sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen knows by angelqueen004)
[personal profile] roughandtumble aka [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat and I were talking yesterday about how we missed writing Merlin fic, so we decided to go back to doing it! We set up a comm to challenge ourselves/each other to write a short fic every week, like we used to do during [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon. We would love it if others would join us, whether for making fic or other fanworks.

The comm is [community profile] merlinblitz and the first prompt is "rainwater".
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (freya by cindergraphics)
So, last July I had this idea that I could make series of poems and ficlets of Freya backstory for my [community profile] kink_bingo card and get the Solo Kink Bingo for the first time. I wrote the first three parts and then got stalled on the fourth (which was not even part of the bingo but was necessary for the series), and I never posted them. And then last night I did! Maybe I'll finish the fourth part and write the other two someday.

General content notes: So, the second part starts when Freya is very young and the series involves sexuality and self-harm and death of family members. The parts that I haven't written yet also involve sexual assault and murder! As [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat said when I was first chatting with her about the series, "freya is a really intense little girl".

I am very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat for her help and support!

Title: Surface
Rating: PG?
Contains: death, grief
Wordcount: 324
Notes: For my "mirrors/doubles" square. My first sestina!

Title: Sharper
Rating: PG-13?
Contains: solo kink and masturbation by a young girl
Wordcount: 1330
Notes: For my "shaving/depilation" square. I think this is a fairly wholesome story about growing up and figuring oneself out, so I invite you to give it a try on its own even if it the next part doesn't look like your cup of tea.

Title: Deeper
Rating: R?
Contains: death, grief, menstruation, blood, cutting
Wordcount: 1185
Notes: For my "pain" square. Makes more sense if read after "Sharper".

Series link: Some things Freya did before she met Merlin
sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
I'm so happy to see this challenge going ahead with fic and art again this year!

camelotremixCamelot Remix is back![personal profile] camelotremix
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
[personal profile] leish asked me to talk about "a story you would really like to read that doesn't exist yet, or doesn't exist quite how you want it to" for the 17th.

stories about girls )

Then I was going to complain about this other pairing that scandalously had no fics for it last time I looked, but now there is ONE so I'm going to go read that, hooray!
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
For December 15th, [personal profile] fitz_y asked me to name my top five femslash ships in any fandom, ever, and this caused me to reflect that I don't have much experience with what I think of as the big femslash ships. I like femslash and I think a lot of people see me as a femslasher, but I don't have the really strong feelings about any femslash pairings that I have more often had for boyslash pairings.

I mean other than Gwen/Morgana )

So idk trying to answer this sort of made me feel like a bad femslasher. :( I really do like all kinds of ships! Just not usually in an epic way.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen merlin steps by vicky_v)
UNTOLD LEGENDS: MERLIN RAREPAIR FEST
[livejournal.com profile] untold_legends
a Merlin fest that aims to explore and to celebrate
the rarepairs of the fandom through fanworks of all kinds.
Coming January 2014
(see the rules and schedule)




sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen answer by redscharlach)
Hello, here is some meta for the “leather/latex/rubber” square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card. Some of the post is negative about leather.

thoughts )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (freya by cindergraphics)
Maybe two months ago B and I watched Top of the Lake, a six-episode series starring Elisabeth Moss (Peggy on Madmen) as a detective in a small town in New Zealand, on Netflix streaming. It was really good! Instead of having a case every episode it was all about trying to find one missing girl, and I know some people complained about pacing issues but we thought it was awesome.

So then B heard about another show, The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson as a tough detective in Belfast, and we thought yay, we would enjoy it the way we did Top of the Lake. It is about the same size, also following a single case (with some side stories), and sexism within the police force, and has a bunch of great actors and good production values and all that. In the first episode, besides GA we got to see John Lynch, who played Balinor on Merlin, and Laura Donnelly, who played Freya. Between that and the accents/setting I kept expecting to have Colin Morgan turn up as well. :) From the second episode on we also get Archie Panjabi (Kalinda on The Good Wife) and a bunch of the other people who are also great.

