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OMFG: Captain America - The Winter Soldier
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I finally managed to watch Captain America yesterday and it blew me away! I loved the movie, the conspiracies, the plots within plots, the special effects, even the fighting scenes which usually are boring to me were great!

Natasha and Steve were magnificent and had great chemistry without it being romantic, not an easy task for Hollywood to manage. I loved how they showed the difference between them: their approach to life, fighting, taking prisoners, etc. The Falcon was awesome! And Bucky! So many Bucky and Steve FEELS.

The movie did not disappoint. I'm still reeling from it; and considering watching it once more.

And now I want all the fanfic!

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Not too long now
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forestgreen
The RL work project that has been consuming my life for the last months will soon be over. Just one more week to bear, and I hope to have more time to pursue my hobbies once again.

I have this strange feeling, like there's story I want/need to tell, growing inside of me. And yet, I don't know what it might be about. I don't even know if it'll be a fanfic and if so in which fandom. I just have this urge to find out what is and write it. Strange. Then again, the odd feeling might past without materializing.

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forestgreen
This is the first year ever I haven't been in the mood for carnival. My friends were surprised when I turned down the offers to go out with them today, but I was just happy to head home after noon and enjoy the free half day. You can like or dislike carnival if you live in Rheinland, but man you sure gotta love all those extra free days no one else gets in Germany. I can't wait for Monday, another day to stay home and do nothing. I kind of needed the break from work.

And now that I've have a three hour siesta I feel much better and ready to try my hand at some more writing :D

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Where did February go?
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forestgreen
February has been kind of a pain, as far as RL work goes, and I'll be glad when is over. And yet, there is still so much to do that I start hyperventilating when I remember the month has only five days left. Not enough time by far to get all the things done I need to get done. My life is filled with oxymorons.

The whole audiobooks thing I started testing with Moby Dick works really, really well for me. I'm down to my fifth audiobook and enjoying each and every one. I'm glad I decided to give it a try.

Writing hasn't been too bad either, even if last week I didn't get anything done. I might finish one of my Dresden Files WIPs soon; I just need to get back on track and stop procrastinating.



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On writing ... or lack thereof
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For all my good intentions, I've haven't been able to write much since the year began. Too much work in RL with really long hours. By the time I come home is already late in the evening, and I lack the energy to sit down and write. And yet, I keep thinking that those are just excuses. I could spare 20 minutes to write something, even if it's not all that good, even if it's not much. I just don't.

So, today, I promised myself that I would. I set the timer for 20 minutes and started writing. By the time the timer went off, I was deep in writing mode so I did 20 more minutes, which is better than nothing I suppose.

And because I want to keep myself motivated, or self-peer-pressure myself into writing more, I've decided to track my writing process and post it to my journal once a week in the hopes that I'll be vain enough to want to show at least some progress from week to week. Hey, whatever works, right?

So, my goal for the year is to write 100.000 words. Here goes nothing:



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Tuesday's reading ... let's mix up
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I discovered this great app called audiobooks, which offers podcasts of books in the public domain and decided to try it out. One of the reasons the amount of books I read has gone down so dramatically over the last years is lack of time. A full-time job that thinks an 8h workday is a nice social achievement but doesn't have anything to do with us, plus two rather time consuming RL hobbies and fandom leave very little time left for sitting down with a book to read.

Thus, I decided to give audiobooks a try. I can listen to them while I'm walking the dog, which makes about one and half hour a day of "reading" time.

I started with Moby Dick by Herman Melville. There's an advantage to not being an English native speaker. There all this great classic English books that I've heard of but haven't read, and I'm for the most part unspoiled for.

I did know that Moby Dick was about obsessively chasing this big white whale, but that was about it. Imagine my surprise when three chapters into the book I went like, "Wait a minute, is this a slash story? OMG, it totally is!" I mean it, the Ishmael/Queequeg pours out of that book. It's so obvious I wouldn't even call it subtext.

