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Title: The Whipping Girl
Author: [personal profile] alixtii
Fandom: Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
Pairing: Peter Wiggin/Valentine Wiggin (note that that is a sibling incest pairing)
Summary: He loves her for her martyrdom.
A/N: Set in an AU where Val didn't leave to go with Ender but stayed with Peter instead

Format: MP3
Length: 0:06:37
Size: 6.41 MB

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Podfic!

Jan. 10th, 2012 02:06 pm
alixtii: Jerin carrying Odelia, from the cover of A Brother's Price. (Brother's Price)
So [personal profile] tinypinkmouse linked some of her podfics of my stories to my originals on A03, including some she did over the summer--and which I'd had no clue even existed! This post at amplificathon includes links to podfics (and, of course, my original texts) for "Four Times Tony Stark Met Erik Lenscherr (And One Time He Didn't)" (Iron Man/XMM, Tony & Erik, minor het pairings), "Master and Commander" (Sarah Connor Chronicles, John/Allison), and "The Myrrh-Bearer's Gospel" (Biblefic, Mary Magdalene/Joanna). I'm especially excited about that last one, because I don't even know how to describe it, but there's something about [personal profile] tinypinkmouse's reading that just works for me (I think part of it is the congruence of her non-American accent with the non-American characters), and I'm not ashamed to admit that I choked up at a couple places as I listened to the podfic.

Plus she recorded Road to Emmaus (Firefly, Book, gen), which I did know about before, but can't remember if I mentioned in this journal or not.

And which reminds me that [personal profile] eosrose also recorded a couple of my stories over the past year, and even though I did know about those, looking over my recent entries I never pimped them here. So let me point out that she recorded Fatherhood (Parent Trap, Nick, gen) and Last Day on Earth (Ender's Game, Val & Peter, gen).

Lastly, recent acquisitions in technology related to present-giving on Christmas Day mean that I'm once again able to record podfic, so I spent this morning recording and then editing a podfic (link is to sendspace; it's a 23:40 mp3) of "Tiens, Voilà Dix Sous, pour la Salle-de-Bains" [text] (Buffy, Buffy/Darla).
alixtii: Rani Chandra and Luke Smith. (het)
An Ender's Game story from Alixtii that's actually not an AU! Will wonders ever cease?

Title: Last Day on Earth
Fandom: Ender's Game
Characters: Valentine & Peter Wiggin
Summary: It's strange for Valentine knowing that it's her last day on Earth.

( Last Day on Earth )

alixtii: Lucy Saxon and the Master. Text: "supervillains" (villain)
Title: The Whipping Girl
Fandom: Ender's Game
Pairing: Peter/Valentine
Rating: Very much NWS.
Summary: He loves her for her martyrdom.
Author's Note: This is a rewrite of a fic which was posted to a porn battle which has since been deleted. I can't find my backup, so I rewrote the whole thing, fleshing it out and adding some extra pr0n. Be warned; this is pretty dark.

( The Whipping Girl )
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
I was catching up on the recent xkcd comics, and there's a Peter/Valentine strip! Okay, not particularly 'cesty in and of itself, but I love those two whenever they're together, so squee.
alixtii: Mary Magdalene washing the face of Jesus of Nazareth, from the film production of Jesus Christ Superstar. (religion)

There's six pairings that Ari wasn't able to (or at least hasn't yet) guess in last week's meme. They're from two book fandoms, a comics fandom, a TV fandom, a theatre fandom, and a movie fandom, although I can think of at least one pairing which arguably fits into more than one of those categories. New parts of clues are underlined; the parts of the old clues I took out to still make 15 words are in strikethrough. Two are 0T3's/rival OTP's (e.g., Wesley/Fred/Lilah).

