alixtii: (Friendship)
Title: Maid of Honor
Fandom: MCU / The Avengers (Marvel)
Relationships: Natasha Romanov & Tony Stark, with background Phil Coulson/Stephanie Rogers, and mention of past Natasha Romanov/Phil Coulson
Summary: Natasha is the maid of honor at Phil and Stephanie's wedding. Tony tries to console her by quoting Pat Benatar and sharing a bottle of really expensive vodka. It only sort of works, but even that much is a blessing.

( Maid of Honor )
alixtii: Peter and Valentine Wiggin, from the Ender's Game comic book. (Ender's Game)
I left a comment on the Yuletide fandom promotion post advertising Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. I'd also like to promote the other two fandoms I plan on nominating, The Illuminatus! Trilogy and That Guy With the Glasses, but I really don't have the least clue how to go about it. They're not easy fandoms to explain, exactly.

(All three fandoms are ones I made requests for last year, so my Dear Yulewriter Letter ought to be pretty easy to write this year. And whatever won't get written will qualify for the Some Day My Fic Will Come Challenge.)

In the meantime, I'm making last-minute edits to my [community profile] fic_corner story. Stories are supposed to go live tomorrow, but there's still one participant who hasn't yet gotten a fic written for them, so if you can write something for Dreamdark series - Laini Taylor, Snow Eyes series - Stephanie A. Smith, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun | A Certain Scientific Railgun, or Ultra Maniac then go here; if you can write for Dark Is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper then go here.

Looking at the fandoms, it looks like the [community profile] fic_corner story written for me will be either Ender's Game or The A.I. Gang both of which would be awesome.

I had hoped to have completely finished Where the Heart Is by the time Yuletide assignments went out, but that's looking unlikely at this point. Although the antepenultimate chapter is mostly finished at this point, so hopefully I will get a chance to post it at least sometime in the next few weeks. I really do love those wacky incestuous kids. The sequel Where They Have to Take You In and prequel "One's Birthplace, Ratified by Memory" mostly just exist in my brain at this point. As does quite a bit of MCU fic, including a bunch of genderswap fic (Stephanie/Coulson, Toni/Natasha, Clint/girl!Thor) as well as sequels to The Caged Birds (including Coulson/Darcy, Tony/Pepper/Jane, and Bruce/Natasha fics).
alixtii: Naked Kitty, some type of blanket wrapped around her, races back to her room after inadvertently phasing during sex. (Kitty Pryde)
Title: Four Times Tony Stark Met Erik Lenscherr (And One Time He Didn't)
Fandoms: X-Men Movieverse/Iron Man Movieverse
Main Characters: Tony Stark, Erik Lenscherr
Supporting Characters: Howard Stark, Pepper Potts, Ororo Munroe, Kitty Pryde
Pairings: Implied Tony/Jean and Tony/Kitty
Rating: Relatively Worksafe
Summary: They're each a member of a different type of ruling class, but as their understandings of power evolve over the decades, they find they're not as different as they think.

Five Moments in the Life of Tony Stark )

alixtii: Kitty and Emma un/dressing. From AXM, "Gifted." (femslash)
So there's been this version of "Cliff, Shag, Marry" going around with surprisingly complicated rules:

1. Comment and I will give you the names of 3 fictional characters or celebrities.
2. Post this meme with your answers.
3. Provide pictures and the names of the three people.
4. Label which you would marry, shag, or cliff.

I got three lists of names, one list each from [livejournal.com profile] maechi, [livejournal.com profile] kindkit, and [livejournal.com profile] netgirl_y2k.

ROUND ONE: Summer Glau, Dawn Summers, and Joss Whedon )

ROUND TWO: Emma Frost, Buffy Summers, Hermione Granger )

ROUND THREE: Dawn Summers, River Tam, Lucy Saxon  )

Comment if you want me to do you. Alternately, if you just want to play regular Cliff/Shag/Marry, leave the names of three characters.

Random Quiz )
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]
alixtii: Ult!Kitty looks away sulkily as Ult!Spidey pays attention to Ult!MJ. From a cover of Ultimate Spiderman. (X-Men)
When I made my comic book post last night I forgot to mention the most important thing I learned from my visit to the comic book store:

Spider-Man <3's Mary Jane has finally started its new run! And finished it, actually, being a five-issue miniseries that ran from August to December of last year, so hopefully it'll be traded soon. (I checked Amazon, but I don't see it yet for pre-order.)

Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
alixtii: All five Cuckoo sisters. (Stepford Cuckoos)

Based on [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce's recommendation here at [livejournal.com profile] xmen_on_lj, I drove to my not-so-local comic book today and picked up Uncanny X-Men Annual #2, which focuses on Emma Frost. While I was there I picked up New X-Men Ultimate Collection #3, which collects together a couple of trades I haven't read yet and don't own, and issues 15, 17, 18. 20, and 23 of the Peter David run of Supergirl, issues which sadly haven't been traded to my knowledge. And it made me think; I used to have a post on LJ where I kept track of all my comics, but I stopped updating it after I started using LibraryThing extensively. But while that works for the TPB's, the single issues aren't recorded there, as they don't have ISBN's, and while the Buffy issues are reproduced in the omnibuses, I do own some issues where I don't own the corresponding trades. I thought I really should have a list. So that's what this here is.

Again, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce for the issues sent to me by her.

Dark Horse
buffy 49, 58, spike & dru, s8 1-5 )



DC
supergirl 2, 5, 8, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23, 27, 28, annual 1 )

Marvel
really miscellaneous mix )

Oni
who? )

Wizard
random stuff )

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)
Title: Sibling Revelries
Fandom: X-Men comicsverse
Pairing: Celeste/Mindee/Phoebe
Rating: Extremely NWS
Warning/Disclaimer: This fic has artistic value (as I believe all fanfic and fanart does) and is thus, in my opinion, allowed under LJ's TOS. It may, however, be illegal to read in Australia. Read at your own risk.
Timeline/Spoilers: Post-Gifted, pre-Phoenix Endsong. Spoilers for the Morrison run.
Summary: The Three-in-One makes love to itself. PWP.
A/N: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tacky_tramp for the beta.

Sibling Revelries )
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)

There is no fic (or, fandom being fandom, there probably is) in which Buffy masturbates about no one in particular, gets off, and is satisfied. There is no conflict, no interest for anyone but Buffy. It's fun to visualize, yes, but to write about?

This is how I've felt every time I sat down to write Cuckoocest. There is a scene in Time Enough for Love in which Laz and Lor, who are both clones of Lazarus Long in every respect except for being xx instead of xy, claim that a sex act between the three of them would be masturbation, not incest. I don't think Lazarus ever really believed that claim, despite ultimately giving into the twins' demands. (No man can resist Laz and Lor.)

But the Cuckoos are not only clones of each other (using the term "clone" loosely, as Marvel does; it's unclear how much genetic material they share with each other or with Emma), they are telepathic with  each other, often demonstrating a hive mind. Cuckoocest--the Five- or Four- or Three-in-One having sex with itself--is masturbation in a way that normal incest or even clonecest is clearly not.

It's clearly psychoanalytic: Cuckoocest allows for a sexual unification which is at one, quite literally, Self and Other. It is sexual energy directed inward, but at the same time directed at a separate body.

This particular psychoanalytic setup is unique to telepathic 'cest--other than the Cuckoos, the only siblings eligible for this that I can think of off the top of my head are the Witch Mountain kids (either the original or the remake, the latter of which much more explicitly sexualizes the sister)--but the overall setup applies to most 'cest kinks, I think. 'Cesty romance represents an ideal of intimacy assumed to be unreachable by normal romance. Again, I think there is something rather psychoanalytic about that (rather frelled-up) assumption: wives are for lusting after, sisters are for loving, and 'cest is a reunion of the two roles in an overcoming of the whore/madonna dichotomy.

But I like fluffy 'cest. And you might have noticed that I can't write fluff. I enjoy reading it sometimes, but my mind shuts down when I try to write; my main attempts are good fics but not quite in the 'shippy way they were intended to be. I made them work by shifting the focus away from the relationship itself to something else.

There are pairings which, from their canon characterizations, could never be comfortable with their 'cestasticness: Marscest and most brands of Summerscest fit here, I think. But there are also fics where the taboo would be less strongly felt: Laz/Lor (which is basically canon), Annie/Hallie, Cuckoocest, Val/Ender (Val/Peter would be unhappy but for reasons other than the 'cestiness). And while there is much pleasure brought to me by imagining their 'cest, I can't find a way to write about it.

. . .

I notebooked the above passage on the train yesterday. Then I went on to write 200+ words of Annie/Hallie, which I just posted (after making a new offline backup of my LJ, just in case), and about a thousand words of Cuckoocest. The Cuckoocest is PWP; I'm still convinced that it must be PWP, because of the always-already nature of the pairing. No plot is possible. I don't think it is (I hope it isn't) just many many pages of anatomical description; I did my best to capitalize upon the tension between Self and Other discussed above. If someone wants to beta it for me, however, I'd be much obliged; not only because I'm not sure it worked, but also because I'm not a girl, and I think we've well established that femslash is about--perhaps not lesbian sex as such, but--female sexuality in a way that m/m slash is not about male sexuality.

alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
It's the last night of 2007, so I'll try and keep track of all the comics I've bought (or was sent by [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce). More for my own reference than anything else. In rough chronological order.