But after the first episode B said she couldn't take it (even though she's the big Gillian Anderson fan!) and I had to watch the rest by myself. Or you know, I could have not watched it, but I wanted to find out what happened! Turns out those five episodes were just the first season though, so nothing much got resolved in the episodes I watched.

Also (spoilers through the start of the second episode) )

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] samyazaz wrote a really lovely little Gwaine/Freya space AU for the apocalypse/fuck or die challenge at pornathon last week and I was super pleased to see that it took first place in its group: The Stars Look Very Different Today. I also really liked the Gwen/Merlin AMTDI that was #71 in the same challenge; does anyone know who wrote it? I tried looking in the results post but I was overcome by the collapsed comments.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (arthur shirtless by redscharlach)
Title: Red (The Gift That Keeps On Giving Remix)
Fandom: Merlin
Ship: Arthur/Percival, Arthur/Leon
Rating: NC-17
Contains: BDSM, kink negotiation, a little bit of impact play
Wordcount: 5176
Notes: Remix of Red Jacket by [livejournal.com profile] riventhorn, written for [personal profile] camelotremix with wonderful help and support by [personal profile] roughandtumble. (Also thinking about using it for the whipping/flogging square on my second kink_bingo card but I think that would be stretching the erotic focus rule pretty far.)
Summary: "I don't hit people I'm having sex with, or people I care about," says Percival. "Or at least, I haven't, up till now."

Read it at the AO3!

Or read it here! )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (x-files)
I made a set of four podfics for [community profile] amplificathon and for the current "Pick One Kink" mini-challenge at [community profile] kink_bingo. The kink I picked is "spaces, scenes, and settings" and the scene/setting I picked is SPACE!

Details and mp3 downloads below. The set came out to 33 and a half minutes. Once it occurred to me I could not resist calling it "Rare ships were meant to fly", even though Doctor/River is not actually a rare ship. (That one also keeps it from being a set of four "space AUs but what are you gonna do, it's awesome.) All download links take you to MediaFire pages.

Download anthology as m4b, 15.7 MB
Download anthology as mp3, 19.3 MB

Title: No Dancing Shoes in Space
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] itachitachi
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: Gwen/Merlin, OT4
Rating: NC-17
Contains: foursome including two adopted siblings
Author's summary: "Merlin and Gwen are born on a Rock. They dance, and fly, and never stop staring spaceward."
Reader's notes: This was one of my favorite fics at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon 2011 and it made me so happy when it won first place for its round!
File info: mp3, 3MB, 6:29 minutes
Link: Download No Dancing Shoes

Title: running you with red
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sophieisgod
Fandom: The Hour
Starring: Freddie/Lix (background Freddie/Bel)
Rating: PG-13
Contains: drugs/alcohol
Author's summary: "In which Lix Storm: Space Pilot acquires a protégé."
Reader's notes: This is my first podfic for The Hour - I had so much fun doing it! <3 <3 <3 Lix.
File info: mp3, 3.4 MB, 7:21 minutes
Link: Download running you with red

Title: Setting Bones
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] starbeast
Fandom: Teen Wolf (Star Trek fusion)
Starring: Scott/Isaac, also featuring Stiles
Rating: PG-13
Contains: hurt/comfort
Author's summary: "Every time Scott gets injured in the line of duty, Isaac is the half-human, half-Romulan medic who takes care of him. This is one of those times."
Reader's notes: This is also my first Teen Wolf podfic. It was harder than I expected!
File info: mp3, 5.3 MB, 11:25 minutes
Link: Download Setting Bones

Title: You're My Oxygen
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] leiascully
Fandom: Doctor Who
Starring: Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Rating: PG-13
Contains: asphyxiation, breathplay
Author's summary: "The TARDIS needs an anti-idiot setting, but fortunately River will always be there to save the Doctor when he jumps out of spaceships."
File info: mp3, 3.8 MB, 8:19 minutes
Link: Download You're My Oxygen
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen knows by angelqueen004)
I contributed two pieces to this year's Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology! Over there you can download the whole 10.5 hour as a podbook with chapter stops for each podficlet or as a zip file with all the mp3s, or browse the spreadsheet for your favorite fandoms and readers. [personal profile] leish recorded my Elena/Mithian drabble set Girls & Horses, and [personal profile] yue_ix did my Gwen/Morgana drabble The Shape of Her. I'm listening in order so I haven't heard either yet, but I am excite.

Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology III
cover by [personal profile] bessyboo


Title: Rumpled
Author: [livejournal.com profile] samyazaz aka [archiveofourown.org profile] samyazaz
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: Elena/Vivian
Rating: NC-17
Contains: n/a
Author's summary: Elena wasn't one to set store by gossip or rumors. She knew the things people said about Vivian — generally some variation of "bitch" or "slut", depending on who you asked — but Elena thought she was perfect.
Reader's notes: omg it's been almost six months since I posted a Merlin podfic. I need to get back on this. /o\
File info: mp3, 2.3 MB, 5:00 minutes
Link: Download at MediaFire

Title: Swan Song
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sophinisba
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Harry Potter
Starring: Cho Chang
Rating: G
Contains: n/a
File info: mp3, 0.4 MB, 49 seconds
Link: Download at MediaFire
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
So, Femslash February is a challenge to create two or more femslash fanworks sometime during this month.

Feel like making something about the ladies of Merlin but don't know where to start? Start a thread for yourself and we'll come back at you with some prompts.

for example... )

And it's fine if the thing you made doesn't actually fit the prompt that inspired it. LET'S JUST MAKE A LOT OF MERLIN FEMSLASH FANWORKS OKAY PEOPLE.

ETA: Anon commenting is on.


Help spread the word!

MERLIN FEMSLASH PROMPTFEST



MERLIN FEMSLASH PROMPTFEST



You can also reblog a promo for this fest on Tumblr, and don't forget to check out the Femslash February tag and the fuckyeahmerlinfemslash February Ficfest!
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
The current mini-challenge at [community profile] kink_bingo is Tiny Bingos, and I decided to write a femslash drabble with a different ship for every square on my second card! Featured characters are Gwen, Morgana, Freya, Mithian, Morgause, Vivian, Nimueh, Ygraine, Hunith, Elena, Isolde, Annis, Kara, Enmyria, Sefa, Catrina, Alice, Finna, Lamia, and Sophia. (I'm sorry, Helen and Mary, you are still awesome!) Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat and the folks on Twitter who cheered me on and prompted me with ideas.

You can Read them on the AO3 with "chapter" headings for the pairing, kink, and content notes (some noncon and dubcon, especially in the first set of 12). Or, if you prefer, you can read them all here without the notes!

1-12, canon-era, spoilers through 5x13 )
13-25, modern AU, no specific spoilers )
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
Hey Merlin fans, remember back in 2010 when [personal profile] netgirl_y2k and [personal profile] lilian_cho and I ran a Merlin remix fest and a bunch of you participated and it was awesome? Well it's okay if you don't remember but anyway [livejournal.com profile] sapphirescribe and [personal profile] venivincere just started up a new round, and this time it's gonna be EVEN MORE AWESOME because besides fic there will be fanart!

So, a remix challenge gives you a chance to transform someone else's story by writing it another way, or by drawing your version of it, or to write or draw based on someone else's art! [personal profile] camelotremix/[livejournal.com profile] camelotremix is for fanworks about Merlin characters and actors!

Signups are open on LJ and Dreamwidth from now through Saturday and the works will be posted on the AO3 in March. Minimum wordcount on the fics is 500. YOU SHOULD ALL SIGN UP OMG!!!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen knows by angelqueen004)
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Title: Havoc on the Throne
Author: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: (Merlin/)Mithian, also featuring Vivian
Rating: PG-13
Contains: spoilers for season 5
Wordcount: 2739
Notes: I'm sure those of you following [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays will be SHOCKED to learn that I wrote this one. :D Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat for support and betaing. My recipient had to drop out of the fest, but I'm grateful to them for requesting this pairing.
Summary: Why shouldn't Mithian have this? (A canon-compliant fic about crushing on Merlin.)
Link: Read it on the AO3

