beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Go, then. There are other worlds than these.
- Jake Chambers, Stephen King's The Gunslinger

So I wanted to post something for Buffy's 20th birthday, and why I still care so much about this little series, but I wasn't sure just what until I started a rewatch and got to this line in "The Harvest":

JOYCE: Everything's the end of the world when you're a 16-year-old girl.

Which got me to this:

She saved the world. A lot.

Which got me thinking about just what the hell (heh) the "world" and saving it means in terms of the Buffy- and Jossverses, and why that would matter. You're in my world now. )
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This wasn't a hugely productive year for me, fannish-wise, but I did write a few things I'm pretty happy with:

Avalanche (Game of Thrones, Gen). After the battle of Hardhome, the wight that was the chieftain Karsi rises with all the others. Then she and everyone else in the white walkers' army start moving, slowly but surely, south. Snowflake by snowflake, winter. Is. Coming.

Talking To Plants (BtVS, Willow/Tara). Willow's pregnancy came as a shock. ...Well, it would, wouldn't it. But there's a perfectly logical explanation.

Waylaid (BtVS, Tara/Faith). Wishverse: Faith has a job to do. She's supposed to go to Sunnydale and fix what the last Slayer couldn't, or at least die trying. She shouldn't let herself get held up like this.

Water of Life (Stand Still Stay Silent, Sigrun/Mikkel). Walking for hours in sopping wet clothes after a life-or-death fight in ice water is something Norwegian hunters do every day, no need to get worried. Or so Sigrun would like them to think.

The Scrying Of Lot 48 (BtVS/Parks and Rec crossover, gen). Willow Rosenberg goes into a bar and meets... Ron Swanson!

The Rugged Pyrrhus, or Holiday By Mistake (Game of Thrones/Withnail and I crossover, gen). Izembaro, the arrogant leader of a small Braavosi theatre troupe specializing in bad rhymes and fart jokes, sometimes gets very drunk and claims to be from a city called Lundon. Nobody really believes him.

In Which Pooh Discovers A Blue Box (Dr Who/Winnie the Pooh crossover, gen). The Doctor is delighted to land in the Hundred Acre Woods. Well, he would be. But what sort of trouble will the Doctor's arrival bring for Pooh and his little friends? And why have Eeyore and Rabbit gone missing...?

It Raineth On The Just (BtVS, gen). After the events of "Tabula Rasa", Giles leaves Sunnydale and returns home to London. If it can still be his home after everything he's been through over the last few years. And who are those mysterious shapes who keep following him down rainy streets…?

A Slayin' Song Tonight (BtVS, gen). Five holiday ornaments that can be used to slay vampires, and one vice versa. AKA the Scooby Holiday Meet-Up is about as peaceful as you'd expect.
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So first of all, I won something at the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards! Thanks a lot, guys!


Second of all, here's the other fic for [livejournal.com profile] spook_me. I feel a bit rusty writing fic, so I hope this works. I think it ended up more sad than spooky.

Title: It Raineth On The Just
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 6)
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1700
Author's note: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] spook_me challenge "Aquatic monster".
Summary: After the events of "Tabula Rasa", Giles leaves Sunnydale and returns home to London. If it can still be his home after everything he's been through over the last few years. And who are those mysterious shapes who keep following him down rainy streets…?

You're an old man sitting by the fire, you're the mist rolling off the sea
You're a distant memory in the mind of your creator, don't you see?

- Nick Cave

November, unsurprisingly, had settled into a long wet drizzle, yet he kept going for long walks, down crowded streets, through the parks, along the river, in clothes and shoes that were up to the job and a proper sturdy umbrella. )
beer_good_foamy: (Willow-death)
Title: The Scrying of Lot 48
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Parks and Recreation (post-series and season 2-ish, respectively)
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~1300
Author's notes: Buffy fans unfamiliar with Ron Swanson can get a quick introduction here.
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] intoabar and the prompt: Willow Rosenberg goes into a bar and meets... Ron Swanson!

Ron Swanson kept coming to this bar for three things: their steaks, which were the best in Pawnee, IN; their selection of single malt whisky; and that the staff knew that he wanted to eat in peace. )
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Title: Untimely
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Rating: PG13
Fandom/timeline: Buffy/Firefly, set around Serenity
Word Count: ~900
Warnings: Canon character death
Summary: Written for the [community profile] intoabar challenge: Drusilla goes into a bar and meets… Zoe Washburne!

