kangeiko: (acid quill)
I've got this week off so I'm making a bit of an effort to catch up on a few fandom bits and pieces. First off, given what has been happening to the LJ servers, I'll no longer be cross-posting there. I'll also be taking down more sensitive posts, including photos etc. I won't delete my LJ because I use it to read communities, but if you follow me on both, please be aware that I'll only be (sporadically) updating my DW.

Secondly, although I was signed up for Yuletide this year, I sadly had to default fairly early on due to health issues. However, I received some amazing gifts just to same. These are so wonderfully in character, and I am absolutely thrilled with them. Please do give them some love!

Something Smells Fishy, Tyler (1894 words) by Small_Hobbit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life on Mars (UK)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gene Hunt, Sam Tyler
Summary: When Gene Hunt has suspicions there may be more to a case than initially meets the eye, neither he nor Sam Tyler realise quite how much is involved.

Needs Must (1296 words) by lah_mrh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Arnold Rimmer, Dave Lister, Kryten (Red Dwarf), The Cat (Red Dwarf)
Additional Tags: Season/Series 06, Injury, Friendship
Summary: Sometimes it takes an emergency to show what you're truly capable of.

I also received a fantastic Top Gear fic for the TGS Secret Santa, but as it's in a locked comm I won't link to it directly unless/until it's posted publicly. Suffice to say, it's fantastic and I am a very happy reader!

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And I suppose I should do a year in fic retrospective?

First up is the Secret Santa fic I *did* manage to complete, for the TGS Secret Santa.

The Honorable Schoolboy (5215 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Top Gear (UK) RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jeremy Clarkson/James May
Characters: Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, Andy Wilman
Additional Tags: Community: topgearslash, Secret Santa, Episode: Top Gear Middle East Special, Episode: Top Gear Africa Special, Episode: Top Gear Ukraine
Summary: Jeremy's suspicions get out of hand.

Earlier in the year I participated in the history exchange:

i have cut a ribbon of skin from another man's body (4333 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF, Greek and Roman Mythology
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Olympias/Zeus, Olympias/Philip II of Macedon
Characters: Olympias, Zeus, Philip II of Macedon
Summary: She meets the god four times in her life, in four different guises.

And I also wrote a couple of snippets of F1 fics - one write-up of an (older) tumblr headcanon, and a new chapter in a WIP:

the coward does it with a kiss (1919 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 1/1
>Fandom: Formula 1 RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet/Alain Prost
Characters: Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Nelson Piquet Jr, Nicolas Prost, Niki Lauda
Additional Tags: Headcanon
Summary: Nelson has many character flaws. This isn't even a complete list.

The Fire Sermon on Mount Cyllene (8979 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 3/?
Fandom: Formula 1 RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost/Anne Marie Prost, Nelson Piquet/Alain Prost
Characters: Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Anne Marie Prost, Niki Lauda, Cesare Fiorio
Additional Tags: suddenly a girl, Fem!Alain, Alternate Universe - Gender Changes, Gender Issues
Summary: The race over, the trophies presented and the champagne spilled, the crowd thought the lights above the circuit were part of the show.
"What’s that?" Gerhard asked, pointing.
Alain squinted up into the bright flicker, the ground beneath him feeling uncertain, as if he was a little boy drunk on a thimbleful of sherry. "A comet," he said, sounding a bit doubtful, and then everything went dark.

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I also watched the new Sherlock, which was... well, it had some plot issues. The first few that occurred to me, in no particular order: Read more... )

Sorry for bringing logic to a nonsense party. I had to phone my mother and rant at her down the phone while she laughed helplessly at my rage.

Do better, show. Do better.
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
I've spent the last week in a haze of "am I really on holiday?" followed by "I am so tired and must sleep", so I haven't had a chance to post about the awesome history exchange, which went live a week ago. Authors have already been revealed. I haven't had a chance to go through all the wonderful fic, but historical fiction is my go-to happy place, so I'll be making my way through them in the coming days. But before then, a couple of recs.

So, first up is my lovely gift fic:

Light before us (555 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Livia Drusilla, Octavia Minor
Summary: Livia visits her sister-in-law.

This is such a great fic, I love it! Livia is so calculating and thoughtful in this, and I loved her slow assessment of Octavia, and their almost-truce. Beautifully done.

One other recommendation:

Reine Mère (10908 words) by Selena
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Historical RPF, 16th Century CE RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Catherine de' Medici & Elisabeth de Valois, Catherine de' Medici & Claude de France, Catherine de' Medici & Marguerite de Valois, Claude de France & Marguerite de Valois, Henri II de France/Catherine de' Medici, Catherine de' Medici & Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de' Medici & Francis I. of France, Henri II de France/Diane de Poitiers
Characters: Catherine de' Medici, Élisabeth de Valois | Elisabetta di Valois, Claude de France (1547-1575), Marguerite de Valois, Mary I of Scotland | Mary Queen of Scots, Diane de Poitiers, Francis I. of France, Felipe II de España | Philip II of Spain, Henri II de France, Gaspard de Coligny, Henri IV de France, Henri III de France, Clarice Strozzi de' Medici
Additional Tags: Mother-Daughter Relationship, Motherhood, Power Dynamics, Character Study, Female-Centric, Parent-Child Relationship, Parenthood, Daughters
Summary: Catherine de' Medici and her daughters: what forms a woman, a mother, a queen?

