This is the first time this has ever happened to me! I am blessed with two, count ‘em, two Yuletide fics, iZombie and Lucifer! Zombie Tale of Seattle  (the upcoming zombie apocalypse) and Out of Body (Lucifer and Chloe swap bodies, excellent trope). Also, my kids and I wrote our first joint story, the end credits scene that was inexplicably missing from Moana, Guess I Chose the Right Tattoo
Abigail Nussbaum’s review of Lucy explains really well what I liked, and didn’t like, about it.

I also liked [personal profile] rachelmanija's review of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians—if you can stand spoilers (heed the content warnings), there is good discussion in the comments.

Daniel Abraham )

Loki down under )

Steven Brust & Skyler White )

Jim Butcher )

James S.A. Corey )

A Justice League Mirrorverse crossover )

I got a fantastic Sam/Dean story for Remix: Vagabondage (the trust fall remix), which is Sam's POV on Vagabondage. It is chock full of love and care and sexiness.

spoilers go out of the woods )

Meme! Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

Heathers (Can I list Heathers three times? It influenced my fashion choices as well as my overall outlook on life.)
The Cutting Edge (Yes, I am a sap.)
The Princess Bride (Among other things, useful shibboleths!)
Serenity (Still not over it.)
Aliens (It’s the only way to be sure.)
Terminator 2 (Pull-ups. I actually wrote my college thesis on women in 80s sf/action movies.)
Speed (Underpromise and overdeliver.)
Real Genius (My image of geekery.)
Holiday (The lesser-known Hepburn/Grant collaboration, which probably does say a lot about me.)
Wargames (The only winning move is not to play.)
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jan. 14th, 2014 08:38 pm)
It took a few plays to grow on me, but now Vienna Teng's Level Up seems like a fantastic anthem. I need to keep in mind! (It also made a great Pacific Rim vid.)

Victorian crapsack world )
rivkat: Dean: green-eyed monster (green-eyed monster)
( Jan. 2nd, 2014 09:35 am)
For [personal profile] norwich36; January 2: Stories you've written you're especially proud of, and why.

favorites )
rivkat: trust no one folded dollar bill by dan tague (trust no 1)
( Dec. 28th, 2013 12:03 am)
New icon on DW from a piece of art that is way too expensive for me, but that I love anyway (because of the X-Files, of course).  It's made from a crumpled dollar bill.

I got a delightful Sleepy Hollow story for Yuletide! Three Gifts is the kind of Ichabod/Abbie pining that really does it for me.  This is a relationship with real barriers and I respect that greatly. 

Yuletide Madness also brought me the equally delightful Covert Affairs story Away, which is Auggie/Eyal as part of an established threesome with Annie. It went directly to my own personal cravings for them. 

Others: Excellent multimedia in this Galaxy Quest story, which is as affectionate towards fandom as its source. And GQ fandom also got the amazingly tender/pleasurably painful Alexander Dane story I didn’t know I needed, The Space Between,  in which there is also a reboot.

Charlie Stross’s Laundry universe: Violins at Work, from the perspective of Mo O’Brien, Bob Howard’s extremely dangerous wife. Very Strosslike: “Is there a word for an appetite and some kind of understanding without a mind to do the planning? Kind of like a cat deciding that this human will just about do as a servant, because it smells of food, but without the sensitivity and consideration for which all felines are well known.”

Non-Yuletide: my J2 story Full Service Firm now has a Russian translation, which I think is a first for me. As always, I remain impressed by the archive’s growth: the translation’s work number is an order of magnitude greater than Full Service Firm’s.

Also, randomly, anyone who really wanted to rock my world could make a Vampire Diaries Damon vid to Diamond Ring’s Wait and See. He’s chancing on situations and he’s out of his league! He just needs some provocation and he’s down on his knees! (I am so serious here: this would be my Lord King Bad Vid of great commitment if I did such things.)

Personal note: the new scar on my arm reminds me way too much of the Eye of Sauron. Or any eye really. Scars should not look like eyes, is what I’m saying here.

And finally: This is the best pickup conversation ever, and the fact that it comes from a Dean Winchester sex dream is only icing on the cake. 
rivkat: Dean closeup (dean)
( Apr. 30th, 2013 08:50 pm)
Counteragent’s awesome SPN genderswap fan film, The Other Side, has started!

