Questionable Experiments

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

5:40 am - Fic: For the Kingdom of Heaven (X-Men Comicverse gen, Hank McCoy)

Summary: Dr. Hank McCoy observes the cure.

Rating: PG

Author’s Note: Astonishing-based gen. This was begun some time ago and is vaguely Jossed by House of M.

Disclaimer: I don't own the X-Men, and am making no money from this.

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current mood: sick

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

2:18 am - Spoiling myself rotten

ion_bond linked to two clips from X3 earlier. I guess that saying what the clips are is itself a spoiler.Collapse ) I found better quality versions -- without the squashed aspect ratio -- here, on IGN.com.

The links to the large WMV versions are not working right (unless it just doesn't like Firefox), but the others are fine.

It would clearly be unjustified and foolish to imagine that one of the writers of this movie has been reading Charles/Erik fanfic, and I have in no way let such a thought enter my head. I just want to make that perfectly clear.

current mood: pleased

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

8:21 pm - X3 Seven Minute Preview on Fox

No spoilers that weren't in the preview itself.Collapse )

current mood: surprised

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

10:39 pm - Archaeology today

vagabondsal posted a lovely ficlet called Excavations, with Charles and Bobby at the Museum of Natural History, referencing the pterosaur scene in my series History Teaches. It's about Charles's past and the things he does and doesn't say, and did I mention it was lovely? Because it really is. Go, look.

penknife tagged me for a meme: "Name Ten Fictional Characters you would sleep with, and why." It made more sense to me split into two lists:

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Tagging vagabondsal.

current mood: delighted

Monday, May 8th, 2006

8:27 am - Tales from the Crypt

Oh, what the hell.

These two ficlets were part of a longer story that I'll never finish. Shortly after X2, I had the idea of writing several short, explicit Rogue stories with different pairings, kind of a Five Things structure, but with a frame tale that would establish them as fantasies. Its working title was "So How Do You Guys...?" and it came about, in part, because I was annoyed by the dumb ideas about Rogue and sexuality that X2 tried to sell, and felt like writing protest fic.

It didn't work out. The frame tale I had originally written fell apart when I realized there was at least a year of unfiltered Internet access between the Rogue of X2 and some of these ideas. Most of the segments never got beyond the second sentence because they didn't hold my interest. The two that I did write interested me enough that I kept wanting to polish them up and turn them into full-fledged stories, but they would have been very difficult to make work at full length and outside the frame. After three years, it's time to give up.

The first of these is Rogue/Phoenix BDSM. I've gone back and forth on exactly how dark I think it is, so thank God for the blessedly vague words "content that may be disturbing." The second is Rogue/Bobby, and in my opinion sweet.

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current mood: embarrassed

Friday, May 5th, 2006

8:01 pm - Libertarian dinosaur poo from the stars

Random thought: icon-making is the lj equivalent of 19th century women's "accomplishments," like embroidery. It's a practical craft that most everyone dabbles in, and that shows off our sensibilities and taste, though some people elevate it to a fine art.

Or not. Actually, this is an excuse to show off my new Geek Pride icon. Definitely on the craft side of things, but I like it. I love Abby to bits, though I have mixed feelings about NCIS as a whole. Mostly, I watch it while playing World of Warcraft. When Gibbs is hitting people in the head, Ziva is "hilariously" getting English clichés wrong, or Tony and Ziva are providing the show's Official Sexual Tension, I play the game. When Abby or Ducky are onscreen, I watch the show and get eaten by an owlbear. Half the time I don't know what the plots are about, but I think that's just as well.

I happened to search Wikipedia to check my recollection that Ursula LeGuin coined the term "ansible" to mean a faster-than-light communicator, and found this:
Le Guin states that she derived the name from "answerable" (as the device would allow its users to receive answers to their messages in a reasonable amount of time, even over interstellar distances), though it is often theorized that it is a deliberate anagram of the word "lesbian" (which is in keeping with the libertarian tones in her writing).
Um? What sense does that make? I'm not even sure if it's the word lesbian or the anagramming that's supposed to be so libertarian. Maybe a libertarian would believe that the order of letters in a word doesn't have to be regulated by dictionaries because market forces will take care of it. There's a really good British crossword clue in there somewhere, though. "Lesbian activist is speaker to stars (7)" or something like that.

