sophinisba: Lancelot with text: Chicks dig scars (lancelot scars by miakun)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] baranduin! You are a good friend and a talented, thoughtful person. I feel lucky to know you and I'm so glad we'll get to hang out again in a few weeks, even if it's just a brief visit this time.




I wrote another Lancelot ficlet!

Title: Perfect
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Ships: Lancelot, Arthur/Gwen (IT CAN BE ARTHUR/GWEN/LANCELOT IF YOU WANT)
Rating: G + 1 swear word
Contains: n/a
Wordcount: 500 (five drabbles)
Notes: Part of my series of five 500-word Lancelot AUs (three finished so far) inspired by 5x09. This one less spoilery than the others, written for the "humiliation (in public)" square on my second [community profile] kink_bingo card. My first G-rated kink-bingo fill! Thanks to [personal profile] claudia603 and [livejournal.com profile] bessyboo for their help. Dedicated to [personal profile] meri and also written out of great affection for [livejournal.com profile] baranduin though I know it's not your fandom so don't feel obligated to read it or anything.
Summary: Figure skater AU!




I had kind of a rough day offline today, but I've been having a great time in fandom lately. Look at these awesome things my friend have made!

-So this weekend I asked [personal profile] yue_ix to look over the Arthur/Merlin ficlet I had written with five squares from my kink_bingo card, If I Cannot Be Your Queen. While we were chatting about it she started drawing a picture of Gwen, inspired by my story but using five kinks from her card and with ending up with a more kink-positive message than I had been using (I was expressing some of my angst about 4x09 and Yue was using kink to turn it into something less angsty). So yeah she came up with this beautiful picture where Gwen has sparkles in her hair!!! If I Can't Go To Your Dungeons by [personal profile] yue_ix, probably not safe for work Gwen art yay!

-Another thing that happened recently was that [personal profile] anatsuno and I were chatting and she said she wished there were more fic with top!Merlin and I said indeed it is a rare and beautiful thing, but that I also thought she would like some of [livejournal.com profile] lolafeist's fics where Merlin is such a strong sub that Arthur's kind of in awe of him. And sure enough anat went and podficced The One at a Sex Club where Merlin anon!fails because she liked it so much, and it was very sexy in anat's voice and I loved listening to it, as well as the Community/Doctor Who crossover podfic that is also at that link.

-Then another thing that happened was that I read this beautiful intense Gwaine/Merlin bdsm fic by [livejournal.com profile] leashy_bebes and I tweeted that it was great and might be of interest to other fans of top!Merlin, and that I'd love to listen to a podfic of it. So then [personal profile] meri decided to record both that and a lovely safeword fic set in the same universe for me!!! So the other day I got to listen to the very warm and lovely (Safe) Words and then this morning I got to listen to the sexy sexy A Force When We're Together. I feel so lucky!

-Okay and I didn't have anything to do with this thing getting made but it needs to be talked about because GUYS DID YOU SEE THAT [personal profile] dodificus MADE A PODFIC OF VOID AND THAT IT IS 9 HOURS OF SQUIRMERRIFIC TEENAGE DUBCON? If you were in Faculty fandom I'm sure you remember this. But even if you've never seen the movie or read another Faculty fic you can still understand and admire this one. Here is the podfic and here is the podbook and here is the text. ;skljd;flkjs ls

-Oh and hey, there is an informal podfic gift exchange going on right now and I hope the person assigned to me does not feel pressured to record kinky fic or porn if that's not what they're into. I really love all kinds of things including hurt/comfort and gen. This person is probably more organized than me and has already picked out and recorded something, but if they're feeling lost they might find the posts on my dear creator letter tag helpful. <3
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin by brightedelweiss)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] slightlytookish! Thank you for being a good friend and writing fic that makes my heart melt and for being an all around great person. ♥

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I got a Tumblr account today because [personal profile] themadlurker was getting one and a bunch of my other friends already had them. I think I will mostly use it for lurking. If you're okay with that, let me know who you are over there so I can follow you, and what other cool stuff I should be following. I am sophinisba there same as everywhere else.

