate about who gets to Judge who, here. Please help us resolve it through ticky boxes?? =D?

Poll #3580 A Very Important Debate
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Access List, participants: 45

How many times have you taken this poll?

29 (69.0%)

7 (16.7%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

Both of you are insane
14 (33.3%)

Ticky box! \0/
22 (52.4%)

Which is worse? (Yes, you can only pick one. CHOOSE WISELY.)

Jonas Brothers fic
4 (9.5%)

Fic wherein Hagrid uses baby!Harry as a dildo
38 (90.5%)


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