jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Default)
I thought I'd better put something up top here, because there's not so much below any more.

For reasons that have nothing to do with anything online, most of my journal is now locked to private. Since it would have taken forever to do this individually, all the fic has ended up private as well.

Sorry if this has messed up your bookmarks. I'm working on getting all my fic up to the Archive of Our Own, and [livejournal.com profile] heretoutopia is still up and running. Recordings are still at the audiofic archive, and all the relevant links are below.

I'm shy, but friendly, so feel free to add me to circles/friendslists at will, and do drop in to say hello. The kettle is always on around here.

Where I live when I'm not here

Fic at the Archive of Our Own
Most of my stories are here now, apart from the Sic Transit Tempus ficverse.

Sic Transit Tempus masterpost
All my Torchwood stories live here, but the only unique content is the STT stuff.

Stories written by others (and me), read by me
Stories written by me, read by me and others
Sometimes I write, sometimes I read, sometimes I do both.

Just for the record, I give blanket permission for anyone to podfic, make art, remix and generally creatively re-use my writings and recordings. If you drop me a link, I will do my best to send everyone else there to squee at it as well.
jadesfire: Stick figure standing next to a tangled thread with a dot marking 'life' at the centre (Monkton life)

Sort of!

Exams are now officially over. For at least 8 months. If he failed (that's not unlikely with one of them), he still doesn't need to start studying again until next June/July. We're celebrating by going to see Moana at a restored Art Deco cinema near us. Neither of us have seen it, so it's going to be a real treat.

Now that I don't have oodles of free time stretching in front of me any more, I need to get my head in order for fannish stuff over the next few months, so that I don't miss a deadline or over-estimate what needs doing. I'm feeling a bit swamped, but I think that's mostly an illusion due to So. Many. Plot. Bunnies.


14/15 October - Podfic Big Bang starts posting.
I'm mostly done for this, although I need to make audiobooks of my last fic.


November - NaNo
I've never actually managed to do anything consistently in November. It's my worst mental-health month of the year, thanks to my SAD. Also, I always felt pressure to write an original piece*, rather than fanfic. This year, I've decided to say "stuff it" and give it a go anyway. I'm playing around with the idea of a Daredevil/Defenders/Guardians of the Galaxy fusion piece, which is big enough for Nano as I'm having to world-build first. It hopefully won't be 50k, though! I'm going for 500 words a day ideally, and more to the point, something every day. I'll try to update here if anyone's interested.


18 December - Yuletide is due
I have my assignment, I have a shoulder to cry on (thanks, topaz_eyes!), but I have no plot ideas right now. I'm terrible without really clear, tight instructions. The more restrictions you put on a story, the easier I find it to write, which is why I love 'Five Things' fics, or ones that mess around with time. While I love the assignment, I'm flailing a bit at the moment to work out what to actually put down on paper. Welcome to Yuletide :)


Also 18 December - #ITPE is due
This one is the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange, for which I think I'm actually sorted. I've got a couple of things recorded, then stumbled across the PERFECT story for my recipient, so I want to get that down as well. I probably won't edit them until after November, but I like to have the actual recording done early.


Then on top of that, I've got 3 monster Podfics that I want to record so very, very much. But they are 3.5, 4.5 and 5.5 hours, so. That's going to take a while. I also have a half-finished The Defenders tag fic that I so, so want to finish, and which I am totally and utterly stuck on. It's the danger of working out the ending for me. Once I know it, I struggle to write it (which is a note to make for NaNo)

For some years, I've kept a private post at the top of my journal, reminding me of WsIP, plot bunnies and Fest deadlines. Looks like it's time to update it!

