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I’m sorry this is so late. This is for [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis and [livejournal.com profile] aaronlisa’s prompt “Evil!Cordy/Evil!Faith - Faith isn't quite as reformed as everyone thinks, set Season Four ATS, leather” without fluff or any of those two dying.

I've rarely written Cordy and I've never written Evil!Cordy, so this was a fun challenge though I ended up deleting the whole thing and starting over at one point. I hope it works with the prompt; I like my evil a bit ambiguous, and there are bits here that look semi-fluffy, but...

Title: Grant Me The Serenity
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Angel, AU post "Salvage"
Rating: PG13
Warning: Character death
Word count: ~1000
Summary: Things don’t go quite as planned when Faith goes up against the Beast and Angelus, and Cordelia finds herself alone with an unrepentant Slayer out for blood. Luckily, Cordelia knows how to improvise.

...To know the difference )
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Last year I wrote Breaking Bad zombie fic and West Wing zombie fic and fun was had by all.

Join the season of DEATH. ...and rebirth.

In other news, sorry for the lateness of my [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis entry. Busy busy. But it's on its way.
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Fan edits to the rescue: HIMYM alternate ending, get it before the lawyers do.


ETA: Aaaand, whaddyaknow, it's gone. Almost as if the Powers That Be don't approve of alternatives.

Yes, it's childish, in a way. I don't care. If nothing else, it makes me less annoyed that they used "Downtown Train" (even if it's a cover) for that scene; HIMYM always had good music choices, and I really don't want to have to connect my favourite songs to ... less favourite endings.

As for the finale itself, Alan Sepinwall says it best.

Just a few disjointed thoughts, under the cut.

spoilers for HIMYM and Breaking Bad )
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Hey, I just realised that they announced the Willowy Goodness Awards, and my fic "Total Perspective Vortex" won two awards. Thanks a lot! Please make sure to check out the other winners as well.

pretty banners )

And in completely unrelated news, I just watched the first couple of episodes of The 100 just because when I first read about it, I vowed to write this fic. I don't actually hate the show, but hey, you don't say no to a plotbunny like this one.

If you haven't watched the show, this should be readable anyway with this summary: 97 years after nuclear holocaust killed everyone on Earth, the surviving humans all live on a space station in orbit... and they just sent 100 convicted teenage delinquents down to the surface to see if the radiation kills them. With predictable and very CW-does-Lost-ish results.

Title: It Is Defended
Fandom: The 100/Surprise crossover
Warning: Character death
Word Count: ~280
Summary: What is that creature stalking them?

Make sure you tell them this... )

Drabbles

Mar. 16th, 2014 09:00 pm
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Two drabbles for [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday's prompt "Key".

Missing

They let Giles collect Jenny's personal effects when they release the body. $37 in cash, a few protective charms, a picture of (he assumes) her family, and a keychain.

Over the next few days of Arranging Things, he gets to use her keys. There's two for the double locks on her door, a master key for the school, a car key, a couple for various boxes … And an old iron key that doesn't fit anywhere.

He keeps the key for years, but never figures out what it opens. Whatever it is, it'll stay locked forever, removed from the world.



A Minor Misunderstanding

High above Sunnydale, Doc flashed his knife and grinned at Dawn. "Hey, kid? Wanna see a trick?" Dawn, understandably, screamed.

Doc quickly pulled out a small device, checked it, and shouted to Glory's minions below, "C SHARP!"

"…What?" Dawn stared at him.

Doc held up a digital guitar tuner. "You scream in C sharp," he smiled. "That's all we needed for the chant to send Glorificus home."

"Aren't you going to bleed me?"

He frowned. "Do you want me to?"

Dawn shook her head.

"Good. We've tried to tell your sister for months, all we needed was the right key."
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Bill Hicks, December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994.

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Didn't have time to write up a big music post this week, so I hit up This Day In Music and learned that today, it's exactly 38 years since the recording of one of the most charmingly amateurish debut videos ever made:



That's right, kids, once upon a time you could launch a band to (eventual) superstardom with just a flatbed truck, a handheld camera, a couple of bored bagpipers, and presumably lots of booze. I guess stuff like this happens every day in Melbourne.

I assume that people who don't love AC/DC have a reason for this. I'm sure they're very good reasons. Luckily, all the reason I need to dismiss those reasons are in the first few seconds of this song. And in pretty much every other song they recorded between 1975 and 1982 or so. Let there be light! ...Sound! Drums! GUITAR!