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Also today I finished a draft of a longish podfic, The Unbroken Thread by [livejournal.com profile] dayari, PG-13 Arthur/Merlin hurt/comfort that's worked out to be about an hour and eight minutes. Is anyone up for giving it a listen to check for major errors? If so, drop me a comment or an email and I'll send you a couple MP3s. (It's a lovely fic if you share my taste for Arthur feeling vulnerable and humiliated but learning that it's all right to trust someone.) ETA: Thanks, I am set!

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Oh! And in case you missed it, the Metafic got finished and reposted on Wednesday: Pairing Pendragon/Merlin. Skip to the middle of part 2 if you were reading on the meme. (I found my place by searching for "lose your breath" ha ha.)
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sophie leverage by winterfish)
Happy birthday [personal profile] thingswithwings! I know that like most of us listeners you prefer long podfics, but as a reader I prefer the ones that I can record in one sitting and without causing my computer to crash! So I did a bunch of short ones, and [personal profile] such_heights also did one, and I put them in a podbook! This way you get an hour and seven minutes in six different fandoms without a lot of downloading hassle.

Happy Birthday, Thingswithwings (with pictures from 6 fandoms)

Readers: [personal profile] sophinisba and [personal profile] such_heights
Fandoms: Psych, anthropomorfic, The Little Mermaid, Homicide: Life on the Street, Leverage, Like Water for Chocolate
Download links: m4b at Audiofic, mp3 at Audiofic

Notes and links to individual mp3 files are below the cuts!

Gus Goes for the Gold Star by liviapenn (Psych), read by such_heights )
Stargaze by toft (Psych) )
There's No Backing Up Now by themadlurker (anthropomorfic) )
Now, the Matter by rubynye (The Little Mermaid) )
three-part disharmony by bossymarmelade (Homicide: Life on the Street) )
The Pie Job by thingswithwings (Leverage) )
La Adelita by eruthros (Like Water for Chocolate) )

Let me know if you come across any broken links or other problems with this post!

ETA: Thanks to [personal profile] dodificus for adding these to the Audiofic Archive!
sophinisba: Two young women picking flowers in Waterhouse painting. (Waterhouse girls by caerdroea)
I love you a lot, Lora. May you have a beautiful year.

green labyrinth with sunlight
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (frodo look by transigent)
Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] claudia603!!! You are one of my favorite people and I'm so glad we're friends. I miss you and I hope I get to see you in person again soon!!

I'm sorry I was whining to you all day about boring rl stuff and didn't think to do this until tonight, and now it's too late for you to download it, but I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to listen!

Title: Bind His Hands
Author: [personal profile] claudia603
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Pairing: Frodo/Faramir
Rating: NC-17
Contains: bondage, roleplay, drunk sex
Summary: Frodo and Faramir are playful in Emyn Arnen.
File info: mp3, 3.9 MB, 8:22 minutes
Temporary link: Download from Sendspace!
Permanent link: Download from the Audiofic Archive!
Reader's notes: For CLAUDIA'S BIRTHDAY (!!) and the "bondage (wrist/ankle restraints)" square on my (second) [community profile] kink_bingo card! Ah ha ha this was so much fun to do. I had to keep pausing in the recording because I was giggling so much.
sophinisba: Katie Jackson as wide-eyed hobbit girl in FotR (wee hobbit lass)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] shirebound! It's been great to see so much good news from you lately. I hope your year is filled with joy and good health and puppies!

Shirebound was one of the first writers I started reading back in 2004 when I first discovered fanfic. I remember when I was a brand new lurker, reading Quarantined on ff.net and being so caught up in the story but also so impressed with her warmth and the time she took to thank all her readers for their comments at the beginning of each chapter. It also blew my mind when Shirebound was one of the first people to comment on the first fic I wrote. It never occurred to me then that someday we'd not only interact online but get to meet and hug in person. I love fandom and I'm really glad that we're friends, Shirebound!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] slightlytookish! Thank you for helping lure me into Merlin fandom. It's been great having a familiar friend around and getting to know you better this past year as we've both been trying new things. I'm glad your mathom was released in time for your birthday. :) I hope you have a great day.




Now I get to do the giant fic year in review meme! I love this meme and I always look forward to it, but it wouldn't have made sense to post it before I could claim my Solstice fic, which was more than a third of my writing for the year.