I adore Catherine de' Medici and Selena captures her perfectly here - her ambition, her ruthlessness, and her weaknesses, left tender and exposed in the shape of her children. I loved her relationship with Margot most of all.

I also wrote a fic for this exchange -

i have cut a ribbon of skin from another man's body (4333 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF, Greek and Roman Mythology
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Olympias/Zeus, Olympias/Philip II of Macedon
Characters: Olympias, Zeus, Philip II of Macedon
Summary: She meets the god four times in her life, in four different guises.

I'm really glad I managed to finish this in time. The submission turned out to coincide with my first week back from the US, so I was burning the candle at both ends, so to speak. Many thanks to rhodanum for hand-holding as well as a sterling beta job.
kangeiko: (Default)
So 2014 turned out to be the year that I switched to tumblr, almost entirely abandoning DW/LJ, seriously got into the F1 fandom, and started writing again. Boy, did I start writing again. I wrote 76,857 words across a variety of fandoms, primarily F1 and Top Gear, but with a few others thrown in. So here is the overview:

TOP GEAR )

FORMULA 1:

- Nico/Lewis )


- Sebastian/Kimi )

- Jenson/Kevin )

- Other )


OTHER FANDOMS )

kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
 Wow, I haven't posted here in a little while. I've mostly been stolen by tumblr, which is easier to post to from a mobile as I spend far less time doing social media stuff on my laptop. I was thinking about getting a laptop that's a little more portable, which would allow me to write more and blog more; any recommendations?

In the meantime, I wrote some fic and saw some theatre, so here is a short round-up of activity since, well, the middle of last year.

Fic wot I wrote:

Matins (Sherlock BBC)
"I think I would be perfectly alright if you died," Sherlock said over tea. He glared at Mycroft and very deliberately took a sip of Darjeeling.

spilt milk (The World's End)
Five things that never happened to Gary King (and one that did).

I finally finished this! It took me a few months, and in the meantime, I received some glorious fan art for it which made me weak at the knees. 

the ninth month (Coriolanus - Shakespeare / Coriolanus - Rob Hastie & Josie Rourke)
Each step further from her body has led to this. Volumnia has no illusions.


For [livejournal.com profile] yuletide I wrote the following:

I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be (Seafort Saga - David Feintuch) for [archiveofourown.org profile] Serenade 
"Why, Holser?"
"I don't know. Maybe now the Captain's dead, being first middy doesn't seem so important. Maybe it's the way Alexi looks at you sometimes, when he thinks you don't see."

Alexi isn't the hero of this story. He can't even remember his lines.

the bone mother (Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente) for [archiveofourown.org profile] dynamicsymmetry 
Look, said Viy, and held out the world for her inspection. Look, milochka, at what I have for you.
The Tsars and Tsaritsas of Widow Likho's black book.

a funny thing happened on the way to the ballot box(Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente / Political RPF - Russian 21st c.) for [archiveofourown.org profile] JJ_Shinnick 
This is what happens when you let your sister matchmake.

such is the breath of kings(Richard II - Shakespeare) for [archiveofourown.org profile] angevin2 
After Richard's death, the Duke of York visits his son. Set within the 2013 RSC version (where Exton's character is subsumed in the character of Aumerle).

northward, with such quiet steps (Frankenstein - Nick Dear) for [archiveofourown.org profile] Kahvi 
Slowly, gradually, the pursuit progressed.

Ouroboros (Frankenstein - Nick Dear) for [archiveofourown.org profile] Kahvi 
Victor collapses in the Arctic. The Creature intervenes.


Reviews of theatre/opera/ballet wot I saw fairly recently: 
- King Charles III (Almeida Theatre)
- King Lear (and here) (National Theatre) 
- Henry V (Noel Coward Theatre)
- Carmen (Royal Opera House)
- Prince Igor (London Coliseum)
- Richard II - RSC (and here) (Barbican Theatre) 
- Coriolanus (and here) (Donmar Warehouse) (& more meta on the play & this interpretation of it is here). My Coriolanus tag is fairly full.
- American Psycho: A New Musical Thriller (Almeida Theatre)

Things that I saw that I haven't gotten around to reviewing are the Let the Right One In (Royal Court Theatre), Matthew Borne Swan Lake (Sadler's Wells), Red Velvet (Adrian Lester - Tricycle Theatre), The Weir (Brian Cox - Wyndham's Theatre), A Taste of Honey (with the wonderful [personal profile] selenak , at the National Theatre), The Full Monty (Noel Coward Theatre), Versailles (Donmar Warehouse), 1984 (Almeida Theatre), Walmsley String Quartet (Royal Albert Hall).

non- theatre events: I attended the Sherlock Apple store event (photos and comments here and here or check out my applelock tag), the Royal Television Society "Anatomy of a Hit" lecture & drinks thing (comments and photos here and here, or check my rts tag), Malala Yousafzai's talk at the Southbank Centre (comments & photos here),

The above reviews are all on tumblr. I'm thinking of starting a blog or tumblr or something focused specifically on theatre reviews. I've been going more and more, and although I do the obvious things like collecting programmes, not writing down my immediate impressions means that I lose quite a bit of the memory of the performance, especially the quirky little things that won't then be recalled easily for a programme perusal. I'm still trying to work out the best format for that; I suspect that Wordpress (then crossposted to tumblr / LJ / DW) might be the best approach. If I treat it as a fairly rigorous this I may well be able to stick to it; it's only ad hoc blogging that I can't seem to get the hang of.

