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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MEETUP IS SCHEDULED FOR 3PM ON SATURDAY, JULY 11TH.

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: http://myselftheliar.livejournal.com/1772523.html

GO RSVP, MY MINIONS FRIENDS!! \0/
solarcat: (Gen -- Blue Keys)
(Look how I still don't have a Star Trek icon! Now it's almost becoming a point of pride. I worry about myself. >.>)

Okay, so here's the thing. I am a WIP hater. Mostly, I will admit, because I always doubt that the author plans to actually finish the story (no, I'm not projecting, why would you say tha--- oh. right. *ahem*). But these are two WIPs from two authors who have proven themselves reliable. And the fics are so good that even if for some strange reason (meteor strike, zombie apocalypse, what-have-you) they're never finished, they will STILL HAVE BEEN WORTH STALKING. <3

So here we go!

Two Amazing WIPs You Should Be Stalking Like Crazy )

So there you go! Now get to stalking, people! Go, go!! \0/
solarcat: (Merlin -- i c whut u did thar :\)
For anyone out there who likes pretty fanart, and who probably hasn't seen these...

You all need to go check out DYKC's gallery. For it contains pretty.

http://dykc.deviantart.com/gallery/#fanart-for-series


I discovered this while trying to find a PetShop of Horrors fanartist, and curious to see what else this person had drawn (I found them while searching PSoH, and if you go to their main gallery, there are a couple of gorgeous PSoH pics), I clicked the "Fanart for Series" section.

UNEXPECTED MERLIN WAS UNEXPECTED. LIKEWISE UNEXPECTED WINCHESTERS. BUT I AM HAPPY WITH THIS RESULT! \0/
solarcat: (Default)
I promised, and so I shall deliver. ^^

Eliot Fics! Yay! )

In other news, I need Leverage icons. >.>
solarcat: (Merlin -- MiniMerlinCon)
Yes, I know, I am lame. I totally promised this ages ago, and it's not even going to be complete! Argh! Since I'm doing this at work, I can't add the bit about how to get those nifty little crown and shield icons for people ([livejournal.com profile] solar_cat) and communities ([livejournal.com profile] minimerlin). But I will post again and edit this with a link, or something, once I'm back on my beloved laptop. <3


So! MiniMerlin 2009! \0/

Thursday, Because That's When the Story Starts )

Friday, Which Was More Epic Than Expected! )

Saturday Night, MMC Presents: Fangirls Gone Wild! )

Sunday! Sunday! )

And Then We Ended up in Manhattan )

All in all? There were certainly some kinks that will need to be worked out for the next MMC, but we had a lot of fun! I'm really proud of how well it went, all things considered, particularly considering we had nearly 40 attendees (which is double what I originally thought the maximum would be!).

Special Thanks To: )

...I'm sure I'm forgetting someone who did something awesome. But really, a big thanks to everyone for being so great and so understanding and amazing to one another and to me--I really could not have pulled this off without everyone coming together and really wanting this to work. I honestly don't have words, so have a big *HUG* from me, and know that I appreciate every tiny little thing you guys did to help MMC '09 run smoothly.

I promise, MMC '10 will be even better! =D


Oh my god I just spent TWO HOURS writing this. 0_0
solarcat: (Merlin -- MiniMerlinCon)
This is [livejournal.com profile] solar_cat, on behalf of myself, [livejournal.com profile] ocelotspots and [livejournal.com profile] bewarethesmirk, signing off! We are headed to pick up our rental car now, and we will see you all at MiniMerlin 2009!! \0/





(Call me on my cell if you need me! Number provided in a previous MMC post!)
solarcat: (Merlin -- Ah-ah-ah nooooooo mine thx)
MiniMerlin Boston Carpool Folks!
We have directions (courtesy of Google Maps, with helpful assistance from Sister S.), and we will be picking [livejournal.com profile] mirimeneume up about an hour after we leave Boston, with another 5 hours or so left to the journey after that. My father is picking up our tab for lunch, so yay! \0/
Your share of the car rental fee comes to about $27, but if you could throw in an extra $10 or $20 for gas, that would rock. ;D


