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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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This one surprised me a bit.

My top 5 fics on AO3 by kudos:

Radio Silence (BtVS/Welcome to Night Vale)
Not that surprising, perhaps, since it's a crossover with a current and quite active fandom. Quite pleased about this. (By the way, that last episode of WTNV... HOLY SHIT. Anyone still not listening to it, what are you waiting for?)

Bernard's Rules (Doctor Who/Black Books)
Again, active fandom. Rather proud of this, there really isn't enough Black Books fic and this is clearly a sign that people want more.

Ms Summers Goes To Washington (BtVS/West Wing)
Noticing a theme of crossovers here?

Get Some Walking In (West Wing)
Zombie fics clearly get the job done too.

If The Dead Rise (Or Not) (BtVS)
Buffy/Faith works on AO3. Speaking of which...

My top 5 fics on AO3 by hits:

I'll Always Opt To Fall Down These Stairs (BtVS)
This one really surprised me. I'm quite happy with this Buffy/Faith fic, but it's gotten a LOT more hits than most of my other stories. Is there something about AO3 that attracts fans of wingfic and/or Regina Spektor? And should I feel bad that the hit/kudo ratio is a lower than some other fics?

Dawn of The Dead (BtVS)
No surprise there. This is my personal favourite too. Sometimes I want to delete it just so I can write vamp!Dawn again.

Dawn Summers Solves Things With SCIENCE! (BtVS)
...And clearly, Dawn is popular over at AO3. Take that, EW!

Radio Silence (BtVS/Welcome to Night Vale)

Ms Summers Goes To Washington (BtVS/West Wing)
As above.

And I still have a bunch of fics I've never uploaded to AO3. Including most of my drabbles. Woe.
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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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[livejournal.com profile] zombi_fic_ation [livejournal.com profile] zombi_fic_ation [livejournal.com profile] zombi_fic_ation

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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