solarcat: (Merlin -- Merlin -_-)
I'm in a weird mood, f-list. I'm not sure if I'm getting sick or just feeling oddly depressed (either would be sad, but especially the last, because how can I be depressed during ~*PRIDE*~!? D= ), but in any case, I'm kind of blah at the moment.

I need your help.

Rec me something lovely.

I'm sure most of you are at least somewhat aware of my fandom/shipping preferences, so I won't bother listing everything (plus that would take a lot of time). Indulge my recent JoBros/Kradam/Bandom obsessions, or link me to your favorite Due South feel-good fic that's been around for a decade or more. I want your old jeans fic, your oversized, fuzzy sweater fic, your sweatpants-and-Ben&Jerry's fic. What's the bookmark you click when you need a little bit of happy? (And yes, 50k+ fics still count as "a little bit of happy".)

Please no: heavy angst/no-happy-ending fic, BDSM (just not in the mood), character death, similarly depressing things. I would assume this would be covered under "happy", but this is fandom. XD

And, since fair's fair, here's my Fuzzy Sweater Fic:

A Picture of Home by Wendi (Clark/Lex)

Lex-in-jeans! The mouse! The hat! It's just a cuddly, happy sort of fic. I love it. <3
solarcat: (Bandom (MikeC) -- =D)
As some of you might know, [ profile] sodamnskippy is running a Bonus-a-Thon, wherein we are celebrating our own awesome by making mixes and art for each other! (SDS is a place y'all wanna hang out. You know it's true. <3 )

Anyway, as a part of this, the lovely and immensely talented [personal profile] skoosiepants made a fanmix for my fic, Tie Your Handlebars to the Stars (And Throw Away the Map). OMG. SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS! Click the cover to go download it yourself!

Fuck This Map

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(stolen from... everyone ever. Okay, maybe just [personal profile] akire_yta and [personal profile] mayqueen517)

Ask me either a broad question (i.e 'who is your cruelest character?', 'what is your most optimistic story?') or a specific question/request ('what world does ___ come from?', 'tell me about ___') and I will answer you. Or you can ask meta- questions like 'what was the inspiration for creating ____?'
solarcat: (SPN (D/S/car) -- OT3)
SPN!Tour is a set of roadtrip itineraries based on the show "Supernatural," which airs on The CW. The main characters on the show, Sam and Dean Winchester, travel across the United States, seeking out and taking on demons, ghosts, and other dangers of the supernatural realm. Each itinerary was created with the goal of "making good time" -- you'll travel to multiple states, pull long days in the car, and spend the night in the cheapest motels you can find. The itinerary names come from songs released by the band Kansas, who gave us the ultimate Winchester anthem, "Carry On, Wayward Son." So grab some fans or friends, give the old Impala an oil change, and hit the road. And remember -- driver picks the music.
--From the brochure. Yes, we have a brochure.

You know you all want in on this, so head on over to [ profile] spntour and check it out! We will be leaving from Richardson, TX on December 27th (gathering on the 26th) and heading out for a two-week roadtrip across 9 states, hitting locations from 10 episodes of Supernatural, plus Lawrence, KS, and Roswell, NM (just for fun!) before landing back in Richardson on January 8th.

Our dream is to have multiple cars full of fangirls, traveling down the open road and communicating via an awesome walkie-talkie network, staying in cheap motels and eating crappy diner food and having a seriously cool adventure together. (Doesn't that sound awesome? Don't you want in on this? Yes, you do. Go to [ profile] spntour and join us!)

(Even if you can't join us, please consider spreading the word? We're really doing this by word-of-mouth, so if you have f-listers who might be interested, please let them know about us!)
solarcat: (Bandom (Mike/Kevin) -- Skippy!)
OKAY. I have decided to be a crazy person, so.


If I got tickets, who would be interested in going to the JoBros concert on Wednesday, August 25th, with me?

All you would need to do is pay for your ticket and get to Boston. I can provide transportation to the venue (Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA), and an apartment to crash at for the night if you live far enough away that getting home the night after the concert would be an issue.

