vanitashaze: A Weeping Angel in Amy's eye. (in the corner of your eye /)
Lately, I have noticed that a great many people do not have these round-up posts, and as I find it greatly annoying when I search for fic, I figure it would be rather hypocritical for me not to have one too. Even if I haven't actually written all that much, yet.

ETA: I don't believe in characters, storylines, or universes belonging to any one person - it's why I write fanfiction - and with that in mind, all of the work to be found here and elsewhere is available for remixing, translation, sequels, prequels, podfics, fanart, and any other type of fanwork. If you do choose to use my stuff for any of these purposes, I'm very flattered, and would also ask that you credit me somewhere (partly because I'm a vain bastard, and partly because knowing what came as inspiration to a work can enrich the experience even more for the reader).

'Someone, I tell you, will remember us / even in another time.' Heroes, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, Psych, Doctor Who, Torchwood, George Orwell, Albert Camus, Tin Man, Life on Mars, Middleman, Street Kings, & Jean Paul Sartre. )
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (come down on the road /)
Some basics: this is my vid recs post, originally compiled for [personal profile] wordsatourbacks and [livejournal.com profile] stubbel, but essentially open to everybody.

Many of the fandoms listed here are ones I'm not familiar with. I watch vids indiscriminately; if they're well-done, I don't particularly care about the fandom, but I will have more vids in fandoms that I'm actually in - Supernatural, SGA, etc. I'm certainly not the be-all, end-all of vid reccers, and in fact, I'm not even that deep into the vidding part of fandom. Really, this is pretty much a hundred vids by about twenty vidders, and you've probably heard of 90% of them already, BUT THIS SHALL NOT STOP ME. If you want more vid recs, I suggest [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic, [personal profile] thefourthvine, [personal profile] hazelk, [personal profile] giandujakiss, and [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 to start.

This page (I hope) will also serve as a place for other people to post their vid recs. If you've found something you think I'll like, post!

十五 (15), 300, American Gangster, Apocalypse Now, Atonement, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Battlestar Galacttica, Brokeback Mountain, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Carnivale, Dark Angel, The Dark Knight, The Dead Zone, Dexter, The Dreamers, The Dresden Files, Doctor Who, Dollhouse, Firefly, Fringe, Gilda, Glee, Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter, Heroes, James Bond, Kings, Leverage, Life, Maria Full of Grace, Merlin, Miracles, Multifandom, NCIS, Princess Tutu, Prison Break, Psych, Real People, Romeo and Juliet, The Shawshank Redemption, Sherlock Holmes, Six Feet Under, Smallville, So You Think You Can Dance, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, Stargate Universe, Star Trek Reboot, Supernatural, Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, Torchwood, True Blood, Twin Peaks, Veronica Mars, Wanted, White Collar, Xena the Warrior Princess )
vanitashaze: Momo making a face. (erk.)
Why is so much of Glee fic so skeevy? *shudders*

Also, expect Inception ReverseBang and overdue Sweet Charity fics sometime... soonish.
vanitashaze: Ruby. (what at the heart of your engine's rage?)
I'm not sure if I'm too happy about how this turned out - Ruby is a very difficult character to write right - but I'm posting it anyway.


XENIZATION
Supernatural; Ruby/Lilith, R.



( Some come from the cities, bodies stuffed into moth-eaten coats, dragging suitcases tied together with string. )
vanitashaze: Ambiguous hands around a throat. (liminality of violence and tenderness /)
What the hell why is this fic so long and self-indulgent and repressed, I feel I have said nothing in a lot of words.
vanitashaze: Momo making a face. (erk.)
"Bla bla bla professional pride bla bla circuitous logic bla bla LET ME ILLUSTRATE THE WAYS IN WHICH YOU ARE WRONG bla conclusion."

ETA: Too bad "this is a load of self-indulgent crap" is not a viable thesis.
vanitashaze: Mal looking through an elevator grate. (every lover is terrifying /)
Using a Flickr photo as the base layer for a manip, while crediting the original artist, is:

- Tacky
- Awesome
- Sadly, no ticky box.

