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dorinda: A vintage b&w shot in which one man whispers in the ear of another as he holds him. (whisper)
Connexions, a little every-other-year slash con held just outside Washington D.C., is seeking vids made between August 2018 and August 2019 for its vidshow.

The call for vids says they're looking for vids "that are a) slash and b) multimedia"--I assume they mean both at once maybe? But if you want to ask for any clarification, it looks like the person to contact is Ker at dcmf.office@gmail.com .

For more details on the con, see their website at http://www.connexions-south.com/. The page on their site that focuses on the vidshow specifically is here.
dorinda: A vintage b&w shot in which one man whispers in the ear of another as he holds him. (whisper)
Hello, hurtcomforter!

Thank you for writing for me or making me some art! If you already have a hurt/comforty idea in mind for a pairing I’ve selected, please go for it. My blanket Do Not Wants, as I mentioned in my signup, are 1) permanent character death, 2) all hurt no comfort.

If you’d find it helpful to know more about my preferences, read on!

Some of my general preferences: )

Thoughts on my specific fandom requests, alphabetically:

Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian: Jack/Stephen )

The Exorcist (TV): Marcus/Tomas, Marcus/Peter )

Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World: Jack/Stephen )

Person of Interest: Harold/John )

Shetland: Jimmy/Duncan )

The Sting (1973): Henry/Johnny )

Have fun with it, and thanks again!
dorinda: From "Person of Interest": Finch supports a wounded Reese. (POI-rescue)
The new [community profile] hurtcomfortex, the Hurt/Comfort Exchange for fic and art, is open for signups until March 7! Here's the tagset. Nominations were done by pairing (can be & or /) and specification of who gets hurt: one, the other, or both (or in multiships, all).

Plus apparently you get to request & offer up to 40 (I think? Up to 20 in the 'additional tags' field and up to 20 in the 'optional tags' field?) of the nominated h/c-relevant tags (scroll down to the bottom of the tagset), such as Bad Guys Made Them Do It, Canadian Shack, Sharing a Bed, Tenderness, Bathing/Washing, etc. I must admit, I'm not really sure how matching is going to work with so very many of these tags available in the nomination set, some of which are still basically duplicates, but I guess I'll see.

The tagset looks very promising! I'm eyeing things like Jack/Stephen from the books and the movie, The Exorcist (tv), Elijah/Daneel from the Robot novels, Hot Fuzz, Invisible Man, Person of Interest, Shetland (Jimmy/Duncan \o/ ), The Sting (which I didn't nominate! If I had, I would've also included hurt Henry as well as hurt Johnny, but hey, I'll gladly take it). Edited to add: How could I forget that Person of Interest Reese/Finch is in there!

There are a ton of other things, too, including some old classics and giant fandoms like Star Wars, Star Trek, various superhero movies like X-Men and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So many decisions to make--I'd better get cracking.


Feb. 26th, 2019 01:15 pm
dorinda: Two hands, one dangling a silver Comedy mask and one dangling a gold Tragedy mask, under the words THE PLAYERS. (Sting_players)
I had a wonderful time at Escapade. Ahhhhhh it was so fun and casual and relaxing, but went by too fast.

I didn't take notes for a con report per se, but I can say that the panels I modded or co-modded--Age of Sail Fandoms, Con Artist Fandoms, and The Exorcist (tv)--were all sheer delights, every one. The people who attended were interested and had lots of great things to say, and the discussions left me happy and motivated and even more in love with the relevant fandoms than before.

Otherwise I took it easy, made sure to spend quality time just loafing around. And I got to rewatch the first half of season 2 of The Exorcist with [personal profile] the_shoshanna, [personal profile] klia, [personal profile] sakana17, and [personal profile] thevetia, which was sooooo pleasurable. We got through not just the introduction of Peter, but the important scenes with Peter & Marcus out on the boat, and there was a lot to talk about.

I spaced out and accidentally missed the Sherlock Holmes panel--anyone out there who can give me the gist?
dorinda: Sinbad turns his head back toward Gunnar, both looking grave. (sinbad-gunnar_srs)
Chocolate Box authors have been revealed! I had a great time with this exchange, I highly recommend it.