Writing is going fairly well still. I'm working on a piece of Astonishing gen about the cure, with Hank McCoy and Dr. Rao and "that dreadful crab boy" who is seen in front of Rao's lab clutching a picket sign that says "Repent." It's kind of long for me, so I don't know if I'll manage to finish it before X3 comes out, though it would be a good idea if I did. I'm also still going through old drafts and deciding which ones to give up on. I might post some excerpts of things that will never be finished here, if I decide they're not too embarrassing.

fyrdrakken just linked to evidence that Hugh Jackman buys jewelry made out of fossilized dinosaur dung. Now I'll always picture movie Logan going along on the next school field trip to the natural history museum and trying to pretend he's not interested in the dino skeletons although he very much is -- while Charles, of course, zones out in front of the pterosaurs with a bittersweet smile on his face.

current mood: a little overcaffeinated, why?

Monday, May 1st, 2006

8:30 am - fic: Haunted (X-Men Comicverse, Mystique/Destiny)

I haven't written a single word in over a year, or even read any fanfic to speak of. I don't know what's been wrong with me, except that I'm an idiot. Now I'm starting to catch up on all the great stories you've all written, and going through my WIPs trying to figure out which are still viable. This is a short piece that I came across that was already more than half written, and that I knew exactly how to finish. Somehow, I'd forgotten it existed. Finding it now was like fishing a $10 bill from between the sofa cushions when you're broke.


Pairing: Mystique/Destiny, Mystique/Senator Brickman. If you're thinking "Senator who?" -- don't worry, it doesn't matter.

Rating: Adult. Not pr0n.

Continuity: This takes place sometime between X-Factor #139 and Uncanny X-Men #359. For movieverse fans, it should make sense if you just know that Destiny was a precognitive and was Mystique's lover for many decades until she died.

Summary: The past is present.

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Monday, March 14th, 2005

7:09 am - B5 flashfic: Briar Rose (Susan/Talia, PG)

Briar Rose

Fandom/Continuity: B5 AU.

Disclaimer: I don't own Babylon 5, and make no money from this.

Summary: Every night, Susan watches her sleep.

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current mood: tired

Sunday, March 13th, 2005

8:01 pm - OTP meme

I really have nothing to add to penknife's rendition of Charles/Erik, but for B5:

Susan/Talia (canon version)
Breakfast. Susan and Talia are sitting at a table in the Zocalo.
Talia: I've realized something. You were right. And I was wrong. About everything.
Susan: Now, was that so hard?
Talia: I guess not. Can we have sex now?
Susan (magnanimously): I suppose so.
*suddenly, Talia is hit on the head by a falling anvil*
Susan: Bester, I kill you filthy!

Susan/Talia (denial version)
Breakfast. Susan and Talia are sitting at a table in the Zocalo.
Talia: I've realized something. You were right. And I was wrong. About everything.
Susan: I never get tired of hearing that.
Talia: Can we have sex now?
Susan: Haven't we done this before?
Talia: That depends on how AU this story is.
Susan: Look out!
*suddenly, Talia is hit on the head by a falling anvil*
Talia: Ow! *rubs a spot on the top of her head*
Susan (inspecting the anvil): Must have been a dud.

Season One. Londo and G'Kar are at a table in the Dark Star, glaring at each other over an enormous carafe of brivari.
Londo: Blah blah empire glory.
G'Kar: Blah blah oppression revenge.
They drink.
Londo (giggling): You are *so cute.*
G'Kar: Oh, *will* you shut up. (beat) And stop tickling my nose. (beat) With whatever that is.

current mood: amused

Friday, March 11th, 2005

6:39 am - B5: Divided Loyalties

I finally got to this episode on the DVDs. The next day I turned on an NYPD Blue rerun, and it happened to guest-star Claudia Christian as a character in heavy mourning. How appropriate.

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So I'm left contemplating denialfic. It seems so cheesy to do an AU in which everything is the same except that the episode that smashed my OTP never happened. (Okay, Susan/Talia's more like my secondary OTP for the show, but still.) But if ever an episode cried out to be erased, it's this one -- the show spends half a season setting up Talia's character arc and then it's oops, sorry, actress bailed, forget we said anything. I think my problem with denialfic *should* be that it's bad to disrupt a coherent plot arc in order to make things come out better for your favorite characters. Repairing a plot cut short by factors external to the show should be just fine. So why does it still bother me? It's as if I'm automatically suspicious of AUs that make things better instead of worse. Which is dumb, really.

