sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
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(Eh, I said I'd do a rec post every weekend in October and it may seem like I'm not sticking with that but I had this Monday and Tuesday off so it's still sort of the weekend for me, so yay! I will probably have more trouble next weekend but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.)

Today I want to rec two super-long new/in progress Merlin fics that will take you back to season 1 in very different ways. I loved our characters from all five seasons and at times I missed some of them but I'm tickled by the energy and creativity that these authors have put in to building their own worlds and sets of characters starting from that other, smaller canon that first delighted so many of us.

Exiles by [archiveofourown.org profile] story_monger, Arthur/Gwen/Merlin/Morgana, 51178 words, mature
I found this browsing through the After Camlann Big Bang listings for pairings other than Arthur/Merlin and was surprised to see so few comments on an OT4 fic, especially once I dug in and realized the writing was excellent. I did see that there was a warning for noncon but that turned out not to be very explicit (and it's an OC bad guy so you don't have to worry about any beloved characters turning evil). In fact most of the fic reads a lot like gen, but with that delightful level of shippiness that season 1 canon gave us so much of. As I saw someone say on Tumblr a while back, it was that time when Merlin cared about other characters besides Arthur. REMEMBER? The strongest relationships here are Arthur/Merlin and Gwen/Morgana, but there is all kinds of flirting and caring and possibilities and it is just lovely. In some ways it didn't feel like a fanfic so much as a fantasy novel, the author just seemed so in command of the setting and the plotting and everything. (Sorry that is sort of phrased as if I didn't love fanfic. Obvs I do love fanfic.)

I should say that it starts out with an OC POV and that may have turned a few people off, but that's really just a framing story and almost all the fic is spent with the main characters.

But, um, somehow when I started reading I saw the noncon warning but missed the major character death warning, and there is MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH. It happened and I was like, okay, these things happen in fanfic sometimes but there is magic etc and there is going to be a way to work this out and have a happy ending, but then I read and read and read and got to the end of the 51K words and it was to be continued. So, you have to be okay with living with some angst and uncertainty because I have no idea when the author plans on writing the next part (it would be a major undertaking -- maybe for next year's big bang challenge?) BUT I personally found it to be totally worth it, I'm super glad I read this and highly recommend it!

Falconry by [archiveofourown.org profile] versaphile, Arthur/Merlin with I guess eventual Gwen/Morgana, 492,451 words and counting, explicit

Okay, so then I'd enjoyed a couple of big bangs so much I was browsing through the Gwen/Morgana tag on the AO3 and came across a 260K WIP called A Bird of Paradise and thought hey why not. I started reading late at night and I was like hey Arthur/Merlin after a magic reveal it doesn't get any better than this! And I was so tired and distracted I didn't realize until the next day when I was several chapters in that this was actually the fourth huge story in an epic series. (Yes, this is the recs post of me not reading AO3 tags very carefully.) I was a little reluctant to go back because, you know, what's better than a magic reveal? Who wants to go read the hundreds of thousands of words leading up to the magic reveal? But it turns out I do! Sadly the first three parts don't have any Gwen/Morgana to speak of, and really this is a very different kind of season 1 vibe from Exiles, like something to get into if what you miss about season 1 is the Arthur/Merlin without other ships getting in the way.

But it's really good! I especially loved part 2 because there was SO MUCH SMUT and plus it's this old-fashioned OTP smut where Arthur's really toppy and Merlin's all yes I would give my life for you and I belong to you and so on. Super hot!! Right now I'm in the middle of part 3, which is plottier and involves a lot of fighting and some magic. To me it is a little weird to read about all these adventures with Arthur's knights who are not the knights we know and love but hey, that is what we did after season 1, and it was great! This series actually takes its turn after the first episode of season 2 and it's just hugely impressive how much the author has developed their own world. Also there are regular updates! I almost feel silly reccing it because I guess it's hugely well known but hey, I had to stumble into it so maybe you haven't read it either and maybe you will love it too.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
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Okay, so I guess a bunch of people are doing recs this month. Yay recs! I said I would do a recs post every weekend and here we are at the end of the weekend so here goes!