Other random links:

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens: a Kickstarter for a documentary about the spectrum of gender performance.

Enjoyable language rant.

Russian priest uses internet memes to fight slash.

Austin Grossman, Professor Incognito Apologizes: the flavor of this short story can be captured by this quote:
There have been a hundred moments when I was on the brink of telling you. I tried to say the words out loud. I knew you were a physics major and all, but I didn’t think you’d be into it—power and wrongdoing—it was too strange. And I admit, a part of me worries that if I told you about it, the secret part of me would disappear.
And it’s too complicated now. If I’d just told you at the very start, maybe you could have understood, but now? After the diggings and archenemies and sea planes . . . If I started now I’d have to explain why I came to I speak Mandarin and what happened to my original eyes. It’s gone a little far.
This review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is far better than mine could ever be.  I got stuck on How ridiculous can a spoiler be? )  Nonetheless, yes, sigh, I'm on board; show me the way to the fanfic.

An excerpt from a new book, Pound Foolish, on the personal finance industry:
Even Suze Orman has deemed her fellow females financial failures, writing in her best-selling book Women and Money, “Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money?” There is only one problem with this analysis. It’s not true. Women have less money than men for two basic reasons: they earn less and live longer.
the ethics and aesthetics of hacking )
for [ profile] daria234: Revenge, character's favorite myth.

Nolan likes the tricksters )

... and for [personal profile] wendelah1: How about fix-it fic for Fringe 4.4, "The Bullet that Saved the World"?

it as if you have saved the whole world )

... and for [personal profile] alexseanchai: Supernatural, dealer's choice of character(s):
This is the moment when the gods expect me to beg for help
But I won't even try
I want nothing in this world but myself to protect me
But I won't lie down, roll over, and die

Jo has questions )

... and for [personal profile] kinetikatrue: Okay, because Real Genius didn't make it into Yuletide, a prompt for it -- how about 'Chris Knight is secretly Tony Stark's son'? (Note that the timing means that Tony Stark has to be a fair bit older than Chris Knight; the setting is basic Real Genius eightiesish.)

Mitch approached Chris with the care he'd ordinarily devote to positioning a laser )
Americans: Type "where do I vote" into Google. Enter your address, see your polling place and all candidates on your ballot. With links to their webpages etc.!

Here’s a good Clueless post-movie story I found by way of a Slate article.

Really good fact-checking on the “End of Men”  (I read the book but did not look into the statistics).
What do China’s internet censors actually censor? Collective action and porn. Criticize the government, except for censorship, all you like—but don’t organize for any purpose. Really interesting, and provides some perspective on Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus and my thoughts on it.

Top ten differences between white terrorists and others: 5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.

A surprising and frightening chart about high frequency trading.

Gotye remixes YouTube covers of Somebody That I Used to Know. Or, for humor, Batman Maybe!

Podfic of my SPN gen story Ugly Duckling by [ profile] applegeuse. I love this concept so much and want every author to write a version.

Marta Randall, George R.R. Martin )

Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie, Lost Girls ) I don’t want to pay for shipping on PaperbackSwap to get rid of these large and heavy volumes, but if you’re in the DC area and think you might have a different opinion of the books, I’ll happily give them to you.
Sweded movies and the end of Hollywood as we know it: You have to spot author Ben Walters the omission of other fan cultures and the apocalyptic rhetoric; there’s still some interesting stuff here.

Really good essay on The Dark Knight: “Also, let’s not forget that calling Batman ‘fascist’ is a little like accusing the Pope of being catholic, or hinting darkly that a particular bear may have, at some point in its life, shit in the woods.”

I … don’t actually trust an email from Joe Biden that says “trust me—you’ll have fun.”

Andrews, Harper, Martin, Larbalestier & Brennan, Spencer )
Still working on these:
for [personal profile] turnonmyheels: TVD, Alaric/Damon or Damon & Alaric, R for sexual references.

buddy caper )

for [personal profile] intothespin: Nolan Ross/Tony Stark. Mergers & acquisitions. Or drunken hookups at cocktail parties, whichever is easier.

bit of both? )



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