3. Sentences flow together and genome shared, as do selves in bodies stripped bare to red-headed clones travel  through infinite times, possibilities. Hook shop? Got myth?> [Robert A. Heinlein's World-as-Myth -- Lapus Lazuli Long/Lorelai Lee Long -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

5. Complements, conqueror and nurturer Talk about smart kids: all the world, save one brother, falls at their feet, via computer. [Ender's Game -- Peter/Valentine -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] seriousfic]

10. A madwoman, irresistible; and her caretaker, now awake: the future which manipulates them underestimates their love. [The 4400 -- Tess/Kevin -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

12. New canon (boo! invented in his mind) wrecks old OTP, gives new one. No need for Ursine ingestion? No thanks, though. [X-Men Movieverse -- Bobby/Rogue/Kitty -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

13. Cooler than Tryst with cat no rival for red-haired true love beauty--'til David's star arrives in school Queens? [Ultimate Marvel -- Peter/MJ/Kitty -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

14. Age Epoch too young for chaos theory, girl pupil too young to dance waltz; her absence breeds madness.

[Arcadia -- Thomasina/Septimus -- guessed (with major clue-giving from me) by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]

Meme x 15

Jan. 25th, 2009 08:40 pm
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (Narnia)
Pick up to 15 OTPs.
Describe them in 15 words or less.
Have your flist guess the OTP.


1. Pedal photography with an exhibition at the Tate; better bring a book. [RPF -- Joss/Summer -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
2. Nativity's transposition, two forked roads, meets again with money and mathematics. Jealousy ebbs, equilibrium restored. [Veronica Mars -- Mac/Madison -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
3. Sentences flow together, as do selves in bodies stripped bare to times, possibilities. Hook shop?
4. With harboring metal, OT3. Innocence heals old wounds, restores faith, likes to frak. [Firefly -- Mal/Kaylee(/Serenity) -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
5. Complements, conqueror and nurturer: all the world, save one brother, falls at their feet.
6. Omnipotence and omniscience, innocence and experience, cape and chair: both can self-destruct quite well. [DC Comics -- Supergirl/Oracle -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
7. Out of poetry fashioned she him; he remade himself; forever is a long time. [Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- Spike/Drusilla -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
8. Man and metal, not brother or sister, but still 'cesty enough for me. [Sarah Connor Chronicles -- John/Cameron -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
9. She'd do anything for her, but she's not alone. Never partner, just quirky assistant, alas. [Veronica Mars -- Veronica/Mac -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
10. A madwoman, irresistable, and her caretaker. The future underestimates their love.
11. Former hostage, employed: trusted to watch, kill on betrayal (but doesn't, out of spite). [Astonishing X-Men -- Kitty/Emma -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
12. New canon (boo!) wrecks old OTP, gives new one. No need for ursine ingestion, though.
13. Cooler than red-haired true love, but just a fling--'til David's star arrives in school?
14. Age too young for chaos, girl too young to dance; absence breeds madness.
15. School visit leads to playing hooky, and a return to brother's bed, broken. [Firefly -- Simon/River -- guessed by [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle]
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
1. Orson Scott Card -- Ender's Game series. This is the fandom in which the story written for me last year was written, so I'm not sure if I want to request it again. But then I loved that fic so much, and I love Peter and Val so much. But probably not (in which I'd probably go with #6?)

2. The Parent Trap (1998). So I can request Annie/Hallie, of course. Will-to-powery twincest for the win! I nominated and requested this last year as well.

3. Robert A. Heinlein -- World-as-Myth multiverse. With an eye to request Laz/Lor. Also a repeat from last year.

4. Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Yet another repeat, this time hoping to request Carmen/Player, which was the only non-'cesty request I made last year--and depending on whether I decide to request Ender's Game again, it may be again. But, really! Carmen/Player!

5. I already forget what this one was. I think I nominated George Bernard Shaw -- Pygmalion again, maybe? Last year I nominated it thinking that I might request Eliza/Clara, but then I didn't.

6. Unable to think of anything else, I made a sixth nomination, a fandom none of you would ever be able to guess, and certainly not Ari. (Last year I think I nominated My Summer of Love in this slot?)
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This is how it works: Comment on this entry that you'd like to play, and I will give you a letter.Write ten words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation what the word means to you and why, and then pass out letters to those who want to play along.