A couple months ago I wrote a little ficlet of a modern AU where magic is regulated by the government and drug companies, and I was reflecting that I love these kinds of AUs with a passion and wish they would get written more. Most Merlin fics are either canon-era with magic banned or modern AUs without magic, and of course there are many other variations but DAMN, MODERN AUS WITH MAGIC ARE THE BEST.*

  • My all-time favorite, as many of you could probably guess, is the 2010 classic 125K fic Arcane Asylum by [archiveofourown.org profile] new_kate. It starts with Arthur, who's been framed for a magical crime, going into a prison for magic users that's mostly been taken over by the inmates and especially by the most powerful wizard among them, Merlin. There is some threatened non-con early on and then there is an epic Arthur/Merlin love affair and adventure. This fic, as they say, gives me all the feelings. To be honest my favorite parts are not the main plot of the story but the flashbacks to Merlin's childhood and the way his mother tried to protect him, then to his youth on the run before he got caught. It seems to me that these parts of a very strong "magic as metaphor for gayness" feel and that has always been one of my favorite things about this fandom and I love it. Then also much later in the fic there's the amazing Arthur/Sophia noncon flashback. The podfic I made of it in 2012 is by far the longest podfic I've ever made -- it sort of took me six months -- and I imagine you can sort of hear my voice flagging in the second half and then picking up again when Sophia shows up. Anyway, the whole thing is glorious really and if you came in later or just somehow never got around to this I recommend it most highly. As an anon once commented on my podfic, "this is such a satisfying fic! it is the thanksgiving meal of fanfiction."

  • Here is another old favorite: Seasons by [profile] wangler who used to go by another name though I'm not sure we're supposed to connect them. This is another long (40K) Arthur/Merlin fic with some other pairings mixed in. It is really good for crying though at times it will cut away when you are wanting to see more. Besides loving this fic in a way that makes me feel like a mess all over the floor I really admire it for the way the author shows us little pieces of the universe through tiny details, like Nimueh telling the paramedics that Merlin is Class Four even though his driver's license says two. That is just fabulous. For a while I thought I would make a multi-voice podfic of this and I even recorded the Merlin parts years ago so if you want to do Arthur let me know and I'll see if I can salvage those files. *sigh*

  • Okay so then later this summer a few weeks after I wrote that ficlet we were leaving prompts for each other on Team Gluttony and [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell wrote me this gorgeous little piece of Hunith and Freya gen with background Freya/Merlin, Forget the World. And I thought wow, Hunith and Freya and modern AU with illegal magic my life cannot get any better, and then...

  • A few days later I got the notification that my new friend [livejournal.com profile] polomonkey had posted a new fic called In Spite of Everything, the Stars and oh it was just 82249 words of Arthur/Merlin tagged Kidnapping and Hurt/Comfort and Alternate Universe - Modern With Magic. On top of the fantastic story this has really gorgeous artwork by [archiveofourown.org profile] mushroomtale and I just got to sink into a really long fic and read all weekend in a way that I have not done with a Merlin fic probably in years. Part of what was so fun was squeeing about it on Twitter and realizing that other people who barely read Merlin fic anymore were just as excited and it was so satisfying and good.

  • (*omg if you are my [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays writer or artist and you are freaking out because you already started making something for one of my other requests please don't worry, when I say "the best" here I really just mean "awesome" but I also feel that magic reveals are the best and gen is the best and kink exploration is the best and so on.)

    Anyway yay recs! If you would like to feel responsible for doing a certain number of recs posts this month you can go tell [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore or else you can just start making some recs posts!
    sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
    One of my first Merlin fics, written a little while after I watched season one, was about Gwen figuring out that Merlin was gay and telling him she was fine with that. I'm so pleased that my [personal profile] camelotremix remixer decided to write another version of that, with lots of Lancelot being a dear and Morgana being fabulous and warm season one feelings. It is called My Friends, They Are So Beautiful (the Belle Epoque remix), and it is awesome.