The story I wrote was for Sinbad/Gunnar (see icon):

Frozen for an Age (6616 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sinbad (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gunnar/Sinbad (Sinbad)
Characters: Sinbad (Sinbad), Gunnar (Sinbad)
Additional Tags: Bad Guys Made Them Do It, Vikings, Guilt, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Slavery, Escape

He had a plan—he always did, sooner or later. But this one felt as cruel as anything he could have imagined.

My recipient [personal profile] muccamukk had a prompt (among many delightful others) in her signup that said “They're kidnapped by Vikings/Valsgard, and Gunnar has to pretend to be in his old life again to get them out”. And I was so caught and delighted by the idea—actually, for a while there I was so delighted by it that it was hard to get started, for fear of screwing it up.

But then I talked about it with friends, and then [personal profile] msmoat came to visit, and we watched Sinbad 1x05, where we first find out about Gunnar’s Terrible Past and Gunnar’s Shame And Angst and Gunnar’s Devotion To Sinbad and stuff. And then she sat down with me and we hashed out the plot structure I wanted to use, and strategized ways to keep it from inflating (I tend to have problems with story bloat).

Looking back at the prompt, I am now reminded that it implies Gunnar being the prime mover in the escape from the Evil Vikings. But in my version, even though Gunnar does have to the pretending mentioned in the prompt, it’s Sinbad, man of twists and turns, who whips up and drives the plan...a plan that is guaranteed to put Gunnar and his psyche and his shame and his feelings for Sinbad through the wringer. ( :D )
dorinda: From "Person of Interest": Finch supports a wounded Reese. (POI-rescue)
YAY it's Chocolate Box story day, and I received THREE wonderful triple-drabbles for Person of Interest, Harold/John (and past Harold/Nathan), plus Bear! ♥_______♥

You should go read them! They are so touching and well-drawn and satisfying and made me very very happy indeed. Hit me right in the sweet spot. \o/

Intrinsic Motivation (300 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Characters: Bear (Person of Interest)
Additional Tags: Loyalty, Season/Series 02, Triple Drabble

"Foei! No!" There was an urgent scuffling over the line, and then, despairingly: "Oh, Bear." Finally resignation set in, leaving Harold's tone almost philosophical when he said, "Why is it always the rare editions?"

Painstaking (300 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Additional Tags: Getting Together, Tending Wounds, Triple Drabble

"That was far too close a call, Mr. Reese."

Without Saying (300 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Finch/John Reese
Additional Tags: Past Harold Finch/Nathan Ingram - Freeform, Grief/Mourning, Triple Drabble

"You two were close," John said when Harold's voice failed him.

dorinda: Shot from MST3K short "Mr B. Natural," showing a white boy from the 50s, with "CONFORM!" superimposed several times. (mst_conform)
So I got a comment notification on a little story I wrote in 2003 for the very first Yuletide, for the novel Crime and Punishment. The commenter gives the name of “Rodion Romanovich”:

“Hello, yes, I am glad that you picked up on my homoerotic feelings towards Dimitri, thank you. This fanfiction that you have written is, in fact, a fanfiction that you have written. It would sure be nice if you wrote another one where Raskolnikov pats his tummy so yummy, thanks.”


So, I deleted it, though I’m never sure whether that might trigger a poo-throwing fit from the little creature if it sees its priceless feces aren’t leaving a mark.

But I’m actually perplexed. Like, who is reading AO3 and getting snitty about romantic unexplicit slash from like 15 years ago? And for CRIME AND PUNISHMENT of all things??
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
(ETA: [personal profile] reflectedeve rightly points out that some of the pinch hit requests are open to fanart as well! The minimum for that is "a nice sketch not on lined paper that is at least 500x500 pixels".)

If you feel like writing a story of at least 300 words by Tuesday, consider pinch hitting for Chocolate Box! It's a relationship-based challenge (/ or &), so keep that in mind when reading the requests.

The easiest way to browse the pinch-hits is by just looking at the comm, [community profile] chocolateboxcomm; they're up in two recent posts, "pinch hits 28-50" and "pinch hits 51-73". That way you can just skim the fandom names.

But if you'd like direct links to the full posts: one and two.
dorinda: Two hands, one dangling a silver Comedy mask and one dangling a gold Tragedy mask, under the words THE PLAYERS. (Sting_players)
A Three Icon Meme has been going around, reawakening a fun little journal game where someone points to three of your icons and you talk about them.