MiniMerlin Roommate-type Folks!
(This would be [livejournal.com profile] ocelotspots, [livejournal.com profile] shinetheway and [livejournal.com profile] gblvr, btw.)
As you should hopefully be aware, your share of the room is $75 each for the weekend! If you could have this in cash, that would be most excellent, as I will then be able to pay a lot of the room cost in cash and not have to put so much on my CC. =)


MiniMerlin Everyone!
Randomly, I don't think I ever mentioned that the hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool (towels provided). So feel free to bring your suits if you like! (We can re-enact "The Gates of Avalon"! XD ) This isn't like, an activity or anything. I just realized I'd never mentioned it. XDDD


Con Suite Food/Etc Listing Thingie )


Solarcat's To Do List )
solarcat: (SPN -- Castiel)
(I swear I will write that post about my awesome weekend and how awesome it was. Just... later. This first!)


A geometry for spirits by [livejournal.com profile] aesc
Castiel/Dean, PG13, spoilers for 4x16: On the Head of a Pin

Reasons for Rec are Kinda Spoilery, so Under the Cut )

Fic is here: http://aesc.livejournal.com/370624.html

You read now. =3
solarcat: (Merlin -- Ah-ah-ah nooooooo mine thx)
Yes, MiniMerliners, your coordinator procrastinates a lot! XD

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The MiniMerlin 2009 Vid Show Needs Your Help!

Attendees (and anyone else reading this!), please link me to your favorite Merlin vids!

I've already got a lot, but please feel free to rec anything, even if you're sure that "everyone's already seen that one". My own vid preferences tend to skew dramatically Merlin/Arthur-ward, so any gen, het, femslash or other!slash vids would be great! Most of our attendees are Merlin/Arthur shippers, but this is meant to be a Merlin con, not a Merlin slash con, so representation of other ships would be nice to have!


If you'd like to rec a video, please use this form!
You are welcome to rec as many vids as you like! ^^



Vid Title:
Vidder:
Pairing/Characters: (if it's an ensemble vid, just say "ensemble" or "cast")
Link: (put the full URL to the vid download post/page here)



Feel free to add any comments you want to make about the vid, why you like it, etc. I'm going to assemble a vid show with a good mix of pairings, characters, genres and song types, at least as much as possible, so we don't get bored or hit a block of ridiculously angsty vids or something. Thusly, not every vid will necessarily be shown (though I'll probably have all of them on hand if a vid doesn't make it in but people want to see it anyway XDDD ).
If a vidder has said in their post that they don't want their vid shared in this manner, it will not be included. Vidder's will rules, y'all.
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Hello, my lovely MiniMerliners! \0/

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We have only a week to go before our fantastic and wonderful mini-con kicks off, so it's time to sum up the details and put the finishing touches on this shebang!

First off, if you've missed any of the other MiniMerlin info posts, here's a handy quicklist:



Got all that? Great! Let's move on to the fine print, shall we? =3

How Can I Help?
Several of you have been so kind as to ask this question, and now is your time to shine! (Depending on your ability/availability!)

We need people to help us stock the con suite with munchies and beverages!
Philly natives would be very helpful here, but if anyone is driving in and can bring a flat of water bottles or a twelve pack of Coke or a bag of Tostitos or some Oreos or Chex Mix or apples or bagels or whatvever, that would be fantastic! But please refrain from bringing things that need to be refrigerated, unless you plan to bring the refrigerator! We are like Bradley--we are not allowed to have milk!

If you're interested, PLEASE COMMENT ON THIS POST with what you're thinking of bringing and an approximate budget. (Please don't buy anything until I give you the greenlight!! I don't want to show up at the con and realize that twenty people each brought $50 worth of junk food and we don't have enough in the budget to reimburse everyone!!)

Bring the receipts for whatever you buy with you to the con, and I'll reimburse you. I'd prefer to do this by check, since that provides a paper trail for anyone who ever questions the use of con funds, but if you prefer cash, just say so--I'll just make you sign a little piece of paper saying "SolarCat totes paid me $X for this stuff I brought to MiniMerlin" and we'll be good. (But do forewarn me, please! I don't really want to travel with hundreds of dollars in cash, so if you want cash reimbursement, please say so now so I can plan accordingly.)