*I only realised when talking to colleagues the other day, just how rare it is nowadays for me to have in-depth conversations with non-geeks, and also how much I take for granted that no matter what you like, people will just go "oh, cool, doesn't do it for me". I was deeply thrown by the mockery I got for liking a D&D podcast, or how surprised people were when I said I follow Formula 1. While the geek community is sometimes awful, I do take for granted the idea that you're allowed to be enthusiastic about things without being laughed at for it. I chose not to mention the fanfic because. Well. Obvious reasons :/
jadesfire: Black and white open book with old key resting against it. (Book with Key)
I am deeply enjoying being in a fandom where it is totally legitimate to have a character hit things with sticks (the sticks are CANON) as an expression of emotion. This is right bang-slap in the middle of my comfort zone, and I'm loving it.

Also, good heavens, this is a big fandom. And a very focussed one. It makes me think that this is what it would have been like if we'd had AO3 like we do now throughout the height of SGA. My hit/kudos stats are ridiculous. That's not just false modesty - I'm used to what the stats on Gen looks like, and I have no complaints about not getting my fic read. But. Yeah. This is definitely...different to the norm. It's fun, but. Yeah. Woah.

Anyhoo, I'm chuffed to bits with this fic, as it tackles three of my pet peeves with Daredevil fic:
1. Matt Murdock is blind. No, actually blind. Whatever his other senses are doing, he cannot see with his eyes.
2. His armour has a point. He's really kind of squishy, so as OTT as the armour might be it's deeply necessary.
3. Thor is not a moron. He's big and blustering and alien, but not stupid. I love the first Thor film and am crazy-excited for the third. The less said about the second, the better, although Darcy remains awesome in it.

It also contains what I consider some of my best 'character has a hangover' work, which considering I don't drink, I think is quite an achievement.

With that out of the way...

Title: 40/40
Author: Jadesfire
Rating/Warnings: T/None (only canon-style violence)
Pairings: None
Words: ~15,000


It’s not all bad, being friends with an Avenger. Thor has some great stories, Asgardian Mead, and is handy for resetting dislocated joints. Also, Thor’s friends think Daredevil has the best eyesight in New York, and Matt certainly isn’t going to tell them otherwise.

My favourite bit:

"So," Matt said to Foggy, some time later, "this is going to be the story that begins, 'Let me tell you about the time I was nearly decapitated by Captain America.'"

Foggy choked on his beer.
jadesfire: black and white picture of Kermit the Frog posing like a Calvin Klein model (Kermit Klein)
Hello! And thank you in advance! In case it's helpful, I've put a bunch of ideas for my requested fandoms below. Thy're really just expanded versions of my optional details from my sign-up, so nothing you don't know already, just putting a bit more detail in there. As always, Optional Details Are Optional.

If it's not helpful, please just ignore them and write the story that you've been meaning to get around to for ages but never quite had the chance/excuse/required pressure to get on with.

LOVES: I am, first and foremost, a Gen fic person. I love friendship fics, team fic, found-family feels, action, humour and crack!fic, and I have a competency kink a mile wide. I don't mind sad stories, as long as they don't have an unrelentingly miserable ending - I enjoy bittersweet and melancholy things very much. AUs are my guilty pleasure, especially fusions and fork in the road' type fics. Fics that fill gaps in canon, or fix plot holes are awesome.

While I love Gen, I'm more than happy to have a romantic pairing in a fic, canon or not, I just prefer the fic not to be *about* the romance.

SQUICKS: Zombies, bullying (even if resolved/tackled in-story), slave AUs, graphic sex/violence, and I'm strongly emetophobic.


Fandom specific stuff:

Rivers of London )

Jessica Jones )

Doctor Strange )

Sense8 )

The Defenders )
jadesfire: Teddy bear wearing headphones (Teddy in headphones)
I'm on a bit of a creative tear at the moment, which I think is due to the imminent arrival of new students, and my own awareness of Autumn creeping in. It's like I have to get it all out of my system before I run out of energy and time.

So. More podfic below! But before that, O Wise and Wonderful Friendslist, lend me your brains.

I'm looking for music/songs that make you think of New York. Not just songs with New York in the title - although the less-well-known ones of those are also welcome - but songs that, for you, catch a mood or atmosphere that just says 'New York'. The ones I've got so far are fairly obvious, so I'd like some that are less so.