Over here, [personal profile] torch picked three of mine:

Sinbad/Gunnar icon

This was made by the generous and talented [personal profile] muccamukk, showing Sinbad and Gunnar from the sadly short-lived "action-adventure fantasy family saga" TV series, Sinbad. It was a lovely show, filmed in Malta--it didn't have the highest budget, but they did a good job putting the money they had on screen.

Also, eye-candy-wise, phwoar. :D Sinbad, our hero, is on the left; Gunnar, a melancholy ex-Viking, is on the right, gazing soulfully at Sinbad as is his wont. And thanks to [personal profile] muccamukk's clever choice of frame, the slash symbol is even in there. What more could I need?

Darien about to sacrifice himself for Bobby

My newest icon, courtesy of [personal profile] trascendenza! I totally needed some Invisible Man (the early-2000s TV show) icons in my life--especially just in time for the Invisible Man Watchathon [personal profile] trascendenza is hosting! Masterpost, and keep an eye on the tag watchathon. \o/

This ep of Invisible Man, "Flowers for Hobbes", is AMAZING and very likely my favorite. At this moment, Darien is holding an injection syringe in his mouth, so he can take his jacket off, so he can GIVE HIMSELF A SHOT THAT WILL SAVE BOBBY'S LIFE BUT KILL DARIEN. He doesn't just bluff, either--he gives himself the shot. And right before he does, he says that line to Bobby (who is currently out of his mind), "I'm pretty sure there's one thing about me you don't know." YES, DARIEN, BUT NOW HE FINDS OUT, AND WE DO TOO. ;______; ♥_____♥

Sebastian & Charles look out to sea

Sebastian and Charles, from the old "Brideshead Revisited" miniseries, looking out to sea with their arms around each other. I made this one myself, and though I don't have much in the way of aesthetic skills, I ended up very happy with it--I find the color palette of that shot pleasant and soothing, and I liked how I cropped it, including the amount & angle of the umbrella.

I don't use it much if ever to refer to Sebastian and Charles per se--more often it's about a virtual hug, being there and looking out at things with someone.

Let me know in the comments if you'd like me to pick three of your icons for you to talk about in your journal!
dorinda: Gunnar and Sinbad at the ship's rail, smiling. (sinbad-gunnar_smile)
Iiiii had a [personal profile] msmoat visiting me for a long weekend, and it is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ACTIVITY.

When we used to live closer, it was a more doable thing, but since I had to move, no [personal profile] msmoat in person for me. Until now, when she managed a visit, and we had prime talking, watching, loafing, relaxing time, including delicious Indian food, shows, vids, story-talk, and more!

I feel refreshed in ways that vacations with more, like, running around and tourism don't really do. \o/

Also, as a special gift to me: she found out that I hadn't yet watched Shetland season 4, and was like OH YES WE GOTTA, so we did! All of it. And the specialest-gift part is that I had her and her knowledge to be able to say to me, yes, it gets v angsty in interpersonal and spoilery ways between your favorite characters, but it'll All Be Okay. And it was!

In short: w00000t
dorinda: Bobby Hobbes from The Invisible Man, wearing a black T-shirt, with the text "drink from the fount of knowledge, my friend". (iman_bobby_knowledge)
[personal profile] trascendenza is asking if anyone's interested in rewatching The Invisible Man (the early 2000s TV series)--or watching it for the first time, if you're new and curious!

Take a look at her post here, and eventually she plans to make a little schedule and masterpost.

Both seasons are available on Hulu, though if you don't have Hulu there are certainly other ways...
dorinda: Bobby Hobbes from The Invisible Man, wearing a black T-shirt, with the text "drink from the fount of knowledge, my friend". (iman_bobby_knowledge)
In a generous answer to one of my Snowflake Challenge requests, [personal profile] trascendenza made a giant post of Invisible Man icons! They're up for grabs, as long as you credit.

[personal profile] trascendenza posted: Icons: Invisible Man - Bobby, Darien, Claire, Bobby/Darien + other ships and characters

Icons: Invisible Man - Bobby, Darien, Claire, Bobby/Darien + other ships and characters

Check out the abundance!!!
dorinda: Vintage orange crate label, "Dorinda" brand (Dorinda_label)
[personal profile] astolat whipped up an easy to use bookmarklet that makes it super simple to quote & link to someone else's DW post on your own journal. Very handy.

