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.

fandom

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: 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: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
Thank you for your card, [livejournal.com profile] rubynye, and thank you for your present, [livejournal.com profile] baranduin! I have hung them both up to decorate the new place. ♥ ♥

Thanks to folks who commented on my previous post to let me know that Parks and Rec gets better. I just have one more episode to go in the first season and am looking forward to more positivity and teaminess. Since I haven't wanted to pay too much attention to the season 1 episodes I've also gotten some weightlifting done while it was on. Yay multitasking and tingly muscles! *flexes*

While looking around on Netflix the other night I discovered that Sports Night is also available on instant streaming. I've never seen that show and I've heard lots of good things, so maybe I'll try it after I finish Parks and Rec.

I really enjoyed reading [livejournal.com profile] wanderhomeagain's big bang fic What You Mean to Me (Right Now), a lovely 38K Arthur/Merlin romance. The characters in this were a couple years older than the students I'm more used to seeing in modern AUs and they felt very real and familiar to me. And the way they dealt with their problems, including Arthur having an amputated leg, also seemed very believable and not over-the-top as sometimes happens. It's also nice, after reading so many short PWPs over the summer, to read a few of these long fics where the relationships really have time to develop and the porn feels very...well earned, I guess, by the time you get there. :)

Really I am barely dipping my toes in the [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends fics. There's just so much and I'm not especially in a reading phase right now. :/ But I am really impressed with how much the authors have accomplished, and I am grateful to the folks who are posting recs.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (tiana twirl by hermitsoul)
Okay so! Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes, friends! I'm sorry I haven't responded to all of them yet! Still, here are some links to some things!

-[personal profile] claudia603 made me a Gwen/Morgana drabble!

-[personal profile] oconel probably didn't realize it was my birthday, but she made me a Merlin/Morgana modern AU ficlet IN SPANISH at the [community profile] camelot_fleet party this weekend! Gwen siempre tiene razón (rated G, no spoilers).

[-I am writing some Merlin/Morgana fic (in English) myself! It's up to 950 words now but I don't really know how much it needs. It's episode-related so I hope I can finish it before the next one airs on Saturday!]

-There is a new comm for people who want to read and write in Spanish on Dreamwidth, [community profile] en_espanol!

-[personal profile] livrelibre wrote a fine Zoe/River (Firefly) fic for [community profile] femslash10, Still Flying True. Thanks to [personal profile] zulu for the rec!

-Since Sunday I've really been enjoying following the discussion at [personal profile] happydork's post Why am I not writing the stories I say I want to read? (about the challenges of breaking out of the habit of writing about pretty young cis white dudes - for people who already want to do so!) and today she followed it up with a practical strategies post How I can write more of the stories I say I want to read. I hope that one generates a lot of discussion too (and eventually, you know, a lot of fic).

-ETA: [personal profile] glass_icarus just wrote me Wil and Viv from Saving Face BABYSITTING <3 <3 desperate "housewives".
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
*I'm sure you've all seen links to the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti charity auction, but, well, seeing multiple links on my f-list was what prompted me to go ahead and make a donation to Doctors Without Borders, so I figure extra linking is a good thing. The tragedy is so huge and overwhelming but it's heartening to see people in fandom doing what they can to help in all kinds of different ways. There are separate posts at the comm for different kinds of goods and services and fanworks as well as these links to relief organizations.

*Hobbit fandom, also so generous and supportive! I feel wrapped up in blankets and love after posting that ficlet the other night.

*[livejournal.com profile] westmoon, I forgot to thank you for your card that came while I was traveling. [personal profile] isis, the pedometer came in the mail today! I think I might try it out outside tomorrow. Thank you both!

*[livejournal.com profile] festivids went live yesterday with a ton of great fanvids for small fandoms. I'm not doing recs because I've just been watching based on the fandoms and everything I've watched so far has been awesome, plus I never know what to say about vids anyway, so just go check out the masterlist and have fun. Yay, vids.

