shousetsu round-up and READ MY STUFF <3

  • Oct. 24th, 2011 at 10:54 AM
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The new issue of [ profile] bb_shousetsu is live, and oh boy, is it ever a good one. They got an astounding number of stories this time around, and so many of my favorite authors. I haven't read them all yet, but here are some I can recommend by brand name alone:

* Bright Mouths by [ profile] ladysisyphus
* The Stone Fox and the Bloody Hands by [ profile] ladysisyphus and [ profile] drmoonpants
* Unidentified Friendship Objective by our very own [ profile] jibrailis
* Love Will Tear Us Apart (or, The Modern Pygmalion) by [ profile] drmoonpants and I am looking forward to this one because apparently it's disturbing and The Wilderness was SO AMAZINGLY DISTURBING.

This is one I did read, because I illustrated it:

* El Presidio Rides North by my homegirl [ profile] beeblebabe is going to be the best story you've read all year. I laughed, I... okay, I laughed some more. Then when I was done laughing, I realized I was in love with a sassy cholo and his twee little piece of ass. And I like the art I did:

art for El Presidio Rides North under the cut - mild spoilers, no warnings )

And finally, there's the one that I wrote:

* Tourniquet is a story about unnatural biological disasters, stubborn boys in love, less limbs per capita than Star Wars, and a huge fucking helping of explicit zombie blowjobs. I also made a fanmix, which you can download in the author notes. Click it! Or just read the story! Or read the story and come back for the fanmix! Or don't read the story, that's fine, but I might make a sad face at you.

It was illustrated by the amazing [ profile] lihsa, who made not one, by three pictures for it, which as an illustrator myself I have to tell you that is pretty damn amazing.

As always, I humbly ask you to go take a look at the issue and read and comment on even just one story, because it would mean a lot to the authors! I know there's a lot to choose from this time, but those ones up there are a pretty good place to start!

my friends are the best friends

  • Sep. 14th, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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I am very lucky to have very good friends indeed, friends who have written me things with the bare minimum of wheedling and begging required on my part!

First there is delightful blowjob porn from [ profile] beeblebabe, because she was in a mood to write random porn and I was in a mood to request slow suckling sloppy blowjobs (my favorite!) and she intuited my great need for Tony/Steve fic that isn't terrible, and this was the result. I think I have a New Thing about Steve touching Tony's arc reactor, and it just won't go away.

And then there is fic from [ profile] ladysisyphus to go along with my dancing bunnyboy, in which Fran confounds and terrifies Balthier in equal measure, as well she should. W2 has the Osmithian language down, not just in dialogue but the narrative too, and it's just so lyrical and wonderful that it's a joy to read.


ae_match roundup

  • Aug. 29th, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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So, ae_match is over!

I am SUPER IMPRESSED by the hustle from both teams yesterday! At first I thought for sure Team Romance would come out on top because of their incredible lead in the first week, then Team Angst had a slow but sure comeback in the later weeks, and THEN Angst exploded all over the place yesterday and I thought for sure we were going to cinch it, and then Romance answered right back with a hustle of their own, and it was just fab. I honestly couldn't tell you who's my pick to win it, but all along I have been saying, without irony, that we're all winners from the upswing in amazing fanworks.

My hands-down favorite you-must-read-this rec from the fest is Quito, by [ profile] starbolin, because not only is it scorching hot and leaves me breathless, but it does it in that particular way that [ profile] starbolin does every time that makes me wonder if they were secretly sent here on a mission to fulfill my happiness.

My favorite submission for the other team (you filthy curs!) is Things Arthur Finds Fun by [ profile] adelaide_rain. Every time I read it, my face splits into this goofy smile that will not go down for hours, it is like like the blue pill for smiles and I have facial priapism. The premise is kind of silly (Arthur likes roleplaying trashy romance-novel style), but it is done so sweetly and so self-aware of its silliness that it just works.

Art by me is over here: Murder Your Darlings and If We Turned Our Reactors to the Sun (pt. ii), and also these icons, because I love you, Team All The Crys.

