I win!

Dec. 21st, 2014 06:25 pm
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Just noticed (a couple of days late) that I've been awarded two plaques in the latest round of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards, both for Building Character:



Huge thanks! My muse hasn't been very cooperative this year, so it's extra nice to learn that people appreciate the few things I did write.

Check out all the winners here!

I'm hoping to get some sort of holiday fic up before Wednesday.
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Isn't there something very familiar about this?

Spoilers )
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I promised [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll I'd post some Nick Cave songs for beginners. Which is tricky, because much like that other lot of artists he often gets lumped in with (Leonard, Bob, Patti, Tom, etc) he can be a bit of an acquired taste; at once a horrible and fantastic singer, a whiny dealer of manpain and violence, and a viciously funny or heartbreaking deconstructor of it... There's his band, the Bad Seeds, who can play just about anything in the space between folk and punk as if they just got out of bed after spending three days getting drunk and listening to old blues records. He is one of the best lyricists in rock music - one of the few whose lyrics can even hold up without the music. His lyrics read like short stories, or even complete novels condensed to 5 minutes, with character voices, context and backstory snuck in through subtle little references to everything from the Bible (much like with Cohen and Dylan, there's a LOT of biblical imagery in his songs without it being necessarily religious) to Miley Cyrus.

So here goes, ten songs from young punk to elder statesman of rock'n'roll.

The beast it cometh, cometh down )

Also, a few thoughts on his 1996 album Murder Ballads as it relates to narratives about, to quote Johnny Cash, love, god and murder:
So it's Rorschach and Prozac and everything is groovy! )
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Boy, and here I thought the prompt I got last year for [livejournal.com profile] intoabar was hard... I expect this fic will be jossed when Twin Peaks season 3 comes along a year or so from now.

This isn't the first Buffy/Twin Peaks crossover I've written, either, but it is kind of in continuity with the others.
A Code Waiting To Be Broken (Faith/Audrey)
Five People Who Didn't Know They Were In A Crossover (Cooper)

Title: I Will Face My Fear
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Prompt: Agent Dale Cooper goes into a bar and meets... Riley Finn!
Fandoms: Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Twin Peaks, set in early s5 of Buffy, and consequently about 10 years after the s2 finale of Twin Peaks.
Characters/Pairings: Riley Finn, Dale Cooper. Riley/Buffy discussed.
Word count: ~1200
Rating/Contents: PG13

This is his true face. Few can see it. The gifted... and the damned.
- MIKE


Agent Finn. Good to meet you. Agent Dale Cooper, FBI. )
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So apparently I won something at [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. Specifically, Building Character won for Best Gen. Aw, shucks.

Thanks a lot to everyone involved, and congratulations to all the winners! Some great stuff there, go read now if you haven't already.

Also, just because I can, I have this idea of writing down a few bizarre or obscure crossovers that I could never make myself develop into anything longer. Here's one that people should at least be able to spot:

The Friendly Dark

Susie dreams of tigers, and wakes groaning. Now he's got her doing it. Hobbes is NOT REAL.

She keeps dreaming of tigers. She's heard about this. If you keep dreaming of someone, it means you're in love with them. And she so does not want to marry Calvin.

One day Calvin throws a snowball at her. She catches it in mid-air and sends it back to him hard enough to send him flying. She could swear the stuffed tiger sitting where he stood winks at her.

That night, she dreams of a tiger, and follows it into the desert landscape.
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Title: The Queen, The Soldier
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, beginning long, long pre-series
Characters/Pairings: Gen, OC-centred, but the gang shows up at the end
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~2400
Summary: Slayers always died young. Except for one, who did quite the opposite. This is her story. It begins like this: "Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there was a town. And in the town was a girl, who didn't want to die."
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spook_me and the prompt "Giant".

In a gorge in the wilderness outside of town lived a giant. )
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Here's another fic I started a while back, and was inspired to finish by [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll's recent post on the HIMYM finale. Yes, I'm still bitter. But in the spirit of lemons into lemonade, if life gives you a crap series finale, write fic that takes it to its logical (if admittedly unsubtle and tasteless) conclusion.

Title: Where's The Poop?
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother, shortly post-series (original broadcast ending)
Characters: Ted, the Kids
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Toilet humour
Word count: ~500
Summary: Shortly after the series finale, Ted has to check into the hospital. And then Ted has to explain why he had to check into the hospital. Turns out it started way back in 2005...

Sometimes, you fall in love with someone or something and then you keep seeing it the way it was, no matter how much it's actually changed over the years. )
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So here's a fic I found loitering half-finished on my hard drive. Reading [livejournal.com profile] mcjulie's post on Hell's Bells some time ago, I realised there's a minor character in Buffy who gets a few intriguing lines, who openly flirts with one of the scoobies, and has, to the best of my knowledge, never had any fic written about him: that demon guy with the horns that Dawn talks to at Anya and Xander's wedding. Hell, even the script just mentions him as Demon Teen. So I started wondering, and... well, here's what came out.

ETA: There's now a spin-off fic for this one, by [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix: Extraneous Tomes

Title: The Brian Situation
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-season 6
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~950
Summary: Dawn has a date. Buffy has mom hair.

