dorinda: Will Graham and imprisoned Hannibal Lecter look like mirror images. (hannibal and will mirrored)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 10:34am on 25/03/2017 under , ,
This year's Vividcon vidder auction is now open--details at http://vividcon.dreamwidth.org/415659.html or http://vividcon.livejournal.com/394336.html .

So many sources. Soooo many. You can look at an individual vidder's offers by clicking their name on the auction page, or a whole list of all the vidders is here or here.

Seems like there's something for everyone...give it a look!
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
I have at last clawed my way out from beneath months of extra work at my job. Sheesh. It was really too much for a while there, and now I am pretty much in disarray. My apartment is a shambles, I haven't had a haircut for far too long, I'm behind on everything, blah blah.

But! I do get today to myself, to think about restful things like stories and writing and whatnot. \o/

On that topic, I noticed that nominations are open for Night On Fic Mountain, until the end of March.

Here's the tagset so far. I can see two things in there I could offer to write (one definite, one tentative), but you need to offer at least 5. So I'd need to nominate three more things. Hmmmmmm, it'll take some thought.

Master & Commander is already in there, to my delight; I'd love to write that some more. I also notice someone has nominated a 2006 movie that [personal profile] klia showed me back in the day, "The Guardian", a slashy movie about Coast Guard rescue swimmers (older grizzled traumatized officer trains troubled young hothead, they butt heads, then they impress each other, until they become super bonded protective pair--you know how those military-slash movies go. :D ). I've never thought about writing it till now, but I'm considering whether I might be brave enough to offer it.

Someone nominated Nero Wolfe, but only Archie/Saul. (Nothing against Archie/Saul of course, I adore Saul, but I don't know if I'd have any ideas for writing it.) Someone nominated Elfquest, but I don't think I could write any of the characters they included; I don't know them well, and don't have any ideas.

I wonder what else I might nominate? And can I think of things that other participants might want to read and/or offer? There are many times I wish I could read minds, and this is one of them.
dorinda: a tall ship with all sails set (sailing ship)
While Yuletide was in full swing, I also signed up to contribute to the holiday season Advent Calendar in the [community profile] perfect_duet Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin community. I was nervous about it, but I figured I'd be done with my Yuletide story by then and my writing engines would hopefully still be revving.

And luckily, that's how it turned out! So right after finishing my Yuletide Jack/Stephen, I was able to turn to another Jack/Stephen, this time more specifically drawn from the books:

Salt Water Unbounded (2770 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin
Additional Tags: Age of Sail, Hurt/Comfort, Swimming, Trust, Aftermath of Torture
Summary:

In the aftermath of the torture at Mahon, with Stephen injured and Jack kept at a distance, how can they both recover?




It's set during the third novel, HMS Surprise, between chapters 4 and 5. After my first full read-through of the books, I was visiting friends, and kept talking to them about how amazing that part of the book was. Stephen is rescued from terrible torture in chapter 4, and then there's a time gap, and in chapter 5 we see that he is much better and now goes swimming with Jack. We get some mentions in hindsight of what the recovery period was like, but we don't get to see it happening.

And I was fascinated, because we are both shown and directly told that Stephen hates to be helped, and yet it was during this very vulnerable time while he was so badly injured that he was willing to let Jack teach him to swim. It felt like an amazing gift of trust on his part--trusting Jack with his wounded body and his pride both, and finally letting Jack help him, which we know Jack longs so much to do. It seems like a potentially healing time for the both of them, after such trauma.

(I highly recommend the book HMS Surprise, one of the prime Hurt-Stephen books in the series. It has the torture and rescue, it has Stephen being shot in a duel and operating on himself as in the movie, it has him in emotional anguish...kind of a Stephen-shaped piñata. :D )
dorinda: Cutter and Skywise, believing they're about to part for good, share an intense hug. (Cutter-Skywise-angstyhug)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 02:12pm on 20/01/2017 under , , ,
Already I am finding joy from my reading list, so thank you all very much, and I will try to chime in!

First off, I encourage participation in the thread on sdwolfpup's journal, asking for "some pure, unadulterated ship squee" (friendship included!). Go forth and comment and squee!