Putting your own cover of a song (i.e. that you've recorded) into a fanmix is:

- Tacky
- Awesome
- Lack of ticky box :(
vanitashaze: Superman kicking off a... boot? Duck? (In with the new and out with the ducks /)
GODDAMN

WHY ARE MY WALLS VIBRATING
vanitashaze: A Weeping Angel in Amy's eye. (in the corner of your eye /)
THE HAND IN THE SPECIMEN JAR

This is an introduction to someone whose face you won’t recall.
This is goodbye without the rest of the body.
This is what stopped having a pulse.
This is a reason to go on living.
This is a specimen of loss. This is finders keepers.
This is Thursday when actually it's Monday.
This is coming home to a dog and one-third of the neighbor’s cat.
This is a departure from Rachmaninov.
This is possession.
This is letting go.


- Arlene Ang
vanitashaze: Mal looking through an elevator grate. (every lover is terrifying /)
WE ARE HARD ON EACH OTHER | Margaret Atwood

i.
We are hard on each other
and call it honesty,
choosing our jagged truths
with care and aiming them across
the neutral table.

The things we say are
true; it is our crooked
aims, our choices
turn them criminal.

ii.
Of course your lies
are more amusing:
you make them new each time.

Your truths, painful and boring
repeat themselves over & over
perhaps because you own
so few of them.

iii.
A truth should exist,
it should not be used
like this. If I love you

is that a fact or a weapon?


...Somewhere in this poem, there is an Eames/Arthur story desperately crying out to be written.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (girl with no pearls or earrings /)
I'm now in COLLEGE! Which explains why I'm not really that involved in fandom, for the moment. But rest assured, higher education can't keep me away for long. (I think. Those 6AM work-study shifts might, though.) And If I owe you stuff, I'm working on getting it to you.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (it's just been that kinda day /)
And like manna sent down from heaven when I was feeling especially bummed, this did pop up in my email inbox:

They are making a sequel series to Avatar: the Last Airbender!

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.


Fucking awesome. Can it be 2011 already?
vanitashaze: The wee emaciated Doctor from the Year That Never Was. (i am feeling rather out of sorts /)
OH MY GOD. JUST - YES. EXACTLY LIKE THAT.

...You guys, I seriously cannot express how much in love with this show I am right now, and how perfect the last three episodes were. I was never much into the Doctor Who fandom, but damn, I am getting really inspired now, because this is just - my show. My show, that makes me laugh and makes me cry and makes me clap my hands like a demented seal and squeal so loudly my dog starts barking.

This season = :D x infinity.
vanitashaze: Kirk throwing up his hands. (Jazz hands!)
Apparently the voices of Azula, Ta Min, and Kya were all - get this - done by the same actress. Who also did Kimiko from Xiaolin Showdown.

Whoah. That is some seriously impressive work, Mz. Delisle!
vanitashaze: Ambiguous hands around a throat. (liminality of violence and tenderness /)
STOP POSTING ANIMATED .GIFS WITHOUT LJ-CUTS ARGH ARGH ARGH FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.
vanitashaze: Kirk throwing up his hands. (Jazz hands!)
1. Terrorist Arabs! Mystical Indian beliefs = cannibalism! Promiscuous but gorgeous black woman who serves as a contest for two white guys! (And, admittedly, gets them back in the end.) Hitting suspect over the head in complete violation of the law!

The first season of Bones is so BAAAAAAAADDDDDD!!!!

Thank God it improved so drastically over the next few seasons. The characters, too - Bones is apparently one of those shows where the characters are better off for knowing each other, which is not too uncommon in television (SGA, SG-1, White Collar - the ultimate obverse of this would be Supernatural), but damn, this is probably the most overt case I've ever seen. Especially Brennan, Booth, and Hodgins. Wow.

2. As of this past weekend, New York City was crowded, dirty, noisy, and extremely impolite. AND I LOVED IT.
vanitashaze: Ruby. (what at the heart of your engine's rage?)
For [personal profile] everysecondtuesday, whom I understand has been recently feeling rather under the weather. It's not your Sweet Charity fic, but it is Ruby! Religious Ruby, at that, and actually the converse to an earlier Castiel fanmix.

Oh God this is so tl;dr.

CASEY: Some demons lie. But some are true believers.
DEAN: Believers in what?
CASEY: You think humans have an exclusive on a higher power?
DEAN: You have a god?
CASEY: Sure. His name's Lucifer.