So far I've got:
A bunch of Simon and Garfunkel (Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., Bleeker Street, At The Zoo)
Goodnight New York by Vienna Teng
New York, New York by just about everyone - whose is the definitive version?

What else should I have on there?

Podfic - That Spin I'm In (Daredevil) )
jadesfire: Teddy bear wearing headphones (Teddy in headphones)
Dear Podficcer,

Thank you! This is my first year taking part in #ITPE, so I am excited and mildly terrified! Yay!

LOVES: I am, first and foremost, a Gen fic person. I love friendship fics, team fic, found-family feels, action, humour and crack!fic, and I have a competency kink a mile wide. I don't mind sad stories, as long as they don't have an unrelentingly miserable ending - I enjoy bittersweet and melancholy things very much. AUs are my guilty pleasure, especially fusions and fork in the road' type fics. Fics that fill gaps in canon, or fix plot holes are awesome.

While I love Gen, I'm more than happy to have a romantic pairing in a fic, canon or not, I just prefer the fic not to be *about* the romance.

DON'TS: Zombies, bullying, slave or coffee shop AUs, graphic sex/violence, and I'm strongly emetophobic.


I'll read in most of the fandoms I've written in (here's the list and I also have some bookmarks), and it's safe to assume that in all these fandoms, if it's 'team bonding', I will love it!

For specific fandoms:

Marvel Netflix series: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, The Defenders
I love all the characters in all of these, both main and supporting, and I don't hate Danny Rand, but would rather he wasn't the focus. Colleen and Clare, on the other hand, are <3. As I very much parse the Jess & Trish relationship as familial, I'd rather not have anything with them as a romantic pairing, even in the background.

Critical Role
I especially adore Percy and Keyleth's friendship, and Pike and Grog's. While I don't dislike them, I'd prefer something not Vax or Scanlan-focussed.

I have a HUGE soft spot for Thor being both goofy and competent, but love all of the Avengers pretty equally, whether on their own or in any combination, and with any of their sidekicks ;) Pepper Pots Rules is one of my favourite tropes.

Guardians of the Galaxy
I loved these idiots, so anything with them being themselves, out in the great wide galaxy, would be awesome.

Brooklyn 99
As well as team fic, I love the individual friendships, particularly Rosa & Charles and Jake & Terry. Captain Holt is my hero, so any fic centred on him is great.

Rivers of London
I ADORE the books, but Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale is a NOTP for me in fic. But any wacky adventure would be awesome, especially with Sara Guleed or Zachary Palmer.

Original Team Arrow is my favourite thing, but I also love Sara and Laurel Lane. Goofy or actiony fic is my jam in this fandom.

Sherlock Holmes (BBC or ACD)
I enjoyed the first 2 seasons of Sherlock, so a case-style fic or Sherlock & John friendship fic set in that time period. I'm not crazy about S3 onwards! Anything set in ACD-era canon is wonderful.

I know it's hard to find, but I really do prefer not Merlin/Arthur. So any Gen fic in this fandom would be great.

Doctor Who (classic and new)
I'm pretty omniverous when it comes to The Doctor, but my favourites are Eight, Nine and Five. I love Martha Jones with the passion of ten thousand fiery suns, so anything centred on her is awesome.
jadesfire: Teddy bear wearing headphones (Teddy in headphones)

Author: Jadesfire
Reader: Sunquistadora
Rating: G
Fandom: Rivers of London

Summary: An anonymous tip off, a suspicious household and a lost magical item. Peter can’t help but think that there’s something fishy about this situation.

Length: 42:38
Notes: Cover by Sunquistadora

This was my first year taking part in Pod Together, and I’ve been involved in some awesome projects. As someone who mostly consumes Rivers of London via audiobooks, being able to write something specifically to be read was awesome. I love how this came out, which is how I heard it in my head, and because lo, I am lazy, I set it in the part of London where I grew up, and had a strange trip down memory lane.