    The last remixes went up last Saturday and the authors' names will be revealed this coming weekend. Some others that I enjoyed a lot are Be Thy Mercies Known (Send Her Victorious remix), which takes a fun Arthur/Merlin + friends party fic and remixes it into something super sad, Danger Zone (The Being Safe is Overrated Remix), a longish Arthur/Merlin high school AU (with magic!) that just has a really nice deft touch, and Falconress (the wind beneath your wings remix), a lovely short post-canon fic about Hunith and Merlin. But I'm sorry to say I've only read or looked at a small fraction of them. What are your favorites?
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (fyff one day)
    I hadn't read any fic in ages, but I had some insomnia Friday night and went looking around the AO3 and ended up with a really nice long X-Men WIP called Pantheon by [archiveofourown.org profile] Yahtzee. It's a Roman slave AU mainly an Erik/Charles love story but also featuring Logan and Rogue and Emma and some other people. At the time I was reading over the weekend it was at four out of eleven chapters but the author just posted another one tonight, so it's now up to just under 50K and I have more achy sad fic to read while curling up with my cat and ignoring my other responsibilities tonight.

    I also started another Erik/Charles fic, it's like one of us woke up by [personal profile] kaydeefalls the other day. It's a long canon-divergent AU and all Charles POV (Charles is my favorite) with peril and feelings and I'm enjoying that one a lot too.

    I never really got into this fandom but now I feel all nostalgic for it. :) I guess there's another movie coming out next year and ... I can't even really say I'm looking forward to it because I kind of expect there to be a lot of disability fail along with the same kind of gross sexism and racism we saw in XMFC. But also James McAvoy's beautiful face! Feelings about found family and community! Erik and Charles and their doomed love! <3 <3

    I've only read a few more pages of those novels I mentioned last week, Flight Behavior and Purple Hibiscus. Man, life is different when you're not traveling.

    In other news, I am happy with my Festivids assignment. B suggested a song that I like a lot and we're planning on rewatching the source together soon. I have a bunch of ideas for treats I could make but I think making my official assignment plus one treat is a good goal to aim for (you know, after not making any vids all year).
    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 (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.
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (fyff one day)
    Hello friends,

    I could use some help finding stories to podfic for [community profile] kink_bingo. In particular, I'm looking for something for my pervertibles square (using things for sex and kink that weren't designed for that) that feature a moresome or poly relationship. I feel like there ought to be some Avengers something! With Thor's hammer or some scientific instruments or whatever? Or Inception or Sherlock or maybe even Teen Wolf... You know, those live-action English language fandoms, I'm familiar with a lot of them, but Avengers is supposed to be all about the poly, right? ETA: I have looked through poly and threesome and other tags on the AO3 and will surely do so again as I work through this bingo, but what I'd especially appreciate from you is links to any individual stories you know of! /ETA ETA2: Found one, yay! /ETA2

    I would also appreciate poly/moresome recs for historical roleplay and objectification kink!

    And! A story featuring a trans or genderqueer character and either temperature play or sleepiness!

    And many other things ha ha. I no longer have much hope of getting a blackout done during the main round. :( My new goal is to finish one bingo (the bottom row) during the round and still go for the blackout during amnesty. Maybe not all the achievements will work out so if you know of good stories for these kinks that don't feature moresomes or trans/genderqueer characters please let me know about those too.

    Thanks!
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin by brightedelweiss)
    It rained off and on all day yesterday and was pleasantly cool, a perfect day for sitting inside reading fic, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading [personal profile] piscaria's 50K Arthur/Merlin fic The Apple Grove.

    canon-era action/adventure/romance from from post-season 2, hurrah )

    In other news, I am clinging stubbornly to this fandom. Avengers non-squee )

    Remix!!

    Apr. 26th, 2012 09:27 pm
    sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)
    You know how the other day I was saying there wasn't a lot of overlap between my popular fics and my favorite fics? One that comes pretty close to having that overlap is We'll Slide Down the Surface of Things, in which our characters love each other very much but being in a relationship is hard, and some people are queer and some people are straight and then really strange porn happens. It's at number 14 if you sort my fics by hitcount and I went ahead and tagged it as One of My Favorites last week.