And Melville has a refreshingly open-minded view of the world that surprised me given how old the book is, especially since the last author I read was H.P. Lovecraft whose approach to the world in the stories I've read so far is something like, "It looks different than your average white male American. It's probably not human! And is sure going to be evil! Be aware!"

So yeah, I'm enjoying Moby Dick and advancing in chunks of 5-6 chapters a day. Also, the voice of the guy who reads the book doesn't hurt either. He could read me the telephone book and I'd be just as fascinated.

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Right ... that resolution thing
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I'm really not very good with sticking to the whole New Years Resolutions thingamajigs, but hope springs eternal.

So, things I would like to do in 2014 that I have a chance of achieving ... maybe:

- write at least 100.000 words (I don't care if it all in one big story or in a bunch of smaller ones)

- finish and post stories amounting to at least 70.000 words (and yes, I will totally include the wordcount of all those WIPs I have lying around in my computer, even though they were started in 2013 or earlier, provided that I, you know, manage to finish them in 2014)

- read at least 18 books

- post to my journal at least twice a month (Helloooooo, January, I already met your goal)

- not be too hard on myself if I fail to achieve any or all of the above, provided I give it a try.


And well, there are those other wishful thinking resolutions I'd like to ... not so much achieve as to ... have achieved, i.e. wake up one day and realize that magic is real and easy and someone did all these things for me, because I really can't see myself trying all that hard or caring all that much:

- eat healthier

- keep my apartment tidier

- do more RL social thingies

- keep healthier sleeping habits

- do more sport


Achievements in 2013Collapse )

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Happy New Year!
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forestgreen
Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the best for 2014!

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Friday's reading, because ... why not
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forestgreen
I kind of forgot to this last Wednesday. Also, how come we have November already? When I look back and think about 2013, I can't really decide if the year has gone by too fast or too slow. Weird.

So anyway, I finished reading The ethical slut. I liked the book.Collapse )

Currently, I'm reading "The Shadow over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft. I like the writing and the story itself is interesting enough that it makes me want to keep reading. However, as of now--I'm just on chapter 4 mind--instead of being horrified by those queer looking people in Innsmouth, I keep tripping over the thought that the main character is a bigotted ass who should get over himself. I'm having a hard time identifying with this guy, whose only reason for disliking the people of Innsmouth so far, is that their heads are shaped differently and their skin and eyes are odd-looking. If they turn out to be brain-eating zombies bent on the destruction of mankind I might yet change my mind, but right now the main character is pinging me all wrong.

I'm surprisingly unspoiled for most H.P. Lovecraft's stories, including this one, which makes the reading all that more fun.

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The joys of change
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forestgreen
The best thing about getting a new computer after six years is that everything is new.
The worst thing about getting a new computer after six years is that everything is new.

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My stomach aches from laughing so hard
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forestgreen
This is one of the funniest things I've seen in my whole life: Elevator pranks.

I need to catch my breath before I click on the next one, or I'm going to get asthma.

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... if everything else fails, I can always write about my dog
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forestgreen
I've been falling behind with my resolution to post more, fighting with that inner voice telling me that all I could post about would be either boring or TMI. This posting every day thing is harder than it looks.

Anyway, I ordered a set of fiberglass fence poles, which I'm going to use for a cheap home-made version of an agility wave pole to train my dog with. I do agility with my dog, just for fun. However, I've never tried my hand at the wave poles because they seemed so complicated. I've been reading on different approaches to training the wave poles and I really want to try my hand at the 2x2 method. It sounds like great fun. Right now, though, I'm still waiting for the poles to arrive.

In case the words agility and wave poles sound like Klingon to you, here is a youtube video. The wave poles come in at 0:40.

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Writing
iason/riki
forestgreen
I'm not doing so well this years with my kink-bingo card. I started super motivated, but after a while the inspiration kind of left me, and now I'm just staring at my card and don't really know what to do with it. So much for completing a bingo this year ... at least the amnesty period will last two years, so I might be able to finish something.

On a happier note, I've started to write a sequel for my always-a-girl!Tony Stark story, something I've been meaning to do for a while now.

