And I was thinking, to a lot of us Gen X'ers, this is obviously still a thing, and we still like to pretend that Nirvana remain a great band. Which, hey, Kurt was a brilliant songwriter and performer, though nobody deserves to become an Icon. But at the time, if our parents had played us... say, this, which came out exactly 25 years earlier, we might have liked it but it would have been old.
Just like our parents might not have been impressed back then if their parents had told them to cut their hair and listen to this, released 25 years before that.
And if their parents had been lucky enough to own a phonograph, they might have harrumphed and told those damn kids in their snazzy suits to sit down and listen to this, released 25 years before that.
Their parents would have an even harder time convincing their ungrateful kids how great music was 25 years before that, but some of them might blow the dust off a wax cylinder:
25 years before that, we'd just have to take the old codgers' word for it. But one of the songs they might have mentioned is an old traditional going back to around... huh... 1870, called "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"
Good songs hold up and live on. You can't force them to, and trying to convince today's kids that Nirvana are still edgy may not be the best use of your time. But maybe 75 years from now, some bored kid will still be rediscovering and singing, say, this.
There are a lot of other good things nominated this year. Personally I'm rooting for Brooke Bolander's The Tale Of The Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters And The Prince Who Was Made Of Meat and Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer (the movie). But still, AO3 at the Hugos. We all deserve a fraction of a pat on the back for that.
And while I'm posting on that kind of stuff, why not do the Wednesday Reading meme, it's been a while.
What I just read: Marlon James' Black Leopard, Red Wolf which is... yikes. Ultra-dense African/Afro-Caribbean fantasy tale that drops you head-first into a world and a mythology where you simply have to find your own way, guided by a very unreliable and messed-up narrator looking for revenge on the world. Shape-shifters, vampires, witches, swordsmasters, true heirs to the throne, impending apocalypse, none of it from an angle you're used to, and pretty damn queer as well. Not a quick read, but damn.
What I'm reading now: Just finishing up Kameron Hurley's The Light Brigade, which is what I've come to expect of Hurley's novels: clever, fast-paced, gooey, and fueled by righteous anger. Like a mash-up of Starship Troopers (the movie) and Slaughterhouse-Five with some body horror thrown in. Very much recommended.
What I'm reading next: Honestly don't know. I recently stumbled onto an old Biggles novel at a yard sale, I'm thinking of reading that just to see if it'll help me understand Brexit.
I contributed this, for ranalore who wanted Wynonna Earp and Wynonna/Waverly/Michelle family dynamic. This is my first ever Wynonna Earp fic that I can recall and I'm pretty happy with it.
Sometimes Michelle has to remind herself that the woman who comes to visit her is her daughter. She never forgets as such, as much as this place messes with her head, just … it's hard to draw a straight line from the girl she remembers to this gaunt, sarcastic, whiskey-pored woman.
There's so much of her father in her. A lifetime of solving problems with a fist. Not that she has much choice, Michelle supposes.
She has to remind herself that this grown woman is her daughter. That she can still reach her, help her, if only by pushing her away.
* * *Sometimes, on her way home from the institute, Wynonna has to stop by the side of the road. She doesn't smoke, and she doesn't drink and drive (much), so unless she happens to come across a revenant hitchhiker or three, shooting bottles it is.
Funny how she keeps not running out of bottles.
She has good reasons not to tell Waverly about Mom. She can count them with each bullet. They've done fine without her for a long time. Waverly did fine without her. They're adults. They fight monsters. In this place, some secrets are better kept secret.
* * *Sometimes, Waverly comes home to find Wynonna drunk at the kitchen table. (OK, "sometimes" is flexible these days.) When she puts a blanket around Wynonna's shoulders, she mumbles something about keeping Alice Michelle safe. "...'s what a mom's s'posed to do, right?"
And it's bullshit, the whole situation, and some other time Waverly might tell her that between the two of them, they probably have no honest idea what a mom's supposed to do. Maybe no one does. They handle it as it happens.
Waverly hugs her sister and helps her to bed. She doesn't have to. She just does.
I also got some beautiful gifts:
Just Another Zombie Apocalypse by vaznetti (BtVS/GoT)
Still Fiery As Ever by simplyn2deep (Dr Who, Thirteen & Donna)
A Sandwich Between Friends by Karios (Dr Who, Thirteen & Ace)
Predator & Prey by Littleraven (BtVS/Firefly)
Teen and up audiences (129)
What’s your most common archive warning?
No archive warnings apply (106)
Rape/Non-con (1). I have passing references to it in a few other fics, but this one is apparently the only one where I felt like pointing it out - possibly because the fic itself doesn't, even though I always figured it's canon. Nothing about Drusilla is in the same post code as informed consent.
Do you consider yourself an adventurous writer?
Occasionally. Sometimes fandom's a familiar blanket, sometimes it's an experimental lab. I don't experiment much with different fandoms, obviously, but I like playing with different formats, historical OCs, odd POV characters, all-moose AU...
How many stories have you made in each pairing category?
In the sense that my main fandom is fairly female-centric, I'd say it looks about right.
