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 Sidecar Comedy, an outfit co-masterminded by a guy I lived with in college, has made a rap out of the unquenchable ire that comes from watching nerdy things you loved unreasonably getting screwed up by the people who make money off of them 

I laughed my ass off. Also, I think this should be in every dictionary as the definition of "first world problems."

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So, if you haven't caught on to this, one of my favorite things about betaing is that it means I get my hands on the good stuff FIRST. Yet again, this policy has worked out well for me. And thus I suggest you-all haul ass back to LJLand and go read A Passage That Sings, brand spankin' new Trek Reboot RPS by the ever-phenomenal dorkorific (who you may remember from other things like, uh, Shoebox Project). I spent most of the time reading this story alternately laughing in a very loud and unsubtle way, turned on, and cringing at the extent to which I may or may not identify with her Zach Quinto. On which note, her Zach Quinto, omg, is the best and the bitchiest thing ever, and I keep wanting to apologize to her Chris on his behalf. Also, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg getting into it over Kelis is worth the price of admission alone.

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I can now give credit where credit is most definitely due for the three really wonderful stories I received:

Cut in case anyone likes to go unspoiled. )

As for me, I wrote Prize [Polly & the Pirates] for odditycollector, and got more joy out of writing that request than I can properly express.

Happy New Year to all of you, and I wish you lots of joy and reading in it.

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I had just gotten off of a five-hour phone conversation with one of my favorite people in the world, and then my inbox dinged and I found I had two Yuletide stories waiting for me! Needless to say, I clicked those links as fast as my little thumbs could click.

Changes on the Cusp [Angels in America] picks up a decade back, at the waning edge of 1999. Anonymous #1 has a quietly amazing touch with the tone of the original, and gives us Belize, Harper, and Prior in a way that made my eyes sting and my throat tighten with fondness. There are some lines in there that are breathtakingly Kushnerian, including one of Harper's about happiness that you will know when you get to it. They all keep their honesty, and their clear sight, and as I told Anonymous #1, I love that the story does not attempt to fix the world any more than the original work does. It lets both the hard things and the good things be what they are.

all your heart-melodies [Lilo & Stitch] (titled after "The Dream Keeper" by Langston Hughes) is a perfect vision of Lilo's life after the movie, if we accept that Lilo's world is our world and so the things that are true for us are also true for her. Anonymous #2 provides a deft set of snapshots of Lilo as she grows up, and they showed me all the things I assume that term has to mean; I had to stop halfway through and reread the first half, because I suddenly noticed what I'd taken at face value before. This is a Lilo who grows older, who is changed but who never stops dreaming, or loving, or caring. The world through her eyes is vivid and swirling, and Nani never wavers through all of it, and Stitch feels more real than I would have thought anyone could have made him. When I was a girl, I wanted to do everything, and maybe Anonymous #2 was the same, because she somehow wrote a love letter to who I was when I was six.

This was my first year participating in Yuletide, and I don't think my experience could have possibly made me happier. Thanks again to both (both!) my mystery authors, and to my recipient, and especially to the Yuletide mods and anyone else who helped bring this challenge forward.
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1) Read [personal profile] shaenie 's latest White Collar fic, Contractual Obligations: Three Steps. It's incredibly hot, often funny, intermittently painful, and makes you want to take notes for your (current/future/utterly hypothetical/no way in hell) marriage.

2,...,n) Binge out on Podbang. I haven't made it all the way through any of them yet, but dudes: longfic. Some of stories I already love, some by readers I already love, and a whole bunch by people I've never heard of. The hardest thing is deciding which to listen to first!


Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:38 pm
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Anybody in need of a pick-me-up, you're in luck: [ profile] shaenie's latest, Ancient Zombies, Brotherly Love, and Other Strange Tales is now up at [ profile] sga_flashfic. (Yes, I betaed it; yes, I continue to ignore that bizarre rule of etiquette where that makes it somehow suspect for me to rec it.) I've been cackling over this story for days; just go read it, guys, it's the really good crack.
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So I've been on the receiving end of some incredibly awesome fanart this last year, not the least of which was [ profile] aesc's jaw-dropping interpretation of The Wall from Unidentified.

I think she just somehow outdid herself. Oh my god, the Rebuilding Babel cover knocked me flat. I can't articulate this properly, but it feels like the story feels in my head. And her cover for [ profile] cesperanza's "The Te of John" is just gorgeous as well. Go, drool, leave feedback.
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Clearly, this is a week for all-caps in my world. I'm fine with that.

After, like, nine months of [ profile] shaenie writing like a fiend and me enabling her by flailing and cajoling and doing essentially whatever I thought would make the story happen faster, she's started posting Indelible! I could spend an easy two or three hours waxing rhapsodic about this story, but it earned a permanent spot in my top five fics ever a good three months before she'd even finished it. It's brilliant and unpredictable and refuses to take the cliched way out; it's a look at what life is actually like on Atlantis: i.e. freakish shit happens, and it's impossible to deal with, and you still have to do your job. It's the kind of leader John Sheppard is, and the kind of friend Rodney McKay is; it's Pegasus natives whose culture and values make sense. It's got world-building and insanely intelligent tech, it's got battle scenes, it's got unfortunate choices of underwear, it's got great canon characterization and equally awesome original characters. Really, just go read it already, because it's the only way you're going to get me to shut up about it.

A note on the posting format: she's posting this in one long installment per day, today through early next week. This isn't a WIP, just her breaking this into manageable pieces. For those of you who like to read your epic stories in one long orgy, I'll let you know when the last part goes up.


May. 4th, 2008 11:34 am
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I'm out of town or I would've pimped this sooner. One of the reasons I was so gleeful when we finally sucked [ profile] shaenie into this fandom was that she writes kink like nobody else writes kink, and now you can all see what I mean: Unsuffer Me, SGA, McKay/Sheppard, words cannot properly express the explicit.

Here's an excerpt: )

What, you're still here? Go!
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I have been impatiently straining at the bit with my desire to rec this since I got to beta an earlier rendition this past weekend. And now it's up!

a lieutenant colonel is being beaten, an SGA vid by [ profile] thingswithwings.

If you have ever referred to John Sheppard as a "beta male," this is the vid for you. If your slash goggles also filter for BDSM content, this is the vid for you. If you've ever thought John Sheppard looks pretty on his knees, this is the vid for you. If you like it when incredibly intelligent women take subtext and make it text, this is the vid for you. And if you're wondering what the hell I'm talking about, then this is definitely the vid for you.


What are you still doing here? Go watch it now, people!
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Listening in to the Darker World, by [ profile] shaenie. An SGA/Dark Towers crossover (for the [ profile] sga_flashfic Ancient History challenge) that explains more about John Sheppard than I can properly articulate. Go read it right now.

“We come in peace,” John says, because he fucking loves saying it, it will never not be funny, and he'd think the snort he gets in response was Rodney's except he's looking right at Rodney when it comes. Rodney arches both brows at him; he doesn't look amused.

“Eddie,” someone says, a male voice, slow and deep; it causes goosebumps to shudder up John's arms, and he has no idea why.

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