All in all, Mithian considered, this arrangement might not be so bad. )
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
Title: Red Football
Music: "Red Football" by Sinéad O'Connor
Fandom/source: Merlin
Starring: Gwen, Morgana + ensemble
Length: 2:48
Contains: n/a
Summary: I'm not no red football to be kicked around the garden.
Notes: omg here is my first Merlin vid! I had this idea almost three years ago, and this past month I was finally able to make it. Season 5, you hurt me real bad, but you also gave me some marvelous footage.
As you may know, I have a lot of feelings about the ladies of Merlin. Some of those feelings are ANGER!
Spoilers up to 5x08, not the series finale.
Thanks to [personal profile] thingswithwings for technical help and to [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat for responding to the million drafts I sent her and making sure I didn't give up.

Links
Tumblr | YouTube
Download vid at MediaFire, .avi, 53.8 MB
Download subtitles at MediaFire, .srt, 1.8 KB

(If you want to see subtitles, download both these files and save them with the same file name in the same folder, and your player will combine them with magic!)



lyrics )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by inwhatfurnace)
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Title: I Like a Boy in Uniform
Author: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: Elyan and bros (almost gen)
Rating: PG
Contains: n/a
Wordcount: 1042
Notes: Takes place during 4x13, no spoilers for season 5. Written for the "dressup" square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] flammablehat for looking it over for me. Title from the Pipettes song, which I know from this adorable season 1 Merlin vid. Yay I finished another fic before the end of the year!
Summary: Elyan and the other knights get ready for Arthur and Gwen's wedding.
Links: Read it at the AO3

I Like a Boy in Uniform )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (freya by cindergraphics)
For the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange, [twitter.com profile] quintenttsy aka [personal profile] leish recorded one of my favorite fics published this year, Tangled by [personal profile] thingswithwings. This is a long Community fic (the podfic is more than three hours) with Annie and Troy and Abed learning how to have relationships while living together and learning how to knit. It is just the kind of story I love, about young people growing up and figuring out their own sexual identity and how to help each other and make each other happy. [twitter.com profile] quintenttsy is also dear to me as a podfic reader and as a person, and it's been delightful for me to be walking around with her voice in my ears this holiday, including a half hour when I had to get away from my family on Tuesday. Thank you so much, Leisha, I love it. Here is the podfic of Tangled and here are the zillion other #itpe podfics!

I am also thrilled and amazed by the fic an anonymous author wrote for me as part of [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays. I requested several rare ships, of which perhaps the rarest was Freya/Gwen, and my author wrote more than 23,000 words of a historical AU set in Glastonbury in 1905, starring Freya as the head of an orphanage for magical children and Gwen as the genderqueer shoemaker she falls in love with. YOU GUYS. There is fascinating stuff about the secret magical community and there is porn with magic and homemade sex toys and there are interesting parts for Merlin and Morgana and Mary the barmaid and it is basically everything I love and what I wish fandom would be like all the time. It is called The Shoemaker and you should go read it!

Here are two other Merlin fics I've enjoyed recently:

-With Half-Shut Eyes by anonymous at [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays, Arthur/Merlin, 32K, explicit. This is a great Merlin-POV coffeeshop AU and I wish it were easier to make that sound exciting. :P The Arthur/Merlin is hot and interesting and I also really loved Merlin's group of friends, including Gwen, Elyan, Hunith, and Lancelot. <3 <3 Mind the content notes and be aware that the conflict involves MISUNDERSTANDING but anyway I recommend this fic like whoa.

-My Density Has Brought Me To You by [personal profile] ingberry, Arthur/Merlin, 18K, explicit. This was part of the [profile] uni_merlin fest, which I somehow wasn't aware of at all even though a bunch of my friends participated in it? I'm sorry you guys! Anyway Mordred as the roommate from hell who freaks Merlin out by screaming at his videogames in the middle of the night is so inspired I can't even deal. This is another Merlin-POV fic full of warmth and humor as well as Arthur/Merlin hotness. I might make a podfic!

I haven't had much alone time or reading time this holiday and I'd appreciate any recs you have to give me, especially for [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays. A lot of the fics are super long and it all feels rather overwhelming to me, but Merlin fic is really what I want to be reading right now, especially with all the feels this finale has given me.

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