Unfortunately I don't actually know how much tickets are going for yet. (I'm kind of planning to join the fan club so I can get in on the pre-sale, but I want to know if there's anyone else interested before I go TOO insane! *g* ) But if you're interested, can you give me an idea of your price range as well? The Comcast Center is a pretty good venue; there aren't really any hideous seats, imho.

SO. WHO IS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS INSANITY? Fair warning that I will probably spend most of the time talking about how Kevin and Mike are MFEO. *cough*
solarcat: (Entourage -- Hug It Out)
Hey, y'all! It has come to my attention that I have nearly 300 people friended, and a good number of those are mutual friends. I am also aware that I am no longer active in some fandoms I used to be very active in, and I'm very active in some fandoms I used to blatantly dislike (goddamn you, bandom, for winning me over! XD ).

As such, I am declaring this week to be De-Friending Amnesty Week on my journals, both LJ and DW.

What this means is that if you, for whatever reason, would like to de-friend my journals, you are more than welcome to do so, and I promise I won't hold it against you, or wonder what I did, or start some wankfest about how you don't love me.

I've also done a small friends-cut of my own; if you've been cut and would like to be added back, feel free to comment.

Comments are screened, so feel free to drop me a line if you're leaving, or if you're staying, or for whatever reason. (Commenting is NOT required! If you're totally sick of me and just want to de-friend, that's completely OK.)


PS--You're always allowed to de-friend me if you're sick of seeing me around, but I know that can be awkward for some people, which is why I have declared this Amnesty Week. <3
solarcat: (Pundits -- Keith/Anderson)
My last post wasn't really an appropriate place for it, but I would like to take a moment to say Thank You!!! to my anonymous LJ-gifter! Thanks for the milk & cookies! You are a lovely person! \0/

Move Out!

Mar. 11th, 2010 08:04 am
solarcat: (dS (F/K) -- Strange Bedfellows)
"They have called this day the Eleventh of March. And whomsoever of you gets through this day, unless you are shot in the head or somehow slain, you will stand at tiptoe when e'er you hear the name again! And you will get excited at the name, March the Eleventh! We happy few, we few, we band of brothers. Our names will be as like, household names. And those who are not here, be they sleeping or doing something else, they will feel themselves... sort of crappy, because they are not here to, to join the fight! On this day, the Eleventh of March!"

New Fic!

Feb. 28th, 2010 11:40 am
solarcat: (SGA (McShep) -- Pier)
Title: Physics Error #36
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Pairing: McShep
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 545
Summary: The fully indexed and cross-referenced database of all the scientific errors in Wormhole X-Treme! serves no actual purpose whatsoever (except to make Rodney feel better that at least someone noticed all the ways in which the show got it wrong, wrong, wrong), but everyone needs a hobby.
Notes: For [personal profile] ocelotspots, because the ideas we have at 3AM are sometimes too fun not to write. *g*
solarcat: (Bandom (Pete) -- Nun)
Hey guys! Know I haven't updated in a while, but I figured I'd give everyone on ye olde f-list a heads-up that my workplace is hiring. Two of my coworkers officially handed in their resignations this week (we wish them the best of luck at their new jobs!), so we are hiring!

Yes, okay, there is a lot of Jesus, and knowledge of Catholicism is required (since it's... y'know, a CATHOLIC publisher). But if you fit the bill and are in the area, it's a nice workplace, the benefits are great (lots of paid vacation time! health insurance! \0/ ), and hey, I'm here! Can't beat that. XD

ANYWAY, job postings are here:

Editorial Projects Coordinator:

Associate Children's Editor:
(Note: This job description may be edited in the near future; the editor who is leaving says it is not complete/updated, so they probably popped it up online as fast as they could. This is a BIG job--we only have one other Children's editor. Together they handle our entire children's publishing department. The job includes acquisitions and developmental editing of books for children ages 0-12, basically.)

If you're in the Boston area, in publishing, and are looking for a job, you might want to take a look! (But seriously. You have to be Catholic, or able to fake it really, really well. This place is run by nuns, you work with nuns, and all our publishing is for a Catholic audience. There is a large statue of Jesus in our entryway. NOT KIDDING ABOUT THE CATHOLIC PART.)