I had a good fic writing year! Most of my fics were very short but there was that one long one and I think I ended up with more in quantity (words) than in 2007 or 2008, though probably less than 2006. (This is the first year I've totaled up wordcounts though so I don't know that for sure.) I'm happy to have found a place in a new fandom where I'm (sort of) comfortable and enjoying reading and writing. I feel about as good in my online life now as I did back in 2006, when I was really settling in with hobbit fandom.

So, for the first part of the meme I have links to the fics I posted each month. I've listed the fandom for everything except the Merlin fics. list )

Next comes the part of the meme where I get to ramble!

themes, favorite stories, etc. )
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] baranduin! I hope you've had a lovely day with good food and good company, including some quality time with the kitties. I can't wait to see you again at New Year's. Thank you for getting us together and for being you.

And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mews1945 and [livejournal.com profile] shirebound for the holiday cards. They brightened my day. :)
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] claudia603!! I am so happy to have you as a friend. I love knowing what you're doing from day to day and sharing things from my life with you and plotting the epics we never write as well as the ones we do. I'm so happy I got you to watch Merlin so we're sharing this fandom too. I'm happy for you for the things you've accomplished this year and just this past month, and I can't wait to see you again in person.

I hope today is completely fabulous in all ways including you getting bitten by an epic bunny that will lead to lots of joyful notebook writing with gel pens (and I hope that bunny involves Merlin being gravely injured and Arthur realizing what a jerk he's been and how heartbroken he would be if he didn't have Merlin omg).

I tried to fix up some old Frodo/Faramir for you but it didn't work out and then I thought about trying to do some kind of crossover crack but it all felt cheap and silly. I'd love to write you a drabble if you'd give me a prompt.

♥ ♥ ♥
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merry!)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] danae_b! Even though you're not online much these days I think of you all the time, like when I use the Pippin icon you made me or when I use this one and I remember when I first got it and I commented all excited to tell you I had a Pippin icon and you politely let me know it was actually Merry. :D

When I look at the fics I've written it amazes me how many of them were because of you, how reading your fics and talking with you helped me fall in love with Pippin and with Merry/Pippin and Frodo/Pippin and Frodo/Merry/Pippin but also with so many minor characters and original characters, and with the idea of writing minor characters at all without being afraid of other people calling them Mary Sues, of writing het and femslash and genfic about girls.

I remember all the good chats we had and how I could say things to you that I didn't tell anyone else, like when we'd post fics and wait together for the zillions of comments that never came or when we talked about real life. I remember how we'd e-mail each other pieces of really hot angsty Pippin trashfic that we never finished, and how you were my ally at promoting remixes in hobbit fandom and that time I came to your house and we watched the whole first season of Supernatural in, what was it? Three days? I'm so glad that we did all these things.

I hope you have a chance to drop in and see your f-list today. I hope you and your mom and your cat are well and I hope you're having a really good day. *hugs and hugs*
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] elanorgardner! Thank you for sticking with LotR fandom through the years and being so generous with the time and energy you have for fandom, and thank you for tolerating me with my lazy co-modding. I hope you're having a great day.

The new challenge at [livejournal.com profile] lotr_fic_recs is Gollum fics and there's only one there so far. I'm sure Elanor would be pleased if we added a bunch of new ones today. :)
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (goddess)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] mews1945! You are one of those people whose birthday becomes a holiday for the whole fandom because you're so important to us. Last week we all got to read the reports of the long expected party in Maryland and today we're partying on LJ. I hope you're having a good time. *hugs*




Today is also International Day of Femslash. I meant to write some fic but the day sort of snuck up on me (by being a week after the Remix deadline but also right at the Remix deadline at the same time) and I have some rl work this weekend so I probably won't get to it. :/

Still, it seems like a good time to say that Gwen and Morgana on Merlin make me really happy. It's true I've been reading Arthur/Merlin but I love that my new fandom also has these two women who are good people and who clearly care about each other and show affection for each other. I like that they were friends before Merlin came onto the scene and that their relationship isn't oriented around the guys. And since the show is not all about shipping either of them with Arthur or Merlin, fandom doesn't feel the need to do bad things to them or make them evil in order to get their guys together. There's a lot of Gwen/Morgana fic out there but there's also a lot of Arthur/Merlin that has Gwen/Morgana as a secondary pairing or all of them as friends. Whether or not femslash is your thing it is nice to have these women on TV who like each other, as we women like each other in real life.