Speaking of things I can't get the hang of, I appear to be doing too many Nine Worlds things. Like, far too many. Two panels for sure, and maybe helping on others? This may not seem too many, but I have recently handed in my notice (because I have a wonderful new job that I am VERY excited about) and Nine Worlds is falling fairly soon after I start. I don't think this is a problem, but it means that I need to sit down and think out what I need to be doing for all the things I've committed to, rather than blindly trusting that things will work out in the end (because that way needless stress lies). 

In order to avoid needless stress, I will be taking a glorious 3 weeks holiday in between finishing current job and starting new job. This will probably involve a few days abroad, although the details are tbd. My mother seems fairly keen for us to go away to a spa in the Czech Republic for a week (I'm not entirely sure where in the Czech Republic, I suspect it's in the middle of a forest as all spas tend to be), and I'm fairly keen to spend a few days back in Paris doing art things, so who knows. It's quite nice leaving that all up in the air deciding nearer the time.

My Italian study has faltered since Christmas (as in, I've done fuck all since then), but this is mainly because I've actually been rather sick over the last quarter and have also been job hunting. Work has also been so spectacularly bad, we are the source of astonished entertainment for other teams. If I saw these plotlines on a show, I'd complain they weren't realistic. But that's mostly resolved now - plus, fantastic new job. So phase 2 of my new year's resolution (fix work, health, long-term life goals) is now moving on to a focus on health. This probably wasn't helped by eating doughnuts today, but let's assume that I'll be, er, healthier somehow with the Easter impetus. I'm definitely going to be indulging in some pilates classes, and will actually dust off that gym card as well. I suppose Italian self-study is the sensible thing to slot into my new schedule at this time as well... well, we'll see.
kangeiko: (geek)
I completely forgot to say that I'm writing again! Courtesy of The World's End, which is one of the more depressing films I've seen. To those saying it's hilarious and you couldn't stop laughing: were we watching the same film? Notably, there has been a marked gender divide in the responses, so maybe there's something to that.

Anyway, fic resulted. It's unfinished at the moment (4 out of the 6 chapters posted), but I have the last chapter done, I just need to get chapter 5 written up, and we're good to go. But each part is self-contained (it's the 5 things + 1) so I suppose I should link:

spilt milk
The World's End
Five things that never happened to Gary King (and one that did).

Warnings for character death and violence (unsurprisingly).

Also, I went to Nine Worlds Geek Fest. It was awesome! Obviously a few rough edges, but you could really feel the love that went into it. Definitely going back next year. I'm writing up my impressions of various panels for Bad Reputation, so I'll link here when done.

AND I learned sword-fighting with Miltos Yerolemou, aka Syrio Forel on Game of Thrones. From now on, all commencement shall include, "and now, let's do it with swords!"



kangeiko: (Default)

It's Yuletide reveal time! I remain without internets, trying to do this on my phone. My kingdom for broadband!



Anyway, I wrote 5 fics for 4 fandoms this year:



and I have told you this to make you grieve for saturnofthemoon

Deep Space Nine

Oh, beloved old fandom I don't date write for! I dared this Yuletide. This was such a lovely assignment to write, about Winn and Minister Jaro before the show starts. Well, before the show starts we know that Jaro was someone who mattered, otherwise he wouldn't have ended up as a Minister, and Winn was imprisoned for preaching the word of the Prophets. This little fic grew from there. I was lucky as I am much more comfortable with early DSN than later DSN, and the Occupation is a great opportunity for world-building. I had great fun writing this.



this obsessive idea for thefourthvine

Literary RPF

I've been staring at that Baudelaire prompt for a couple of years, waiting for inspiration to strike. I ended up writing about Manet and Baudelaire's relationship, and Baudelaire's great love, Jeanne Duval. I confess to knowing next to nothing about art history, but I do love Paris a great deal, so I guess it evens out!



innumeras errore vias for Kore

Classical Mythology

I ended up pinch-hitting this, but I think sometimes that helps! You get to do things you aren't really expecting that way. I love classical myths with an extra pinch of agency thrown in - agency then muddied by the gods or the fates - so that's where this Ariadne tale ended up.



with the shield (or upon it) for Serenade

Seafort Saga - David Feintuch

So, the challenge was to write something happy! Well, there are precisely two paragraphs in the entire series where Nicky and Vax are happy, so of course, I had to write about the water fight.