What are your top 4 fandoms by numbers?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV) (110)
Angel: the Series (36)
Doctor Who (2005) (7)
Stand Still Stay Silent (7)
Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?
Heh. Yes, and hell no. The Buffyverse is and remains my top fandom all these years later (Jesus Christ, it's 15 years since canon ended) and I don't see myself racking up those kinds of numbers or anything close to it in any other fandom. Though I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying occasionally writing SSSS fic.
What are your top 4 relationship tags?
Tara Maclay/Willow Rosenberg (16)
Faith Lehane/Buffy Summers (9)
Spike/Buffy Summers (9)
Faith Lehane/Willow Rosenberg (5)
Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?
Again, sounds about right. Faith/Willow is one of those pairings I used to think wouldn't work at all, but you live and you learn. I'm more surprised that Xander/Anya pop in right behind them.
What are your top 2 most used additional tags, and your bottom 2?
Cross-over, Post-canon, Meta, Zombies
What would happen if you combined all 4 of these into a fic?
Everyone everywhere would eventually know what it means to crave brains.
How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?
...I didn't stay up to watch the Oscars, and I'm glad. Reading and watching the results this morning, most decisions predictably sucked, which wasn't too surprising given that they didn't even bother nominating Sorry To Bother You.
But at least Olivia Colman very deservedly won for the brilliant The Favourite, bringing the number of Hot Fuzz cast members with Oscars to four, if I'm not forgetting anyone. (Gold star if you can name the other three.) More of that, please. Let's see, what's David Bradley in this year...?
Also, they obviously didn't win, but good to see Gillian Welch and David Rawlings perform. I've been a fan of those two for 20 years now and it always makes me giddy when they get some recognition, even if this song isn't really a great example of what they do. But if it can get a couple of people to pick up Time (The Revelator), one of the greatest albums of the 21st century, then I say yippie-ki-yay, motherfuckers.
Meanwhile, in an alternate world where nobody ever discovered sequels or the glorified celebrity impersonations we call biopics, people are making interesting movies. Tellingly, 3 out of 5 Best Director nominees were ringers brought in from outside Hollywood this year.
Well, NASA just pulled the plug on its fellow robot Opportunity, 15 years into a mission that was planned to last 90 days. Its last message (translated into Human) was "My battery is low and it’s getting dark."
Take it away, Randall Munroe:
Last year I wrote Crumbs (BtVS/Hansel and Gretel). I didn't know if I was going to do anything for this year, the only thing I'm sort of working on at the moment is very non-joyous, but then I got into a discussion with thenewbuzwuzz on her brilliant fic Haikus Illegal In Several States and got to thinking about weird US sex laws.
So without further ado, here's Moose!Buffy/Elk!Spike smut. ...-ish. Consider that your warning.
Title: Yukon Ho!
Author: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, all-ungulate AU
Word count: ~1200
Summary: Buffy is a moose, Spike is an elk. Can they overcome the prejudice between their species and find true love?
( Being the Wolf Slayer is a lonely calling, but moose are solitary animals anyway so it never bothered Buffy in the slightest. )
Stuff I wrote in 2018:
Crumbs (BtVS/Hansel & Gretel, Willow/The Witch). While hanging out in a chatroom, Willow runs into a somewhat older witch. Rather a lot older, in fact. But as it turns out, they have some old antagonists in common. AO3
Working In The Pain Mine (BtVS, several Slayers, gen). Five Slayers ponder life and power to change the world as they work in shifts to take down a giant lizard monster. AO3
The Tale of the Wheelbarrow That Thought "The Hell With This" (Stand Still Stay Silent, Barry/Cat-Tank). Barry the Wheelbarrow finally has enough of the abuse the crew heap on him, and decides to go on an adventure of his own. If he happens to rescue the cat-tank along the way, well, all the better. AO3
A Product of Its Time (BtVS/Stranger Things, Angel & Steve, gen). Angel walks into a bar and meets… Steve Harrington! A tale of heartbreak, nostalgia and hairspray follows. AO3
Olly Olly Oxen Free (BtVS, Buffy & Dawn, gen). Dawn knows most of her memories aren't real. But she'd still like to know exactly when they became real. Isn't it weird that the monks just plonked her right into reality with memories so vivid that she honestly can't tell where they end and her real life began? How did that work, exactly? AO3
3 Sentence Ficathon fills (Stand Still Stay Silent, Agent Carter, Star Wars, Person of Interest, West Wing)
We Three Ghosts of Accident Are (BtVS, Willow/Faith) 'Twas the night before Christmas, and Faith got a visit from some ghosts. That's OK, Slayers know how to handle the undead. AO3
Willow's Adventures In Slumberland (BtVS, Willow, gen-ish) What if Willow’s coma in Becoming lasted for weeks, or even months? And what if she got to spend it all in Sunnydale High's library, with access to all knowledge known to man? AO3
Three... uh, five quick thoughts on the Buffy reboot
I got to be on the Sunnydale Fanfic Club podcast!
Thoughts on the new Halloween movie
Thoughts on Sabrina and Haunting of Hill House
Happy new year, everyone, with focus on the "happy" and "new".