I like everyone so much that I made you a macro:

image credit: breathy @ tumblr

And I know I said it in the party post, but I think we all owe a great thanks to [ profile] foxxcub for organizing it, and to team leaders [ profile] gelbwax, [ profile] sparrow_hubris, and [ profile] duckgirlie for their tireless work in keeping us organized; I know over on Team Angst things ran really swell, and the match as a whole was really well-managed and just a good idea all around. Cheers!

fanart for Satan Take the Wheel

  • Jul. 16th, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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Behind the cut is fanart for the infamous Satan Take the Wheel, a.k.a. Satan!verse, a.k.a. 'the one where Eames forges Lucifer and domfucks Arthur into sated oblivion', by who we've come to know as Satan!anon, a.k.a. blue_fish on AO3. That was a lot of a.k.a in that paragraph, but bear with me.

Imagine my surprise and delight when Satan!anon put all her anonfills on AO3, and they contained literally each and every one of my most-loved fills! In thankfulness for her tireless dedication to my emotional well-being, I drew her a little something. ;)

No spoilers for the fic, no content warnings, mildly NSFW but not explicit (man-bum!). You don't need to have read it yet (what are you doing, not reading STTW?!) but it helps. :D

so I follow you down your twisting alleyways, find a few cul de sacs of my own )

overcoming boredom

  • Jun. 2nd, 2011 at 3:01 PM
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I didn't feel like working on art last night, so I ended up overhauling my journal tagging system. Now I have fancy categories and subcategories and it is pleasing my inner... my inner... whatever part of me finds organization cathartic. It's deep in there, somewhere, hidden under the short attention span and fervent enthusiasm.

The problem is, I didn't do any art while I was at home where I could, and now I'm bored at work where I can't draw but where I totally could have jiggered my tagging system. And I am bored, so bored, oh my god, my boredom knows no bounds. I think the boredom is internet-wide too, because no one seems to be doing anything interesting at all.

Twitter seems to be so much better for capturing these 'blah' sort of emotions without having to go into it. The very process of journalling seems to encourage you to work through emotions, not just express them. I'll pump up the rest of this entry with some cool things!

The Canucks won the first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs last night against the Bruins. It was an interesting game despite being scoreless for the majority of it, when that magnificent bastard Torres scored a goal with nineteen seconds left. The sound I made while completely alone in my house was, quite frankly, kind of embarrassing.

I've just met a really good author who's new to the Inception fandom and doesn't know a lot of people yet, [ profile] black_betty_26. She's been super nice and is just a startlingly fantastic writer to boot -- kind of halfway between [ profile] knowmydark and [ profile] jeannedecarnin. The first thing I read of hers was I Light Up When You Call My Name, otherwise known as the fever!sex one, back when it was an anon fill on the kinkmeme -- oh goodness, is it ever just scorchingly hot. And then today she posted Ne Me Quitte Pas, a historical pining-for-the-one-who-went-to-war AU that is just so poignant and gripping.

There's also [ profile] ae_match which I'm sure many of you know about by now, as [ profile] foxxcub has been doing a stellar job of pimping all over the place. It's a summer-long, Arthur/Eames, team-based, quantity-encouraging challenge pitting Team Romance against Team Angst in a race to produce the most fanworks. I have a lot of my plate this summer, including some actual paid stuff that I can't fall behind on, so I'm still on the fence about participating. If I did, I would be on Team Angst? I think?

Alright, I effectively killed like an hour writing this entry. Kickass.

hangover remedies

  • Feb. 12th, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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Two hilariously funny things posted this morning, while I slept off a terrific case of Drunk and Fucked:

an anonymous fill for the macktruck!Arthur prompt, in which Arthur is constantly getting kidnapped, beaten up, assaulted by bees, etc, they come to the conclusion he's cursed and the only cure is more cowbell fucking it out of him. Uproariously funny, had me literally laughing out loud. Author!anon writes a broken-nose voice like you wouldn't believe: "The power of the cog cobbels you."

Please, please, if you like h/c at all, or if you like it and are terribly embarrassed by it, or if you hate it and love seeing the trope lampooned, read that one.

AND THEN AND THEN, [ profile] persephone_il posted All Of Our Wealth, the sequel to the Happy Endings 'verse, which had me reading lines out to Husband because they were too funny and insightful to just keep to myself: "Arthur doesn't do nice. What Arthur does is resource management. Arthur doles out kindness in precise measurements, just enough to keep his teammates working" is a personal favorite.

Big props to [ profile] osaraba, who was my drunk buddy in spirit last night, and [ profile] photoclerk, who luckily keeps her cell phone on silent when she sleeps, so my drunk text messaging didn't wake her up. Good call.

it's in my brain

  • Jan. 27th, 2011 at 4:07 PM
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Fanart for [ profile] sho_no_tabi's latest fic, Glitch, took me entirely by surprise late last night. I don't know how she does it, but there's just something about her writing that nestles into my brain and latches on with sharp little teeth. Fitting, considering the fandom.

