sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)
The latest round of [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon wrapped up yesterday. It was shorter this year and I didn't make anything much for the bonus challenge, so I just have these five fics, all Merlin fandom and approximately 750 words each. Title links go to the fics on the AO3.

Title: Travel My Way, Take the Highway
Ships: Gwen/Morgana
Rating: R
Contains: references to racism and homophobia
Summary: Gwen and Morgana on the run in 1950s Texas and New Mexico.

Title: Early Results of Clinical Trials
Ships: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Contains: potentially disturbing metaphors and no happy ending
Summary: Pendragon Pharmaceuticals manufactures the drugs that allow carriers of magic to participate fully in society.

Title: Let's Be Rational About This
Ships: Arthur/Gwen
Rating: NC-17
Contains: Aliens Made Them Do It-style dubcon (but mostly consensual)
Summary: "You see, I've been doing a lot of research on their lifecycle so they... they've suggested a reciprocal arrangement – which is really only fair, in principle!"

Title: Better
Ships: Elena/Mithian
Rating: NC-17
Contains: mistress/slave relationship, orgasm denial, fic doesn't make clear how consensual it is
Summary: "I'm not angry at you, dear, it's only the way you were raised. But you admit it yourself, you have no self-control. Well, from now on you won't be able to disobey me. And won't that be better for both of us?"

Title: A Happy Arrangement for All
Ships: Merlin/Elyan, past Merlin/Gwen
Rating: R
Contains: n/a
Summary: Merlin returns to Camelot to find that Princess Guinevere has married another. Her brother, however, is still single.

thoughts )

Just like last year pornathon leaves me wanting to write more Merlin fic and [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays is nicely timed. I will sign up again and really hope that more multishippers decide to join this year!
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
Well, [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon ended a few weeks ago. Here are the fics I made for it this year.

Previously linked here on my journal )

Also written for this year's pthon and posted on the AO3

Title: Live by the Sword
Ships: Annis/Gwen (other pairings mentioned)
Rating: NC-17
Contains: Reference to canon character deaths, grief, object insertion
Wordcount: 750
Summary: If ever there was a time to take a young ruler under her wing, it is now.

Title: Trading Day
Ships: Gwen/Morgana, offscreen Arthur/Gwen
Rating: NC-17
Contains: nonmonogamy, can be read as infidelity
Wordcount: 750
Summary: He can't begrudge her a kidnapping or two, not with so little else to stand out from the flatness of life on the colony. (FEMSLASH IN SPACE.)

Title: Build a Better Bicycle
Ships: Gwen/Morgana
Rating: R
Contains: slight dubcon due to mistress/servant power dynamic
Wordcount: 746
Summary: Morgana can trust Gwen to make the necessary adjustments.

Title: This Is a Recording
Ships: Arthur/Gwen/Merlin and subsets
Rating: NC-17
Contains: spanking and a teensy bit of D/s
Wordcount: 750
Summary: This is new for her, Merlin thinks. She only half believed him when he whispered that they were lovers first.

Thoughts )

Ooh, I was just going to say I hope [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays runs again because I'd like to participate again, and it looks like signups open tomorrow! I need to think about what I want to request ack. Also gosh that deadline is going to come up quickly. But anyway yay Merlin!!!


Sign-ups for [community profile] merlin_holidays begin Sept 22 at 10 am Eastern
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 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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Sep. 25th, 2012 07:57 pm
sophinisba: Lancelot with text: Chicks dig scars (lancelot scars by miakun)
Hey all, thank you for your sweet birthday wishes last wee. My day off was not too awesome but I had nice days before and after and a lovely, fannishly productive weekend. I finished my first bingo for this round of [community profile] kink_bingo! And I feel pretty confident that I can finish two more (top row and middle row) before the end of October. I have ideas for all the squares I need to fill except for:
-temperature play featuring a trans or genderqueer character, or
-sex toys (non-penetrating) featuring a character of color. Suggestions welcome!



It's been a rough week for many people in podfic fandom. And even for folks who are doing well otherwise, it's always nice to have some extra love! Thus:
'Podficcers Love Meme' over sky and wheat field
Podficcers Love Meme: ON DW | ON LJ

Here is my thread. ♥ ♥ ♥



[personal profile] fitz_y got me signed up within an hour after [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays opened yesterday! As often happens when I decide to go be social in mainstream Merlin fandom I felt very out of place at first, but I did see some more friendly names and signups later on. It looks like there are still five spots left for writers and unlimited spaces for artists and vidders with signups closing Thursdays. And it will probably turn out to be a lot of fun in the end, just like [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon was even though signups freaked me out both years. :)



Today I watched the second-to-last episode of the first season of Teen Wolf and stuff happened that either
-I'd been really frustrated hadn't earlier before because come on, people, or
-I'd heard vague things about before and was glad to finally see what the fuss is about,
so that was nice. I enjoyed it.
sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
So idk this is maybe not wise but I can't help it, I really want to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays this year!

Merlin Holidays: An Exchange Fest, image of tower in frozen landscape
Sign-ups for [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays begin Sept 24 at 10 am Eastern


This is a mostly-Arthur/Merlin-but-other-pairings-are-okay-too fest in its third year and it is for fic, art, and vids. (I also plan to do the informal Twitter podfic exchange but have decided not to sign up for Yuletide and Festivids. I can do this. I am not out of control.) The comm is on LJ with fic and art posted on the AO3, and you can follow [syndicated profile] merlin_holidays_feed if you prefer to read on Dreamwidth.

Unfortunately I probably won't be able to be on LJ for about 9 hours after signups open tomorrow. Would anybody be free to do a proxy signup for me? I'd send you an email with my info and you could just drop it in an LJ comment tomorrow. (I have it all filled out except for the actual prompts.) ETA: Thanks, I am set! /ETA

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