People say we've made 11 albums that sound exactly alike. Like hell! We've made TWELVE albums that sound exactly alike! - Angus Young

Drabbles

Feb. 23rd, 2014 12:16 am
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Two unconnected Buffyverse drabbles for [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday's prompt "bottle":

Sense Memory ("A New Man", Giles/Ethan)

The satisfaction of watching Ethan get thrown into a car and driven off to God knows where carries Giles through the clean-up of his apartment after the demon's… his rampage. Up until he sits down with a bottle of single malt.

It's always tasted of home over here. Vaguely British, somehow. Tonight, though, the taste is more specific.

Smoke. Sweat.

Cold, damp student rooms.

Skin.

Music.

Warmth.

The look on Ethan's face when he walked out. Not entirely unlike the one he caught through a rear window today.

He sweeps up the shattered bottle. It's alright. He has more scotch.



Needs More Robin Williams (s5)

"I knew we shouldn't have opened Giles' old wine bottle," Willow whimpered as the newly liberated jinni wrecked the Magic Box.

"Regrets later, OK, Will? Just find a spell to put him back in it."

"I'm trying! Ancient Arabic doesn't even write out vowels!" Willow shuffled frantically through a pile of parchments, trying various spells that did nothing but repeatedly open and close the front door.

Buffy held out the bottle. "Heeeere, Jinni-Jinni! …No? OK, hard way it is, then." She looked at the 7 foot jinni, then back at the bottle. "DAWN! Get me a funnel and a mallet!"




And a Doctor Who drabble for [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni's Ragnarökathon and the prompt "the song of the twilight of the gods".

Wir sind die Roboter (Ten, Martha)

Martha listened in disbelief. "…This is the song of the gods?"

The Doctor shrugged. "Well, not of the gods, mortal ears wouldn’t be able to stand their music. Dreadfully dull. But apparently, as human music goes, this is what they listen to."

"Really?"

"Oh, really. Gods tend to be big on order and perfection. No human fallibility and all that. They used to be into Bach, but apparently they really love Kraftwerk."

They listened for a few minutes as The Man Machine blasted across the heavens.

"Now, where were we? Oh! Right! End of the world. Let's stop it, eh?"
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First of all, "Total Perspective Vortex" was nominated at the Willowy Goodness Awards, along with a bunch of other very good fics. Thanks a lot!

Secondly, here’s a fic inspired by a discussion with [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni a little while ago, about how Faith would react to losing at various games like Rock-paper-scissors, Monopoly, etc.

Title: Five Games Faith Lost (And One She Won)
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffyverse, at various points from season 3 to post-series
Rating: PG13
Word count: 6x100
Characters/Pairing: Buffy/Faith

6 drabbles )
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1. I won stuff!

Huge thanks to nominators and jury, and congrats to all other winners! You can read all the winning stories here.

2. 2013 end-of-year summary:

What I wrote, and a meme )
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So here's this year's holiday fic.

Title: Spike: Mall Santa
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-series
Rating: PG13
Warnings/Notes: ***Jokes about character death.***
Word count: ~1500
Characters/Pairing: Buffy/Spike
Summary: Spike: Mall Santa.

'I can't take you anywhere,' Buffy grumbled as Spike helped her lug a few dozen bags and parcels down to the parking garage. )
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This gets kind of pretentious and ranty, much like me.

You know the joke? Two men are out walking in the desert. Suddenly, a lion appears and starts to circle them, clearly seeing them as dinner. One of the men quickly gets out a pair of running shoes and puts them on. The other guy says, "Do you really think you can outrun a lion in those?" The first guy replies "I don't have to outrun the lion, I just have to outrun you."

So, this article: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I went into a bit of a rant over on [livejournal.com profile] sueworld2003's journal, and I thought I'd better expand on it. Because this article really annoys me on several points that go way beyond the TV series in question - not just as a Whedon fan, but as a fan of well-written meta and criticism in general, and about popular entertainment in particular. And also, about the tired old argument that good shows always have shaky first seasons.

Grr. Arrg. )
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Title: Telling Porkies
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, season 2
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~3,500
Characters/Pairings: Dawn, Mr Gordo (background Buffy/Angel)
Summary: A different angle on "Becoming". Buffy thinks she has problems with Angel turning evil? Well, boo hoo. Dawn has to deal with a possessed stuffed pig trying to raise an army to end the world.
Written for [livejournal.com profile] letsgetitdone 2013.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] angearia for the inspiration.

Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston Churchill


Only little kids believed in monsters in the closet. And only really weird little kids believed in evil, demonic, fluffy pigs in the closet. Yup. Impossible. )
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So, yeah, this was inevitable, I guess. This is partly for [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix, who does a great job of keeping the fandom alive and kicking, and also because my muse has been looking for a way to cross Buffy with Welcome to Night Vale and the Gentlemen fit the bill far too well for me to not write it.