*[livejournal.com profile] kinkelot is the new community for kinky Merlin fic and art about all characters and pairings. The first challenge, spanking, started today and will run through the middle of February. more on kinkelot, a Merlin/Morgana scenario, and kinkme_merlin )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
[livejournal.com profile] rubynye, your card arrived yesterday, thank you so much. I love that you put so much creativity and care into your gifts. ♥

I went to see the new Disney movie The Princess and the Frog on Tuesday! I'm not usually a big fan of kids' movies or cartoons but I enjoyed this. The heroine is Tiana, a black woman in 1920s New Orleans who dreams of owning her own restaurant. She is tough and hardworking and smart and loves her family. She reminded me a little of Monica, one of my favorite Heroes characters, who unfortunately never got to be a protagonist like Tiana is. I liked her and most of the other characters a lot. The songs literally had me tapping my feet and some of the jokes made me laugh out loud. Maybe next year I'll request Tiana/Charlotte for Yuletide!

[livejournal.com profile] kialio posted a great review at [livejournal.com profile] deadbrowalking aimed at people of color (and other people who like to avoid racist movies) with minor spoilers and a few bigger ones you have to highlight to read. A complaint about the middle of the movie, not spoilery for the end )

ETA: Nnedi Okorafor's review is a lot more spoilery but also interesting and insightful. It's just the kind of review I like to read after watching a good movie.
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. :)

Thank you!

Sep. 20th, 2009 06:56 pm
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Thank you all for the lovely wishes and pictures and gifts yesterday. I've enjoyed my birthdays a lot more since I came into online fandom than I ever did before, and I always thought I had an especially good birthday since it's so close to Frodo and Bilbo's (so I could pretend all the hobbit fic getting posted around that time was really for ME), and then this year I got the season premiere of Merlin as a present. I had a good day offline too but I guess I will talk about that in a friends-locked post. Here in public though I want to point to some of the wonderful things people made for me:

-[livejournal.com profile] julchen11 wrote Questions and answers about Zeke and Casey.

-[livejournal.com profile] claudia603 shared a Gwen/Morgana ficlet from her Mermaid AU.

-[livejournal.com profile] mews1945 did a great happy-making picspam.

-[livejournal.com profile] baranduin made me a beautiful Gwen/Morgana/flowers birthday card.

-The BBC made a new episode of this show I might have mentioned that I like. :D

-[personal profile] briar_pipe made a comment thread for me at the [community profile] camelot_fleet party, and just before I went to bed [personal profile] miarrow posted A Promise To Return - The Cylon Side of Things, a new Cylon!Merlin continuation of her Merlin/BSG fusion.

Thank you, lovelies. I had a great time!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merry!)
Okay, I'm doing this:
For every day this month, post about something that makes you happy.
I did this in August of last year and it was great. It got me to post more and when I wasn't online I spent a lot of extra time thinking about things that make me happy and how to talk about them, which helped my general mood. I might not post every day but I intend to post about 31 things. Some of these posts will be friends locked.

Today I'm happy that it's July 1st. When I posted yesterday I was thinking it was July 1st already, but it was only June 30th. This means that I'm less behind than I thought, I have one more day than I thought to write my remix, and I still have time to do [livejournal.com profile] lotr_fic_recs mod stuff later today. This reminds me of starting daylight savings time in the fall or of finding a five-dollar bill in a coat I haven't warn in six months.

I'm also happy that my f-list is so great and helpful. Like I love that we came here for hobbits or other fannish reasons and since we're friends we help each other out with major life stuff but we can also help with little things like whether you can take knitting needles on a plane and whether owning a Mac will actually make you feel cooler. Thank you!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (rosie sam by starshapedcandy)
[livejournal.com profile] browngirl, thank you for your postcard! It had just the intended effect!

Also, today is a beautiful day outside in real life. I went out for a short walk earlier but I should go for another. I've spent most of the day inside with my computer, partly because a new BSG disc came in the mail (yay!) but mostly occupied with mod business.

I started posting fics at [livejournal.com profile] remixthedrabble today! One post for Dresden Files, Good Omens, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Twilight and one for Horation Hornblower, Master and Commander, and Pirates of the Caribbean! Each remix exactly 100 words (unless someone counted wrong)! remixthedrabble and remixredux09 talk )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (yuletide squee by liviapenn)
Naw, turns out my Yuletide story Derived from Crenshaw, Meaning Inquisitive is by [livejournal.com profile] sugargroupie. I read an SGA fic of hers a while back and we were in touch back in November for [livejournal.com profile] remixthedrabble. How nice to get a present from someone I already knew was cool. Thank you again, [livejournal.com profile] sugargroupie!!