We need a Vid Show!
Please go over to our Vid Show Post and link me to your favorite Merlin vids! I already have a LOT of Merlin vids for us to watch, the vast majority of which are Merlin/Arthur in nature. Do feel free to link to anything, but Gen, Femslash, Het and Other Slash vids aren't very well represented on the current list, and I'd love to have a few more for variety, if they're out there. <3


The Contact Info Cut )

The Big List of Attendees Cut )


Any Questions?
Please feel free to ask any remaining questions here! Otherwise, I can't wait to meet all of you! =D

*runs off to make that vid show post*
solarcat: (Merlin -- Arthur *snerk*)
Instead of getting to work early this morning, I decided to read fic! Yay! *is now stuck at work until 6:15, but is okay with this*

I've got a couple of insta-recs for you, my dear f-list, as a result of my failure to be punctual!


Wherein Colin is Bradley's Baby-Momma by [livejournal.com profile] ifyouweremine
Summary: “My super-potent sperm has knocked up Colin’s man-uterus with a demon child or possibly a ginger. Please help!” said Bradley.
Why the Rec? Because this is JUST AS MUCH CRACK AS YOU WOULD GUESS FROM THE TITLE AND SUMMARY, OKAY?? I seriously nearly fell off my couch laughing. This is excellent crack, and a fine pick-me-up for anyone with a 'case of the Mondays'. The bit with Colin's mum was fantastic! XDDD
http://ifyouweremine.livejournal.com/139767.html


Teaching the Indie Kids to Joust Again by [livejournal.com profile] bookshop
Summary: ~ If the Mountain will not go to the sea then the river must bring them together.~
Why the Rec? One, it's [livejournal.com profile] bookshop, whose posts never fail to bring joy to my life. Two, it's both Colin/Bradley AND Merlin/Arthur. Three, the styling of the fic is amazing. And Four, not only is it long and squee-filled, it also manages to fit some seriousness in there, just at the edges, and just enough that the stuff that happens between Colin and Bradley is meaningful. I love this fic, like, an unholy amount. The soul of my firstborn belongs to this fic, now. <3
http://bookshop.livejournal.com/963529.html



Also, I should announce--BE PREPARED, f-list!! For this here post is my 999th on this journal! And you're in for a special treat for my 1,000th post. Ohhhhh, yes. I had all sorts of plans for my 1,000th post, but they have been thrown into disarray and LULZ, and I plan to share the LULZ with you. Because I love you, f-listers. All because I love you. <3
solarcat: (Merlin -- Ah-ah-ah nooooooo mine thx)
Guys. Guys.

If you haven't already, you should go read [livejournal.com profile] flamebyrd's The Stars With You (Anytime), RIGHT NOW.

It is a Merlin space AU. Uh-huh. And it's awesome. Really, really awesome. The AU-ing of the canon is done so well; it's pretty much exactly like what Merlin would be, if it happened to be a futuristic sci-fi show instead of a semi-historical fantasy show. Also, Lancelot FTW. <3

Go! Read! \0/

http://flamebyrd.livejournal.com/225851.html
solarcat: (YGO! (Yugi) -- awesome!)
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So I don't do these writer's block things very often, but I saw this one, and since it's been asked of me before...

SolarCat.

Well, you see. Cats are, clearly, solar powered. This was conclusively proven by my cat, Oliver, who would spend large portions of the day asleep in the patch of sunlight on the dining room floor. Then, suddenly and without warning, he would get up, tear around the house like the hounds of hell were after him, generally make a nuisance of himself... and then crash right back in the same spot on the dining room floor to repeat the process.

Hence, I said to myself, "Self, he is obviously a solar-powered cat. This explains so much."