I just want to protect my poor OTP from this random, brick-from-the-sky tragedy so their relationship has time to blossom into the dysfunctionality I know they're capable of. Is that so wrong?

[Edited to fix my total inability to keep Sheridan's name straight. Gah.]

current mood: tired

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

5:56 am - Feedback meme

Meme by tartanshell:

If you read one of my fics and didn't review it, please tell me in the comments to this post that you read it. I'm not asking for a full-fledged review, or concrit, or anything more than a sentence. You don't even have to remember the title--a vague description of the plot ("the one where Joe and Steve went skydiving") would be fine! Just please tell me what you read, so that I know there really are more than an average of six people reading my stories.
Then, of course, please post something like this in your journal (or just pimp the meme), so I can have the opportunity to tell you that, hey, I might be quiet, but I am out here reading.

ETA: I'd really like it if you did this meme -- I'm a horribly inconsistent feedbacker and have a lot to atone for.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

11:18 am - Everybody knows

For once I brought enough to share with the class. I think I'm going to snurch President Roslin Number Six for myself, but the rest are up for grabs.

Lyrics from Leonard Cohen, screen caps from Ragnar Anchorage.

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Edited: borders added, text adjusted, two new Starbuck icons.

current mood: pleased

Monday, February 28th, 2005

10:40 am - Commentary on "Half" (part 1)

As requested by artaxastra and ion_bond. Too large for a single LJ post; this is part 1.

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10:38 am - Commentary on "Half" (part 2)

This 64KB limit is really annoying. Sorry to anyone who tried to read this while I was still figuring out how to get it all posted.

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current mood: tired

10:35 am - Commentary on "Half" (part 3)

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Monday, February 21st, 2005

12:57 am - Research article

I wanted to link to this article in my "Half" commentary (which is progressing, slowly), but it had disappeared from the web, so here's a copy I saved. It's about a family of little people who toured Eastern Europe in the 40s as the "Lilliput Troupe," then were sent to Auschwitz after the Nazis invaded Hungary and wound up in Mengele's lab. This was the best analogy I ever found for Erik, since, like the Ovitches as a family, he would have been considered unique and therefore irreplaceable. Then you have to adjust somehow for the fact that his powers also make him potentially dangerous.

Needless to say, it's a horrible story.

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... And I just came within a hair's breadth of accidentally posting that to scans_daily. Mrf.

current mood: headachy

Friday, February 18th, 2005

8:39 pm - Writing questions meme

Borrowed from EVERYONE:

Ask me one question - any one - about my writing, then post this in your LJ so I can satisfy my curiosity about yours.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

9:55 am - Temporally challenged comic reviews

I don't know how I managed to get a box and a half behind. The silver lining is that now I feel like I'm being good and getting caught up on things when I spend an evening reading comics.

X-Treme X-Men - Storm: The Arena

For the love of God, Chris, step away from the Id Vortex.Collapse )

Mystique - Brian Vaughn's run

Best Mystique ever, but....Collapse )

Astonishing X-Men - #1-7

Oh good, now I won't mind cancelling Uncanny.Collapse )

Excalibur TPB - Forging the Sword

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current mood: geeky

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

7:54 am - "Nameless" Commentary

As requested by adn_heming. [ETA: formatting fixed now, sorry.]

the original story

This is one of my most recced stories, and I think every rec it ever got contained some variant of "No, really, this OC is not a Mary Sue!" Which is nice, but always secretly amused me, because -- now it can be told! -- the idea for the narrator's mutant power arose from the purest and silliest kind of wish fulfillment fantasy.

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current mood: navel-gazing

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

11:27 pm - Commentary meme, again

ion_bond said:

It's just so great when people explain the decisions they make in their stories. I think it's my favorite part of fandom. I wish more people would do the DVD-stye commentary meme.

I think that meme went by a couple of times while I was semi-gafiated, so why not. Leave a comment if you'd like me to do a DVD commentary track for any of my stories. I already did WMD and Possession last time around, but everything else is still up for grabs.

current mood: content