Here are links to the stories I wrote. I'll probably repost them to my journal in a few days, and at some point I also need to do a rambly post about what a great time I had writing all of them. Thank you to all my recipients, especially my assigned recipient [livejournal.com profile] speccygeekgrrl, for the awesome prompts and responses! Thanks to my betas and to everyone who commented and recced, and to everyone who participated in some way in this year's Yuletide!

- Nine Steps in a Circle, Little Miss Sunshine (Frank and Dwayne gen) for [livejournal.com profile] speccygeekgrrl

- The Key, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (Diane's story as fairy tale), also for [livejournal.com profile] speccygeekgrrl

- The E-mail, NewsRadio (Dave/Lisa and ensemble) for [livejournal.com profile] jengrrrl

- How Does Your Garden Grow, Fairy Tales (Rapunzel's mother) for [livejournal.com profile] loathlylady/[livejournal.com profile] msmcknittington

- Just to Keep It, Michael Cunningham's The Hours (Kitty-centric - is it gen or femslash??) for [livejournal.com profile] paceus

- CQD MGY, Titanic (minor character slash) for our own [livejournal.com profile] claudia603
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (group hug by beachicons)
A note to my Yuletide Goat(s): traveling )

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] baranduin for making me laugh so much tonight with her very historically accurate and Mary-Renault-canon-faithful Happy First Everest Summit card and other holiday cards she's been posting. Thanks also to all of you who've sent me cards in the last few days: [livejournal.com profile] trianne, [livejournal.com profile] claudia603, [livejournal.com profile] frolijah_fan_54, [livejournal.com profile] westmoon, [livejournal.com profile] hyel (who also made me laugh), and [livejournal.com profile] rubynye (your Santa Lucia card warms my Swedish-American heart!). I didn't respond to a lot of address-collecting posts this year since I'm not sending cards myself, but it has been nice to receive them and I appreciate the time and effort and postage you put into them. :) If I have forgotten anyone I apologize! Am a bit scatterbrained between Yuletide Madness and getting ready to leave town for a few days.

Merry Christmas, my dear friends! Thank you all for being a part of my life. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (yuletide sun jan davey ellis by chomiji)
Hey you guys! [livejournal.com profile] benebu posted her French translation of my Patil twins fic, Et que jamais personne…!! I have not tried to read the whole thing yet but I'm happy that I know enough French to read the comments and see that the people who read it both liked the story and thought it was a great translation! (The first person said it read like it had been written in French and not like a translation.) That is so cool! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] benebu!!

Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] mews1945 and [livejournal.com profile] slightlytookish for the holiday cards you sent me, that is so sweet of you. ♥

And now, a book meme, gacked from cesare on IJ (almostnever):

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

books! )
sophinisba: Frodo smiling (frodo happy by proverb)
Hey [livejournal.com profile] claudia603, thank you for the postcard! I'm happy to know that when you see creepy old institutional buildings you think of me. :D It is awesome that things are going so well for you there.

In other news, I was so anxious about getting my Faculty fic ready in time that I ended up posting a day early. I thought today was the fifth! So I ended up messing up the one-post-per-day part of the C/Z Love Month. :/ Still, I'm happy that I finished that one and the Maya/Alejandro that I'd posted last week (another one where I'd committed to posting on a specific date). I was worried because I'd given up the thing with writing every day in February, but they both worked out all right. I still can't relax though because I'm signed up for four different exchanges with deadlines in the next six weeks. o_0 due dates and progress so far )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (pippin cheeky by danachan)
I've reposted my Yuletide fics and updated my fic index with everything I could find (even the haikus omg), plus a little reorganizing that I think is helpful. I've also been messing around with my journal's tags, though there's still a lot more to be done there (especially fixing those dumb links that I put in fic entries).

I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] remixredux08 earlier tonight and I'm hoping that when my remixer gets here they'll have an easy time finding things. If you were thinking about participating, remember that sign-ups close tomorrow night! More info here.

I've also just edited my LJ profile a wee bit – went in there to fix the tag links but ended up adding a few interests and other things. I like that it's now possible to choose who can see your birthday and your location. I've never had a problem with sharing that stuff with other people in fandom, but I didn't like the idea that someone who knows me from RL being able to recognize me just by glancing at my profile. So I've set that info to friends-only.

