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100 fics in 100 fandoms challenge [Jan. 22nd, 2019|01:12 am]
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I'm not sure if I'm ever going to do this, but I'll leave the table here just in case.





001.universe002.edge003.cleave004.distance005.away
006.home007.key008.star009.dust010.shadows
011.old012.new013.borrowed014.blue015.promise
016.dishonour017.wreck018.fix019.crack020.discover
021.fiddle022.fire023.water024.waves025.salt
026.balm027.fear028.wear029.mask030.truth
031.courage032.hope033.raised034.fall035.spring
036.birth037.morning038.welcome039.belong040.share
041.count042.mean043.teasing044.fantasy045.game
046.work047.bed048.turn049.swing050.kitchen
051.cull052.quell053.arrested054.inside055.chance
056.alive057.sleeping058.late059.rain060.bottle
061.steal062.brilliant063.theory064.practice065.war
066.storm067.voyage068.swim069.wallow070.settle
071.ground072.space073.silence074.screech075.snap
076.scratch077.bug078.lighting079.faded080.ghost
081.history082.time083.mirror084.drawing085.trailed
086.way087.run088.here089.heart090.perfection
091.right092.sanction093.can094.collection095.crowd
096.oversight097.graduate098.laughing099.unless100.final


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random opinions about things i am/have been watching [Jan. 10th, 2019|08:42 pm]
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Les Mis 2018
Ep 1 was like “this is so much better than what you did with W&P, Davies, wtf you assholw.” And then Ep 2 was like “ok, now I can tell this is an Andrew Davies Adaptation (TM().” I still think it does its book canon more justice than the W&P adaptation did. (The casting is def way better, at the very east.) For now, anyway.

I can’t believe there are only 4 eps left though and we’ve already had 2 and Valjean hasn’t even picked up Cosette yet… The pacing is going to get FUCKED real soon isn’t it? (Or are they just gonna cut out just about everything with Les Amis? I mean they prob gotta keep at least some of it to make some of Marius’ pl’ plotline work + Eponine’s death, right? Like I know it’s not the most important part of the book or anything like that but…. Esp. given how much time they spent on Fantine/Felix when that could have easily taken up a third of the time it did.)


Vanity Fair 2018
It was gooood. Def better than the 2004 movie but I still prefer the 1998 miniseries. Dobbin is so cute in this one, I love him <3 (He and George don’t have nearly enough chemistry tho :( Also, agh, George was extra awful in this.)


Godunov 2018

I was afraid it was going to be like Sophia - visually appealing but kinda boring. However, it has been quite good! Not nearly as good as Ekaterina or Bloody Lady, but still good :D I hope they get on with it and give us season 2 soon!


Tsar Boris

Saw this on stage in Moscow the other week. Very solid production. Me being me, I spend the majority of the play kinda lowkey shipping Fyodor/Christian.

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2018 Fanfic Year Wrap-Up Meme [Jan. 2nd, 2019|03:51 pm]
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Note: I'm not counting the two original fics I wrote in any of this.


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Dear Yuletide Writer Letter [Oct. 12th, 2018|03:24 am]
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A03 name: Alley_Skywalker

Dear Yuletide Writer,

First, I would like to say thank you for the time and effort that you are willing to put into writing for me! Length of fandom sections or the order the fandoms are in is no indication of how much I want fic for any given fandom; I would be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to receive fic in any of the fandoms I asked for. Optional details are optional, but if you're like me and like to have lots of info to work with, I've tried to provide some details on the sorts of things I like (and don't) and give prompts for each of my fandoms.

GENERAL STUFF

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Have fun! Happy Yuletide!
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Grigoriy R v. Rasputin 2010 [Sep. 13th, 2018|02:25 am]
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I find it interesting how Grigoriy R (2014 miniseries) and the 2011 Rasputin movie characterize the Felix/Dmitri dynamic differently. Aside from it just being more explicit in the miniseries whereas in the movie it seems to be almost like a “past” affair that has settled back into a close friendship, it’s also kinda different in who has the upper hand in the relationship, so to speak.

Like, in the miniseries, Felix is clearly in charge of things. He teases Dmitri, including about their relationship, and seems very comfortable with where they are and where he stands in this dynamic (though still being very much affectionate and protective). But then in the 2011 movie I kinda get the sense that Felix is more desperate for that relationship and Dmitri is…somewhat less invested? Just like…Felix asks him to go to that party with him and he sounds actually kinda really hopeful and Dmitri says “no.” And then also at the end, after Dmitri shoots Rasputin, he walks over and gives Felix a hug (who desperately needs one going by his face) and Felix just like…clings to him. And Dmitri pulls away first (and touches Felix’s face and Felix leans into that too). I just feel like these two canons have a somewhat different read on this relationship and, as a shipper, that’s the kinda shit I find interesting. Clearly xD

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Drear Original Works Exchange Author [Aug. 19th, 2018|03:43 pm]
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A03 name: Alley_Skywalker

Dear Original Fic Exchange Author,

Thank you for writing for me! I'm really excited to read a story for one of these ships! Below are some general likes and DNWs, as well as ship-specific preferences and prompts/musings.

This should generally be clear from the sign up, but just in case: All of the ships (aside from the two in the gen + ship category that are gender disambiguated) were nominated/requested as M/M.

