dorinda: Fat Pony appears in a blaze of light! (Fat_Pony)
Duuuudes the Night On Fic Mountain 2017 collection is open, and I got THREE PRESENTS. \o/ Almost Human, AND Rejseholdet, AND a Jack & Stephen treat! Check this out:

...oh wait, huh, weird. I only just now noticed that two of these pieces have no "Share" button at the top. But it shows up on the third one. So the 'share' function can be disabled? I've never seen that option. What's that about, I wonder?

Anyway, no biggie, I shall share the first two the old fashioned way, uphill both ways in the snow:

First, a really lovely romantic piece of John/Dorian art called "Halfway Till Bliss". I adore the differing expressions, and the subtleties of their faces, and Dorian's eyelashes, and John's hair. And KISSIN. <3

https://archiveofourown.org/works/11205894

Then, a wonderfully grounded and real-feeling Rejseholdet story, "The (Irregular) Right Direction": it's set ten years post-canon, with Fischer permanently settled in EU law-enforcement bureaucracy, but with something unsettled and restless humming deep within him. Hmmmm, I wonder what he's still missing? :D

https://archiveofourown.org/works/11209839

And finally, a touching and nuanced Master & Commander (and/or O'Brian books) Jack & Stephen story, "Why Darwin Discovered Evolution", which has a Share button, thusly:

Why Darwin Discovered Evolution (1113 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey & Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin
Additional Tags: London, Evolution, Moths, Night On Fic Mountain 2017, Night on Fic Mountain 2017 Treat
Summary:

1815: Napoleon surrenders, and is exiled to St Helena. The British Navy, after seventeen years of war, retires ships, crews and captains. John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, begins a programme of exploration which will last until 1845 and will include, in 1835, Charles Darwin's five year voyage of discovery in the Beagle.

In England, Jack Aubrey languishes on the Captains’ List, and Stephen Maturin chases moths.



Oh, Stephen. He loves Jack SO MUCH. ♥____♥ (And vice-versa, of course. Sigh!)
dorinda: In "Brideshead Revisited" (1981), Sebastian and Charles, arms around each other, look out to sea. (Brideshead_sea)
Dear author or artist,

Thank you so much for making something for me! Above all, I'd like you to have fun and create something you enjoy, so any other blatherings here are purely optional for reals. Just in case they might help. If you already have an idea, go for it!

Some of my general preferences:

First times. Happy or at least hopeful endings (that doesn't rule out bittersweet or melancholy tones, and needn't be fluffy...just no unalloyed sadness/darkness/loss please.).

I requested slash relationships, though for me that doesn't automatically require explicit sex. I mean, sex is great if the story or artwork calls for it. But don't feel hemmed in; it's entirely up to you. For me, slash is first about the depth of connection and intimacy between the characters, however it's expressed. I am, I admit, a sucker for tenderness. Especially coming from a repressed character for whom tenderness itself is an admission of vulnerability.

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy: words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, chosen families, uncovering a secret, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. (Also, in stories I must admit I like past tense, unless there's a reason for present tense.)

Don't be afraid of classic frameworks if you like 'em! I mentioned hurt/comfort, but I also won't turn up my nose at Having To Share A Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, Undercover as Rentboy, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc.

A few thoughts by fandom, alphabetically:

Almost Human )

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) )

Rejseholdet | Unit One )

The Sting (1973) )


dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Just a followup, Fic Mountain-wise. I ended up nominating:

* Almost Human, John/Dorian

* Rejseholdet, Fischer/La Cour

* The Sting, Henry/Johnny (and also Kid Twist in the character set)

And I added Nero Wolfe to the Nero Wolfe character set.

I feel so lucky re: Almost Human! The rule is that in order to qualify, a fandom has to have fewer than 500 stories (complete, in English, 1000 words or over). And when I ran a filter on Almost Human, its total came to 497. Yikes! That was a close one.

So I nominated it immediately. Once approved it gets to stay in, even if 4 more stories roll in in the meantime, and it has been approved. Whew! \o/
dorinda: John Kennex and Dorian with their heads very close, both looking down, very serious. (john_dorian_amber)
I am on vacation (a long-awaited and hard-earned vacation, in my opinion), and am finally unwinding from recent stresses. It feels luxurious and cherry-on-top to ALSO now get MULTIPLE gifts from this year's Night on Fic Mountain small-fandom fic and art exchange!!