[personal profile] astolat posted: SignalBoost bookmarklet

Click the bookmarklet. You should be taken to the Dreamwidth post form with the signal boost content prefilled. You can add any other content you want, copy and paste the content to create posts with multiple signal boosts, etc. Whenever you're happy, you post it like any other post.

dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
talk about your creative process(es)

I'm much more of a planner than a pantser--the early stages of anything I write are usually full of thoughts, noodling with friends, and jotting down notes. I tend to say I'm an "outliner", but by that I don't really mean Roman numerals and stuff; I have bullet points or scene/emotion beats, usually, that I follow like stepping stones across a foggy moor: I like to have something to aim for, the next stepping stone, and a sense of what the ending will most likely be.

(For more complex things, like "The Buried Treasure Racket" for The Sting, I had more detailed plans--in this case I had four columns, since some scenes had to do a number of different things at once: the Buried Treasure con, Henry's emotional story, Johnny's apparent emotional story as far as Henry assumes, and Johnny's actual con on Henry.)

However, it's not unusual for me to discover something as I'm working my way to the next stone, and that's certainly allowed to affect the characters, the themes, and if necessary the direction. And often these days once I'm at the spot that I thought was going to be the ending, I end up taking a break, realizing I was rushing just to be finished, then coming back to it and finding out that the ending should be a little longer, so I write my way to a new stopping place.

There've been a couple of times I specifically tried to entirely pants my way through a story, just sit down and start writing without having jotted down any stepping stones first. And unfortunately, thus far I've always ended up seriously bogged down and trapped, writing myself into a hole and not enjoying the stuff I've written so far. I still have those drafts in progress (some quite long!), and I feel like maybe someday I could dig them up and revise/finish them into something, but sadly, for me it will require some planning instead of just pantsing my way out.

I admit, sometimes I feel bad about this. So many writers I really admire are able to just create the story as they write it, apparently without planning. And I've lost count of the pro writers who, in roundups of writerly advice, are always like "STOP OUTLINING. FUCK OUTLINES. JUST WRITE YOUR WAY INTO IT AND OUT AGAIN." But I dunno, I've just not had any luck with that, and more, it wasn't fun.

So, I just have to remind myself that the way to write, is whatever way actually gets the story written and finished. And for me, that's the thought-noodling-notes-stepping-stones method, with flexibility left for changing things on the fly as I find them.

dorinda: Cary Grant, in "Bringing Up Baby," clutches his head beneath the letters "OMG WTF". (WTF_CaryGrant)
Anyone with more Tumblr-fu than I (by which I mean...everyone?), can you help?

My tumblr dash now has a banner at the top that says "You have posts that contain adult content which violate our Community Guidelines", plus two links: Review and Dismiss.

When I follow the Review link, it takes me to a Tumblr page called "Flagged Posts", with an empty space in the middle containing an icon of a page with a slash through it, and the message "No Posts To Display".

So... uh...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ?
dorinda: Kale Ingram, from "Rubicon"; half his face is in light, and half in shadow. (kale_shadow)
post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created

I find this one difficult! But here are a few, all medium-short: a non-Yuletide that was only belatedly uploaded to AO3, a pinch-hit for an old movie, and a Yuletide assignment for a show that sadly fell right off the earth.

1. "Some Living After We Die", Life on Mars (UK), Sam/Gene (written 2006)

I wrote this one in one long sitting (well, broken up with a walk for some fresh air), as a gift for a friend going in for surgery. It's a post-ep scene for the episode where Sam Tyler is being held hostage; right before Sam's about to get shot, Gene basically says to the gunman, after you shoot him you better shoot me instantly or I'll kill you. And I thought about the wording of that threat, and what it said about big-tough-Gene that he is practically self-immolating at the prospect of losing Sam.

Some Living After We Die (3893 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life on Mars
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gene Hunt/Sam Tyler
Characters: Gene Hunt, Sam Tyler, Nelson (Life on Mars UK)
Additional Tags: Rain, scuffling as foreplay, Alley Sex, Mutual Masturbation, Near Death Experiences, Aftermath, Drinking, Kissing, Hand Jobs

It wasn't every day you discovered just how you'd die, when it came down to it. Or just who would die for you.