I also need to finish uploading my old stories to AO3, but somehow I never quite manage to motivate myself to do it. I start reading them to get the formatting right and then decide that they're not worth all the hassle and put them aside once more.

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My precious!
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I have Internet again! Don't forsake me again, Internet! I cannot bear it. /melodrama

My first suspect was guilty as charged. It was the router! For some reason, however, the router they sold me refused to work. After putting my google-fu to good use--my smartphone gets all the kudos of operation rescue Internet-- I discovered that I wasn't the only one having similar problems with said router (the new one, not the broken one). The solution was to press the reset-button for 60 seconds and then try again. It worked like a charm, and now I no longer need to strain my eyes trying to read the tiny scream of my mobile, nor do I need to scream like a banshee whenever auto-correct decides to exercise its free-will.

Now I need to catch up with fandom. What have you been up during the last three days?

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Still no Internet
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forestgreen
New router didn't solve the problem.
I have to go tomorrow to the store to see what to do.

First signs of withdrawal are starting to set in. 



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My internet is pining for the fjords
iason/riki
forestgreen
I came home to the unpleasant surprise that my internet is no more. I'm pretty sure that it's a problem with the dsl-router, which makes suspicious noises whenever it's connected to the electricity.

It was over 6 years old, so I can't complain. I'll get a new one tomorrow.

Tonight will be good for writing without distractions and to test if email posting works. Gotta love smartphones.

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Wenesday's reading
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It's been a while since I've done an update on this, as [personal profile] scrollgirl pointed out.

I read Night train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier during my vacation and loved it. It was just the right mix (for me at least) of mystery and philosophy with very interesting thoughts about live, love, religion, friendships and politics. Some of the twists and turns of the story were a tad deus ex machina, but the book made me reflect on many things and it managed to keep me engaged long after I had finished reading it, which not many books do.

I'm currently reading The ethical slut. I started it for fandom reasons, and I'm loving it so far.

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Did you know there were muscles in your toes?
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Well, there are, as I just found out. They're trying their best to show their displeasure with me for being forced to work after three decades of absolute laziness. Soreness, thy name is toes.

Rewind ...

I bought for myself a pair of "five fingers" shoes or however they're called in English, the ones where the shoe has toes. I've heard really good things about those shoes and wanted to try them out.

The process of getting my toes in there was more complicated than initially expected -- perfect, straight toes I have not. At some point I seriously considered throwing the shoes across the room and barely managed to restrain myself. But ... it was worth it. I mean, once I managed to put on the shoes and each toe was in its right place, the shoes felt incredibly light and comfortable.

I decided to take my dog for a walk; 30 minutes later I had to turn back. Usually I walk him longer than that, but my toes were killing me. Not my feet, or my knees, or my ankles; they felt all light and relaxed (better than with my normal shoes, specially my knees). However, my toes were tired. No blister to speak of and the shoes still felt as comfortable as at the beginning. It were the muscles in my toes, which until that moment I didn't know existed, the ones that were all like, "Please, have mercy. This is too much work. Stop now."

Tired toes ... such an odd experience.

On the whole, I'm happy with the purchase. However, I do hope that the learning curve for putting the shoes on is steep because that was rather frustrating, and I'm not known for my patience.

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My first try at risotto: surprisingly easy and yummy
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I tried my hand at cooking risotto for the first time ever, and the result was amazing! I could totally invite people over to dinner and offer that as the main course.

My usual approach to rice is to add water, salt, turn on the heat, and wait twenty minutes for it to be done. The taste comes from whatever meat or fish dish I'm having that day. As you can imagine, rice is not my favorite food item. Today, however, I felt like trying something new.

I've been meaning to cook risotto for a while, but always shied away from the whole stirring the rice constantly during cooking -- I'm a lazy person okay. It wasn't as bad as I'd thought it'd be. I listened to the next episode of Welcome to Night Vale while I stirred and time flew.

Next thing I knew I was eating way, way too much of the risotto, even past the point where my stomach kept telling me it had had enough. I just couldn't stop! The best part, I still have left-overs to take to work with me tomorrow.