The gist of Glitch is that Arthur has been infected with some sort of new dream technology that acts much like a virus. I can't say much about the story without ruining its best parts, but suffice it to say that at one point he goes down into his dream consciousness and encounters the mental manifestation of his neural network.

Straight ahead of him was a world of glowing wires. These seemed to have no pattern to them. They looped, twined, met, forged larger paths, broke away, circled back. Blue sparks jumped from one wire to the next at speeds he could only identify as "light."

And it was endless. Endless. This tangle of hot wires, busy with power and surging with electricity, it made up the entire world the entire universe. Every experience he could imagine. Arthur stared at the endless tangle before him, for a long time, considering.

He was looking at his own neural network. )

This one actually came together quite quickly. I sat down sometime after midnight last night and still went to bed at a decent hour, one speedpaint richer. After my last piece, Lydia was kind enough to send me a really excellent red-line trace and some tips for improving my anatomy (thanks [ profile] platina!), so I tried to elongate my torsos like she said. The cool part about this one though is that it's basically a speedpaint, which I've historically been unable to do. This one was less coloured and more painted, which is awesome; I'd like to try to steer myself more in that stylistic direction.

I've come to the decision that I really need an icon for art posts. Something with vulgarity and rampant egotism, of course. I like icons that would make my parents gasp and say my name reproachfully, what can I say.

a handful of recs

  • Jan. 7th, 2011 at 1:12 AM
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Today was a fantastic day for fandom, all told. So many stories posted today I've been waiting for.

Like [ profile] whiskyrunner, completing her Rough Trade AU. God, this story, you guys. You guys. I will never be able to say enough about [ profile] whiskyrunner. It's to the point where she wrote an Eames-is-a-battered-boyfriend-and-Arthur-is-a-supermarket-clerk AU, which is the most AU prompt in the history of AU prompts, and I read it, and fucking loved it, because whisky is just that good. THAT GOOD. Anyway, Rough Trade. Arthur is a self-loathing investment banker killing himself with work and Eames is the hot piece of ass who fucks him blind and teaches the stupid homophobic fucker how to love. YOU GUYS, WHERE ARE YOU GOING. Can we convince her to write for [ profile] bb_shousetsu, maybe? Please?

And [ profile] jeannedecarnin posting Grounds for Divorce, which really prompted me to re-read my absolute favorite of hers, This Beautiful Room is Empty.

And newcomer [ profile] ishafel posting Eats, Shoots and Leaves, a painfully fantastic character study for Eames.

And then and then and then, new posts to We Can Do This Until We Pass Out, where Eames is a filthy fucking chav and it is delightful.

And my guilty AU pleasure posted last night, the Babysitter AU by [ profile] scribblinlenore, which basically makes me chinhands with glee every time, because when I am not reccing fics about rough sex and torturing people to death I am secretly a BIG GIRL about my fic choices, okay, and sometimes domestic!fic is okay. Okay? Okay.

And also last night, more posting to Happy Endings, the masseuse fic we all thought was an AU but is actually a how-they-met fic. And all I have to say on that is INTERCRURAL SEX, HO YAY.

So, basically, today was a lot of reading and not a lot of art, damn it, I really intended to get some art done. Despite working on ANYTHING that I mentioned in my poll yesterday, I actually only picked up more art bunnies. Curse you, Canucks, for being so fucking attractive sometimes. Your warm-up stretches are particularly good for me. Ohhh yeah.


fandom bffs

  • Dec. 14th, 2010 at 9:07 PM
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Can we talk about how amazing [ profile] jibrailis is, for a moment?

Because she is amazing and she wrote me 4000 words of SUPERHERO YUSUF for Christmas. What is this, I don't even, literally NO ONE has ever dedicated anything to me, ever, and [ profile] jibrailis makes my heart grow three sizes too big.


Please go read it and shower her with love, even you real-life friends, because there is no porn I promise, only the incandescent light of my joy.

i am eames' battered ego

  • Oct. 13th, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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Inception/Fight Club crossover.

You wish you were this cool.

I lift the gun and say, it's time to wake up.

"Don't be fucking stupid," says Arthur, "you're already awake."

That's what we're about to find out, I say, my finger on the trigger.

I have never seen Arthur look apprehensive before.

Today is a day of firsts.


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