2. "I'll Marry You Some Time", Rio Bravo (1959), Colorado/Dude (written 2009)

This request went to pinch-hit at the last minute, and I had seen the movie a bunch of times, so I nabbed it. It ended up being about Dude (played by Dean Martin)--I explained his canonical breakdown (where before the movie, he came to blows with his best friend Chance [John Wayne] and left town with a woman, returned without the woman, and since then has been the town drunk, mocked and abused by the saloon of bad guys) by positing that he had been struggling against his homosexuality, even though no one else in his life was bothered by it.

I really enjoyed slipping the story right into canon scenes, and between canon scenes, and then post-canon, tangling it in there good and tight. Like, it starts out right before this singing duet between Dude (Dean Martin) and the young gunslinger Colorado (Ricky Nelson), and traces the subtext of that scene in the story's text, interpreting their demeanors and expressions in ways I enjoy:

And the story's title comes from another song they sing together in the movie, which felt perfect, and kept me from the traditional agonizing search for a fitting title. :D

I'll Marry You Some Time (4335 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rio Bravo (1959)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Colorado/Dude
Characters: Colorado - Character, Dude, John T. Chance, Feathers
Additional Tags: Western, First Time, Missing Scene, Canon Related, Post-Canon

He hasn't sung in a long time, but it's coming back to him.

3. "Blood, Steel, Skin", Rubicon, basically a Kale character study but with several pairings (written 2010)

"Rubicon" was a tragically short-lived series on AMC from 2010, with one short season: a story of espionage and conspiracy and paranoia, strongly influenced by the 1970s conspiracy-thriller movies like Three Days of the Condor and All The President's Men. It looks like all the episodes are up on Dailymotion.com; here's the pilot.

My favorite character, and the favorite of a lot of other people including TV critics, was Kale Ingram (see icon), the main character Will's supervisor, former CIA, former Marine, canonically gay and not in the closet (plus he lives with a younger boyfriend). He's extremely competent, steely but full of deadpan humor, wound up tight, a man of light and shadow, caught between his vulnerable underling (Will, a smart but fragile intel analyst) and a growing conspiracy potentially involving their mutual boss and powerful cronies.

The story is mostly based on two ENORMOUSLY SPOILERY scenes from the show:

* In 1x05, Will shadows a mysterious man who's been following him, and traces him to a restaurant, where it turns out the man is having lunch with Kale. And we get to see some of the lunch, where we see a heaping helping of yearning from the man, Donald Bloom, and his reaction to killing-for-hire vs. Kale's--that sort of characterization and implied reams of backstory is catnip to me:

* Then in 1x11, Donald is sent to kill Will, but surprisingly, Will barely manages to turn the tables. And the only person he can call, when he finds himself injured and shocky and with a dead assassin in his apartment, is Kale. Kale comes over with a "cleaner", and the scene unfolds with almost no dialogue once it gets going. (In case you can't quite see it clearly, the thing he writes on the pad to show Will is DON'T COME OUT.)

So I wrote a story grounded in Kale having to do the cleaning and disposal of someone he once worked with and who loved him. And I liked doing the present day in past tense and the flashbacks in present tense, trying to make the past seem somehow more instant-memory-like. I also enjoyed tying each flashback to a segment of the ongoing present, and also to a piece of the title:

* Blood, when Kale as a youth has accepted his sexuality and is finding his own strength in his lack of fear of pain; the nosebleed from getting punched, tasting the blood in his throat. In the present, it's his analysis of how manageable the pool of blood is, but his discomfort with that not being his first reaction.

* Steel, when Kale in the Marines is about to leave for the CIA, and he's grown scornfully weary of the military closet; the fellow Marine he's fucking and the way that guy fetishizes his dress sword. In the present, it's the steel of the dismantled tools used by the cleaner.

* Skin, when Kale is doing wetwork for the CIA with Donnie, and is realizing that he doesn't enjoy killing but Donnie sure does; the danger and crazy buzzing under Donnie's skin as he tries to get closer. And in the present, it's the feeling of Will's thin, fragile skin through his shirt when Kale touches him without gloves.