From [livejournal.com profile] wisdomeagle, the letter E:

Read more... )
alixtii: The feet of John Henry and Savannah, viewed under the table, Savannah's not reaching the ground.  (Dark Champions)
Title: Makes Three
Fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Ender's Game
Characters: Wesley, Connor, Valentine, Peter
Pairings: None (although we all know how I'm squinting)
Word Count: 297
Rating: PG
Timeline/Continuity: AU post-Ender's Game, with Valentine staying on Earth with Peter. AU post-"Sleep Tight" with Wesley escaping to the Enderverse with Connor.

Makes Three )
alixtii: The feet of John Henry and Savannah, viewed under the table, Savannah's not reaching the ground.  (Dark Champions)
[livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive is up, and there's a delightful Ender's Game fic in the archive that's been written especially for me! It's Six Dances and the author just nails Valentine Wiggin: brillaint, politically conscious, conflicted, frustrated by hipocrisy and empty ritual, and above all devoted to her brothers. The Valentine/Peter relationship is the focus, just like I asked, and it's just like canon, gen but with the possibility of importing one's own subtext. I'm just so happy with it, because it's Valentine and I love her so much and she's being will-to-powery as she engineers Peter's rise to power and there's dancing and just squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

So seriously, if you like Ender's Game, or teenaged girls who take over the world, go read it.

(I've only begun to make my way through the archive, so that's my only rec for now.)

* * *

Christmas fics and ficlets to which I've been meaning to link all season:

Christmas Ghosts [Dawn, PG, 215 words] Christmas is a time for memories.

Undefeated [Lydia, PG, 100 words] Lydia celebrates the holiday alone but undefeated.

A Christmas Carol [Drusilla, PG-13, 383] Why would one need to be saved from Satan’s power? An ensouled Drusilla at Christmas.

The Adventure of the Stolen Heart [Simon/Kaylee, R, 3300+ words] Simon, Kaylee, and River run a mission together. In the midst of crime, they plan for Christmas.
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As of the last time I hit "refresh":

424 people have signed up for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

Looking at the fandoms I nominated or requested:

My Summer of Love was requested by one person and offered by three (including me).

Nine people (including me) have offered to write Pygmalion but no one has requested it. (My Eliza/Clara request ultimately lost out to Carmen/Player.)

Ender's Game was requested by two people (one of whom was me) and offered by sixteen (including me).

The Neverending Story was requested by one person and offered by nine (including me).

Four people (including me) have requested RAH World-as-Myth fic. Five (again, including me) have offered to write it.

I'm the only one to request The Parent Trap, but 8 people have offered to write it for me. (And Ari, your character additions don't seem to have shown up for this one, as Annie and Hallie were the only options when I made my request. Which, of course, didn't actually bother me....)

Three people (including me) have requested Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Six people (and I don't actually remember if this includes me or not) offered to write it.
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Since everyone else is doing it (at least [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce and [livejournal.com profile] penknife), I will too. There are two things which are almost certainly on the list:

X. The novels of Robert A. Heinlein (so I can request Lapuz Lazuli Long/Lorelai Lee Long twincest, probably, although there's plenty of other interesting pairings, as the multiverse is so rich).

X. The Parent Trap (1999), Hallie Parker/Annie James twincest. (And, hee!)

[ETA: The really sad thing is that, in my head, Laz and Lor are played by Lindsay Lohan.]

I don't really know how [livejournal.com profile] yuletide requests work. How specific a prompt does one provide? It couldn't be too specific, obviously, since just matching up fandoms is so much of a chore that they need to make computers do it. . . .

So, what else? (I'm assuming the fandom in my icon doesn't count as "rare," or else I'd try to get some more Rosalind/Celia. Which is definitely being put in my LJ interests, stat.)

X. The Truman Show, Truman/Sylvia.
X. My Summer of Love?
X. FHB? Previously years have had some really nice Little Princess and Secret Garden fics.
X. Shaw? I dunno, Violet/Anna or something? Or, I know--Eliza/Clara!
X. Stoppard? I need to reread Arcadia.
X. I really don't know!

ETA: And to keep a list of any new ideas )
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This morning's Seven Days had me crying like a baby. Or perhaps more like me, when I am crying.