NOTE: If this doesn't fit you but you know someone who might be interested, PLEASE feel free to link them! This is a public post. And they need people NOW, so they will be hiring quickly. Get your resume in NOW.
solarcat: (SC (Bernard) -- =))
Just stopping by to say Happy Christmas (or Whatever!) to all my f-listers and any lurkers who haven't said "hi" yet!

We're getting some sleet and ice, but hopefully it'll clear up a bit before we head down to family Christmas at my grandparents' place.

Best to everyone, especially those who don't particularly enjoy the holiday. *hugs* Take care, guys!

All my love,

solarcat: (Gen -- Pants Down)
Default icons.

Most of us have them, I would venture. But in changing my default icon recently, I got to thinking about how we choose default icons.

I know that in some cases, I associate icons with people almost as strongly as I associate their online handles (which is saying something, since in many cases the only name I have for someone is their online handle!). For example, long before I was friends with [ profile] sansets, I knew her default icon (and in fact I had a moment of "Oh, hey, YOU!" during the friending process, which I am admitting here only because it's relevant to the topic at hand *shame*). BTW, [ profile] sansets? You are never allowed to change your icon, or I will have to hurt you~, okay? All my <3, Me.

That's just a tiny example, but I was thinking about it. What impact does a default icon have? Do we draw conclusions about users based on their default icon? If, for instance, a default icon isn't overly polished, or if it's pixelated, or hard to read, or not 100x100px, or any number of other things that might be considered "faults", does that affect our perception of the user the icon is representing?

I guess I'm pondering this because icons ARE representational in the LJ/DW-verse, where we often communicate solely by text. The icons a we use may be the only visual representation of us that our friends and acquaintances see.

So besides the question of perception (that is, what impact do you think others' icons/icon choices have on your perceptions of them), I'm also wondering what, if any, consideration goes into selecting your own default icon. Have you had the same icon for years and years, or does it change more frequently? Do you prefer a more general image for your default, or is it a fandom-based icon? Do you mean your icon to make any sort of statement, or represent something about you?

Because I always try to do a bit of self-analysis when I do these sorts of posts, I guess I'll take a look at my own icon, as well as my perception of others'.

Cut to Save Your F-lists! )

Hi there, [community profile] metafandomers! Yipe, okay, so my email didn't bother to give me comments all day yesterday; I didn't mean to ignore all of you!! D= I can't guarantee I'll reply to everybody, I think I'm just gonna hang out and participate in the discussion, at this point, but I really appreciate all of you taking the time to read and share your opinions! Also, I want to make it clear that by making this post, I'm not trying to insult anyone! Your icon is your personal choice; I'm interested in why and/or how you made that choice. *g*
solarcat: (Bandom (Pete) -- Nun)
Title: Zombies Ate Your Idols (They Were Delicious)
Fandom: Bandom (MCR) / American Idol 8
Author: [ profile] solar_cat
Pairing: Adam/Kris pre-slash (with hints of Adam/Kris/Katy?), Frank/Gerard stage!(?)gay (No, seriously, no one has any actual sex so I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS IS. D= )
Rating: PG-13.
Wordcount: ~3,200
Warnings: Highly unrealistic. This would never actually happen. Like, really, never.

Summary: In which Gerard Way takes a stand against discrimination, Adam Lambert discovers the importance of dice, Kris Allen is not kidnapped against his will, and the folks at 19E learn to love the stage!(?)gay. Welcome to the Zombies Ate Your Idols tour, 2010!

Notes: Huge THANK YOU!!! to [ profile] zeenell and [ profile] b_dsaint for their truly phenomenal beta work, without which this fic would be even MORE implausible and ridiculous. <3!