And when it came time for me to choose a less annoying username than the bastardized wapanese I was using on FF.Net, I thought back to this incident, and said to myself, "Self, that would be a fantastic username." So I used it. And then I got deeper into fannish things and people started to actually know who I was, and now if I wanted to change it I'd have to change my email and let everyone know and it'd be a pain. So I'm SolarCat for good, pretty much. Which is perfectly okay by me. ^^
solarcat: (SPN (D/C) -- Angel in America cover)
Here's the next big chunk of my SPN recs fest!

These are all Dean/Castiel, with a high chance of whumpage, fallen!Cas, h/c, angsty!Dean, and ridiculously hot angel-human sexxings. =3

Away we go!

I am NOT warning for spoilers, so assume that any of these fics may contain spoilers up through episode 4x14!

Dean/Castiel Recs! )

And, once again, to round it out, a vid rec! \0/

Title: Rescue
Vidder: castiel666 (does anyone know if this vidder is on LJ??)
Pairing: Dean/Castiel
Music: "Rescue" by Seabird
Warnings: *wibble*
Why the Rec?: I love this vid. There are a couple of moments that I don't like on a technical level, but overall? This turns me into a wibbly pile of Dean/Cas love (with a side order of Waaaaah! Sammy!! Dean!! ;_; , which is really par for the course, though). Just, YES. This is exactly it. <3
I found this vid on YouTube, and I have no idea if it is available elsewhere, so I am providing the YT link and I have also personally uploaded a .avi version for downloading. If anyone knows where this vid may be available from the original creator, please let me know! I did NOT make this vid, and I take no credit for it. I'm just uploading For Great Justice. ...And great Dean/Cas love. XD )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU53i2LSM-I (watch in High Quality!! Do it!!)
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2I8P0NRZ
solarcat: (SPN (D/S/car) -- OT3)
As I have stated previously, I have a serious kink for epic-length, non-AU J2 fics, and especially first-time fic, so that's the focus of this recs set. I've got some shorter, fluffy/domestic fics to rec, too, but I've got waaaaaay too many fics to rec, so I'm splitting them into a couple of posts. XD

Recs are in no particular order!

J2 Non-AU Epic-Length Recs! )

And, to round it out, one vid rec! (Since I promised everyone today that I'd link them to the vid. XDDD )

Title: I Fell in Love
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] proofpudding
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Music: "Here in Your Arms" by hellogoodbye
Warnings: Beware this vid. It will pimp you into J2, all by itself. <333!
Why the Rec?: It's a vid of Jared and Jensen, being Jared and Jensen. In other words, this is the epic tale of two boys in love. Bouncy, happy, catchy, endlessly re-watchable. And the perfect pimping vid for those J2 doubters on your f-list. XD
http://proofpudding.livejournal.com/93070.html
solarcat: (Merlin -- MiniMerlinCon)
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ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER, MY FRIENDS. So get your butts over to the registration post! XDDD (Just click the poster to get there! I made it that easy!)

<3 *chu!*
solarcat: (Merlin -- So Damn Cute)
First up, an insta-rec that had to wait until I got home from work:

Practical Volitation by [livejournal.com profile] allothi
Summary: Merlin learns to fly. (Literally).
(Merlin/Arthur, PG, 8500 words, spoilers through 1x13)

If you have not read this fic yet? Go read it right now. I've read some amazing Merlin fic. I've read Merlin fic that made me laugh my ass off, and I've read Merlin fics that made me want to cry. This one made me die of cute. The amount of adorable contained within this fic defies all rules of logic and physics and is possibly tearing a hole in space-time. It is relentlessly happy, and and even the tension is happy and adorable. I giggled and smiled and squeed my way through the whole thing. It is <3, my friends. <3.