It's one of those little card-house things that got really engrossing to build, fun for me and hopefully fun for the reader.

Blood, Steel, Skin (2867 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rubicon
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kale Ingram/OMC, Donald Bloom/Kale Ingram, Walter Carrington/Kale Ingram
Characters: Kale Ingram, Donald Bloom, Will Travers
Additional Tags: Canon Gay Character, Episode Related, Military, Spies & Secret Agents

Kale Ingram does what must be done.

dorinda: A black and white puppy running on grass with a red ball in its mouth. (puppy_ball)
Day 7: Stretch yourself a little and try something new.

I'm offering some totally new fandoms in the Chocolate Box exchange... The low required wordcount made it feel easier to dip a toe in.

Day 6: create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive

1. Constructive criticism! I always want to improve my writing, but I don't always know how best to do that. One of the ways has been to get constructive criticism & feedback from others--usually these days that's from beta readers, but I'm open to it from anybody.

So if you ever have any constructive criticism about my stories, please don't hesitate! Can be in a journal comment, or a comment on the story itself, or if you'd rather it could be private, like a Dreamwidth message, or an email (dorindafandom@gmail.com).

We don't have to agree (e.g., someone wanted me to chapterize my Gimli/Legolas story, and while I see where they're coming from, I've been unable to find good chapter breaks to retrofit it with, especially since it was written as one unified piece rather than having chapter-style rhythms), but I'm willing to hear it!

2. Icons! I used to have Photoshop, and while I wasn't talented, I did have the basic ability to crop and sharpen an image I wanted to use as a DW icon. But these days Photoshop is subscription and I don't have it, and I haven't really learned my way around Gimp. Plus just in general I don't have much in the way of visual aesthetic skills.

But I'm badly in need of an icon refresh and expansion. Anything for any of the interests in my profile or that I've written on AO3 ([archiveofourown.org profile] dorinda), perhaps especially The Exorcist (TV) (Marcus, Marcus/Tomas, Marcus/Peter), Master & Commander (Jack/Stephen), Star Trek TOS (K/S), Invisible Man (the early 2000s TV show)(Darien, Bobby, Darien/Bobby), Black Sails (esp. Flint), Ocean's 11 (Danny/Rusty), Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes (ACD or Granada), MASH (esp. Hawkeye, Hawkeye/Trapper, Sidney Freedman), Bruce Banner (MCU).

3. A story or treat in any of my fandoms! If you ever have the urge to write in any of my fandoms (see above re: profile and AO3), and wondering, you know, would Dorinda enjoy a story or treat or ficlet or piece of art right out of the blue for no reason?

dorinda: From "Person of Interest": Reese gazes at an unseeing Finch, with a pink heart in the air between them. (POI-gazing)
Dear Chocolatier,

Thank you so much for writing or making art for me! \o/

Some of my general preferences: )

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy: )

Thoughts on my specific fandom requests--alphabetical, except ignoring the 'The', because that's how alphabetization should work! :D :

The Exorcist (TV) )

Person of Interest )

The Sting (1973) )

Have fun with it, and thanks again!
dorinda: A black-and-white portrait of a little girl that gradually shifts to look demonic. (demongirl_animated)
In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

If you saw my Yuletide requests this year--and one of my Yuletide treats! \o/ -- you'll have noticed how much I love the recent two-season Fox show "The Exorcist". It has so much Dorinda-nip in it... an older, world-weary character full of REGRETS AND FEELINGS? Check. An intense bond between him and another character who's a newcomer to this strange hidden world? Check. Me and Him Against The World Devil? Check. :D

Plus tenderness, Emotions!, rescuing, self-sacrifice, good people fighting the good fight, hugs, intense use of the gaze from heart-eyes to eyefucking, competence, mistakes, and canon queerness for one of the leads who actually makes out with a dude a few times onscreen.

Granted, it's a horror show, but I think it uses its horror tropes well, not graphic for its own sake or cruel. It's gothic, creepy, but not aggressive toward its own viewers in that bro eye-sporking way I dislike. And it has a refreshing diversity in gender, sexuality, race, ability, etc., which is so nice for a change.