    Well THAT, my friends, is the fic that some fabulous person decided to remix for this year's Remix Redux! It is from Merlin's POV and instead of focusing only his feelings about Arthur and Gwen it goes and does the sex scene my fic only mentioned in a throwaway line: LANCELOT/MERLIN with Merlin temporarily having girl parts!!! Oh my god their relationship is imperfect and Lancelot is chivalrously concerned for Merlin's virtue and comfort but so so so hot for him and it's glorious.

    We'll Sink to the Surface and Hold On. by anonymous, Lancelot/Merlin with Arthur/Gwen (+ unrequited Arthur/Merlin and Gwen/Lancelot), 2320 words, Explicit.

    I always angst so much about Remix but it is still the best! I love remixing and being remixed so much. Like all of the fics at Remix2012 and Remix Madness 2012 (including the two I wrote, heh), this one could use a lot more love! There are 16 Merlin fics including several about our awesome ladies of Camelot (not only Gwen and Morgana but also Freya and Hunith) and hundreds of stories in other fandoms. Go read and be generous with your kudos and comments!

    Oh, and I think I'm pretty guessable but if you guess what I wrote I will podfic a fic of your choosing if I ever finish Arcane Asylum, or if that's not what you're into I will just tell you you're great.
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (freya by cindergraphics)
    Okay so it's April! Among other things this means:
    -A new round of [community profile] remopodmo to help us all record more podfic for [community profile] amplificathon, [community profile] podficbigbang, or whatever. I always get a ton done during [community profile] remopodmo months. Thank you, [personal profile] cantarina!
    -The official start of [community profile] welovepodfic, the Podfic Feedback Challenge, including the week 1 mini-challenge, comment on an old favorite to tell the reader how much it's meant to you.
    -Also there will probably be a new challenge at [community profile] kink_bingo! (The mini-challenge post hasn't gone up yet but I'll probably edit this post to link to it when it does.)

    Another thing that's happening that started in late March is the People with Disabilities (PWD) Being Awesome Commentwork Fest!, hosted by [personal profile] terajk. You can leave prompts or post fic or drawings or podfic or whatever there.

    Hey, speaking of fanworks about people with disabilities, I want to make some! Maybe you can help me. Although I'm paying attention to the [community profile] kink_bingo mini-challenges and doing my best to participate in those, the two big personal goals I've set for myself during this amnesty period are
    -finish a blackout of my second bingo card (some images NSFW), and
    -make a Characters With Disabilities bingo for the top row of that card.

    I only have four squares left to fill for the blackout! One of them is a fic that I'm writing and am pretty sure I can finish. The other three are part of that top row and I don't know how I will fill them yet. Can you help me find stories that I could podfic, featuring characters with disabilities and the kinks vehicular, guns, and body alteration/injury?

    more about what I'm looking for )

    If podficcing doesn't work out for all the squares maybe I will write something, so I would take fic prompts as well! Especially interesting to me would be prompts involving the ladies of Merlin.

    For those of you who don't know me, my main fandom is Merlin and I'm also into Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Community, and a bunch of other fandoms that are listed in my tags.

    Thanks so much!
    sophinisba: Wee Gwen admires wee Merlin's magic! (gwen merlin by el_jamon)
    First of all let's talk about some podfic things!

    podfic links, mostly Merlin podfic recs )

    Here are a few fics I've enjoyed reading recently!

    Arthur/Merlin, Gwaine/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen )

    And here are links to some other things!

    -[community profile] month_of_meta is a new comm encouraging people to post meta during March. I really enjoyed [personal profile] lunabee34's post Fannish Trajectories: Isolation, a Sense of Disconnection from Fandom, and How We Deal and saw a lot of parallels with my own experience, though she and I are in pretty different places now.

    -[personal profile] eruthros made an epic picspam of famous people and animals (mostly dogs and cats) that is sure to brighten your day, evening, etc. There are more pictures of cute animals and other happy-making things in the comments to [personal profile] thingswithwings's post sick: send help.