Marvel: 616 )
Marvel: Ultimate )
Marvel: Mary Jane )
DC: Supergirl )
DC: Birds/Bats )
Dark Horse )
alixtii: Veronica and Mac. Text: "Girlfriends Actually." (Veronica Mars)
My main reaction to the Emma Frost digests (besides wondering how much is intertextual with established canon and how much is made up out of the blue) is to want to sort Emma, like in Harry Potter. I'm thinking 60% Ravenclaw and 40% Slytherin? Or should there be a fraction of Gryffindor in there, too? Maybe 15% Gryffindor, 35% Slytherin, and 50%  Ravenclaw.

Actually, Emma might be much more Hufflepuff than she is Gryffindor, even, especially with the whole spoilers for TORN ) plan. She seems to have a pattern of entrusting others with her moral direction.
alixtii: The famous painting by John Singer Sargent of Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth holding the crown. Text: "How many children?" (Shakespeare)
Thank the Lord the first volume of Emma Frost arrived today, so Vols. 2 and 3 aren't just pointlessly languishing on the shelves. The third-party I ordered it from through Amazon Marketplace the first time didn't have it even though they said they did, and this time I never got any confirmation it was shipped or anything so I was afraid the same thing was going to happen again.

Also arrived today were a Birds of Prey trade that was good but not extraordinary (intense Dinah/Babs subtext doesn't exactly count as out of the ordinary) and Supergirl: Identity which I haven't read yet but which I have it flipped through it and it looks really promising!

I think that covers everything I'm supposed to be getting?
alixtii: Ult!Kitty looks away sulkily as Ult!Spidey pays attention to Ult!MJ. From a cover of Ultimate Spiderman. (X-Men)
Layla Miller, how are you so awesome?

ETA: I mean, I like the other female characters too, but pretty much every page had me going, "Wow, Layla, you are awesome. If Jamie doesn't want to marry you when you grow up...."
alixtii: Mal and Kaylee, from Serenity the Movie. Text: "I Love My Captain." (iluvmycaptain)
OMG, I just finished  Ultimate Spiderman Vol. 18. I can't remember the last time I cried this hard.
alixtii: Mal and Kaylee, from Serenity the Movie. Text: "I Love My Captain." (iluvmycaptain)
Yesterday I bought:

Consequences of Prgagmatism, Richard Rorty
Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, Friedrich Nietzsche
The Gay Science, Friedrich Nietzsche
X-Factor, Vol. 2: Life & Death Matters, Peter David
New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol. 4, Craig Kyle & Chris Yost
Ultimate Spiderman, Vol. 17: The Clone Saga, Brian Michael Bendis 

I am such a college student.

I haven't read any but the Ultimate Spiderman yet, but flipping through X-Factor reminds me how awesome Layla Miller is (she's the only character who really speaks to me in that book, despite being a fan of movieverse!Theresa). Ties back into the will-to-power as a specifically adolescent fantasy, I think.

Ultimate Spiderwoman makes my femslasher's heart go crazy. spoiler )

The Rorty book looks fascinating too--both "Philosophy as a Kind of Writing" and "Is There a Problem about Fictional Discourse?" look like they'll prove to be incredible resources in attempting to construct a Wittgensteinian philosophy of literature, especially when I'll get to read them alongside the Kristeva (which hopefully the library will have a free circulatable copy of soon).
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
Spoilers for AXM/NXM underneath the cut. I discuss Faith/Robin, Dawn/Giles, Summer Glau, Sherlock Holmes, Emma Frost, and Faith.

meme answers: 2 pairings + 4 characters )

Ask me what happens after the end of one of my stories. I may have more than one answer depending on the story (and the question). Or tell me your own theories--really, I'd love to hear!
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
Title: My Girlfriend Is a Telepath
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Pairing: Kitty/Mindee, Bobby/Rogue
Timeline/Spoilers: The not-too-distant future, post-X3. Spoilers for all three movies.
Summary: What it's like to be dating one-third of the Three-in-One.
Warnings: Homophobia. (Also implied off-screen noncon bestiality, I suppose.) 
Rating: PG
A/N: Sequel of sorts to "I'm Awfully Fond of You." Also, to be clear, I'm assuming that there have always only been three movieverse Cuckoos. And finally, special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] slashfairy for the beta.

My Girlfriend Is a Telepath )
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
  1. Joss Whedon (RPF)

  2. River Tam (Firefly)

  3. April Skouris (The 4400)

  4. Amy Madison (Buffy)

  5. Annie James (The Parent Trap)

  6. Prof. James Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)

  7. Bobby Drake (X-Men movieverse)

  8. Stepford Cuckoos (X-Men comicsverse)

  9. Tina Majorino (RPF)

  10. Madison Sinclair (Veronica Mars)

20 questions under the cut )

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