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Reverse Bang Fic: The Seventh Dragon
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Title: The Seventh Dragon
Artist: seasaltpepper
Author: [personal profile] forestgreen
Rating (both art/fic): GEN
Fandoms: Marvel Universe, Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America
Word Count: 12,013
Warnings: None

Note:: This story is for [personal profile] akelios, who held my hand and chatted with me for hours on end and was the best alpha/beta reader I could wish for. Thank you!



Fic Summary: Yes, Steve was tolerated, needed even, but he wasn't one of them.

The tall turrets and spires of Shield shone like onyx in the dying light of the day. Steve's knees sagged and he fell, wheezing and panting for breath. The forest's ground, covered with a thick mantle of wet and rotting leaves, felt slimy and cold beneath his fingers. Pain lashed from Steve's wrist up his arm when he tried to push himself to his feet. He screamed and curled on himself, cradling his wrist in a useless attempt to ease the pain.

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Art: Reverse Big Bang
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forestgreen
This is the awesome art that inspired my story for the Cap/Iron Reverse Big
Bang this year.

It was made by the lovely seasaltpepper .
Do let her know how awesome it is!

And here is the gorgeous art!Collapse )

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Modern technology...gotta love it
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forestgreen
I just discovered the wonder that is Evernote. I'm sure most of you already knew it, if not, it's definitely worth a try. Research for fics has gotten so much easier and better organized. Me, the chaos queen! And accessible from all of my devices, too. It's awesome.

And talking about writing, I'm busy working on my CapIronMan Rverse Bigbang story. So much fun!

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Wednesday reading
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forestgreen
... and it's still Wednesday in my time zone, too.

I read "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which I'd never read before, even though I'd seen the movie a couple of times -- I liked the book better, as one usually does. I loved the simplicity of Baum's language and how he managed to paint such vivid images of every place in Oz in so short a book. I now have this perfect, clear picture of Oz in my mind, which isn't the same one I had from the movie. In contrast, all I managed to remember from Tolkien's Tom Bombardil's forest after suffering through 50 pages worth of descriptions was that there was a forest and it had way too many trees.

Currently reading "The Scarlett Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which I also haven't read before.

I'm trying to work my way through the kind of books English native speakers read during their formative years. If you have any recommendations, I'd love for you to share them with me. They don't need to be children's book.

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Wednesday reading
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forestgreen
I finished the "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu - fascinating reading. It's the kind of book you have to read for yourself, ideally a couple of times and from different translators. It spoke to me on a personal level for many reasons, but I think the main one is that I've been practicing Tai Chi for almost a decade now, and the Tao Te Ching echoes many of the lessons Tai Chi has taught me.

The best part was trying to find the perfect translation - spoiler alert - it doesn't exist. And because I tend to get obsessive about these things, after I finished reading the German version (one of many) I went in search of an English one, which I also read. The discrepancies made me want to keep digging. So I ended up reading a PhD dissertation written by a German sinologist comparing the three existing Chinese versions of the original text with three English translations and two German ones. It also provided its own German translation including various commentaries and explanations on the author's translation choices as well as background information on Chinese culture and history which influenced those choices. I found the scientific approach almost as (if not more) fascinating than the translation itself. And yes, in case you're wondering, I read the frigging dissertation. Don't ask. I get weird when I fall into research mode.

I also finished Huckleberry Finn.

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Wednesday reading
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forestgreen
So, I got myself a kindle! After years refusing to do the whole eReader thing, I'm so happy I finally caved. I'm still having a hard time with the idea that I can't lend books I liked to friends as I would have done with hard copies, but I do love knowing that my next vacation I will be able to take a library worth of books with me without having to worry about luggage space.

Currently reading:

"Der Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse - the beginning looks promising, even if I keep comparing it to "Demian" and "Siddhartha" and so far it falls short.

Miscellaneous stories by H.P. Lovecraft - I got "The complete collection" from the kindle shop and I'm working my way through his shorter stories before I tackle the novels. I must confess that I'd never read anything by him before. Looks as if I was missing out.

