Anticlimax

Aug. 30th, 2016 09:12 pm
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
Title applies to:

1) The conclusion of His Dark Materials. I might have tossed The Amber Spyglass across the floor in distaste if [personal profile] par_avion hadn't warned me at Vividcon about a thing that was going to happen. Then again, by the end of the series we'd grown so distanced from the main characters that the plot direction might not have affected me deeply anyway. As it was, it... ended, and that was that.

2) Kidney stone situation. I've been pain-free for a week now, but didn't see a stone come out, so either it got ground to sand and I missed it, or it's lying in wait. Doc says to finish the remaining 2 1/2 weeks of Flomax and then maybe safe to believe I'm in the clear. TMI. Meanwhile, back to normal activities.

Miscellany:

Doing: Being (temporarily? permanently?) recovered means that I can still go to the Mission: New York Star Trek convention this weekend with iggy. Am getting especially excited about seeing all the DS9 cast members who will be there -- René Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Michael Dorn, Cirroc Lofton -- only two of whom I've met before (René a couple of times at Broadway theaters and Dorn once at a con). There will be panels with cast reunions and organizers of the first Trek convention and show/novel writers and queer fans and fans of color and scientists/engineers who were inspired by the series, a table read of ST IV: The Voyage Home, props and sets and a cosplay contest, etc. =/\=

I printed recent-ish head shots of the three DS9 cast members who won't be there, with the plan of bringing them to the group photo I signed up for. Now every time I pass my desk, Alexander Siddig is there smiling at me.

Reading: Currently between books. Plowed through the Captive Prince trilogy while ill and it was just the right story for that headspace. Tried Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings last night/today but got bored, and that ginormous, 1,000-page hardcover is not worth lugging around for a boring narrative. Was not surprised to discover a blurb from Patrick Rothfuss on the back. Fortunately, NK Jemison's The Fifth Season is winging its way over to the library.

Writing: A thing for work, but daydreaming about ficlets and Yuletide treats. His Dark Materials gave me another Dustfinger (Inkheart) idea, in addition to the three fics already posted and the two WsIP. It went like this at brunch on Sunday:

me: It's perfect: Dustfinger has a marten; Lyra has a marten. I just want the martens to sniff each other.
[personal profile] unfinishedidea: *cracks up*
me: What?
[personal profile] unfinishedidea: You do you.

I will do me, thank you. :) Here, have a Lyra/Iorek fic I found on the AO3: Native and Non-Native Fauna of the North by gishmi1ish. It's distractingly formatted and a bit rushed, but pushes some xeno buttons nonetheless.

Vidding: Thinking about Festivids nominations. I watched Queen Margot again last week and continue to yearn for a vid for it. If it still doesn't get matched this year, I may have to do it myself.
bironic: Fred reading a book,looking adorable (fred reading)
The Golem and the Jinni is over, leaving me filled with  :,(  :)  <3.

Their personalities and physical descriptions are different, but there were times when the Jinni reminded me of other characters I have loved. Marius, Dustfinger, Odo. Behind a cut for vague not-really-spoilers but just in case. )

My book crush on him remains undiminished. Will this lead to fic? I hope so. Because I want a lot of post-canon stories: )

The fact that somehow there are only three fics on the AO3 may help. Plus a long plane ride tomorrow followed by a few days of loosely structured vacation. But we'll see. Recent experience tempers expectations. It's a hard writing style to get right, and I'm not sure I'm up to meeting that level of characterization. Maybe jotting down those bunnies is as far as it goes. Or maybe I can channel my interest in the Jinni into finishing that Dustfinger poly story from last year.
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
AO3 | LJ | DW

Title: Through sinful choice, or dread necessity
Fandom: Inkheart
Pairing: Dustfinger/Meggie
Rating: In the PG-13 to R range
Word Count: 2,020
Summary: What might have happened after Meggie refused to read out the Shadow for Capricorn.
Content notes: Sexual threat and nonconsensual sexual activity, of the villains-make-them-do-it variety; underage character; canon-typical bad-guy clichés. This is not a nice story. On the positive side, Meggie is a spitfire who calls Dustfinger out on his BS.
A/N: Remix and fusion of scenes from the book and the movie. Title from Wordsworth.

'I won't do it! You can't make me!' )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
AO3 | DW | LJ

Title: Break, Blow, Burn (And Make Me New)
Fandom: Inkheart trilogy
Pairing: Dustfinger/Farid
Rating: R-ish? PG-13?
Word Count: 1,500
Summary: It was Dustfinger. It had always been Dustfinger.
Content notes: Underage (although not considered so in the Inkworld); Farid seems to be about 15 or 16 in the books. Arguable infidelity. Equally arguable polyamory. Spoilers for Inkspell & Inkdeath.
A/N: Because what seemed like slashy subtext in the movie ended up being pretty much text in the books. This is a remix of a particular scene about halfway through Inkdeath. Suits the temperature play square on my Kink Bingo card, together with the Dustfinger/Resa fic. Title from John Donne.

His head was a whirl, but his body said, Yes, this. And suddenly everything fell into place. )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
AO3 | LJ | DW

Title: Last Song Before Morning
Fandom: Inkheart
Pairing: Dustfinger/Resa
Rating: R-ish
Word Count: 2,200
Summary: The candle has flickered out, but Dustfinger can keep them warm.
Content notes: Infidelity. Contemplation of mortality. Spoilers for Resa's identity.
Thanks: to [personal profile] synn for reviewing drafts, and to many of you for encouragement when words didn't want to come.
A/N: Fits the temperature play square on my Kink Bingo card, in conjunction with at least one other fic. Also fills an amnesty prompt from Porn Battle XI. Mix of bookverse and movieverse.

Brief context for the fic if you haven't seen or read Inkheart )

How ironic, he thinks as he lifts one hand to the side of her face, that he should overcome his cowardice just when he's on the cusp of losing her. )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
In some ways it was a rough week. My friend A. came to visit for two days, and it took another two to recover. My mom was hospitalized for a day. (She's okay now.) Negative self-talk has been rearing its head again. Current events are, as too usual, terrible.

And yet. In the style of [personal profile] kass's gratitudes:

  • Received a small end-of-year bonus
  • Favorite editor gave my work a great compliment
  • I'm going to finish I FINISHED writing this fic tonight, hallelujah
  • Discovered a good shawarma place that delivers
  • Almost finished reading Inkdeath, which, after two so-so predecessors, is full of wonderful little Dustfinger and Dustfinger/everyone-else moments
  • Had a lovely evening full of conversation with [personal profile] stultiloquentia yesterday
  • Tweeted with Linda Holmes (host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour) about the Jurassic World raptor-training meme - first time I've interacted with a Name over there
  • Boston-area fan picnic tomorrow—not too late to join, by the way!—likely followed by Inside Out with [personal profile] thedeadparrot
  • Found out three (I think) of my vids showed at Vidukon; and have many Vidukon vids to look forward to watching
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (RSL neil window)
Not wanting to pay more dollars to see Avengers again, I decided to have a little Other Movies Featuring Paul Bettany fest.

So far:

The Reckoning )

Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World + fic recs )

Inkheart + fic recs )

Priest )

Still to go: Wimbledon (rewatch), A Beautiful Mind, Legion, A Knight's Tale, Mortdecai… Thank you, county library system.

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Something about all this has caught the obsessive part of my brain, and I've been preoccupied for days with thoughts and images of his various roles, including returning repeatedly to certain animated gifs. This couldn't have come at a worse time; I'm in the midst of two packed weeks at work and don't have brain space to waste on this. But that's probably exactly why it's happening now. Maybe it's even coming at the time I most need it.

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