[personal profile] trelkez made a great vid for the Exorcist, and for Marcus/Tomas, at the last Vividcon. And I think it's a terrific intro to the show! Starts out with some of the scary stuff, though not extreme--bloody handprints, implied violence, etc. But mostly it's about Marcus coaxing Tomas to come out and dance fuck exorcise with him. There's a ton of Marcus's seductive-eyes and body language in there--so many encounters with Marcus end up a seduction.

I can't embed it here because it's passworded, but please do go watch! The password is listed there right under the vid.

Don't Stop the Music (Vid) (14 words) by Trelkez
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Exorcist (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Marcus Keane/Tomas Ortega
Additional Tags: Fanvids, Embedded Video

"The last time I trusted a vision, it led me to you."

dorinda: A vintage b&w shot in which one man whispers in the ear of another as he holds him. (whisper)

Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

I thought I'd go way back and rec three fanworks from the 1990s, when I guess dinosaurs still roamed the earth? :D One vid (originally made on videotape!), and two novel-length stories (originally printed as zines!).

1) "Detachable Penis", by the Media Cannibals (and remastered by justacat). The Professionals, Bodie/Doyle. Though also about the enormous (lol) homoeroticism of rough-tough-macho-manly-gunly media in general.

Detachable Penis is a vid from 1997, made by members of the vidding collective Media Cannibals. It illustrates the story from the avant-garde King Missile song/monologue using clips from The Professionals, showing us what happens to Bodie and Doyle and their biiiig, haaaaard guns cocks guns.


2) Chains of Being, by [personal profile] the_shoshanna. Space: Above and Beyond, Hawkes/McQueen.

Chains of Being is a slash novel from 1996, written for the cruelly short-lived science fiction TV show "Space: Above and Beyond". The novel explores the gradual maturation of Cooper Hawkes, a "tank" (clone), sentenced to serve in the (space) Marine Corps, and his growing connection to T.C. McQueen, his commanding officer, who it turns out is also a tank.

I always keep a copy of this novel on my phone, for re-reading and general morale. And I think it could just as easily be read as original science fiction--she does plenty of worldbuilding (and more than the show does, as the best fanworks do), and gets us settled into Hawkes's unusual POV--a grown man, but because of the cloning technology he's new to the world, with a lot to learn and assimilate. I love watching him figure things out, and build connections and relationships, especially of course the intimate relationship he eventually develops with McQueen.

Chains of Being (90836 words) by Shoshanna
Chapters: 8/8
Fandom: Space: Above and Beyond
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Cooper Hawkes/T. C. McQueen
Characters: Cooper Hawkes, T. C. McQueen, Shane Vansen, Vanessa Damphousse, Paul Wang, Nathan West

Cooper Hawkes is an in-vitro in a world of natural-borns.

A Marine, because the judge sent him to the Corps instead of to jail.

Six years old, and caught up in the middle of a war.

Cooper has learned, painfully and well, that humans despise him, that human society rejects him: the nipple-neck, the wetbrain, the tank. That surrounded by his squadron he is still, and always, alone; that, whether in the crowded barracks of boot camp or the screaming fury of battle, none of them are like him, none are what he is. None of them are bound to him with chains of being.

Except one.

3) "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy", by Cherilyn & HG. The Fugitive (1993), Gerard/Kimble.

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is a slash novel from 1997, written for the 1993 movie "The Fugitive". It follows the aftermath of the movie, with the now-exonerated Kimble receiving mysterious threats and Gerard taking him into protective custody.

It's case-plotty, but underscored all the time with the growing emotions of Kimble and Gerard, plus always fleshed out by Gerard's team. The tension between Richard and Sam builds and builds for the first half, but then having sex doesn't suddenly dissolve all the issues and make everything better--there's a good long time of them figuring out what the hell they're doing, and understanding themselves as a pair.

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (131362 words) by Cherilyn, hgdoghouse
Chapters: 19/19
Fandom: The Fugitive (1993)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Samuel Gerard/Richard Kimble
Characters: Gerard, Kimble, Renfro, Poole, Newman, Biggs, OCs, Ritchie
Additional Tags: canon and OC characters of colour
Series: Part 1 of Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

Kimble has suffered various attacks, which neither the police or FBI are taking seriously.

Gerard takes them very seriously, and after Kimble narrowly escapes being shot, takes him into protective custody while he and his deputies investigate.

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