"In moments of great stress, every life form that exists gives out a tiny subliminal signal. This signal simply communicates an exact and almost pathetic sense of how far that being is from the place of his birth."
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

She comes to bars for the people, navigating mostly by Sight, as if age has finally dulled all her other senses to blissfully vague background noise. )
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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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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. )
beer_good_foamy: (Bernard - black books)
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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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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A while ago, [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll asked if I'd do a commentary for a fic of my choice. I figured, why not this one? It's not one of my most commented-on fics, possibly because it's an OC fic, but I'm pretty happy with it despite some flaws, so why not. Plus it gives me a chance to philosophise and write meta on some of the points about my reading of Buffy.

Title: One, But A Lion
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffyverse, very much pre-series
Word Count: ~1200
Rating: PG13
Summary: Egypt, 48 BC. A Slayer and her watcher take a trip and learn that even in ancient times, some things were more ancient still.

Comments in red. Original version here.

We started out together/Our expectations linked/But every student has a theory/The best he's ever thinked )

Drabble

Feb. 17th, 2013 10:28 pm
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Here's a drabble that popped into my head and seemed to fit today's [livejournal.com profile] open_on_sunday challenge ("Twist/Plot")

Survival

Once when she was 12, Sam Zabuto lost Kendra in a crowd.

He found her staring at a group of dancers in front of a flatbed truck with an old-fashioned sound system blasting bass-heavy music; Marley, Tosh, Burning Spear. A boy, maybe 14, took her hand with a smile and pulled her into the throng. She danced for a few moments; when she saw Zabuto, she obediently returned to him.

All the way home there was a twist in her step, a backbeat of her own.

It took an extra week of training to get her defensive stance right again.
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Right, so here we go! Turns out the last-minute plotbunny I got for [livejournal.com profile] letsgetitdone opened up to a multi-chapter fic, which doesn't happen often. I think we're looking at something like 4 or 5 installments here, which should hopefully be posted over the next 2 weeks or so. Seriously, I have an outline and everything.

Title: Development Hell
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffyverse, post-"Chosen"
Rating: PG13
Word Count: ~900 (this chapter)
Characters/Pairings: Let's see, there's Buffy, Andrew, Lorne, and a couple of OCs. Various other characters as well as canonical pairings will be alluded to, played with, and lovingly frosted with glucose. Also, any similarities to actual Hollywood actors are entirely coincidental, I swear.
Summary: While killing time in Rome, Buffy runs into a new Slayer with a shocking secret. Now, she's going to have to face her past to keep both herself and those around her from a Fate Worse Than Death... Hollywood.

Chapter 1: In which something funny is going on )



Originally posted at http://beer-good-foamy.dreamwidth.org/188336.html. Feel free to comment at either site.
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
Right, so here we go! Turns out the last-minute plotbunny I got for [livejournal.com profile] letsgetitdone opened up to a multi-chapter fic, which doesn't happen often. I think we're looking at something like 4 or 5 installments here, which should hopefully be posted over the next 2 weeks or so. Seriously, I have an outline and everything.

ETA: Something very weird seems to be happening with LJ right now, so if you've commented and your comment disappears, or this entire fic disappears, don't blame me, I didn't do it. Best comment at DW, I guess.

Title: Development Hell
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffyverse, post-"Chosen"
Rating: PG13
Word Count: ~900 (this chapter)
Characters/Pairings: Let's see, there's Buffy, Andrew, Lorne, and a couple of OCs. Various other characters as well as canonical pairings will be alluded to, played with, and lovingly frosted with glucose. Also, any similarities to actual Hollywood actors are entirely coincidental, I swear.
Summary: While killing time in Rome, Buffy runs into a new Slayer with a shocking secret. Now, she's going to have to face her past to keep both herself and those around her from a Fate Worse Than Death... Hollywood.