Anyway, [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth has a fascinating discussion going on over in her LJ. She's linked to this post in Neil Gaiman's blog on authors and morality. I know I'm not the only one who immediately thought of Orson Scott Card and his stances on, among other things, homosexuality and militancy. I know this because people who are not me mention him in the comments.

Most people seem to agree that the author's views shouldn't have an effect on the appreciation of the work, although a few point out that financially supporting someone who spouts hate by buying their book may be a morally questionable activity. But I think [livejournal.com profile] witchqueen is right in saying that she "think[s] Gaiman's questioner missed the really interesting question, which isn't, 'Do you enjoy the good work of people with questionable moral stance?' but, 'Do you enjoy high quality work espousing a morally deplorable view?'"

Having just finished an Ender's Game fanfic and having inhabited that world for a while, I can say that the novel is deeply problematic in so many ways. (Which doesn't change the fact that I love it deeply. Oh, Valentine.) The problem isn't just with Card, but with the novel itself. (Although admittedly understanding how Card thinks opens up elements of the novel that weren't obvious before; knowledge about the biographical author influences how we construct the author-function.) And the anti-abortion rhetoric in Shadow Puppets became so thick I felt like throwing up. Although there it was particularly disgusting because it was clear how he was warping and distorting his characters in order to preach his religious message.

But that's just the thing: we don't notice how problematic Ender's Game is at first because we read it with our moral perspective firmly in place. Card never comes out and says that what Colonel Graff does is good or bad, right or wrong; we're left free to judge for ourselves. Colonel Graff is just being Colonel Graff. Part of Bernard Shaw's genius is that he was never able to commit himself to the socialist message that he wanted to preach (and did preach in his prologues); his sense of drama and character always forced him to give the devil the best lines. As long as the author is true to their characters, it seems, texts don't really have moral voices, because they don't have morals. There's no clear right or wrong side, simply a sequence of events.

There is always the option of constructing an ironic or satiric author-function (regardless of the historical intent of the actual author) in our reading. I'm able to read Atlas Shrugged as a call for altruism and socialist healthcare. And anyone who thinks the Bible is unambiguously pro-Christian (or whatever relevant religion applies) simply hasn't read it. As [livejournal.com profile] shrewreader says on the second page of comments: "YMMV: It's not just for driving anymore!"

But still, there is the intuitive notion that these readings are against the grain, which implies that there is a grain. At least in this sociohistoric location, my intuition insists that there is something in the text which can strategically pass as an essence. (It's actual ontological nature isn't really the issue.) Spoiler for Ender's Game. ) Sure, we can read it as a satire and interpret these conclusions the same way we do spoiler for 1984 ) on the last page of Nineteen Eighty-Four, but is that really just as valid of a reading. And even if it is, the fact that we can doesn't disguise the fact that in most cases we don't and as a radical feminist I privilege praxis over theory.

I've often said that I don't think a literary work can be "feminist," in that concerns of character, narrative, etc. inevitably distract from that message and introduces thing which are problematizable from a radical feminist perspective. (But then again, what isn't problematizable from a radical feminist perspective?) But does that imply that a text can't be anti-feminist, either, because it is always potentially empowering to somebody? That texts can't be pro-militarism or pro-Nazi, anti-religion or anti-homosexual, that Triumph of the Will is just as much anti-fascist satire as it is pro-fascist propoganda? That the only that the moral message depends on is the moral commitments of the reader, and not any feature of the text itself? That was the conclusion to which I came in my thesis, but I'm still not completely comfortable with that radical a hermeneutic relativism.

After all, literary texts have the power to persuade and to convert, and it seems a castrated sort of text which could only provide that which one brings to it. (And yet I'm still reminded of Wittgenstein's statement that the Tractatus "will perhaps only be understood by those who have themselves already thought the thoughts which are expressed in it--or similar thoughts" and can't help wondering if maybe literature works the same way.) And I've already express my distaste with the "YMMV" doctrine when it is indicative of a radical relativism, because I don't think feminism is tenable under those conditions.