Speaking of LJ, I'm letting my paid account run out at the end of the month. I'm a little bummed about giving up the extra userpics, but otherwise it shouldn't be a big deal. I decided last summer that I wasn't comfortable giving LiveJournal money anymore, and since their policies haven't improved I don't want to go back on that now. Likewise, I'd feel silly and hypocritical having my friends giving them money on my behalf, so please, no gifts to this account, though I appreciate the thought and am thankful for the LJ gifts some of you have given me in the past.

I probably won't be around until Monday. I'm planning to see the movie Definitely, Maybe tomorrow and very much looking forward to watching the Oscars Sunday night. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (wee hobbit lass by xxflissxx_icons)
Goodness, I meant to link to this sooner! [livejournal.com profile] trascendenza wrote me a lovely little Everything Is Illuminated ficlet about Alex coming to see Jonathan in the States following the events of the movie. Luminous, rated K, which I'm guessing is the author's equivalent of G. :)

Here are a few other great fics I've read recently:

LotR: Too Deeply Hurt by [livejournal.com profile] aprilkat, Frodo/Faramir, mature, post-quest with hints of BDSM, a series of drabbles.

Lotrips: You're a Map of a Place Maybe Someday I'll Go by [livejournal.com profile] pippinmctaggart, Dom/Billy, NC-17, a long and wonderfully detailed, believable love story.

Firefly: Better Times Collide With Now by [livejournal.com profile] sarahetc, Zoe/Mal, PG-13, one-shot. Author's summary: "After the war, on their first night with Serenity, Zoe and Mal confront what's between them."

Thank you!

Sep. 20th, 2007 02:43 pm
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
Thank you, friends, for helping make yesterday such a great birthday for me!

off lj )

I am delighted with the ficlets people wrote for me. [livejournal.com profile] mews1945 got at my sentimental side with Bath Time, a lovely, tender fic about wee Frodo and Merry; [livejournal.com profile] honeyandvinegar and [livejournal.com profile] lilybaggins got at my kinky side with Casey/Zeke haikus and a Frodo/Aragorn drabble; and [livejournal.com profile] claudia603 got at my kinkily sentimental side with a drabble in which Merry pays attention to Frodo's scars (it is G-rated gen omg but still). I also had a good chat with [livejournal.com profile] danachan and she sent me a draft a beautiful fic that continues our shared Saga of Celandine and Periwinkle. It made me feel all warm and happy to read.

What really kept me feeling happy and loved all day (eh, starting Tuesday night and continuing into today) was the steady stream of good wishes from so many of my friends in posts, comments, v-gifts (from [livejournal.com profile] alchemilla, [livejournal.com profile] layne67, and [livejournal.com profile] hanarobi) and e-mails. Thank you all so very much. I'm really grateful that you're part of my life.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
Here are links to the wonderful fics my friends wrote for my birthday a few weeks ago -- there maybe another one or two on the way. Sorry I took so long to do this post, but hey, maybe you'll find something interesting to read on a Friday night when not many people are posting.

I can't tell you all how wonderful it made me feel to have people create such lovely things just for me. Thank you so very, very much.

[livejournal.com profile] mews1945 wrote a ficlet that takes place after the end of her Faculty series Family, Christmas Eve.

[livejournal.com profile] layne67 also wrote a Zeke/Casey ficlet that works in nods to quite a few other LJers.

And [livejournal.com profile] aprilkat wrote me a spot-on gapfiller Zeke/Casey double drabble, Illumination.

[livejournal.com profile] lorie945 finished off a fantastic series of five things ficlets with a Five Things Alexander Learned from Bagoas, G-rated slash for Mary Renault's The Persian Boy.

[livejournal.com profile] claudia603 wrote a set of five drabbles about two hobbits whom I love very much and who love each other very much, Frodo and Merry.
On Leaving

[livejournal.com profile] danachan wrote a longer fic about two other hobbits who love each other very much. I hadn't heard about Ilberic Brandybuck and Minto Burrows until a few months ago, when Dana started working on this fic, but now I love them as well. They are just on the edges of the story we're familiar with; we get glimpses of the Travellers, especially toward the end, but the focus is in these Ilberic and Minto and how they helped each other get through that terrible year. The fic is called Of Locked Doors and Secret Gates, and here are the parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

It makes me happy that there is so much variety to this list, three different fandoms and everything from immature and horny teenagers and tweens to the deep love and respect of lifelong relationships.

I do love fandom.

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