RUBY: I know it's hard to see it now... but this is a miracle. So long coming.


We first see the concept of demon religion in the third-season episode Sin City, when Dean meets the demon Casey, who is, as she puts it, a "true believer". Not much is said of it, and then we get Ruby, a seemingly benevolent demon who goads Sam into drinking demon blood in order to develop his Antichrist powers - which, in all fairness, didn't take much convincing on Ruby's part. Until the fourth-season finale we don't get an explanation for why she is helping Hunters - her natural enemies - out, though it's implied that Ruby may or may not be in love with Sam.

However, in the events of Lucifer Rising, we learn that Ruby is also a "true believer", and has manipulated the brothers and the situation in order to set her god free. In order to do so, she clawed herself up from hell; killed her fellow demons; brought to light the only human-wielded weapon that could kill them (and herself); was beaten up; was thrown back into hell and tortured for an indeterminate amount of time - the equivalent of a few above-ground weeks, at least - until Lilith trusted her enough to send her back above-ground; killed her kin again; ceded to humans; ceded to angels; was tortured again; hid her intentions and faith so thoroughly that the other demons thought she was a traitor to everything she was; and risked her life over and over again, nearly dying at the hands of demons, angels, and both Winchesters.

That is some impressive devotion. There are saints that put themselves through less than that.

It also makes for a quite fascinating character and raises some very interesting questions - just what is demon religion? How does it make sense of the world? Does it have guidelines, things that pious demons are supposed to do? A priesthood? How do you worship something in a world ruled by practical magic? - that I would have loved if they explored further, but, predictably enough, were never answered by Kripke et al. The closest we get is Ruby's self-congratulatory speech after Lilith's death - which seems less like boasting and more like a spontaneous outburst of joy and secrets kept too long. In it, she calls Lucifer's rising a "miracle" - which could either be a) the closest English word to what a demon would call it in their own language (do they have a language?), the closest way to get Sam to understand her, or b) that again, there's more to this demon faith than entrails and sulfur - and implies that this was her goal all along.

Based on this, it's probably fair to say that almost every decision she made throughout the series was calculated to bring her god freedom and herself closer to him - and maybe there were unseen complications, like her affection (love?) for Sam, but the principal remains the same. Everything is driven by it. In many ways, the story of Ruby is the story of her faith - a perversely religious saga comparable to any of the stories of the opposition (i.e. the Christian God/YHWH).

In short, it's a side of Ruby that doesn't often get play. (Of course, I'd settle for play of any side that's not "evil bitch getting in-between the Winchesters!!!!1!") So I made a fanmix about it.

{ Also, a note probably worth putting down: I'm not advocating Satan worship, or trying for blasphemy, or insulting Christianity or people of faith. All of this is theoretical, within the context of a television show about two good-looking brothers driving around America and having homoerotic adventures with the Judeo-Christian pantheon. In short, fiction. So please don't flame. }




In the burning fuselage of my days, let my mouth be ever fresh with praise. )
vanitashaze: Superman kicking off a... boot? Duck? (In with the new and out with the ducks /)
I AM DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

In celebration, a meme:

Ask me one fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general.

Just one question, please, but it can (and perhaps should) have sub-parts.

Question can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you want.
vanitashaze: Kirk throwing up his hands. (Jazz hands!)
Okay, I give up. There is no way on Earth that my [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest entry will be ready by midnight. I don't know when, exactly, the tiny tense Mary/OFC fic that I was writing grew into a freaking novella - 4000 words before OFC is even introduced! 1000-word scenes! This never happens to me! - but it did, and it's going to take it's sweet time finishing, and drive me insane in the meantime.

(I suspect a lot of my irritation with this fic has a lot to do with the fact that I'm writing about a bunch of things that I know nothing about, like "guns", and "how to fix cars" when I don't even know how to drive. And babies. I'll admit I'm relying on [personal profile] thefourthvine's Earthling posts to an embarrassing degree, since I don't know a ten-month-old baby from a newborn from a potato! Thank god for babysitting; at least I have a vague idea of what five-year-olds are like.)

[personal profile] everysecondtuesday, it may... er, be a while before I get back your Mary/Ruby. BUT IT WILL HAPPEN. (My track record this year notwithstanding.)

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