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Some notes on canon hair colors of WaP characters [Aug. 13th, 2018|02:24 am]
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Boris - fair hair - book 1 chap 11

Natasha - “black” hair - book 1 chap 11

Nikolai - dark hair implicitly, as he is growing a dark mustache - book 1 chap 11

Sonya - brunette - book 1, chap 12

Mlle. Bourienne - blonde, fair haired - book 1 chap 26

Dolokhov - fair hair - book 2 chap 2

Anatole - light brown (Russian word is “rusiye”) - book 3 chap 4

Lise - dark hair - book 4 chap 9

Andrei - brunette - book 6, chap 15

Balaga - fair hair - book 8 chap 16

Nikolai Bolkonsky Jr. - light brown - first epilogue, chap 12
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Watching legal dramas as a lawyer [Jun. 13th, 2018|02:20 am]
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  • Objection! Why is there no objection?! 
  • (No, you can’t object to that/like that.) 
  • RULES OF EVIDENCE EXIST. 
  • Your ass would so get sanctioned for that. 
  • THAT IS NOT WHAT EX PARTE MEANS. (Did the writers forget how google works?)  
  • Haha clever. But would never realistically be heard in a trial court. Trial judges are allergic to novel legal theories and shenanigans. Too much chance of getting overturned on appeal. 
  • OH STFU. This is a court proceeding not a political campaign rally. Stop. 
  • No one uses e-mail nearly enough in this show.  
  • Why are you looking up garden-variety caselaw in PRINT BOOKS? Does the IT guy been to come and fix the WiFi? (Weatlaw? Lexis? Ring a bell?)
  • No, it’s not cool that you sold out your cliet! Wut. 
  • No one bothered to prep this witness, huh?
  • No one ever lays foundation for anything, unless it’s a plot point. 
  • No one ever asks for extensions on discovery. Which is hilarious. And feels like literal magic sometimes.
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Dear Male Slash Rares Author [May. 26th, 2018|10:42 pm]
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A03 name: Alley_Skywalker

Dear Rare Male Slash Author,

First, I would like to say thank you for the time and effort that you are willing to put into writing for me! Length of fandom sections or the order the fandoms are in is no indication of how much I want fic for any given fandom; I would be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to receive fic in any of the fandoms I asked for. Optional details are optional, but if you're like me and like to have lots of info to work with, I've tried to provide some details on the sorts of things I like (and don't) and give prompts for each of my fandoms/ships.

GENERAL STUFF

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Aimeric's "I did it for the South" wasn't a lie. [May. 13th, 2018|02:11 am]
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First, because that’s more interesting. And second because it’s far more realistic, ffs. (When I wrote On Your Honor, which was my first real CP fic, one of the things it was about was thia - that Aimeric’s motivations were multilayered - though I don’t think anyone really noticed or cared.)

It makes sense for a lot of reasons, other than just…people usually don’t do a thing this big for one single reason, especially when that reason is “win back an old lover.”

  • Aimeric breaks down way too easily when Laurent confronts him with the truth about the Regent. Which, to me, says that he knew really, that he wasn’t going to get back from the Regent whatever affection he instinctively sought, based on an early teenage experience. Laurent is good at ripping people up and all, but this is too quick even for him. Aimeric could not have been that convincing of a spy for so long if he was that easily broken of a conviction he, supposedly, held firmly. Even if he had started with this conviction, it must have gotten eroded along the way, long before Laurent and his “interrogation.” But then…if that had been his ONLY reason for doing what he’s doing, why stay? Why not defect to Laurent, or rather, to Jord? I suppose it’s arguable that Aimeric just doesn’t think Laurent can win, but he didn’t need to continue doing a difficult and dangerous job to hedge his bets. He could have pretended to be compromised at one point or another and gone back. I’m willing to bet that his father was powerful enough to protect him from many significant backlash. Or, you know, he could have become a double agent - that’s the best way of playing both sides, though dangerous, sure.
  • Aimeric hates Laurent and I don’t think it’s about jealousy. There’s absolutely no indication that Aimeric, or anyone, knows about the Regent and Laurent. And, honestly, Laurent is pretty hateable from the point of view of an in-universe anyone who doesn’t either have the hots for Laurent or isn’t somehow otherwise bound to him like, say, Jord. Laurent does enough shit that you’d expect a rank-and-file courtier to look at him and think “what an asshole.” I think this is supported well enough by the fact that the Regent’s political faction is significantly larger than Laurent’s, as Damen observes, despite the fact that everyone apparently thinks it’s kinda weird that the Regent fucks 11 year olds. (Though, tbh, Vere’s cultural standards around this aren’t superb at all.)
  • But even besides personal dislike…Aimeric is the son of a Southern Lord. The South would have suffered the most in the war with Alkeilos and stands to suffer the most again if there is another war. The Regent puts himself forward as the man who understands and values peace with their ~war-hungry~ southern neighbor - and apparently knows how to keep it - but also understands the value of security, border duty, and a ~healthy, active distrust and dislike of Alkeilons. Laurent has the political, and otherwise, image of not caring about any of that, of shirking border duty, of being a potential diplomatic disaster (e.g. Damen’s beating), and generally only caring about his own comfort and pleasure. Etc, in this vein. I doubt ANYONE in the South like Laurent very much or wants to support him politically.
  • Also, the other part of that was “I did it for my family.” Aimeric knows his father (and maybe a brother or three) have thrown in with the Regent. Aimeric can’t change or control that. But, given what kind of person Laurent is, Aimeric would be pretty certain that losing to Laurent would mean devastation to his family. “He thinks you’ll destroy his family.” And Laurent replies affirmatively. It’s not an empty suspicion. Aimeric isn’t stupid (fight me). If he wants to protect his family, Laurent can’t win. 
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