Here are some links:
[livejournal.com profile] femslash_day - International Day of Femslash comm
[livejournal.com profile] femslash_today - daily newsletter
[livejournal.com profile] thelittlebang - recently posted long fics and art
[livejournal.com profile] femslash09 - fics going live next week, I think?
[livejournal.com profile] idof_feedback - pledge to comment on a certain number of femslash fanworks by July 25th
The Merlin Femmeslash Kink Meme at [livejournal.com profile] gwenmorganabbc, request, write and read commentfic (all f/f pairings, not just Gwen/Morgana) all weekend long. :)
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
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Happy birthday, my dear [livejournal.com profile] hanarobii! I hope you've had a great day despite having your surprise ruined by bad filtering. I was really glad I got to see you this weekend even though it was only for a little while, and I am really sorry I interrupted your totally great story about the notebook! ♥ ♥ ♥

good news

Dec. 13th, 2008 05:09 pm
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] aprilkat!! I hope you had a great day, my dear, kind friend!

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] shirebound, for your holiday card. I'm also very happy about the thing you mentioned. :)

Today has been a good day for me! I went through one more round of revisions on the two Yuletide stories I have finished and uploaded them both to the archive, giving me stories number 155 and 156 to go in this year, a full week ahead of the deadline. Whoo!

Also this afternoon I went to see the movie Milk with my friend K. I realized a few minutes in – maybe during the opening credits, actually – that it would be one of those movies where you cry off and on all the way through. (This was something my friend L., whom some of you met in Seattle this summer, wrote to me after she saw The Hours for the first time.) But it also managed to make me happy at the same time, since it is so touching on a personal level and so inspiring and just very well done. I really recommend it.
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] baranduin. There are so many things that make me glad to know you. I love that you are so honest and so caring. I love reading what you write. I love your way of going ahead and doing things when you decide they should be done. I hope you had a great weekend and a great birthday. I'm really looking forward to the next time I'll get to see you. *hugs*
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy birthday to one of my favorite people, [livejournal.com profile] claudia603. Even though we haven't spent quite as much time together in person this year as we did last year I feel like I'm getting to know you better all the time. Thank you for being such a great presence in fandom and such a great friend. I'm enjoying seeing my f-list celebrate your special day. Hope you're having a wonderful time too.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (pippin cheeky by danachan)
Happy birthday, my dear [livejournal.com profile] danae_b. I have missed you and talking about Pippin and other things. I think you've read most of this little fic before but I'm posting for your birthday. I hope you have a really good day. Love, Sophie.

Title: I Wrote Myself a Song
Fandom: LotR
Rating: G
Pairing: Pippin/Diamond
Words: 1343
Notes: This takes place the day after my Pippin/Diamond fic He Came to Meet Me, which Dana remixed in Never Lost, Not Really. My Pippin/Diamond fics are inspired by Dana's Pippin/Diamond fics and by the Hem song "He Came to Meet Me".

I Wrote Myself a Song )
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Today is the birthday of three wonderful women on my f-list, [livejournal.com profile] easterlily41482, [livejournal.com profile] frolijah_fan_54, and [livejournal.com profile] blackbird_song. I was really happy and lucky to get to meet all three of you last summer. I hope you're having a great day (think of all the new fics at the Frolijah challenge as presents for you!) and that this next year is a good one for all of you.
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] honeyandvinegar! You are such a fun, honest, and generous person. I'm really glad to know you and I hope you're having a good time on your special day.

Hello!

Mar. 28th, 2008 01:50 pm
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Happy birthday to our dear friend [livejournal.com profile] shirebound! I hope you're having a wonderful day with lots of friends and hobbits in blankets.

It's a beautiful day here today. Still some snow on the ground but it's sunny and warm and really pleasant for walking outside. I switched from my heavy winter coat to my lighter, cuter one and from my heavy winter boots to my normal walking shoes.

This morning I more than doubled the wordcount on my [livejournal.com profile] remixredux08 fic and brought it over the 1000-word minimum. It still has a long way to go, but that is such a nice feeling.

I'm having some trouble connecting to the Internet from my laptop so I'm not sure if I'll be around today. Happy Froday, everyone!

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