    -The March mini-challenge at [community profile] kink_bingo is to try new things, ideally "A character/pairing I've never worked on before, from a fandom I've never worked on before, doing a kink I've never done in my fanworks before, in a medium (painting/fic/vidding/podfic/etc) I've never tried to do before." This idea makes me happy! I realized there are not a lot of fandoms that I like but have never podficced in, but my current plan is to write a song for a pairing I've never worked on in a fandom I've only made a couple podfics for (never written in), and a kink where I've so far only written a drabble. I think that should be a good challenge!
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (toshiko by hermitsoul)
    Okay, so I participated in the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology II and it was (and continues to be) awesome!

    Cover art by [personal profile] bessyboo
    Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology II, text over collage of 144 women's faces
    Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology II


    Those links go to the post on [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, where you can see the list of readers and download a podbook or a zip file or browse by fandom and download individual MP3s. The total running time is over 7 and a half hours and there are 47 readers and 86 authors in 64 fandoms. Some of these readers are brand new to podfic and I believe this is the first podfic that's been made in some of the fandoms. I have been listening on my way to and from and around work and it's really a wonderful experience, to hear so many different voices and ways of reading. A lot of the fandoms are unfamiliar to me and some of the readers are people that I know on Twitter or whose names I've seen around, but I've never listened to them read before because I'm not into their regular fandoms. I love that there are pieces about motherhood and fighting and having sex and saving the world and all kinds of other things women do. It is making me very happy. [personal profile] fire_juggler has a really nice post about it and how listening to an anthology is different from listening to a long podfic.

    I contributed seven pieces in seven different fandoms, several of which were new to me! They are each between 1 and 10 minutes long.

    seven short podfics: Avatar, Doctor Who, Merlin, Northern Exposure, Pan's Labyrinth, Torchwood, X-Men )

    Another awesome thing that happened was that [personal profile] fitz_y made a podfic of I Ache Myself for More a piece of Gwen/Morgana noncon that I wrote last year. I believe it's the only noncon piece among the 104 podlets in the anthology and both [personal profile] fitz_y and I feel a bit self-conscious about that, but, well, Guinevere is still awesome even when bad things are happening to her. I loved hearing Fitzy read this as well as a very porny Gwen/Morgana fic of her own, and there are several other Merlin podfics in the collection. In conclusion, yay ladies!!!
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sinead suit)
    Hey, so, I unsubscribed from some people on Dreamwidth last night because there have been too many posts for me to keep track of lately. It wasn't because anyone did anything to upset me or anything! I'm sure I will see you guys around.

    Okay, that is still awkward even if you stop using the word "friend".

    Oh my gosh I need to make a real post about the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology because it is huge and full of variety and women's voices and seriously awesome! But that post will take formatting and coding and probably thinking, so I'm putting it off. But just trust me that it is awesome, and go and download and listen to it! (Or do that with some of the pieces if you don't want/don't have room on your computer or mp3 player for all seven and a half hours.) I have listened to about a third of it so far and it is bringing me a lot of joy.

    I have also been listening to Sinéad O'Connor's new album streaming on the NPR website a lot over the last few days, and I like it very much. My favorite tracks are "Queen of Denmark" and "V.I.P.".

    The next [community profile] camelot_fleet Fanlore project is to build up the page for Gwaine. There is a very short page there now but he has become such an important character in fandom, there's all kinds of material we can add. If you can't make it for the editing party tomorrow maybe you can drop a comment at the Fleet post or a link in the Google doc that's linked there. We did a lot of good work on the Merlin pages at Fanlore in March of 2010 but obviously the show and the fandom have changed a lot since then, so it's good to document that.

    Hey and speaking of Gwaine, [personal profile] leish aka [livejournal.com profile] quintenttsy aka...omg I cannot even say my newest comrade from Team Merlin Femslash Podfic because there are so many fabulous new people now with the anthology and all... Anyway, Leishy left a ton of Gwaine recs and some Elyan recs in comments to one of my posts from last weekend, so check those out if you are a fan of Gwaine and/or Elyan!