Trust for deborah_judge

Deep Space Nine

The tiniest of tiny drabbles! Some Winn/Dukat from S7.

kangeiko: (wasting time online)
So, I watched The Bourne Legacy today.  And... it was great?  But I aso thought that it was massively problematic, and actually borderline ableist, especially about the whole Kenneth James/Aaaron thing.  Maybe there was more to that story that got cut, or will end up in the DVD? But I wanted to do something with that. Er, obviously, I may have messed up, big time, and would appreciate it anyone telling me if so. (Please, please tell me if so.)

title: life through a window
fandom: The Bourne Legacy
summary: The world hasn't changed. He just has a better toolbox now.

Yuletide

Jan. 2nd, 2012 06:36 pm
kangeiko: (yuletide)
So, after much flanick, I was able to write a few treats for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide . The reveal -

up, up the long delirious burning blue for [personal profile] destina 
Fandom: Top Gun
Characters: Maverick/Iceman
Warnings: Major Character Death
Summary: Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth / And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings ... Maverick is re-assigned to Bosnia. He's not prepared for it, not in the least.
Salome Dances for [personal profile] selenak 
Fandom: The Borgias
Characters: Lucrezia Borgia/Giulia Farnese, Cesare Borgia, Vannozza dei Cattanei
Warnings: obligatory Borgia incest warning
Summary: Lucrezia is quite taken by the lovely Giulia Farnese

The Winter Queen for [archiveofourown.org profile] sloppycronkite 
Fandom: Game of Thrones (TV)
Characters: Daenerys Targaryen/Viserys Targaryen
Warnings: obligatory Targaryen incest warning
Summary: Daenerys knows it's just a matter of being patient. Things will be better once Viserys is king.

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I am also able to thank my lovely Yuletide authors! I was doubly-blessed this year with not one, but two wonderful fics. Both of them are sweet and happy, and made me squeak with joy on Christmas Day. Thank you so much to [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth  and [archiveofourown.org profile] Serenade , you guys are awesome!

"Unless I'm very much mistaken..." by [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth 
Formula 1 RPF, Senna/Prost.
This is my main fic, and absolutely wonderful. It's the Senna/Prost relationship through the eyes of a young fan, who goes to the Brands Hatch GP in the hope of winning Ayrton's affections for herself. I love this story to bits, it's absolutely brilliant. From the setting - it's Brands, you guys, I practically live there half the year these days! - to the flashes of the motorsport world, to the Senna/Prost relationship itself, this is hilarious and heart-warming.

Homecoming by [archiveofourown.org profile] Serenade 
Seafort Saga - David Feintuch, Seafort/Tolliver
This is my lovely treat from Serenade (I totally knew it was you, lol!), who has managed the impossible: funny, happy fic in the Seafort Saga universe. I know, right?! I love it. Tolliver is fed up of Nick's unreasonable demands re: the redecoration of his office, so drags him to Ikea. This is cracky and hilarious.

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A couple of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide recs. I haven't really had a chance to do much reading, but what I have read I have enjoyed a lot.

Please, please please by [archiveofourown.org profile] AdaptationDecay 
John Lewis adverts
This is lovely! I love the adverts anyway, I think they're brilliant, and this fic manages to capture the spirit of them, and is also wickedly clever. It put a real smile on my face. Plus bonus sekkrit crossover!

Turn a New Page, Tear the Old One Out by [archiveofourown.org profile] shrift 
Breakfast Club, Bender/Brian
Bender gets a new life, and how. Lovely and well-realised future fic.

kangeiko: (warming winter drink)
So, I've had to default on Yuletide this year. Yes, despite looking forward to it for months and months. Real life has spiralled out of control somewhat, and I needed to cut down on deadlines and obligations in order to be able to manage it. I figured it was better to default early and give my recipient a chance to receive a fic from someone who has had a chance to spend some time on it, rather than do it last minute. :/ I still hope to be able to participate in madness, and get some fics in, but no 'main' fic from me this year.

I did manage to do some writing while I was away, though.

Pilgrim's Progress is a Haven fic set after 1x13. Nathan makes things difficult for himself. Audrey Parker/Nathan Wournos, Duke Crocker/Nathan Wournos.

Tiger! Tiger! is the help-japan fic I have owed [profile] crossing_hades for approximately 84 billion years. It's Lyta, Garibaldi and Bester, set during the Telepath War. Anyone would think you were fighting a war.

I feel a vague sense of triumph for managing these two fics in what has essentially been a dry year. I still owe the ever-lovely [personal profile] amatara  a fic for help-japan, and I hope to be able to manage something for Yuletide Madness. But in terms of productivity, that's pretty much all I have in me at the moment. :/ If I have any inspiration it'll likely go towards the Top Gear/10 O'Clock Live crossover I have been working on since April, which I hope to finish before... well, next April. Hey, as long as there is some progress, right?

kangeiko: James & Jeremy after the London-Edinburgh race, plus obligatory pint. (TG J/J)
I've been off the grid for a little bit. Mostly I've been writing articles for BadRep, writing fic for Top Gear, and reading about cars and engines. If you've had the misfortune to spend more than five minutes in my presence in the last few months, you will know that I am all about the cars now. In a secret, must not mention this to my father, sort of way. This is because 1) he will become far too excited, and 2) I reserve the right to become just as unethused as I am current enthused about it all.