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Wednesday's reading
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I've been wanting to do a Wednesday's Reading since I saw it in my circle. I always sort of miss Wednesday for some reason, so I decided to do it anyway, even if it's technically not Wednesday anymore.

One of the things I wanted to do in 2013 was read more outside of fandom, since during the last years most of my reading time has been going to fanfic.

2013 readings so far - a random mix of Spanish, German and English books:

"Mi país inventado" by Isabel Allende - an excellent book about life in Chile and the particular costumes and culture of that country. It was interesting to see how it's similar to other Latin American countries I'm familiar with and how it differs.

"Eric" by Terry Pratchett - as funny as most of his book. It's not my favorite by him, but it was a nice, light book.

"Lehrerkind" by Bastian Bielendorfer - I laughed so hard at some parts I had tears in my eyes. An autobiographic telling about life in German high schools when you happen to have the misfortune of having one parental unit working as a teacher at the same school. It's hard to turn years upon years of being bullied into humor, yet the author somehow manages it.

"White Nights" by Jim Butcher - one of my favorite books in the Dresden Files series.

Currently reading:

- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - I read the book in Spanish when I was a child, and wanted to reread the original version now that I can. I wasn't aware (from the translation) that the book was written in vernacular. It took me completely by surprise. I was rather young when I read it last; all I remembered were Finn's marvelous adventures. As an adult, my focus is more on the subtle and not so subtle clues about racial and social issues in the book. The adventures themselves are just background setting. Between that and the English vernacular I feel as if I'm reading a whole different book.

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Wow, just wow!
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One of my stories has been translated into Russian! I'm baffled and proud, and at the same time feeling ridiculous for feeling baffled and proud. I just ... someone liked one of my stories enough to go through the work of translating it into a different language, making it available for non-English speakers. It's just ... wow!
The story is: A prank gone wrong, Loki/Odin daddy-kink with spanking.

And here is the link to the Russian translation if you want to stare at the Cyrillic script. I know for a fact that some of the people in my circle can read it, who knows ...

I still can't believe my good luck.

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Paragraphs are not the enemy
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forestgreen
I'm currently reading Carpentier's novel "El recurso del método" on dictatorship and the typical historical figure of the dictator/tyrant/revolutionary leader in Latin America, who has been so common in the continent's history.

His portrait of the pseudo-enlightened yet brutal tyrant is thought-provoking, especially since I've been able to recognize some of the historical events he describes.

My only complaint: paragraphs! Better yet, the absolutely lack thereof. The book has 350 pages, 13 chapters and guess how many paragraphs? A total of 13, averaging 30 pages each. That's just not right.

I thought Thomas Mann had a hate-on for paragraphs and an unrequited love for the never-ending sentence, but Carpentier just beat him. Yeah, neo-baroque style, I get it, I've read it before, I've liked before. Hell, I'm even liking it now, but still ... paragraphs are your friend. They're nice. They don't bite. Try saying hello to them every now and then, why don't you?

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Breaking the silence
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The longer I spend without posting the harder it becomes to post.

So, just post...

I had a nice quiet Christmas and a very quiet New Year's dinner with some friends. I loved it, despite being used to spending the time with my family--which means more than 20 people in the yard trying to speak all at the same time with music blasting in the background. It certainly made for an interesting change. Still, I hope that next year I'll be able to fly home again.

I don't have many resolutions, other than to write more and to read more, but those have been my new year's resolutions for a couple of years now. Hope springs eternal and all that. Then again, I didn't do so bad in 2012.

I should probably do one of those recounts of all the stories I wrote 2012 and the books I read, but I'm feeling too lazy for it now.

Maybe another new year resolution should be to post more.

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Fic: Five Thousand Roses 1/3
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forestgreen
Huh, I kind of forgot to post this here. This is the female!Tony Stark story that has been eating my life for the last months.