    Also mens!

    Feb. 11th, 2012 09:53 am
    sophinisba: Lancelot with text: Chicks dig scars (lancelot scars by miakun)
    I talk a lot about fanworks about ladies on my journal because it makes me sad when they don't get as much attention. However, there are a lot of male characters I love too! Especially on Merlin!

    Merlin, Arthur, and Arthur/Merlin )

    Gwaine and Gwaine/Merlin! )

    Elyan )

    Percival and Leon )

    Lancelot )

    In conclusion,
    knights. (large image) )

    Ladies!

    Feb. 11th, 2012 07:43 am
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (vastra jenny by winterfish)
    Podficcing!
    The Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology is coming along very well! So far people have listed 65 different podfics in...MANY different fandoms they're working on or have finished in our spreadsheet. This is not quite as many as [personal profile] klb managed to gather on her own last year, so if this year's team of four mods doesn't match that we will feel pretty bad about ourselves. However, there seem to be quite a few people who are planning or hoping to make something this weekend but haven't put their information in the spreadsheet yet, so I am almost certain we will beat last year's anthology.

    I've made four pieces in four different fandoms so far and will probably do one or two more this weekend. Short podfics are so much fun, such a nice accomplishment from starting and finishing something within an hour or so.

    I've talked to a few people who are making their first podfic for this project! Are you interested in doing that? Remember, you could read one of your own drabbles or something by someone who's given blanket permission. This is a nice project to be part of because a lot of people are likely to download it, whereas if you put out a two-minute podfic on your own you don't normally get as many listeners.

    So if you are interested in joining us drop a comment at the amplificathon post and get your podfics uploaded by Sunday night. I should be around a fair amount this weekend if anybody needs help figuring out the basics on GarageBand, and other people are around for handholding on Audacity.

    Fanlore!
    Meanwhile, some of us will be making a Nimueh page at Fanlore this weekend to document how fandom has dealt with her character. I used to edit at Fanlore and I stopped because the lack of interaction made me lonely and anxious. HOWEVER, a small group of folks getting together for a concentrated effort can make a lot of improvements there and also be a lot fun. If you aren't into Fanlore or wiki editing but you have a link to (or even a vague recollection of) a good post about Nimueh or a vid you saw once, stop by the chatroom and say hello, drop a comment on the [community profile] camelot_fleet post or add some a line to the google doc, and we will do the formatting and stuff for you.

    Last weekend a few people put together a Percival page and this will probably be going on for a few more weeks. You can follow the project at the Fanlore challenge tag on [community profile] camelot_fleet.

    Recs!
    I am in the middle of reading The Adventure of the Hopping Vampire by [livejournal.com profile] hradzka, a long, plotty fic starring Jenny and Vastra from Doctor Who (my icon on this Dreamwidth post). It has a nice light tough and a lovely Jenny POV, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

    ETA: I re-listened to [personal profile] intransitive's reading of Give Me My Sin Again by [personal profile] viklikesfic the other day. Cate Blanchett/Miranda Otto D/s and leather fetish, an hour and 9 minutes, OMFG SO HOT. I was riding the bus and I was so turned on I thought I was going to combust. It was awesome
    sophinisba: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
    This has never come up so far, but just in case: if you ever happen to see people talking smack about me at an anon meme or under f-lock or whatever, please don't tell me about it. If you don't see people talking about me at the memes please don't tell me about that either. I really prefer not to know. Thanks!

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    Signups are open for round two of [community profile] chromatic_podfic! Let's participate the hell out of this fest, you guys! I feel like characters of color get even less attention in podfic than in fic, and that's really not very much.

    podficcing! )

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    I can has a Kindle! For a little over two weeks now, though gosh it feels like longer - I am really reluctant to go back to paper books or reading long fics on my computer screen now (thank you so much to authors who post their fic, especially their long fic, at the AO3!!!!). a couple book and fic recs (Merlin and Merlin rpf) )
    sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (sinead suit)
    I've been trying to figure out what to record for [community profile] podficbigbang and remembering that I just don't read all that much long fic. Do you have any recs for me?