Chapter 1: In which something funny is going on )
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
I want to talk about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and how there's a (to quote a phrase) question hidden in plain sight in both the title and the story that the show must address. Basically yet another attempt by me to try to explain what "Chosen", for all its faults, does right as a series finale. This is in no way meant to sum up everything that happens in the last couple of seasons, and if there's anything you feel I leave out altogether, that's because I leave it out altogether to talk specifically about this:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer isn't just the title of a television show, it's the central conflict of it. The very thing that gives Buffy (and Buffy) strength is the same thing that traps her. The story itself is the biggest bad, and the central problem of season 7 is, how do you end the story without killing the story?
Read more... )
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I have a few half-written fics and meta posts waiting for a rainy day that doesn't come, so just a short one since Mark was discussing this today:

I expected that Buffy would hold on to the truth about where she was while she was dead for the remainder of the series. She had resolved to never tell the Scoobies, and I know it’s because she knew it would destroy them.

Musings on right and wrong )
beer_good_foamy: (Willow-death)
Title: Strawberries
Author: [personal profile] beer_good_foamy
Fandom: Angel, mid-season 5
Word count: ~1100
Pairing: Willow/Fred
Rating: PG13
Summary: Willow comes to LA for a job interview. Or maybe just dinner. But you know how things are never simple...? Written for [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis' remix round, remix of "Home Coming" by [livejournal.com profile] aaronlisa.

It's weird how only California has proper Mexican food. )
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OK, so following up on my post about redemption arcs, here's one about cracks. Not crackfic, but... cracks. That bit where a story made up of several different stories doesn't quite fit together seamlessly, and how that's not necessarily a bad thing.

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Doctor Who, Buffy, Angel and Game of Thrones (the TV series).

So a while back, I was reading Russell T Davies' The Writer's Tale, which if you haven't read it is recommended both for fans of Doctor Who and for those interested in serial television and storytelling in general. And I say this despite the fact that it threw some of the things I dislike about RTD's writing style into even sharper contrast (and that I couldn't care less about his constant fanboying of Skins).

But the point I wanted to bring up, where something clicked into place, was this quote. The Writer's Tale is essentially the (mostly) complete and uncensored e-mail and text correspondence between RTD and Benjamin Cook as RTD writes s4 of Doctor Who, up until Stephen Moffat took over the show. This quote is from page 190-191, where RTD is trying to piece together the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned", essentially The Poseidon Adventure IN SPACE, and has trouble getting the narratives to play nice:
Davies:
The funny thing is - and I learn this every time, yet forget it - if a fault is fundamental, any problem-solving is only papering over the cracks. The cracks always show. Faults persist. They always do. The disaster movie fights the essential nature of the Doctor, because he becomes just Any Old Survivor - a clever one, yes, the leader, yes, but a hapless victim of events. He's lacking. Now, when the plot turns and he changes ('No more!' he says), then he's in charge again and good old Doctor Who kicks in...

Cook:
Well, isn't that true of the storytelling process full stop? If you're inventing something artificial, something false, and yet you're wanting to convince people that's [sic] it's real so that they can suspend their disbelief sufficiently, surely you're 'papering over the cracks' from the moment that you start writing?

Davies:
I like your version of papering over the cracks. I'm going to cling to that. (...) You're right, most stories require the writer to wallpaper like crazy, especially those stories that demand so many suspensions of disbelief. (...) I am a wallpaperer. Yes, that's what I am.

Now, here's the thing. Step on this crack )
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Am I the only one who's been pelted with spam comments on DW in the last 36 hours or so?

Anyway, stuff:

[livejournal.com profile] sl_podcast and her loyal minions posted readings of a few more of my fics! Yay!
A Circular Argument For The Existence Of A Supervillain (original here)
Trail of the PBuffalo (original here)
Role Of The Dice (original here)

Also, I wrote a silly crossover drabble for [livejournal.com profile] angearia's absurd comment ficathon.

Prompt: Hunger Games/BtVS - ensemble, any - Maggie Walsh's journal serves as inspiration for the Capitol's experiments. Spoilers for the first Hunger Games book.

In District 12, They Still Run Windows 3.1 )

Meta meme

Mar. 29th, 2012 09:42 pm
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
From [livejournal.com profile] slaymesoftly:

1. Leave a comment to this post - specifically saying that you would like a letter.
2. I will give you a letter. (If you don't want a letter but feel like commenting anyway, feel free.)
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.


I got B! So, five off the top of my head:

Vague spoilers for BtVS, Twin Peaks, The Wire, Foucault's Pendulum, Dr Horrible )
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