This is one of 7 projects I took part in for Pod Together, so more links to come through the week!
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Default)
Despite not posting here very often, I still like to have this place as a repository for all my work, as it's nice to have a full record somewhere that's not just AO3. I'm working on getting back to posting regularly - the summer weather here has put me in full SAD mode, which has meant lots of hunkering down and not talking to people. Which, of course, totally helps /sarcasm.

Anyhoo, I seem to have stumbled into Marvel Netflix fandom pretty much by accident, partly because Jessica Jones was so damn good and partly because Daredevil is fangirl catnip. I swear, not since John Sheppard has there been a character so perfectly written to appeal to the fangirls, and I am no exception. There's even an episode where he spends half of it chained to a chimney stack. Seriously, creators, it's like you know us.

ANYWAY. The Defenders comes out tomorrow, and I may have used my last day of holiday to stay home and watch it as soon as it's released. Possibly. But I wanted to get this fic out first, because the last section will almost certainly be jossed after tomorrow.

Title: Ballistics
Author: Jadesfire

Rating/Warnings: G/None

Fandom: Daredevil (TV)
Pairings: None
Words: ~6,300

Five times Matt thought it was a good idea to catch something someone threw at him (and one he’s still wondering about).
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Default)
It's been about 4 years since I wrote the longfic that kind of broke me. I mean, I've written other fic, and even other longfic since then, but I was so unhappy with it that I lost a lot of confidence, and when I rushed through the next couple as well, I very much decided that I didn't have the sticking power for longfic any more.

Then I wrote a 35K friendship!fic and may have found that I do after all. One thing that helps is posting slowly, one chapter at a time, so I have a week from posting the first chapter to polish the last. I don't think I could ever start posting without knowing that I've finished, but as my big weakness is 'last chapters' (they tend to get rushed due to my poor relationship with deadlines), having a week to play around with phrasing, but only a week, suits me well.

All which is to say: fic!

It's technically Critical Role, but it's a ground-up AU, so you can read it without knowing much about the characters, I think. Most of what you need to know is in there already. I know most of you folk aren't interested, but I like to have a complete record of my writing here, so I thought I'd post it anyway.

Chapter 1 of 8 is up, and I plan to post a chapter a day for the next week or so.

Title: A Plant of Slow Growth (Chapter 1/8)
Author: Jadesfire
Rating/Warnings: G/None
Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: None, although hints of canon pairings
Notes: Inspired by awesome art by @applecakeart. Huge thanks to @blackestglass for the beta, encouragement and hyphenation.

Summary: When dragons attack Emon, Keyleth turns to an old friend for help. But while Percy is willing to give them a place to stay, Keyleth is sure that there’s more going on in Whitestone than he’s telling them.


The AU where Percy and Keyleth have been friends since childhood, which changes everything and nothing.
jadesfire: Gif of the 10th Doctor [text] When in doubt, go to the library (When in doubt)
A lot of the time as a librarian, I feel a little like a cross between a nursery school teacher (don't touch that, put that back, look what a mess you've made), a customer service assistant (let me open that for you, let me give you directions, no of course that's not a silly question) and an administrator (so. much. paperwork.)

However, on days when I actually get to do some hardcore librarianing, I sometimes remember why a) I don't do it very much and b) I kind of love it.

For a few years now, we've had a section called 'Librarian's choice', which is basically our miscellaneous section. The classification scheme we use throughout the library is home-grown, so I don't have an authoritative manual to refer to - I am the authority! - and I can't look at what other libraries have done with books like "Why the humanities matter" and "Geek Warriors". Plus, they're fun titles, and I like having a section of cool, weird and interdisciplinary stuff. That's all fine. But the section had got a bit overgrown, and I decided to move some things out from it into the rough categories they match. No classification scheme is ever perfect, so I figured I'd make do.