[[Cross-posted to [ profile] idolslash and [ profile] bandslashmania]]

Zombies Ate Your Idols (They Were Delicious)
solarcat: (Bandom (Pete) -- Nun)
I wrote more fic! And yes, I have committed bandom again. I will repent of my sins... um... someday? XD

Title: Spyro! (Or, The One Where Spencer is a Small Purple Dragon)
Author: [profile] solar_cat
Fandom: Bandom: PATD/TYV, FoB, tiny amounts of CS and TAI.
Pairing: PATD/TYV GSF, minor Pete/Patrick, hints of Gabe/William
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~9,000
Warnings: Ridiculousness. Author who has read too much Discworld. Scarves?

Summary: It took Spencer approximately five seconds to realize he had wings.

Notes: This fic is entirely [profile] monroe_nell's fault. She commented on Twitter about how the shorthand for Spencer/Ryan was "Spyro", which only made her think about the video games. To which I replied, well, obviously Spencer Smith is a small purple dragon! And then suddenly I was writing this fic. XD Except, of course, I'm a huge Spencer/Brendon shipper, so my only recourse was to make it GSF. Sorry, "Spyro" OTP-ers! XD Remarkably, I have written self-indulgent fic with a plot! I am amazed at myself! \0/

HUGE thanks go out to [profile] monroe_nell and [personal profile] sansets for their endless enthusiasm for this fic! I couldn't have done it without you! <333


Which means I get to do THIS:

23772 / 50000 words. 48% done!

WHOOO-HOOO!!!!\0/ \0/ \0/ I BROKE 20k!!!! HELL YES!!! \0/ \0/ \0/
solarcat: (Bandom (Pete) -- Nun)
That's right. I committed bandom fic. *hangs head* Well, no going back now.

Title: Vampires Will Never Hurt You (But I Make No Promises About Zombies)
Author: [ profile] solar_cat
Fandom: Bandom | MCR
Pairing: Frank/Gerard pre-slash
Rating: G
Wordcount: 1420
Warnings: None that I can think of. Elementary school!AU? Is that a warning?

Summary: Gerard clenches his fists tighter. "It's a disease," he says defensively.

Notes: So I had this idea for a fic where Gerard and Frank are in elementary school and Gerard has this disease that makes him kind of like a vampire, but Frank thinks it's kind of cool and also Gerard draws pictures of zombie massacres. This would be that fic. XD Great liberties have been taken with the fabric of reality. Many, many thanks to [ profile] monroe_nell for the encouragement and for looking this over for me! <3

Seriously, you should watch out for zombies...

And hey, combining posts!

14772 / 50000 words. 30% done!
solarcat: (Gen -- Pen & Ink)
Okay. I'm ready for it. I have my hard, writerly skin on and am prepared for all comments. *gulp* Please be honest! I promise I can take it. *will stay strong*

solarcat: (SPN (D/S/car) -- OT3)
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Sam and Dean. <3
solarcat: (Default)
I am taking a break to read Big Bang fic. I am not admitting which BB, for reasons of personal safety. XD (Well, okay, the tags rather give it away, actually.)

But if I don't reply to you on the meta post right away, that would be why. I promise I will do my best to respond to stuff later on!


solarcat: (Gen -- Blue Keys)
((Note: This post is semi-related to the discussion about warnings and triggers that has been going on. For other people's much more informative and well-thought posts on these subjects, see metafandom.))

I hope this post isn't triggery, but I don't have triggers of my own that I've found, so I can't be sure. Please enter at your own risk.

Here is My Question, Relating to Dub-Con, Non-Con, Rape, and the Fannish Definitions Thereof. PLEASE AVOID AS NECESSARY FOR YOUR OWN MENTAL HEALTH. )

(I will pre-emptively ask that everyone in the comments be respectful of one another, especially if/when disagreeing. I will not delete comments, but I reserve the right to freeze threads if necessary to keep this journal a relatively free space for discourse. Thank you.)

(ETA: For the sake of those who like to follow multiple discussions:
Dreamwidth version of this post (with comments): HERE
LiveJournal version of this post (with comments): HERE
Both are public, feel free to participate in either, both, or neither as you like. ^^ )
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The plan is to meet at Park Street! We are thinking of Cheesecake Factory for food! THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!

Meetup details here:



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