I have been looking for a new hobby for a little while now. I dabbled in languages - French, Czech, Italian, Russian, Arabic - and creative arts - writing, watercolours, sketching, sewing, embroidery - and have come out the other side the very model of a semi-polished Victorian lady. As it turns out, I have very little interest in being a Victorian lady, polished or otherwise. Instead, I want to get mucky in the garden. This started with several ill-fated gardening projects in the old house, to several ill-fated DIY projects in the new house, and is now culminating in what will doubtless be an equally ill-fated engine project in the new garden. I fully exppect to blow up myself and the neighbours at some point reasonably soon.

Rebuilding an engine - because I will be, if not this very second - will accomplish several New Year's Resolutions, chief of which is, it will get me out of the house. It also has the added bonus that despite having an engineer and mechanic for a father I have no knowledge whatsoever about cars or engines, so will have to start from scratch. This is pleasing and challenging in equal measures.

Finally, I will have something to do with my hands, rather than sitting around in libraries or cafes sipping espresso and contemplating the nature of existance, the economy, or just how annoying women's magazines are these days.

Having mentioned something along these lines to a coleague at work, I was astonished to find that she had come to the precise conclusion, and had been despondently flicking through car maintenance courses on the interwebz. Of course, she found zilch. Mechanics courses come in two types: the kind that will make you a mechanic, and the kind that will let you change the oil in your car. There is no middle way, sadly. So we decided to make our own middle way by buying a cheap engine off ebay, stripping it down and putting it back together again. The advantages of this are numerous, and centre around manual labour and learning new stuff. The disadvantages are that it will likely rain on our heads the entire time. We will therefore probably need to wait until it is a little less frozen, and will also need to buy tarp.

In the meantime, we purchased and assembled a model engine. It is SO cute. Look:Model Engine by Haynes

Yes, it is aimed at kids. No, I wouldn't advise leaving your children to have a go unsupervised, unless they have surplus fingers.

I do have photos of the finished version, but I'm taking the opportunity to write all of this up for BadRep, so will just link through there when the posts start going up. In the meantime, you should buy your own and buy it when drunk, it's hilarious. Especially when you realise that a couple of the instructions are just wrong, and would have you attaching things that have no business being attached. Even when the beer was all gone we still managed to figure out what to do, though, so I'm calling it a triumph.


Finally - and most importantly, perhaps - I am learning to drive. Again, my father (who has begged me for 12 years to learn) will not hear a word of this until it is all done, however long it takes. I can't wait for it to be done, actually, because I've found that I LOVE driving. My first experience at 17 was hideous, hideous, hideous. I can still taste the bile in my mouth from that horrible hour of being in rush-hour London traffic on my first time behind the wheel. These last few weeks of practise have been completely different. I'm in a little nippy car that I have been flinging around even worse traffic quite merrily, and getting quite, quite lost. I hope that navigation comes with practise, because otherwise I will be heading to Heathrow and ending up in Lothian.

The original plan was to learn to drive, pick up some basic mechanics knowledge and go around France one summer, which sounded quite nice and fun. My colleague - who is apparently even crazier than I am - has upped this to "learn lots about mechanics and then drive around Africa." OK, then. To be fair, it sounds fantastic and I am definitely up for it, but I suspect that it will take a few years. That's ok, though, I can drive around England in the meantime. And once I qualify I'll be able to learn fun kinds of driving, too, like racing and rallying and defensive driving (we teach this to our drivers, and that's actually the useful bit when you're rattling around Africa...). But mostly, going really really fast.


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Oh, and I did some fic. With all my issues surrounding RPS, I was quite surprised to end up in an RPF fandom, writing happily if a little clumsily. Anyway, have some fic. These are all at AO3, and locked so that only registered users can see them. Because I am clinically incapable of writing naughty scenes, the teen rating is for swearing.


And Another Thing...
Fandom:Top Gear RPF
Summary: Jeremy's column has been AWOL for a couple of weeks. How is he going to explain this to the Sunday Times readership? James/Jeremy.


Bleach
Fandom: Top Gear RPF
Summary: James is upset, and Jeremy can't figure out why. James/Jeremy.


Buffer Zone
Fandom: Top Gear RPF
Summary: Richard's used to being in front of the cameras. James/Jeremy, OT3.


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To round things off, since going to see 10 O'Clock live, I have been working on a Top Gear RPF / 10 O'Clock Live crossover. THINGS ARE GETTING DESPERATE, SEND HELP.

kangeiko: (acid quill)
What with one thing and another, I haven't written much this year. What I wrote was almost entirely for challenges, exchanges and fundraisers, with the odd little thing thrown in on the side.