    Merlin fans, what are you favorite fics of, say, between 30,000 and 70,000 words? Anything you've read that especially made you think it would be great to have a podfic of it?

    Readers, what are you favorite fics of over 10,000 words with women in the lead (any fandom)?

    Some things I especially like:
    -queer people (in the story, not necessarily/only in the main pairing)
    -kink in relationships
    -hurt/comfort
    -captivity, exile
    -world-building
    -well developed secondary characters
    -fics that have not been podficced before
    -authors who give blanket permission

    Some things I would like to avoid
    -typos, spelling and grammar mistakes
    -sentences with way more words and clauses than they need
    -sexism, racism, etc.
    -words and names I don't know how to pronounce :D
    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: Morgana smiling from ep 2.03 (morgana happy by gwy)
    I have had a week. FRIDAY has not meant this much to me in a long time. Yes I am tipsy in the late afternoon okay.

    Anyway here are some things:

    -I have only finished one [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends fic, but it was awesome. Destiny That Darkly Hides Us by [livejournal.com profile] nympha_alba is a wonderful long Arthur/Merlin fic takes place before and during WWI but in an AU where magic exists and is illegal. The language in this is fancier than what I usually like to read but it won me over pretty quickly with the LONGING and the ACHING. It is great.

    -I am in the middle of reading The Ivy Crown by [personal profile] briar_pipe and it is also great. It is the AU-from-the-end-of-season-one fic you've been waiting for, full of plot and characters from Arthurian legend and Morgana being the strong, intelligent, and flawed center of her own story.

    -Speaking of ladies and fic, my fellow Merlin femslasher has convinced me to join [livejournal.com profile] pornspiration, a comm for getting better at writing porn that will be kicking off tomorrow. Membership is moderated but they welcome people from any fandom and level of experience, and the mods would especially like to invite femslash fans to join in. There will be lots of different kinds of posts but if you're like me and you don't want people to critique your writing then it's okay to sit out those rounds and just play along in other stuff. It looks like it will be a fun and upbeat place and I hope I can find time to participate and I wish it were on Dreamwidth but hey.



    AO3 Feelings and Opinions )

    -Last week I finally made a good start on my podfic project for [community profile] ladiesbigbang! I made some big mistakes but I still got a significant chunk done and it felt good.

    -I have filled twenty out of twenty-five squares on my first [community profile] kink_bingo card!!! I have until the end of September to cross off "silk, velvet, feathers, furs", "prostitution/sex work", "whipping/flogging", "obedience", and "consent play". I think it's kind of funny that I haven't come up with anything for consent play yet, considering how excited I was to get that square and the fact that half of my fills have been dubcon or noncon. I just haven't found anything that quite fits it in the way I want. (I thought about trying to do Gwen/Vivian with enthusiastic consent for the Happy Endings challenge at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon but it didn't work out.) I had pornathon fics picked out that I wanted to podfic for both that and obedience, but the authors either never de-anoned or didn't answer my podfic permission requests, so I'm still looking. There's another piece I started writing for pornathon that involves prostitution, so I should try to sit down and make that work. Silk/velvet/feathers/furs is another one that seems like it should be easy but hasn't happened yet. And whipping/flogging is not really my kink and I don't have any ideas. So yeah, I would take suggestions for any of those five, particularly if you know of good, relatively short fics that ought to be podficced.

    -I watched the first two episodes of Parks and Recreation last night and another this afternoon. I like the main character a lot and it often makes me laugh but more often just makes me very uncomfortable. If you would like to try to convince me to keep watching I will listen. I would also take recs for other shows that are streaming on Netflix or other places on the Internet, especially the half-hour funny kind that I can watch right before bed. What I would really like to watch is more Community. That's coming back soon, right?

    I finished the first season of Mad Men a couple days ago and was going to try to hold off on diving in to the second, but I think I will probably cave tonight.

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