This is completely a theoretical question; I've already worked out the practical question ("Am I disempowering others, in this sociohistorical location, through my writing?") here. But still my intuitions are conflicting, which usually is a sign that something interesting is going on, theoretically.

So what do you think, flist? Can texts speak with moral voices? And if not, how do we respond to them when we see them disempowering people in a specific sociohistoric location?
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
Title: Richard the Third, Act Two, Scene Three, Line Sixteen (2/2)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alixtii
Fandom: Ender’s Game
Rating: R
Pairings: Peter/Petra, Valentine/Petra, with overtones of Peter/Valentine and Ender/Valentine
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] unrequitedangst
Request: "An AU -- remember Dink Meeker's theory? There really are no Buggers; it's all a giant conspiracy on the part of the International Fleet to control the world's population. Earth is somehow destroyed and the students are isolated on the Battle School station along with the few teachers that might be up there as well. (If you include slash or gen, go for it, but please nothing explicit -- the kids are kids, after all. Also, no chan.)"
Summary: If Valentine had to choose between world peace and her brother, she knew quite well which option she was going to choose.
Author’s Note: Passages in italics (and some dialogue elsewhere) are taken from the novel by Orson Scott Card. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm for the beta.

Part One is here.

R3 2.3.16 -- Part II: Battle School )
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
Title: Richard the Third, Act Two, Scene Three, Line Sixteen (1/2)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alixtii
Fandom: Ender’s Game
Rating: R
Pairings: Peter/Petra, Valentine/Petra, with overtones of Peter/Valentine and Ender/Valentine
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] unrequitedangst in [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon
Request: "An AU -- remember Dink Meeker's theory? There really are no Buggers; it's all a giant conspiracy on the part of the International Fleet to control the world's population. Earth is somehow destroyed and the students are isolated on the Battle School station along with the few teachers that might be up there as well. (If you include slash or gen, go for it, but please nothing explicit -- the kids are kids, after all. Also, no chan.)"
Summary: If Valentine had to choose between world peace and her brother, she knew quite well which option she was going to choose.
Author’s Note: Passages in italics (and some dialogue elsewhere) are taken from the novel by Orson Scott Card. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm for the beta.

R3 2.3.16 -- Part I: Earth )
alixtii: Mal and Kaylee, from Serenity the Movie. Text: "I Love My Captain." (Mal/Kaylee)
I did it! I came up with another meme pun! Now I just need one for next time, and the time after that...

Birthdays: [livejournal.com profile] noelia_g (30 May); [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight (1 June); [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse (2 Junes). Happy birthday to all of you!

Am almost finished the Ender's Game fic I owe for the Apocalyptothon. Val and Petra don't seem to want to have sex, although I had to practically restrain Peter to keep him from jumping his sister. Would desperately love a beta.

Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] penknife, who gakked it from [livejournal.com profile] neotama: The Regender. It swaps the genders of all the characters in any fic (or any website at all, for that matter). Not all that effective on my fic, as it tends to get confused with names that are also words like Dawn and Faith, and turns Darla, Dawn, and Drusilla all into Davids (creating the potential for much confusion) but is much fun nonetheless. Also it underscored for me how important role reversal and other types of gender subversion are in Buffy in general and my fic in particular: with the genders swap, much of my fic felt flatter, less original, less exciting.

Fic Writing Meme )

Music Movie Meme: My Music on Shuffle )

Shows how well the human mind can find patterns even in randomness, and construct a story out of anything? (Anyone read Calvino's Castle of Crossed Destinies lately?)

Dr. Who Meme )

If anyone requests a commentary of my fic I will, as always, write it. May do one anyway--haven't decided yet.
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
Anyone interested in betaing an Ender's Game fic, Peter/Petra, Valentine/Petra, with the obligatory (albeit mostly mild) incestuous overtones of Peter/Valentine and Ender/Valentine? PG13-ish, I think. I think I've done a pretty good job of canon-checking it; I mainly need someone to give me feedback on the narrative issues, not to mention spelling and grammar.

Please?

It's times like this I am glad I have an incest icon.

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