Anyway, first up, [livejournal.com profile] yuletide reveal:

A Lie Agreed Upon [Mad Men] for [personal profile] idlerat 
Betty's mom was the one who taught Betty how to do her hair.
This was my assignment, and my first attempt at Mad Men fic. I was quite uncertain about it all the way through, and I'm really grateful to [livejournal.com profile] kristin for kicking it into shape. I ended up writing about Betty almost by default, because I've been reading a lot about second-wave feminism recently, and thinking about perfect-things-that-aren't, Betty's homelife of course being one of those. This is set three months before the first episode, in January 1960.

pirate superheroes (explode things and steal stuff) [Nextwave] for [archiveofourown.org profile] jennova 
How to put together an elite fighting team. With bonus lobsters.
This was a pinch-hit I picked up, and then promptly flailed over. Because it turns out that all the ideas I had for this fandom involved visual mediums, rather than pure text. Many, many thanks to Ferret & Lan for betaing, and additional thanks to [livejournal.com profile] alasdair for providing a much-needed kick-start by telling me all about Gomi and his cybernetic lobsters. (No, srsly, Marvel, WTF?)

a vision softly creeping [Mad Men] for [livejournal.com profile] idlerat 
Midge and Don conduct a business transaction during Blowing Smoke (S4).
So, I completely panicked when writing my main assignment, certain that it just wasn't going to pan out. So I wrote this concurrently, in case A Lie Agreed Upon didn't work out. I'd just seen the episode, and [livejournal.com profile] kristin was a star in getting it to make sense.

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On to the rest of the year, in reverse order:

Partita [Sherlock] for [livejournal.com profile] slowascent 
Sometimes John forgot that Sherlock lived in a completely different world.
Written for [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan after many false starts.

contract negotiations (always open with a 'no') [Pretty Woman]
After they rescue each other, the fairytale relocates to New York.
[livejournal.com profile] queenspanky and I went to see Pretty Woman. This resulted.

Cut Time [The Big Bang Theory]
Penny hobbled home.
A horrid, mean little fic that I couldn't get out of my head until I wrote it all down.

Roses in December [Alias]
Sometimes, when he is feeling particularly masochistic, Jack likes to pretend that Laura really existed.
I wrote this in about half an hour sitting in the reception area of the Sierra Light House hotel in Freetown, before setting off for a week of field visits.

The Gorgoneion (The Epyllionic Remix) [Greek and Roman Mythology] for [personal profile] trascendenza 
This is no heroic verse.
Yeah, epic poetry in iambic pentameter, it nearly killed me. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] athena25 for services above and beyond the call of beta-duty.

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kangeiko: (sherlock holmes)
At long last, I finished the [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan fic I owed to [livejournal.com profile] slowascent . This turned out to be a lot harder to write than I thought it would be, and ended up being something quite different than what I started out writing. [livejournal.com profile] slowascent , my dear, I hope you enjoy it regardless. Many thanks for your patience while I got my arse in gear on this.

Title: Partita
Author: [personal profile] kangeiko 
Fandom: Sherlock
Summary: Sometimes John forgot that Sherlock lived in a completely different world.
Request: for [personal profile] slowascent , who wanted violin-playing and a Queensway setting.

Read it on AO3



kangeiko: (joanie in a red dress)

I went to see Pretty Woman at the PCC last night with queenspanky, which was pretty awesome. I love that film. But watching it up on the big screen (and listening to everyone singing along to Roxette) made the ending that much more interesting and problematic for me. Forget the issues of what it says about sex workers, or the skeeviness of Edward getting off on having someone completely at his beck and call. Let's talk practicalities of the 'happily ever after'. So, fic happened. Ooops. Many thanks to queenspanky for holding my hand through this.

Title: contract negotiations (always open with a 'no')
Fandom: Pretty Woman (1990 film)
Summary: After they rescue each other, the fairytale relocates to New York. Vivian/Edward.
Rating: PG-13
Notes: #13 'borrowed' for 100fandoms.

Read it at AO3.

Comments, discussion and feedback all welcome.
kangeiko: (sheldon/penny)
My first fic for ages, and of course it's darkfic. For a sitcom. IDEK.

Title: Cut Time
Fandom: The Big Bang Theory
Summary: Penny hobbled home.
Rating: R
Warnings: triggery
Notes: many thanks to athena25 for the awesome beta job.

Read it here.

kangeiko: (Default)
The authors are revealed for Remix! I had a great time this year, and really enjoyed my gift fic, if i lose my way (the perfect obligation remix), and can now thank the writer, inkandchocolate properly. If you haven't had a chance to read this wonderful Firefly fic (a remix of my Simon&River fic, Stories), please do so!

As for me, I wrote -

The Gorgoneion (The Epyllionic Remix)
This is (as the title perhaps implies) a Greek mythology fanfic in verse, a remix of [personal profile] trascendenza's amazing Pathways.

On writing it... )
kangeiko: (Default)
Well, looks like we survived another year. Last night was fun, at [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky for the festivities. This morning I managed breakfast - and not a hangover in sight! - and DW then followed. Um, more on that later, once I haven't figured out WTF it was about...




So, the year in fic. First, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide reveal -

Yuletide 2009 Fics:

Goma, La Belle for Scylla
[Sahara, Rated R, 26k, Gen]

After a routine mission goes awry, Al and Dirk have to race against time to stop a deadly diamond-smuggling ring -- that harbours even deadlier secrets...