Title: Radio Silence
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy/Welcome To Night Vale. Spoilers for ep 30 of WTNV, and season 4 of BtVS.
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1500
Characters/Pairings: Cecil/Carlos, Dana (Night Vale)
Warnings: Violence, character death
Summary: The Gentlemen drop by Night Vale. This poses something of a problem for a radio host who depends on his voice to communicate. Not to mention for the people in town who aren't too keen on having their hearts cut out.

This is a recorded message, set to play automatically in case there's more than one minute of dead air. We are currently having technical difficulties of an unspecified nature. Please stand by. Do not be alarmed. )
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So, yeah, I realised I've never written wingfic.

Title: I'll Always Opt To Fall Down These Stairs
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-series
Rating: PG13
Warnings/Notes: Mention of character death and damnation.
Word count: ~3300
Characters/Pairing: Buffy/Faith
Summary: One light Slayer and one dark, one good and one bad, one goes to heaven and one to... Well anyway, for all sorts of reasons, Detroit was just about the last place Buffy expected to run into Faith. With or without wings.
Written for The Chosen Two Archive's Fic Or Treat challenge.
I should probably point out that this story, despite some similarities, is not in continuity with my earlier story Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Anywhere).

Up there! Up there! Up there!
- Patti Smith

Really, I died? Gee, thanks for letting me know. )
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Title: Total Perspective Vortex
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-season 6
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1100
Characters/Pairing: Willow, Miss Harkness (mentioned in "Lessons")
Summary: Willow in England, post-"Grave". It's one thing to have people tell you everything's connected. It's another to feel it.
Written for [livejournal.com profile] spook_me and the prompt "Shapeshifter" and this image.

Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
- Charles Dudley Warner


Falling, falling, falling )
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For no particular reason, here's an old Mad Magazine bit I knew I had lying around here someplace. "How Bad Childhood Habits Can Help in a Congressional Career" by Stan Hart (words) and Paul Coker Jr. (doodles) from Mad Magazine #91, December 1964. Hopelessly outdated 49 years later, of course, but I like it.

Sample:


Whole thing under the cut.
The fire-breathing dragon is coming! )
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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (which I guess will forevermore make it impossible to talk about The Shield in Whedon fandom without causing confusion): Vauge spoilers for the first two eps )

Breaking Bad. Other people have said it better than I could, so I'll just note that damn, that was a brilliant, brilliant series finale.

...OK, I do have a few words.

Now, everyone loves a good anti-hero. Or anti-villain. Let's face it, apart from The Middleman, uncomplicated knights in shining armour are boring (which, again, most action series...) We love those shades of grey, we love to see good people do bad things... and bad people too. A lot of great TV series of the last 10 years have spent season upon season digging deeper into the souls of people doing horrible things for, what they maintain, are good reasons. At the centre is usually a man, who more-or-less genuinely Loves His Family, who has his own Code Of Honour, who does things for what he things are The Greater Good, who is trapped in a Culture Of Violence, etc etc etc. Basically, he is Just Like Us. Except he's also a (check any that may apply) racist, misogynist, sociopathic, mass-murdering, drug-dealing, hit-ordering, raping, self-righteous, hypocritical, wilfully-blind-to-the-effects-of-his-actions villain. Fine; those make for good stories. But sooner or later you get to the point where you need to end this story. And then what? You can't end it with our anti-hero retroactively turned into a knight in shining armour; that would be dishonest. Yet you can't end it with him simply getting his just desserts either.

Spoilers for Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, The Shield (the Shawn Ryan series), Angel, Dexter... )

Did that get long? Sorry. I did it because I liked it.

Speaking of making excuses, though, the current season of The West Wing running on all channels really sucks. I know the Sorkin years were criticized for making caricatures of republicans, but it's nothing compared to this. When your supposedly adult characters start acting like 3-year-olds holding their breath until mom buys them ice cream, you need new writers.

And speaking of endings, How I Met Your Mother is just phoning it in for the last season, isn't it? Don't get me wrong, HIMYM phoning it in is still better than 90% of the sitcoms on TV, but we know this plot and we know these characters and we know how it's going to end and they should just have made a 2-hour movie and been done with it.


But at least I'm still watching it, unlike Under The Dome which never managed to breathe even a spark of life into a pretty good idea and seems content to be a poor man's Lost. Give me an ambitious failure over a competent bore any day.

Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing was pretty neat, though. And on one final musing on endings, The World's End does a neat job with a loosely connected film trilogy - building not on the characters but on the themes, and aging (or refusing to age) along with the actors.
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