Title: Five Thousand Roses
Author: [personal profile] forestgreen
Fandom: Marvel Movies Universe
Raiting: NC-17
Characters: Tony Stark, Rhodey, Maria Stark, Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, Pepper Potts, Obadiah Stane, JARVIS
Notes: This story wouldn't exist without [personal profile] akelios. Thank you! ❤ All remaining mistakes are mine.

Summary: She is broken and all the more dangerous for it. The world should tread carefully around the shards of her former self lest they cut themselves on Antonia Stark's sharp edges.

Toni's first memory is the sharp, burning shock of electricity.Collapse )

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Avengers, why so addictive
iason/riki
forestgreen
In theory, I should be writing the last 500 words of my X-men orgasm denial kink_bingo fill.

Instead, I'm 2k deep into a genderfuck!AU with Always_a_girl!Tony Stark and no end in sight.

I feel as if I need to be rescued.

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Fic: Tricks of the Trade
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I started writing this story a while ago, but it took a while for me to finish it, and then even longer to clean it up and work in the wonderful comments from my betas. On the plus side, it's now done and I can use for my first fill of this year's [community profile] kink_bingo. Wildcard square -- kink: virginity/celibacy.

Title: Tricks of the Trade
Author: [personal profile] forestgreen
Fandom: Dresden Files
Raiting: NC-17
Content notes:(skip) AU, first time, kink: virginity, underage
Characters: Harry Dresden, Jared Kincaid, the Leanansidhe
Word count: 8,219
Notes: This story wouldn't exist without [personal profile] akelios, who held my hand through it, made encouraging noises, demanded more when I slacked, and was the best alpha reader a girl could hope for. I also want to thank [personal profile] grenegome for taking the time to go over the story despite her busy RL. ❤ All remaining mistakes are mine.

Summary: It's Harry's first time. The whelp needs a bit of a handicap if he's going to fuck Jared to an orgasm.  

The hairs on the back of Jared's neck rose and his muscles tensed as fight-or-flight instincts awakened.Collapse )

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Nothing like kink_bingo to make me post again!
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forestgreen
I can't believe it's been a year. And here it is again, my favorite challenge of them all:

My kinkbingo cardCollapse )

And now, to plot!

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Please, pretty please
iason/riki
forestgreen
someone please tell me that Stargate:Atlantis x Avengers crossovers exist.

I want to see Tony Stark and Rodney McKay in the same room, trying to out-genius each other, having ego-battles about who was the better student at MIT while bragging about their respective boyfriends and trying to decide who has saved the galaxy more often, while Steve and John look at them with a bemused expression and talk about sports.

Please, tell me that this story exists. Or failing that, write this story. Anyone, anyone, Bueller?

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I took the OTW survey
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forestgreen
I did it because I wanted to help OTW improve and I know in surveys every opinion counts. It was an interesting survey, though. And they asked some questions that made me curious about things I didn't even know existed.

Did you guys know that one can determine a "fannish next of kin"? I didn't know that. I want to know more!
Who knows when rocks will fall and kill everyone?


A grey circle with black border that contains three ticky boxes, each with a word next to it: OTW, survey, taker
I took the OTW Community Survey!

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Blanket permission for podficcing and other kinds transformative works
iason/riki
forestgreen
After listening to [community profile] slashreport's episode about podfics, I became aware that sometimes people have a hard time asking fanfiction writers for permission to podfic and/or use their works for other transformative purposes.

I'm very pro transformative use (me being a fanfiction writer and all). So, in case anyone out there feels inspired by my fiction, consider this your blanket permission to use my stories for remix, podfics, illustrations, translations or any other creative outlets.

Just remember to send me a link so that I can squee all over the place and jump with joy.

I probably should add this to my profile.

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Adventures in 2012: Leuven
iason/riki
forestgreen
I had big plans for this year. Plans that involved visiting new cities and exploring the great wide world. Obviously, the year didn't start all that great (as far as free time goes), but now that the big ass work project is done, I can begin with the exploring.