HORNS? Your date is a demon? )

Meme

Aug. 26th, 2014 07:49 pm
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Because it looked like fun, and since I'm writing some stuff again I'm thinking a lot about writing.

Pick no more than three letters/questions and I will answer those questions.

List of questions )
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So apparently Academic also got nominated for the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. Thank you so much, o anonymous benefactor!

And also, no less than two people suddenly answered my prompt for [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook's Obscure and British comment fic fest. The prompt? Withnail & I, 10 years later.

[livejournal.com profile] desecrets wrote Ne'er Was Dream / So Like A Waking

[personal profile] swordznsorcery wrote A Whiter Shade of Yesterday

Both are brilliant, so go read. None of them is especially cheerful - especially not the latter one - but really, how would you expect Withnail to spend the 70s?
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So apparently some kind soul has nominated "Building Character" over at [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. Huge thanks! I'm still giddy at how well that fic was received.



Also, on a less jolly note, here's a drabble for [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday and the prompt "record". I always liked Lydia... I want to say Chalmers, but apparently that's all fanon thanks to this awesome fic? Anyway, here's my take on her.


Academic

Lydia’s father was a Watcher, like his before him. She studied for years, but not everyone’s fit for frontline duty; they also serve et cetera, and archivists are always needed. She grew to love it. Countless unique records going back to antiquity and beyond, brittle from age, Slayers whose entire civilizations were lost but were remembered here.

She survived the blast that destroyed the Council long enough to recognize the ashes raining down around her. Lydia grasped a burning piece of paper, all that remained of Gunda (376-391 AD), and held it tight as the walls collapsed.
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I am really, truly sorry about this, but I saw this phrase flash by on my flist (as a prompt at [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends, though as it happens Spike's not in it), and my muse went "You know what would be an awesome idea?" and wouldn't let me sleep until I wrote it. Blame the heatwave. Under a cut because of reasons.

Title: Office Party
Word count: 100
Fandom: Buffyverse, all 12 seasons
Pairings: Um... a few, none of them remotely canon
Rating: R

Somehow the Big Bad conference always ended like this )
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Here's a different zombie fic bunny that grabbed me. I hope it works.




Title: Building Character
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, season 6
Rating: PG13
Word count: 1900
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] zombi_fic_ation and the prompt "50. Buffy + any -- Buffy mostly came back right... mostly". Five perspectives on Buffy, after she comes back from the (slightly more) dead.

No alarms and no surprises
No alarms and no surprises, please


It needed to be quick, and Baron Samedi was very eager to help. Seems Willow has good credit with gods these days. )
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Title: Everybody Knows
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Welcome To Night Vale
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1500
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] zombi_fic_ation and the prompt "254. The tiny city under the pin retrieval area of lane five of the Desert Flower Bowling Alley And Arcade Fun Complex is having a tiny problem with tiny zombies."

"All bowling alleys are sacred to Discordians and, if necessary, you must give your life to protect them from desecration."
- Principia Discordia

Lane 5 is no longer in use. Please use any other lane. Enjoy your bowling! )
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Here's a nice piece of meta I really liked:

Foz Meadows on Orphan Black, gender, "likeable characters" and the difference between male and female characters' redemption arcs

...with various examples from the Buffyverse, MCU etc. If you haven't watched Orphan Black yet, there are no real spoilers in this piece (but then again, you should have watched s1 of Orphan Black already).

Good women can redeem broken men, but good men can’t redeem broken women, because once we’re broken, we lose our virtue; and without our virtue, we’re no longer women, but monsters, witches and viragos. Which is why, to come full circle, I fucking love the fact that Orphan Black’s Sarah Manning isn’t always sympathetic; isn’t always traditionally likeable.



In other news, I got to see the Globe To Globe production of Hamlet yesterday. This is the small, stripped-down version of Hamlet that the Globe Theatre has taken on the road and plan to keep going for 2 years, visiting every single country on the planet, and I really hope they pull it off because this was AWESOME. No huge bells and whistles or deconstructions, just an energetic, timeless version of the play that, IMO, blows (for instance) Tennant's out of the water. Ladi Emeruwa and Amanda Wilkin are a brilliant Hamlet and Ophelia - Wilkin in particular steals the show when she gradually goes from infatuated young woman to pawn in a political game to crushing grief - but it's Keith Bartlett who really shines as Polonius, who arguably is the... if not villain, then prime mover in this production; he's a clown, a confused old coot who thinks he's wise, but everyone listens to him and it's his insistence that it's all about Hamlet/Ophelia that derails the situation beyond repair and gets everyone killed. (OK, arguably the point of Hamlet is that everyone dies and need to face that, but that's another matter.)

Oh, and great solution for how to do the "To be or not to be" bit too. As they pointed out in Slings and Arrows (another TV show you should also see if you haven't already), "To be or not to be" is hopeless: EVERYONE comes to Hamlet expecting to hear it, and whatever you do with it, whatever tricks you pull, you'll never live up to expectations. So the Globe To Globe production has Hamlet suddenly burst onto the stage just as Polonius and Claudius withdraw, with no build-up whatsoever, already in the middle of a train of thought, reasoning with himself, assured that he's faking insanity while oblivious to the fact that he's clearly letting the illusion take over. "We are who we pretend to be, so we must be careful who we pretend to be," to quote Vonnegut.
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