This was my major writing project of the year, and grew out of me not being able to write for my actual assigned fandom. I thought, "well, I've seen the film - why not give it a go?" and then realised I could use all the source material from my recent Congo trip to fuel it. Hence the word count. I tried to make it reasonably accessible, even for people who haven't seen the film. I have to say, this was rather difficult to write, primarily because I didn't have much time to write it - work was being demanding at the same time, so I had very few evenings in which to get the bulk of it down. But I got it done on time, for which I am grateful.

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do zla boga pinch-hit for Minnow
[Neil Gaiman - American Gods, Rated R, 2.3k, Gen]

Czernobog and the Zoryas arrive in the New World.

This was a last-minute pinch-hit. I only went for it because I'd recently read American Gods, and I had experienced hitherto unforeseen levels of frustration that we didn't get to see Czernobog's arrival story. Plus, I wanted to work something festive into it.

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the old things fade Yuletide treat for jengrrl
[Låt den rätte komma in | Let the Right One In (2008), Rated PG, <1k, Gen]

Eli and Oskar, post-film.

Something that bugged me about the end of the film was, weirdly, the hopefulness of it all. My first thought was that those small moments of bliss wouldn't last, that change would slowly creep in and make the happiness fade away. And I saw this little treat as a chance to have a first go at that. I still think there's more to be said here, and reading the wiki info on the book and how it differs from the film was intriguing. Once I've had a chance to compare and contrast for myself, I think I might revisit this topic again, in more depth.




Non-Yuletide 2009:

March
- History, in parts: [B5] John and Delenn and editing.
- Winter: [Alias] Irina bides her time.

April
- the root of all things: [Carnivale] She's not a mother to him; it's never been as simple as that.
- Pay no attention to the masked man: [Transmetropolitan/Watchmen] Someone familiar shows up in the City.
- Ambition: [Deadwood] Silas and Dan have a little talk.
- Method Acting: [Alias RPF] Victor likes Ron just fine. Sloane's another matter entirely.

June
- Three Fates, Waiting: [ST:TOS/Blake's 7] When Jim Kirk is six years old, his parents make a deal on his behalf.

July
- Zero Sum: [Watchmen/The West Wing] [livejournal.com profile] darlas_mom requested Adrian Veidt (Watchmen) & Jed Bartlet (The West Wing). Some strange sort of fusion then occurred.
- the universal wolf: [Sweeney Todd RPF] Yuletide NYR. Maybe it's just him getting older. Maybe man wasn't meant to film musicals at this age.

August
- Delenn's 3 bits of sexual trivia [B5] meme response.
- G'Kar's 3 bits of sexual trivia [B5] meme response.
- Untitled snippet: [Harry Potter] Marauders-era genderswap crack.




You will notice that fic-producing dropped off dramatically after August (i.e. disappeared entirely until [livejournal.com profile] yuletide). This is partly due to the second half of 2009 being really quite shit. Nevertheless, I must also point out that the first half of 2009 was rather wonderful. So, instead of doing a balanced "what was good and what was bad" sort of post that will depress me, I'm going to list 10 things (in no particular order) that were really good about 2009:

1. My job was made permanent!
2. I travelled! To many places! One of which was on my list of 'places to go before I die'!
3. I saw friends I haven't seen in years and made new ones!
4. On a material note, I have a new mattress! (This results in me getting a good night's sleep!)
5. My brother has a job! OK, it's a stop-gap job until he's actually doing a job, but he's in employment!
6. I've joined a gym! And am still attending! This means I can run for the bus without having a heart attack!
7. My parents are healthy! And the bits that aren't are not too bad and scheduled for fixing!
8. I'm still studying Arabic! And some of it is finally sinking in!
9. I qualified! And joined the Institute! And have letters after my name!
10. It snowed on New Year's!!

So, what will 2010 look like? My 2009 NYR are here. I can say that I probably didn't leave work at work - it has a tendency to follow me home and I feed it and then it never leaves - but I did go out, and I did read, and I did have fun. Less so in the last few months, but more than 2008. So.

NYR 2010:
1. It has become an old stand-by: read 50 books.
2. Stand up for myself at work, and not let it eat up my life by having it take up every spare moment.
3. Make the most of travelling, and add in a little extra when I am out there.
4. Carry on with Arabic.
5. Go out more. Do more things. Don't let work take over. (I think it bears saying twice.)
kangeiko: (RSC players)
Back at work, and it feels like rocks are falling on my head. Half the department is missing for various reasons, this does not make for an easy workload. If you stop hearing from me it's because I'm trapped under a giant pile of paper.

Anyway, in the meantime I got some fic beta-ed and ready for posting. I wrote this before Zambia, actually, but you know how skittish I am about RPF. *shrug*

Title: the universal wolf
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko
Fandom: RPF - Sweeney Todd (2006)
Recipient/ficathon: written for brand_new_name for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide's NYR 2009 challenge.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Maybe it's just him getting older. Maybe man wasn't meant to film musicals at this age.
Thanks to: [livejournal.com profile] hadeschild, for a fab beta job and much-needed hand-holding.