I was searching for beautiful places to visit, and let's face it, around here we have an embarrassment of riches regarding beautiful places. And many, many countries to choose from. One of the advantages of living where I do is that I only need to drive 2 hours and then I could be in five different countries.

This Sunday's goal was Leuven, Belgium. And it was even more beautiful than I imagined it would be.

Some pictures behind the cut:Collapse )

And then there were the beguinages. I'm still surprised that I didn't know about the existence of beguinages. According to my guide book, the Flemish beguinages was a "medieval mystical movement" created by "religious women" (for the record, I'm not making the quotes up, the book had them) who wished to live a committed life outside the recognized religious orders and their votes of chastity and poverty. They organized themselves in self-supported cities of peace, which were basically small towns within the city, enclosed and protected by walls. Widows and spinsters lived inside the beguinages and helped each other and the community.

As you can imagine, I spend half my exploration tour inside the beguinages thinking: "Femslash! Femslash! Medieval femslash! Why has no one written about this yet?!" And imagining properly dressed spinsters, kneeling in front of their friend, pushing the obligatory black skirt aside and going to town.

I'm probably getting history all wrong, and it was all darker and meaner than I think, this being medieval times and all, but I don't want to be corrected. OK?

Pictures of the beguinages. Don't fret, this is just the town, nothing scorching hot going on here. Sadly.Collapse )

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(no subject)
iason/riki
forestgreen
Dear self,


stop wishing you were being productive and just be productive.


Sincerely yours,

me

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Lucky 7 meme
iason/riki
forestgreen
1. Go to page 7 of your most recent WiP
2. Count seven lines down
3. Copy and paste the next seven lines of text

From one of my current Dresden Files WIPs. Probably longer than 7 traditional lines, but my text editor of choice stretches along the entire width of the monitor. The story was inspired by my own prompt:

Jared Kincaid/Harry Dresden -- Partners in crime.



He's talking with their employer, telling her where to wire the money, when it occurs to him that this was Harry's first kill. Jared raised the boy to think of targets as just that, targets. Until today, he was convinced he'd done a rather good job. Harry had never been squeamish about helping Jared before, but maybe being the one pulling the trigger made it different. Jared is aware that most humans shy away from killing, but he'd always assumed it was a nurture thing. But what if he was wrong? What if it was a human thing Jared didn't get because he was a half-demon?

"Do you regret it?" he asks Harry point blank the moment the whelp comes out of the bathroom.
 
Harry stops toweling his hair and gives Jared a puzzled look. "Regret what?"

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(no subject)
iason/riki
forestgreen
and to think I had such good intentions to post at least once a month this year ... Right, not even the extra day in February helped.

Things making me happy: [personal profile] akelios filling my inbox with deliciously dark stories. Writing deliciously dark stories to fill [personal profile] akelios's inbox with. Also, anything written by [archiveofourown.org profile] closer. Tony, Loki, Steve, Clint&Coulson, Natasha, Thor.

Things bugging me: too much work (though I guess that's a good thing. I have to pay for Internet and chocolate, after all)

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This being a responsible grown-up thing sure sucks
iason/riki
forestgreen
So, today I wanted to:

- clean the apartment (does cleaning half of it count?)
- tidy up the place (SUCCESS! I want my medal!)
- cooking (SUCCESS! and tasty, too)
- get all my plants ready for winter (here's hoping that it won't drop below zero because that's so waiting until next Saturday)
- put away the clean laundry (if anyone asks, I'll just tell them that decorating living rooms with clothes is the new trend)

I still think it was a productive day, and I would have managed everything, except that at noon some friends called and I took my dog and went to the dog park with them. He (my dog) had a lot of fun (and got very dirty, but that's what dog parks are for). The weather was lovely, sunny and crispy, with that edge of looming cold typical of late fall threatening to become winter.

When I got back I had the most amazing birthday present in my inbox (courtesy of [personal profile] akelios), a hot as fuck Marcone/Dresden/Hendricks threesome. So, so good!

And now I will spend the rest of my evening writing some porn myself. I can't let others have all the fun, can I?