Oh boy. I should really learn to leave well enough alone. Because now I'm looking at books like "The Cosmic Web" and thinking 'okay, so that's roughly physics'. Except Physics has only been a subject here for 3 years, and the section was created by raiding the 'Applied Mathematics' category of Maths. So when I want a rough idea of a number for this book, I search for cosmology, and find that they're spread between Maths, Physics, Philosophy and a few other locations.

Okay, I think. Maybe I can just pull the books from those locations and put them together in the physics section. Except I then realise that our physics section can't do that, because everything is classified under N/[author's name]. Which, as we also do in Philosophy, is a terrible way to run a middle-sized library section. I mean, there are a couple of hundred books in Physics, and double that in Philosophy. Author name is fine up to about 100 books, where you can see them all in one go, but if one author on Cosmology is called Adams, and another is Williams, those books are going to be two bookcases apart. That's mad. Which is when I remember that this problem has been driving me mad in Philosophy all year, and I promised myself I'd do something about it.

So it turns out my little 'get these two shelves sorted out' project is about to balloon into 'reclassify two major part of the library so they MAKE SOME SENSE'. Which also means I need to re-do our classification guidance.

Oh yes. The Classification Guidance. Which is a folder of typewritten (I kid you not) sheets, split up by file dividers so old that half the tabs have fallen off. They're simply awful, hard to read, difficult to follow and covered in hand-written notes where we shoe-horned in a new section for books that didn't fit anywhere else. It's at times like these that I understand why we had a whole module at library school on cataloguing and classifying. No scheme is ever perfect, but you'd think with a home grown one, it would at least match the collection. Except it turns out that academic subjects have changed somewhat since 1972, and shockingly, the scheme they came up with back then doesn't quite work for us now.

Reclassifying stuff is an awful lot of work on the theory side. And then you have the process side, which involves re-doing the shelfmark on the catalogue, re-labelling the books and changing the shelfmark written on the title page.

On the plus side, my Miscellaneous section (which IS and WILL REMAIN ordered by author) looks great now, and is a fun section to browse. On the downside, I need to go buy roller-tippex (which doesn't have any drying time), file dividers, and to spend the rest of the day assessing which sections need an overhaul.

10 years ago, when my mother wanted a new shelf for some books, she ended up having the entirety of downstairs redecorated. I'm starting to see where I get it from...

ETA: Working my way through the typed sheets, I have just found when the Italian scheme was last updated. 9.12.87. O.O
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Help me, O Friends List, you're my only hope.

I'm trying to track down the source of a half-remembered quote so I can look it up and use it! The context is someone (I can't even remember if they're male or female) telling the main character about what they know. One of the lines goes something like:

"I know a hundred words to make someone love you forever, and five to help you part from them as friends."

Only, you know, more poetic than that. I have half an idea that it's Gaiman, but can't find it. I tried Shakespeare too, but the language isn't right, although the tone is very Midsummer Night's Dream. I'm sure it's part of a longer speech, listing all the magical things the character can do, and not being able to find it is INFURIATING!

Does it ring a bell with anyone? Anyone at all? Help!

Found! With thanks to [personal profile] badly_knitted. It's from Geometry of Shadows, which is in S1 of Babylon 5 and is said by a Technomage:

"The true secrets, the important things. Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever. Seven words to make them go without pain, or to say goodbye to a friend who is dying. How to be poor, how to be rich, how to rediscover dream the world has stolen from you."

Phew! I may sleep tonight after all ;D
jadesfire: Picture of a cat in glasses (Cat in glasses)
Earlier in the week, I linked to the MCU Rolling Remix, one of the few writing things I've managed this year. It's a great idea, was fun to do (even though I signed up THEN remembered how hopeless I am at remixes), and we're now into the guessing phase.