Second off, I'd like to copy movies-michelle's offer to write little comment fics. So:

Give a fandom and a one word prompt, and I will write a little comment fic for you. Suggested fandoms include (in alphabetical order): Almost Human, Master & Commander (movie or books), Ocean's 11, Peacemakers, Person of Interest, Rejseholdet, Sinbad, Star Trek (TOS), The Sting. But if you have some other request, run it by me, you never know. :D
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
This is basically a new story? Kind of? Or at least, I'm not sure if anybody but [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant ever saw it--I wrote it as a flashfic challenge when tagged by [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant on tumblr, but never posted it here. It's super short, a little over 200 words, but I did want to put it onto AO3 to keep all my stuff in one place. And I thought it might be amusing. :D (The condoms in the surveillance kit are canonical fact. Oh, Rejseholdet. ♥ )

Toolkit (215 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rejseholdet | Unit One
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Allan Fischer/Thomas La Cour
Characters: Allan Fischer, Thomas La Cour
Additional Tags: Condoms, Surveillance, Flash Fic, Realization
Summary:

There are some condoms in the surveillance kit, useful as protective covers for hidden microphones and stuff.

Or...you know...just useful.

dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Even though [community profile] hc_bingo was just about to turn from the regular posting period to the amnesty period, I still requested a card. Because I found it so inspirational last time!

Although I noticed only today that, although I eventually completed a bingo across the bottom row of last year's card with five stories (serial killers: Peacemakers, exhaustion: Almost Human, cages: Rejseholdet, hostile climate: Sinbad, drugged: The Sting), I never did post links to my bingo fills on the official comm. Why? WHOOOO KNOWWWWWS. o____O

So here's this year's card: )

That center row across looks nice: fire, imprisonment, [wild card], bites, torture. Or the row right beneath it: deals with demons, brainwashing/deprogramming, hugs, hallucinations, begging. I mean, you know how much I love brainwashing :D :D

Really, most of the squares seem totally doable for me. Not sure what I'd pick for "mercy killing", though, hmm. Given my general tendency not to kill off the main characters. I mean...attempted mercy killing, maybe? I-have-to-mercy-kill-my-beloved-partner-oh-wait-no-I-don't? Mercy killing of an OC?

And tentacles. Tentacles. Hmm. I admit, I always wonder why tentacles is on a Hurt/Comfort Bingo card. I mean, they fit just fine on the more general Trope Bingo card, but H/C is hard to fathom. All the other squares are obvious engines of either hurt or comfort. But tentacles? You can work them into either aspect, I suppose, but they don't really help you figure out which one or how. And tentacle-sex is not my kink, so it'd have to be something else. Calamari...aliens...sea creature attacks a ship...fighting naturalist dissecting a cephalopod...
dorinda: A color drawing of Henry and Johnny from "The Sting" (Henry_Johnny_art)
Along with my utterly wonderful Yuletide present, a brand-new story for The Sting just dropped right now, from [personal profile] mlyn:

You Lead, I'll Follow (1157 words) by mlyn
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sting (1973)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kid Twist/Original Male Character(s), Henry Gondorff/Johnny Hooker
Characters: Kid Twist, Johnny Hooker, Henry Gondorff
Additional Tags: Pre-Slash, Feelings Realization, Con Artists
Summary:

After wrapping up the Lonnegan con, Henry and Johnny hit the road. For Johnny, a journey of one night changes everything.




It starts just post-canon, with Johnny facing a letdown, but then learning a little something that helps him proceed. Or, a couple of somethings. :D It includes a nice little portrait of Kid Twist, my favorite secondary character. ♥____♥

Recommended!
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Happy New Year! Now everybody peels their masks off and goes boo. :D

For this year's Yuletide, I wrote:

The Fragile Skiff Attains the Shore (13362 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin, William Mowett, Preserved Killick
Additional Tags: Age of Sail, Action/Adventure, Hurt/Comfort, Worry, Whipping, Cuddling & Snuggling, Angst, Boats and Ships
Summary:

Stephen's letter, folded inside his jacket, pressed against his heart like a hot poker.
To Captain Jno. Aubrey, R.N., HMS Surprise:
I ask you to sail on as scheduled. Do not come looking for me.



