May 25th, 2013
|09:01 pm - "Mosquito Field, AFQ" by raggedass_road (NC-17)|
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Author on LJ: raggedass_road
Author Website: Original? writing journal at syntox. Unfortunately, neither journal appears to have updated in several years.)
Why this must be read: Angst is not my usual thing, so it's a little bit of a fluke that I read this story at all. I consumed it via podfic at first, courtesy of one of Luzula's entries into an amplificathon.
It chewed my heart up a few times and caused me to make little whimpering sounds, but my gosh, it was worth it.
"Mosquito Field, AFQ" is set post-COTW and focuses on Ray Kowalski, who has decided that "away from Fraser" is the most healthy place for him to be. He ends up at a little airfield in Alaska and learns to be a bush pilot. (The author is a small-aircraft pilot her/himself, so they know what they're talking about, but writes the flying and mechanics simply enough for a non-engineering-type person to keep on track with the action.) When Fraser shows up in Alaska, much to Ray's dismay, they have to deal with things unspoken and misinterpreted. It's gritty and rough and really well-written.
It's not an album Fraser's even supposed to be in. It's supposed to be Ray, just Ray, and Marty, maybe the guy who tends bar, and the grocer and his wife and the local State Trooper. The small-town set, twenty faces he knows. But not Fraser. The whole point of the album was not to have Fraser, but now everything's fucked and nothing's what it's supposed to be. His home base at AFQ, the place where he's safe, it's not so safe anymore. The sky where he can't be touched, it's not so high up there all of a sudden.
Mosquito Field, AFQ
|09:01 pm - For Gladness of You by kariye (NC-17/Explicit) |
Fandom: STAR TREK REBOOT
Author on LJ: kariye
Author Website: kariye’s fic on AO3
Why this must be read:
This story is like a puzzle inside an enigma wrapped in the mystery that is Jim Kirk. It is a story of non-linear, Heller-esque proportions, that jumps around to different points of Jim’s life through the first five-year mission to tell the story of a complex man who holds himself up to the very highest of standards and the Vulcan who calls him on his bullshit.
As the story unfolds, it continually circles back on itself, each twist unveiling a bit more about Jim and Spock, but it’s much more than a relationship story or a mission fic – it’s almost impossible to categorize, actually. It is about the hell that is the responsibility of command. It is about questioning the very mission of your life and the choices you have made. It is about surviving life in general, and finding the people in it that make it bearable.
It’s a stunningly relentless yet touching work – I have so many FEELS for it. And it’s got everything this fangirl could ask for – hurt/comfort, romance (after a fashion), adventure, angst, emotional turmoil and, of course, rocks.
Give this story a read – you won’t regret it, or forget it.
( Here is an excerpt…Collapse )
For Gladness of You on AO3
|05:53 pm - A Special Update from the Phoenix Comicon |
This is a special update. I just read this at Babylon 5 on Facebook. It would seem that JMS has finally broken his silence on Michael O'Hare and I felt this was worth sharing. I am quoting the facebook page, not JMS himself:
I'm lucky enough to be at the big Babylon 5 20th anniversary celebration at the Phoenix Comicon this weekend. One of the many B5 related panels was a special one that JMS requested and asked all the fans to attend. He didn't say why, but said we would be helping him keep a many years promise.
The first part of the panel was...stupid. A mod who wasn't a fan asked JMS a few generic questions and then let fans ask questions (that wasn't stupid, just the first guy) for a while.
For the second half of the panel, JMS shooed to 'moderator' off and talked about Rick Biggs, Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Connaway and Michael O'Hare. It was a true tribute to their courage and grace in ways that inspired him. Rick's love of life, Jeff's courage at beginning his career again with B5 and Andreas' courage and grace at facing terminal cancer. Then he told us about Michael O'Hare.
Toward the last third of season one, both JMS and Michael realized that Michael had a problem of increasingly delusional episodes, typified by paranoia. This can be helped with medication but that takes time and there really wasnt time while the show was shooting. JMS was even willing to shut down production for Michael to be able to get the help he needed but Michael didn't want to be responsible for the show shutting down and asked JMS to let him try to complete shooting. JMS did, and admired Michael was he struggled every day.
After shooting was done, they all knew that Michael couldn't carry on so JMS let him know that when the time came, Michael could come back to complete Sinclair's arc. Thanks to friends, JMS knew when Michael was able to come back and perform in "War Without End". Afterward, JMS promised Michael that he'd 'keep the secret to his grave' but Michael asked him to keep the secret to *his* (Michael's) grave instead. And so...JMS told the story of Michael's struggle today. And he told us how there were times when the fans really helped Michael keep. going.
JMS' admiration for the courage that each man showed was obviously deeply felt and sincere and the entire room (which was full to capacity) gave him a standing ovation and thanked him for what he'd said. It was an amazing experience and, I think an important moment in B5 history.
|04:21 pm - [ SECRET POST #2335 ]|
⌈ Secret Post #2335 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
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|12:12 pm - [ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #335 ]|[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #335 ]
Submit a secret here!
The first secret from this batch will be posted on June 1st.
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 600x600 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug
Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.
Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.
|11:27 am - Update for 5 - 25 - 2013 |
This week in the Babylon 5 Fandom:
We update once every 2 weeks with fiction, challenges etc. Please feel free to contact me if you have news or anything you think needs to be featured here. Just send me a PM at alexcat or post it to the update and I’ll include it the next time.
It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US – not much going on here at my house but BBQ and picnics abound. DH and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage next Friday and we can still tolerate one another. Go us! Happy summer vacation to all!
Caught Between: The Extras by Morgyn Leri (Marcus/Susan, Teen).
A Kind of Paradise by AerynSolaria (Marcus/Susan, a continuation of JMS’ Space, Time and the Incurable Romantic, K+).
Interrupted Cycle by t0mbr1d (K+).
Pillar of Salt by Sir Thopas (Londo and G’Kar, K+).
We Will Surrender, We Will Survive by thingswithwings (Bruce Banner, Delenn, Avengers Crossover, Gen).
Though I Walk Through the Valley by amatara (Londo, PG-13).
The Wheel of Fire by Grand Admiral Harmon (Sheridan and Delenn, T).
Babylon 6 by Babylon218 (T).
I only display a sampling of the latest from the artists. Please check out their pages at DeviantART.
Delenn costume by TimandRenda. Check out her other costumes as well.
Lochley by DoctorRy.
Communities: August is Babylon 5 Love month! so watch the community, babylon5_love for more details!!
Get all the B 5 and related news at ISN News: The Zocalo Today!.
Babylon 5 20 Year Reunion at Phoenix Comicon. It’s going on this weekend!
Babylon confidential by Claudia Christian by alexcat_reviews(Who is also me.)
If you have Facebook, ‘like’ Claudia Christian for some Ivanova fun and photos.
Send us your news~!
If you know something - be it fic, fanart, meta or news - that you think deserves a mention in the newsletter, please leave a comment here.
|01:42 pm - Your Eyes Are Like Limpid Pools by Draycevixen (NC-17)|
Fandom: THE PROFESSIONALS
Length: 1200 words
Author on LJ: draycevixen
Author Website: On AO3
Why this must be read: I was bound to include at least one story from Drayce in my month's recs... what can I say? I love her writing!
Drayce writes the lads with a sharp wit and a fine understanding of their relationship, but it's a relationship that never tips over into being soft or girly - she writes them as blokey blokes:
“No, it's not that easy. I'm not that easy.”
“Since when have you ever been easy?” Bodie muttered, attempting to pull Doyle back in to his arms.
'Your Eyes Are Like Limpid Pools' is short - just about right for a coffee break - so I won't tell you any more, except it'll make your day a better, happier one for reading it. Or I'll eat my hat.
Your Eyes Are Like Limpid Pools
|07:36 am - i said if i'm honest, i fell for you that last night by mistfarer (Mature)|
Fandom: HOCKEY RPF
Pairing: Brenden Gallagher/Alex Galchenyuk
Author on LJ mistfarer
Author Website: mistfarer on Tumblr
Why this must be read:
Gally and Chucky seem to be well on their way to being the Kaner/Tazer 2.0 - both rookies on an Original Six team, who are helping to pull the team out of the league basement (although Montreal never fell as far as Chicago did). In this case, the Canadian is the light-hearted one (Brendan Gallagher) and the American is the more serious and reserved of the two (Alex Galchenyuk). Even with the drastically reduced training camp and the lockout-shortened season, the two rookies already seem to share a deep bond, making fanfic about them inevitable.
The beauty thing about this pairing is that Galchenyuk was born in the US to a Russian hockey player, and thus spent most of his growing up years in Europe, learning to speak several languages including Russian (so we get to claim him, but he's basically Russian!). Thus you get Russian Knitting Circle tropes with him involved, and the other players are some of the other rookies in the NHL, like Nail Yakupov (who is actually in the Western Conference).
This is a 'five things' fic that journeys through the rookies' first season as their bond gradually turns into something else. Neither of them has any issues with it and their relationship seems to blossom without them being aware of it. It is labeled as a denial story, but I think this is far more subtle - these boys are not self-aware enough to deny anything.
i said if i'm honest, i fell for you that last night
|11:49 am - Anyone still up for a bit of Babylon 5 loving?|
Did you think that I had forgotten about this community? Well, actually I had.
In any case, would there be any interest in a Babylon 5 Love month this year? Maybe a special anniversary round to celebrate the 20th anniversary? Unfortunately August is the only month when I could run it.
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22
Would you patricipate in a B5 Love round if it took place in August?
|Yes, and I would definitely contribute something!
| 15 (68.2%)
|Yes, but I'd just enjoy the goodies.
| 7 (31.8%)
People who have no LJ accounts, feel free to leave your votes anon in the comments. And if you ahve any ideas on how to make this round special, I'd love to hear them, too.
(also, will also be running this year. Watch that space.)
|03:15 pm - Heroes of the Squared Circle 11: Unbreakable|
Characters: Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, Guy Gardner, Edward Nygma
Continuity: Heroes of the Squared Circle, a DC/pro wrestling fusion (click for notes and all chapters).
Word Count: 2600
Summary: A lucky break in the middle of a match gives Clark fifteen minutes of fame before they return to Philadelphia.