New this year, you could ask and offer art as well as fic if you wanted, so in my requests I checked the art box as well as the fic box. And I got three pictures and one story, every single one of them an utter delight!:

Protect (0 words) by Anonymous Edited to add: the artist has been revealed as MissHammer
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex (implied)
Characters: Dorian (Almost Human), John Kennex
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Digital Art, Angst
Summary:

Dorian is doing everything he can to keep John warm and his blood from spill out, while they wait to be found.

~~~~~~~
A beautiful angsty hurt/comfort image, with protective-Dorian who you can tell is experiencing a flood of emotion, with injured-John held so tenderly in his arms. SNIFF! But the author was kind enough to reassure me in an author's note that they will be rescued. \o/


Dubious Angel of My Better Nature (0 words) by Anonymous
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: Art, Pencil
Summary:

Stephen and Jack

~~~~~~~
A sketch of Stephen Maturin, with Jack silhouetted in the background. Such lovely detail, all of which combines in a very Stephen-like tone and pose, and I swear that Jack is CHARACTERIZED by the simplest touches in a little silhouette.


And then two Aubrey-Maturin Star Trek AUs, one art and one story:

(Edited to add: turns out all of the below are by lynndyre)

U.S.S. Surprise (0 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Master and Commander - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin
Additional Tags: Art, Ink, Alternate Universe - Space, Star Trek AU
Summary:

Stephen brings home alien animals~

~~~~~~~
Science-officer-naturalist Stephen is cradling a little alien creature that obviously loves him but is dubious about starship-captain-Jack who wants to pet it, which is SO accurate to the books, and so adorable!!


In Good Company (925 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Master and Commander - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Imprisonment, Friendship, Alternate Universe - Space, Star Trek AU
Summary:

Stephen and Jack, and an evening in an alien jail.

~~~~~~~
Wounded starship captain Jack, and Vulcan-hybrid Stephen, stranded in a cell on an alien world, looking after each other. So many little touches perfectly translated into the Star Trek setting, such well-characterized interaction and hurt/comfort, SO satisfying, om nom nom nom.

Pardon me while I wallow about in my embarrassment of riches! *flings handfuls of Fic Mountain around like confetti*
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Dear author or artist,

Thank you so much for making something for me! Above all, I'd like you to have fun and create something you enjoy, so any other blatherings here are purely optional for reals. Just in case they might help. If you already have an idea, go for it!

Some of my general preferences:

"First time" stories. Happy or at least hopeful endings (that doesn't rule out bittersweet or melancholy tones, and needn't be fluffy...just no unalloyed sadness/darkness/loss please.).

I requested slash relationships, though for me that doesn't automatically require explicit sex. I mean, sex is great if the story or artwork calls for it. But don't feel hemmed in; it's entirely up to you. For me, slash is first about the depth of connection and intimacy between the characters, however it's expressed. I am, I admit, a sucker for tenderness. Could be from an already-openly-tender character , or a repressed character for whom tenderness itself is an admission of vulnerability.

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy: words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, chosen families, uncovering a secret, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. (Also, in stories I must admit I like past tense, unless there's a reason for present tense.)

Don't be afraid of classic frameworks if you like 'em! I mentioned hurt/comfort, but I also won't turn up my nose at Having To Share A Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, Undercover as Rentboy, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc.

A few thoughts by fandom, alphabetically:

Almost Human )

Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian )

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) )

The Sting (1973) )


dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Okay so, here's one of the pocket stories I was mentioning...

Irreplaceable (1299 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: Dorian (Almost Human), John Kennex, Richard Paul, Rudy Lom
Additional Tags: Worry, Hurt/Comfort, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Flashbacks, Missing Scene, Episode Related
Summary:

John has seen dead eyes like that before.




It's a missing scene set during ep 1x10, "Simon Says", aka The One With The Bomb Collar.

I've been mulling over the tags. Pre-slash, should it be? I never quite know about pre-slash. Hmm. Opinions are welcome!
dorinda: John Kennex and Dorian with their heads very close, both looking down, very serious. (john_dorian_amber)
The Night on Fic Mountain collection for this year has gone live, and here's what I got!

Life Hack (8206 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: Rudy Lom, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Angst, Artificial Intelligence, Hallucinations, Robot/Human Relationships, Trust Issues, Hurt/Comfort, s1e11 "Disrupt"
Summary:

When Dorian begins to malfunction, John relents on letting him come home, in order to keep an eye on him and hide it from the Department.