This was the first time I offered Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin--I only offered the movie this year, to get my feet wet more manageably and keep my canon review under control, although I have now read all the books at least twice. (hugs books) My recipient said she likes hurt/comfort, and I like hurt/comfort, so I gladly gave Jack a bit of a physical going-over along with some worry & angst for both parties (poor Jack. But he's so physically robust! I'm sure the worrying and angsting hurt him worse.). And a happy ending, of course, because I am not currently my own evil clone or wearing a sash in the Mirror Universe.

I flapped about over some tangles in the throughline, but in the end I really enjoyed writing it. I intend to write some more Jack/Stephen--in fact I have written something else , which I'll be posting a little later in the new year.

As for my cornucopia of gifts, get this! The big Sinbad story, AND the Sting pretend-couple story, were BY THE SAME PERSON, [personal profile] damkianna!! CAN you even believe it. I am amazed all over again--it's like she spelunked into my brain, and look at all the words she wrote while she was in there! *confetti*

The Rejseholdet story is by [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant, and this is the only one I actually (tentatively) guessed. Chatting with [personal profile] sakana17 in email I was like, hmmm, I wonder if that was halotolerant--she's such a fantastic writer and also I know she loves Fischer/La Cour... WELL LOOKY HERE. :D :D :D

And the Shetland story is by an author new to me, [archiveofourown.org profile] idareu2bme. I love all the new discoveries Yuletide helps me make!
dorinda: Gunnar and Sinbad at the ship's rail, smiling. (sinbad-gunnar_smile)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 08:49am on 28/12/2016 under , , , , , , ,
I had such an amazing, fantastic Yuletide this year! I can scarcely believe it. Along with my assigned story, I received three (3!) treats, and they are all SO GOOD. Soooo goooood. Tailored perfectly to my interests, all in-character and well-written and well-paced and slashy and so emotionally satisfying.

Honestly, true story, as I was reading them on Christmas Eve, I kept stopping and looking up at the ceiling and just beaming with that inner bubbling feeling of utter squee. They make me so happy!

(And, I've never yet done an actual pimping post for any of these sources, but if you want to see them and cannot otherwise, please do drop me a line!)

1) SINBAD A scattering of pictures on tumblr.
First off, the assigned story, which is a Gunnar/Sinbad story for "Sinbad", the short-lived 2012 UK TV series, a show with a tone that reminds me of the Merlin-Xena-Hercules constellation sometimes...not quite historical, but magical-mythico-folklorish, with occasional purposeful anachronisms. Sinbad is a street urchin who ends up bereaved and cursed, and in the course of trying to save himself, he meets some other outcasts of one kind or another who basically become his found family. Especially the melancholy, protective ex-Viking. :D

The story posits that Gunnar (said Northman) is a literal berserker, a bear-shifter. The spot-on voices and characterizations of the whole crew! The layers of details in setting and worldbuilding! The pining! The mystery of why Gunnar doesn't shift back, and how he does, and the very satisfying answer!

The Beast Within (16058 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sinbad (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gunnar/Sinbad (Sinbad)
Characters: Gunnar (Sinbad), Sinbad (Sinbad), Rina (Sinbad), Anwar (Sinbad), Tiger (Sinbad), Cook (Sinbad), Nala (Sinbad)
Additional Tags: Animal Transformation, Mutual Pining, Nonverbal Communication, Post-Canon
Summary:

There had not been time, Gunnar told himself afterward; there had not been any other way. But it was not true. There was always a choice.

(Or: Gunnar is a werebear. Sinbad has some issues with this; and, as it turns out, so does Gunnar.)



2) REJSEHOLDET A bunch of pics/gifs on tumblr.
A treat of nearly 10K words, if you can believe it, for Rejseholdet aka Unit One, the Danish cop show from the early-mid 2000s perhaps most notable for having Mads Mikkelsen in it (super-hot, natch). Whose character, the ambitious, aggressive Allan Fischer, has such wonderful partner and slash chemistry with the sensitive, secretive empath Thomas La Cour.

This story starts pre-canon and ends post-canon, and follows the entire arc of Fischer and La Cour's relationship, from awkward first meeting through to the finally-settled intimate relationship they had gradually been reaching for but took years to figure out. The characterizations are so so solid, and watching them learn to understand their inchoate need for each other is a sheer delight!