Intro: "Everything's Fine" - Jean Grae & Quelle Chris off Everything's Fine
And last but not least, we have Eltron 8000. Eltron has been sent from the future to warn us of impending war, controlled genocide, disease, famine, drought, natural disasters, technological takeover, and the ultimate destruction of the planet Earth. I'm so glad you could join us. Just one question before we start today's show: how are you doing today, Eltron?
1. "Nameless, Faceless" - Courtney Barnett off Tell Me How You Really Feel
You said, "I can eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you", but you didn't.
2. "A Pearl" - Mitski off Be The Cowboy
It's just that I fell in love with a war, and nobody told me it ended
3. "6 Summers" - Anderson .Paak off Oxnard
Trump's got a love child and I hope that bitch is buck wild!
4. "The Prodigal Son" - Ry Cooder off The Prodigal Son
Dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music is the only kind of truth I'll ever understand!
5. "Last Lion Of Albion" - Neko Case off Hell-On
You'll feel extinction when you see your face on their money
6. "Robbin Hood" - Cat Power off Wanderer
Big fat cat, biggest piece of the pie, high top hat, there's no disguise
7. "Make Me Feel" - Janelle Monáe off Dirty Computer
So good, so good, so fuckin' real
8. "The Joke" - Brandi Carlile off By The Way, I Forgive You
I've been to the movies and I've seen how it ends, and the joke's on them
9. "Bella Ciao" - Marc Ribot feat. Tom Waits off Songs of Resistance 1942-2018
Oh, partigiano, please take me with you I'm not afraid anymore
10. "Wait In The Car" - The Breeders off All Nerve
Wait in the car! I got business!
11. "On The Sunshine" - Spiritualized off And Nothing Hurt
When you reach the ends of all your lines, then tie a knot and swing
12. "Viper Fish" - Goat Girl off Goat Girl
Don't shed a tear, we all feel shame
13. "Heat Wave" - Snail Mail off Lush
And I hope I never get a clue
14. "Pressed 2 Death" - Illuminati Hotties off Kiss Yr Frenemies
ONE! TWO! PHHHBBBBBT!
15. "Mad As Hell" - U.S. Girls off In A Poem Unlimited
These vital lies just don't come in my size
16. "Fan ta NPM" ("Fuck NPM") - Hjelle off Fan ta NPM
Fuck NPM, Fuck NPM!
17. "Oom Sha La La" - Haley Heynderickx off I Need To Start A Garden
I need to start a garden I need to start a garden I NEED to start a garden I NEED TO START A GARDEN
18. "Bells And Circles" - Underworld feat. Iggy Pop off Teatime Dub Encounters
There will be no revolution, and that's why it will not be televised.
19. "Zero" - Jean Grae & Quelle Chris off Everything's Fine
Fucks to give:
20. "Total Football" - Parquet Courts off Wide Awake!
Those who find discomfort in your goals of liberation will be issued no apology!
Whole thing on Spotify here
Title: Willow's Adventures In Slumberland
Author: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, s2
Pairings: Background Willow/Oz, Willow/Jenny, Buffy/Faith
Word count: ~2750
Summary: What if Willow’s coma in Becoming lasted for weeks, or even months? And what if she got to spend it all in Sunnydale High's library, with access to all knowledge known to man?
Written for the Which Witch Ficathon.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges
( Willow woke up on the library floor with a groan of pain, because that's how you wake up after being smashed under a bookcase, or under anything really. )
So, happy whatever everyone!
Title: We Three Ghosts Of Accident Are
Author: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-series/A Christmas Carol/The Night Before Christmas
Word count: 321
Summary: 'Twas the night before Christmas, and Faith got a visit from some ghosts. That's OK, Slayers know how to handle the undead.
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the camp
Not a demon was stirring, not even a vamp
But lo! In the bedroom, an energy swirled
A figure appeared, and a loud voice unfurled:
"Behold, I am the ghost of Christmas pa-"
( Cut )
I'm going to have to focus on my whichwillow fic and possibly a holiday fic over the next few days, but here are the ones I've filled so far:
( Stand Still Stay Silent )
( Agent Carter (Peggy/Angie) )
( Star Wars: A New Hope )
( Person of Interest (Root/Shaw) )
( West Wing )
Satanic Temple sues Netflix' Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Grand Theft Goat
( A few words on Sabrina, no spoilers beyond ep 2 )
Haunting of Hill House is a lot more successful. ( No particular spoilers here either, except for a Buffy reference that will alert people to the fact that people DIE in this horror series )
Of course, being Netflix, neither show sets out to truly unnerve the audience or subvert the expectations of either viewers or algorithms. Both essentially set out to be the Stranger Things of their particular target demographic (where I obviously fit into one more than the other). After being disappointed by how Castle Rock fizzled out, I'm still not convinced it's possible - or rather, economically feasible - to make a bingeable long-form horror story in this medium. We'll see what they come up with next. At least The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell has cake and murderous muppets.
But damn, episode 6 of Hill House was good.