Basically there was a 'starter' story, sent to three people who each remixed it in their own way. Those remixes were then sent to three more people to remix, and so on, like a game of Telephone, only with stories. I've read all 22, and...er... Well, I have some rough guesses, but in all honesty, some of these I have no idea how they link together. The whole collection is here, and my best guesses look something like this:

This is going to be so embarrassing after the reveal... )

That's all the guessing I can manage! It's a great set of stories - make sure you read them all :)

Feed me!

Apr. 13th, 2016 08:42 am
jadesfire: [text quoting Blackadder] It's a 12 storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall... (LARGE CRISIS)
Tell me, O Wise and Wonderful Flist, what do you have for breakfast?

I've always had problems with this, as too much dairy (milk or yoghurt) makes me rather nauseous first thing in the morning. Porridge leaves me hungry, even when I put fruit or syrup on it, and the only thing I've found that really works is a bacon/sausage sandwich, but I don't really want to be eating that much processed meat. I tried yoghurt and ryvita for a while, but... Well. There's only so much crispbread a girl can eat.

So what do you have? Are you a cereal person? Toast? Smoothie? All and any suggestions gratefully received!
jadesfire: Gif of the 10th Doctor [text] When in doubt, go to the library (When in doubt)
Upside of getting my coursework done?

My job this afternoon is literally to sit in the Bodleian and read old books. Literally. The one on my bookrests at the moment was printed in 1745, and the text was originally written in 1660 (which is kind of challenging because I haven't got my s/f eye in yet).

There are days when I think I just want to take up residence in the Weston and keep ordering stack books until I run out of ideas <3

To see where I am, Google "Weston Library Rare Books Reading Room". Try not too get too jealous ;)
jadesfire: Seagull on a blue sky (Seagull)
More fic! A teeny-tiny Burn Notice fill, because it made me sad that hardly anyone had posted today. The theme is myths and legends, and the prompt is nobody believes Michael Weston could have been one person


In other news, I am trying to find a 70th birthday present for my uncle for next week. He doesn't want presents, he doesn't need 'stuff', and my initial plan of buying a bridge book from 1946 has been stymied by the cost of postage from the US.

I have, however, been utterly delighted by some of the random titles I found on Ebay. Including "Medical Electricity for Massage Students."

My new challenge: work that into a fic somehow. Has to be done!

Comment fic

Mar. 2nd, 2016 08:28 am
jadesfire: black and white picture of Kermit the Frog posing like a Calvin Klein model (Kermit Klein)
Two more snippetty things written for [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic. Because apparently I write better with a word limit.

Fandom: Supernatural
Summary: For the prompt: Dean Winchester never had a baby brother; Sam is essentially a projection of Dean's own conscience.

Fandom: X-men First Class
Summary: For the prompt: someone who dies in canon, doesn't.
Author's note: Written because that bit makes no sense.
jadesfire: [text quoting Blackadder] It's a 12 storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall... (LARGE CRISIS)
So it turns out, when a major academic publisher holds a 60% off sale of their rather pricey inventory, academics and librarians will go a bit nuts and break their website.

And they'll do that AFTER I've filled my cart with the 45 books that I want, and now can't even see to screenshot the list because the site is broken.

For even more fun, I haven't shopped with them directly before, so I wasn't signed in, so I can't go home until the site is back up and I can see my basket on my work computer, where it's saved.

Oh, and of course, the US is now mostly online, and this is an international publisher, so it's not like the traffic is going to die down.

So if anyone needs me, or wants to bring me dinner, I guess I'll be here, refreshing the page FOREVER.

New fic!

Feb. 25th, 2016 08:44 am
jadesfire: yellow warning sign with butterfly on it [text] Chaotic system (Chaotic system)
To my considerable surprise, I posted a fic to my AO3 account this morning. Okay, it's under 700 words, but it's a whole, complete fic, written in about 20 minutes from a prompt. Looks like these things really are like riding a bike.