And a rec some of you were too impatient to wait for:

Incurable by [livejournal.com profile] warholhp
Summary: Non-Magic AU. Harry Potter was not sent to Hogwarts at age 11 as his parents intended. Instead, when an altercation with his uncle turns violent, he is sent to St. Brutus's Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys. Four years later, he takes the opportunity to attend Hogwarts, where he learns to live a life he never thought possible for himself. H/D and mentor!Snape.
(Harry/Draco, NC-17, ridonkulously long, basic knowledge will do 'ya)

This is that HP fic that I was having a blissful moment about the other night. It is, as the summary says, a non-magic AU, and it's done well. This is a fantastic AU, guys. Really, really fantastic. [livejournal.com profile] warholhp takes familiar canon elements and twists them in fun and interesting ways; the world is both instantly recognizable and new and fresh at the same time. The fic also does something I love, which is deal with the fact that Harry was an abused child. [livejournal.com profile] warholhp kicks up the level of abuse from what was present in the books (let's face it, they wouldn't have let JK go there), but it also deals with it, and not in the way that so many inferior authors do, by having a big crying session and Healing!Sex. The resolution is long, messy, and wrenching, and I was utterly transfixed the whole time. Definitely worth the hours required to get through it.
A small note: You can follow along by following the links to the next chapter that are included in each, but at one point the link didn't work for me. [livejournal.com profile] warholhp has, however, helpfully provided a link to the Memories section where all the chapters can be found, so all you have to do is go there and pick the next chapter.
solarcat: (Merlin -- Ah-ah-ah nooooooo mine thx)
I probably shouldn't write about this, because it can only bring teh wank to the door, but I have to. I read [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings's post--specifically, this post right here this morning, and it has bothered me all day, which is something that rarely happens. I love my meta, but usually I can move beyond it, take the opinions offered with a grain of salt, and not let it bother me for very long. Twelve hours after my initial reading of the post in question, I still feel the need to write about it, so that's what you're getting here.

Reading the original post is probably a good idea (note: the author has essentially turned off commenting, so don't bother trying), but I will be quoting sections of it here. I will make every effort to leave those quotes in as much context as I can, and will try not to mis-characterize (what I see as) the author's intent. I am not a mind-reader, and I will likely manage to mangle something here, so I would like to apologize in advance. If [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings should ever make her way here (look! I'm assuming gender already! XD ) and feels that I have mis-characterized her or her points, she is more than welcome to point that out to me in a comment, and I will of course be willing to clarify whatever I can of my own opinions and thoughts. I honestly do not want the wank storm, and I don't mean this post to be an attack on [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings, who was (much as I am) just expressing her opinions. I just feel the overwhelming need to talk about this.

I will also note that I am neither an Arthurian scholar, nor any sort of academic at all. I have a BA in English and Religion and work as a lowly Editorial Assistant. I'm just your average fan (actually, considering the makeup of fandom, I'm probably a below average fan), so I don't claim to have any super-special knowledge or authority or anything. This is just my thoughts and opinions, and yeah, sometimes they might be wrong, or unpopular, or just plain weird. But I'd be glad to engage in a cordial discussion with anyone about any of my points, at any time. Talking is how we learn from each other, after all. =)

Also, possible spoilers for the entire first season of Merlin beneath the cut. Enter at your own risk. Plus, LONG POST IS LONG. (Sorry! I talk too much. ^^;;; )

Merlin Meta: Magic, Misogyny, and Why I am Not a Moron, Thx. )


Ahh. I feel better now. ^_^

Public post is public, feel free to direct others to it and link to it at will. I'd actually like to hear what people have to say about my readings of the text, since I haven't laid them out like this before and I'd love to know what other people are thinking about these issues. =3 (But do try to keep it civil in the comments, yeah? I don't mind [livejournal.com profile] metafandom, but I have no desire to end up on Fandom Wank. ^^;; )

Beta!

Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:54 pm
solarcat: (Gen -- Blue Keys)
Some of you might already be aware that I'm trying to do a bit more beta work, but in case you're not...

Hi! I'm SolarCat, and sometimes I do that kinky beta thing. XD

I just put up a post at [livejournal.com profile] merlin_betas, which you are free to peruse and also to link friends/acquaintances/total strangers to at will! Hooray! \0/

Post is here:

http://community.livejournal.com/merlin_betas/3232.html

So yes. My services are now on offer, should you be in need of them. =)

(There are also several other very nice people offering up their services over at [livejournal.com profile] merlin_betas, and, as with any fandom, more are always appreciated, so if you do beta work, please consider signing up!)

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