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iason/riki
forestgreen
It's safe to assume that I'm going to be expending a significant portion of my salary at the French patisserie that opened near my place. I won't stop until I've tried everything they have.

On a different note, it'd be nice if RL would stop interrupting my fandom time :(

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Today my cup is half full, it seems.
iason/riki
forestgreen
The day was glorious: I didn't need to work. I spent a wonderful afternoon at a spa with a friend, relaxing and feeling wonderful.

And then I came home and broke my car's left side mirror parking--not the mirror itself, but the plastic casing surrounding it :(

On the one side, I'm pretty angry at myself for not noticing it was gonna happen on time. On the other hand, I still feel so relaxed and happy that it's hard to hold on to the anger. Such a weird feeling. Usually, I'd be spitting fire and cursing myself nonstop. Instead, I'm feeling all zen about it, and searching for the silver lightning.

I did manage to put it back together thanks to a generous use of Scotch tape (I didn't have superglue), and it doesn't look too bad, if I say so myself. You have to know it's broken, or really look at it to notice the scotch. So, I guess I will leave it like that for as long as it lasts instead of having it replaced.

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Vampire Diaries
iason/riki
forestgreen
What's with Mystic Falls and town parties? Is that like a normal states of affairs in the U.S.?

I'm starting to suspect TVD can't plot unless there's some kind of historical party involved.

Oh, Alaric! Oh, Damon! *hugs both of them*

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Dreamwidth invite codes
iason/riki
forestgreen
I got a lot of new invite codes today, in case anyone is interested or knows someones who is interested feel free to point them here.

Some people are shy about actively asking for codes, so I'm just going to post the ones I have here. That way anyone who wants one can grab it. You don't have to know me or be part of my flist/circle. I'd be great if you let me know if you use them, but even that isn't really necessary.

JQY7X5P5RRP47AAAJNUF
C886VEJDRA2ZFAAAJNUG
ZJRCXEVJKKNF7AAAMC92
RAH5CRRVE5P8PAAAM2XC
3D5ETG3PCFYCGAAAPSU5
G2K46C2B85B9TAAAQP52
GVB8VNZGN83YBAAAQP53
G9XAW572RPRE7AAAQP54
AJFJ56E6KR3F7AAAQP55
EYB764XR3NTRJAAAQP56
RKDFSPZ3ZBM3SAAAS2SQ

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Happy Birthday, dunkle_feuer
iason/riki
forestgreen
All the best wishes in the world! May Benedict Cumberbatch fill you dreams ;-)



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Frankfurt Book Fair
iason/riki
forestgreen
The wonderful [personal profile] kadira and I are going to spend tomorrow at the Frankfurt Book Fair! I'm so very exited about this.

A whole day walking through the biggest book and media fair in the world, talking fandom and slash and in general catching up with each other. It's going to be so awesome!

Why isn't it Saturday yet?

All those books! In all those languages! I can't wait!

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Life right now
iason/riki
forestgreen
Things making me happy:
  • Writing and coming up with ideas for the evil AU [personal profile] akelios and I are currently working on. It's set on Dresden Files's universe and so deliciously dark and fucked up.

  • Tweaking and playing with Pinboard: I have installed Greasemonkey scripts, Firefox add-ons, custom buttons, participated in pools. I feel all invested in this.

  • Suits, the fandom

  • The 3rd season of The Vampire Diaries -- specially the whole Stefan/Klaus thing they've got going.

Things making me not so happy:
  • Knowing I have to clean my turtle's water tank. DONE!

  • The fact that I can't seem to make up my mind whereas I want to change my job or not.

  • The little voice in my head telling me I need to act more like a grown-up.


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Being a grown-up sucks
iason/riki
forestgreen
This post was brought to you by the lack of slash in my life due to RL issues.

Here's hoping that tomorrow might bring me some slash.

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So much for being a unique snowflake
iason/riki
forestgreen
This describes my life as it currently is. For the longest of time I thought I was alone, since all my RL friends are so very responsible, but it's good to know there are others like me out there. Yay!

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