Om nom nom, nice sizeable story with juicy worldbuilding. This picks up on the show's hanging mystery of the human memory fragments uncovered in the depths of Dorian's mind, and uses it to explore Dorian and his worries about his future and his place in the world. Sigh! It's such a shame we lost that show so soon, but I think fans really do it a good turn.
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! And it is Yuletide reveal-time! *\o/*

I wrote two stories this year, one "Almost Human" assignment (a long one, in fact the longest story I've completed so far), and one "Sinbad" (2012) treat that just sort of popped up in my head right toward the deadline:

When a Man's an Empty Kettle (40429 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: Dorian (Almost Human), John Kennex, Sandra Maldonado, Rudy Lom, Richard Paul
Additional Tags: Fake/Pretend Relationship, Undercover as a Couple, Robot Sex, Consent, Hand Jobs, Frottage, Intercrural Sex, Post-Canon, Robots, Free Will, Sex Robots, Science Fiction, First Time, Robot/Human Relationships, Canon Disabled Character, Prosthesis
Summary:

It wasn't like John minded going undercover with Dorian. No problem posing as Dorian's owner. At a private sexbot show. Where he would have to...Oh, shit.




Bare Wood (1644 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sinbad (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gunnar/Sinbad
Characters: Gunnar (Sinbad), Sinbad (Sinbad)
Additional Tags: Boats and Ships, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Minor Injuries
Summary:

When the rest of the crew is away, that's the time for Gunnar to tend to the ship. He doesn't expect to be tended to himself.




It was funny--I had a strong feeling for the whole week before assignments that I was going to get "Almost Human", so I was tossing around story ideas, and then I thought... OMG UNDERCOVER/PRETEND COUPLE. Because John is so emotionally repressed and lonely, and Dorian is thoughtful and communicative and observant. And I thought, if circumstances forced them to be intimate, John would panic (especially given all his canonical issues and history with 1) robots, 1a) sexbots, 2) synthetic tech, namely his prosthetic leg, and 3) being lied to/having an intimate relationship basically simulated). And to help with the panic, Dorian (very emotionally willing and fluent, and in this story having been privately developing deeper feelings for John) might try to increase the emotional depth of the intimacy, wrongly thinking that it would help John relax if he knew it was real on Dorian's part and not pretending. Uh-oh, problem. *rubs hands at the prospect of my beautiful slashpair suffering. Ahem.*

Faithful to my stated intentions to get started ASAP, I got the basics sketched out and started laying words down pretty soon. Which was a really good thing, as it turns out, given how long it got! *facepalm* But I ended up feeling good about the storyline, and about the OCs, especially the one who ends up being most important. It all sort of unfolded into many of the themes I seem compelled to chew on with robotslash (or more accurately I guess, self-aware-android-slash), like autonomy and consent and whatnot.

My poor betas [personal profile] marycrawford, [personal profile] klia, and [personal profile] mollyamory only had like a week, total, for reading, making suggestions, and giving me time for revisions. They were absolute troupers, and fixed some really big things (especially given my observed tendency toward the end to be like, "and then they worked some stuff out and were happy *handwave* *handwave* I am tired nao". Thanks, you guys! ♥

So I had uploaded my final edits, and was ready to unwind at last. ...But then I came home from work with an idea for a treat story in "Sinbad" (2012), and actually wrote almost all of it in one night, which for me is not usually a thing. I don't know what happened--I think my writerly-engine, having been revving so high for the entire Yuletide period, was still spinning. So I did a little scene between Gunnar (the responsible, protective, melancholy ex-Viking) and Sinbad (the impetuous, demonstrative, striving young hero), and felt happy and warm about the whole thing. [personal profile] marycrawford betaed again at super-short notice, and again fixed it right up!

I was delighted to discover that I have apparently not lost the ability to write things that weigh less than a metric ton. Whew! For a while there I was worried. :D
dorinda: Two hands, one dangling a silver Comedy mask and one dangling a gold Tragedy mask, under the words THE PLAYERS. (Sting_players)
posted by [personal profile] dorinda at 11:57am on 07/03/2014 under ,
Anyone interested in watching, or rewatching, the complete season of Almost Human in the correct order (instead of Fox's initial ridiculous scrambled order), [personal profile] killabeez has a post laying them out in order right here!

The correct production order is (the numbers afterward are their scrambled airing order):

"Pilot" [1.01]
"You Are Here" [1.08]
"Arrhythmia" [1.06]
"Perception" [1.10]
"Skin" [1.02]
"Are You Receiving" [1.03]
"The Bends" [1.04]
"Blood Brothers" [1.05]
"Unbound" [1.09]
"Simon Says" [1.07]
"Disrupt" [1.11]
"Beholder" [1.12]
"Straw Man" [1.13]

With some of the scrambled episodes, it doesn't make too big a difference...but with others, it really does.

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