Follow the fake cut.
kangeiko: (k/s)
Title: Three Fates, Watching
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko
Fandoms: Star Trek: The Original Series / Blake's 7
Characters: mirror!Kirk, Blake
Rating: PG13
Timelines: Pre-series (mirror!TOS), The Way Back (Blake's 7).
Summary: When Jim Kirk is six years old, his parents make a deal on his behalf.
Author's Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] multiverse5000, this was ridiculously hard to write, and is possibly version 8 or 9 of attempt 6 to write this story. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky and [livejournal.com profile] mizzykitty for their invaluable assistance; if it makes any sense, it is entirely up to their efforts.


Read it here.
kangeiko: (Default)
The Yuletide authors have been revealed, whee!! I wrote 8 fics this year (overly excitable, I know), but I blame the folks over at #yuletide irc, who were so bloody encouraging it was difficult to stop. Anyway:

Yuletide fic

- Sold Under Sin, Transmetropolitan
My assignment; written for numinicious. Spider rants about the economy, at some length. I hand-wrote the first draft of this on the train up to Edinburgh a few weeks ago, and spent a ridiculous amount of time poking it. And then three days agonising over the title. Sometimes it's the silliest things...

- Apocrypha, Carnivale
Pinch-hit for thedeadparrot. Sofie and Ben and Apollonia, S1. There was a bit of a mad scramble on this one, as I am much more familiar with the California side of things than the Carnivale side, so a frantic rewatching of source took place.

- Nor the Battle to the Strong, Gone With the Wind
Yuletide Treat for Maidenjedi. The Tarletons go to war. As the film has about 3 seconds of the Tarletons, I shamelessly plundered the book for source instead. ([livejournal.com profile] 100fandoms #93, can.)

- Fable, Fairy tales (trad)
Yuletide Treat for WhiteCat. A riff on Liz Lochhead's Men Talk, which is one of my favourite poems. I started using it as source for something else entirely, but this sorta fell out almost by accident. ([livejournal.com profile] 100fandoms #95, crowd)

- The Fair Gals of Dakota, Deadwood
Yuletide Treat for Suburban Noir. One of the things I love about [livejournal.com profile] yuletide is that I can try new things. And this is - God help me - a barn dance, telling the tale of Alice Isringhausen.

- Civility, Deadwood
Yuletide Treat for Sweeney Agonistes. A drabble wherein Al Swearengen makes an effort, set early S2.

- Contre-jour, Kim Stanley Robinson - Mars Trilogy
Yuletide Treat for Ellen Fremedon. Sax pays a visit to the Antarctica training grounds post-Blue Mars. ([livejournal.com profile] 100fandoms #25, salt)

- Seven Days, Bible - Hebrew Bible or Old Testament
Yuletide Treat for kastaka. Miriam spends seven days outside.

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I'm up to 75/100 for my [livejournal.com profile] 100fandoms claim. This makes me ridiculously happy.

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I read 52 books in 2008, 2 of which were re-reads. No reviews for them, though, as I slacked off this year. I have a million books mid-way through, so when I do the same thing this year - and try to get through another 50 - I'm gonna make more of an effort to comment on them.

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NYR and book lists for 2009 to follow. At the moment, I have a lovely clean house, tomorrow off from work, and I owe people lotsa fic. So - cafe, notebook, pen. Yes.
kangeiko: (back to school)
I took the day off today. This is in response to my body basically breaking yesterday, which I suspect had something to do with me going out to dinner Thursday evening. (Spent Thursday night sick as a dog, not fun. I think my body has decided to be allergic to anything not caffeine-related.) I did mostly nothing, but caught up on some reading and watched the second half of The State Within. Am contemplating either a really brainless movie or a really arty one this evening. I have enough stock-piled so I don't need to rent anything, but I may have to venture out to the corner store for popcorn and chocolate. Horrors.

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work )

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In non-work related matters, I am trying to get my social planner back on track. This coming week and the week after look rather busy, and my weekends have basically disappeared until the new year. I have no idea how that happened, frankly, I'm a little surprised as I don't recall planning anything during those months. But what with birthdays and hen parties and a wedding to attend, that's wrapped up most of the remaining year.

So - what I really need to do is find a winter dress for a wedding. For two weddings, actually. I have formal wear for the summer, but nothing suitable for the winter. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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The geopolitical ramifications of language study )

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The fandom nominations are open for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide! I look forward to [livejournal.com profile] yuletide every year, it's the one ficathon where I always have time to write and don't feel rushed. I don't usually submit fandom nominations, as there is always plenty for me to volunteer for, but as it's here...

After much to-ing and fro-ing, I finally decided on:

fandoms )

I love plenty of other small fandoms, but I suspect that things like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Secretary will have plenty of nominations, whereas the above are small even for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. So. :)

In honour of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide (and of me taking the weekend off), comment with a rare fandom, a character suggestion and a prompt, and I'll drabble you something. (Caveat: this offer only stretches to fandoms I've actually heard of, so if you're not sure, offer a selection, pls.)

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