For All This Time (9881 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rejseholdet | Unit One
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Allan Fischer/Thomas La Cour
Characters: Allan Fischer, Thomas La Cour, Mille Fischer, Helene, Victor Fischer, Ingrid Dahl, Ida, Torben Ronne
Additional Tags: Getting Together, Partners to Lovers, First Kiss, Additional Warnings In Author's Note, Canon Het Relationships Mentioned
Summary:

1996-2005. Repression, true love, crime, coffee and football.



3) THE STING (1973)
The classic Paul Newman/Robert Redford con-artist movie, if you needed telling. :D One of my very favorite movies of all time, a festival of competence kink, with Newman melancholy and worrying and gravely handsome, and Redford callow and eager and luminous, playing con men who meet and mesh (and make such heart eyes at each other oh god), and prevail over the forces of evil.

You guys I got a Henry/Johnny PRETEND RELATIONSHIP STORYYYYYY. So perfect for two grifters, to have to fake a closeted affair to draw a blackmailer out of the woodwork so they can nab him. And of course, it turns out Henry has a secret that makes the prospect of getting handsy with Johnny no hardship--except for the fact that he knows it's just for the con and will all be over soon. (OR WILL IT. :D ) It crackles with the energy both of the con and of desire, underlaid with secrets sizzling just under the surface.

truth deceived (7047 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sting (1973)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Henry Gondorff/Johnny Hooker
Characters: Henry Gondorff, Johnny Hooker, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Case Fic, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Misunderstandings, Mutual Pining, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Henry and Johnny catch a blackmailer—by pretending they've got something to be blackmailed about. Except, of course, no one's doing as much pretending as anybody else thinks they are.



4) SHETLAND
The source I fell for most recently, a Scottish drama about a police detective-inspector who lives and works in the Shetland Islands. Jimmy Perez is a thoughtful, kind, determined, melancholy man who lives to protect his communities and look after his daughter Cassie. And he has a fascinating relationship with his daughter's biological father, the more cynical/shades-of-gray figure Duncan Hunter. Jimmy and Duncan get along like grownups, which feels really rare for TV--co-parenting the best they can, communicating with each other, being supportive (even when they conflict).

The story is a quiet, tender scene set after the end of the most recent season, season 3. Jimmy, as could have been predicted, is hollowed-out by serious Empty Nest Syndrome, and Duncan looks after him in a comfortingly bossy, intimate, straightforward, comforting way. Just what I needed, and Jimmy too. ♥

Okay (1007 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Shetland (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Duncan Hunter/Jimmy Perez
Characters: Duncan Hunter, Jimmy Perez
Additional Tags: Sharing a Bed, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Canon Compliant, empty nest feels, Feels, Angst
Summary:

Cassie has left and Jimmy doesn't feel okay. Duncan helps.




dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 12:48pm on 21/10/2016 under ,
Speaking of comments and critique, I could use some advice on chapters, chaptering, and whether/when/whatnot, if anyone has thoughts on the topic.

I've had two commenters on different stories object to said stories being long but not chaptered--When a Man's an Empty Kettle (Almost Human John/Dorian) at about 40K words, and The Sound Below Sound (LotR Legolas/Gimli) at about 35.5K words.

The Almost Human commenter said "Far too long for a one chapter story" and implied that she therefore might not have read it, without explaining why, but the LotR commenter went into more detail and talked about "at many stages I found that I'd love to comment or applaud but unfortunately it's not easy going up and down each time. Plus I would have to give a proper ref as to which part I was doing it for etc." Apparently chaptering felt mandatory to her in order to "comment as you go".

So what do you do with a completed one-shot story that's not a WIP, not written with chapter breaks in mind, but is long? Do you ever chapter it, apparently to provide some kind of ease in commenting? It's not actually something I've ever thought of, because I've never had trouble remembering (or skimming back to find) bits I wanted to quote or comment on.

After that comment on the LotR story I did vaguely consider retroactively chaptering it, but admittedly have not yet sat down and done a fresh close reading to figure out where I would put chapter breaks if any. I am seized at the thought by a foglike blanket of ennui. But if it makes big stories easier to read somehow, more welcoming or whatever, I could imagine putting in the work. Is it a developing custom, or a comment-coincidence, or...?

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