In case you haven't seen it, let me recommend the community [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic to you. It feels like old-school LJ, with a daily theme post, the chance to leave prompts, and plenty of people leaving fills and feedback. I like that it's multi-fandom (but LOTS of SGA prompts, interestingly), and that it's low-key. I'm going to try and put something in there each day, even if it's just a few hundred words of fluff. The point is to build the habit up again, not to write Star Wars: War and Peace.

Link to fic:In the Silence
Fandom:Star Wars: The Force Awakens (includes mild spoilers for the film)
For the prompt: Star Wars, Han Solo & Poe Dameron, The man who taught him how to snark out of trouble.

Although apparently I'm in a melancholy mood at the moment, because I took the prompt in a somewhat sideways direction. Nice to know I haven't lost that habit either!
jadesfire: Gif of the 10th Doctor [text] When in doubt, go to the library (When in doubt)
After seeing the films, I realised that there was as much chance of getting Gen in this fandom as there was in Merlin. It's there, but it's seriously difficult to find, and Sturgeon's Law means there's very little to go on. Instead, as in Merlin, I've been skimming everything, looking for stories that focus on character and plot rather than romance. And there's not a bad number of these.

Also, while I came to X-men in the first place because of Gambit, I am definitely staying because of Charles. A main character who's British and a telepath? Be still my heart. Although at some point, I will write a long ranty post about how higher education in Oxford doesn't work like that. A good amount of handwavium is required to get me through those parts of the film.

Anyway, while I've read more than this, and have more bookmarked at AO3, these are the fics that have stayed with me:

So much to read, so little time... )
jadesfire: Bright yellow flower (Fandom - AV - Agent Carter cover)
My brain has been like a faulty radio over the last few weeks - when it's on, it's a nice clear signal and I know what's going on, but I've had too many days when all I'm getting is static.

So I completely forgot to post about the Marvel POC exchange - reveals went up at the weekend and the masterlist is here

I got podfic! Susan_voight recorded two lovely Trip fics for me:

Rally point by michelleSorta and The synthesis of Agent Antoine Triplett by qwanderer. Both are great readings of lovely fics <3

After going round in circles for a while, I settled on writing something about Sam meeting Heimdall in Asgard. In my head, it was something fairly light and fluffy, but as it unfolded, it turned out to be a little more sinister than expected. It takes me a few years to get perspective on my stories,* but I've been immensely grateful for some lovely comments that suggest I hit on something interesting. And more than that, there have been comments! I love the Kudos system in AO3, and the notification emails cheer my day immensely, but there's something about a well thought-out comment that is just...warming. Okay, I'm fragile at the moment anyway, but I hadn't realised how much I used to appreciate really talking and thinking about writing.

Enough wallowing, have fic!

Words Unsaid (5968 words) by Jadesfire
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thor (Movies), Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Heimdall (Marvel), Hogun (Marvel), Sif (Marvel), Thor (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Steve & Sam Friendship, something rotten in the state of asgard, Tag to The Dark World, Tag to The Winter Soldier, Everyone talks to Sam, Whether he wants them to or not

Sam's mother always said he had one of those faces, where people would look at him and start blurting out their innermost secrets. It's always been a bit of a blessing and curse until Sam takes a trip to Asgard, at which point it mostly gets kind of weird. Just what exactly are these people trying to tell him?

Incidentally, the thing about having 'one of those faces'? Totally based on personal experience. My mother has it even worse. I thought she was exaggerating, until I went to the supermarket with her late one night. She said 'hello' and 'it's a late working night for you' to the cashier, at which point the poor girl burst into tears and told my mother how she didn't mind working because her boyfriend was being horrible to her and she was thinking of leaving him.

This was not an isolated incident, and worse, I'm starting to inherit the 'please, tell me your life story' gene. Maybe I should consider plastic surgery...

*There's an odd, egotistical kick to reading old fic and comments. But it did make me realise wow, I really do like to really just write two things over and over - character studies and fight scenes. And apparently I would rather hit characters with big sticks than have them talk about their feelings**. Oddly enough, I'm okay with that.

**Which is possibly why I enjoy Supernatural so much.