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: Annie and Hallie. Text: "Twins." (twincest)
Title: Fatherhood
Fandom: The Parent Trap (1998)
Characters: Nick Parker, Hallie Parker, Annie James
Rating: Worksafe
Word Count: 564
Summary: Sometimes Nick Parker feels like the caricature of a bad father; he can't even tell his children apart.

( Fatherhood )
alixtii: Annie and Hallie. Text: "Twins." (twincest)
Title: Substitution Rule
Fandom: The Parent Trap (1999)
Pairings: Annie/OMC, Hallie/OMC, Annie/Hallie
Rating: NWS
Summary: Annie isn't nearly as fond of boys as Hallie is. Double drabble (200 words).
Warning: I don't know if we'd call this noncon or dubcon or what, but rape's under the cut. (Also implied incest, but I'm assuming you could work that out on your own.)

Substitution Rule )
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: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
Title: Le Retour à  la Mère
Fandom: The Parent Trap (1998)
Pairing: Hallie/Annie (Big surprise there. What did you expect, Chessy/Meredith?)
Rating: 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.
Word Count: 200+
Timeline: Shortly after the movie.
Summary: Hallie has no intention of sleeping in a different bed than her sister.

Le Retour à la Mère )
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
This year, I got for Christmas Brilliant Beyond Brilliant, the Parent Trap fic I've been talking about wanting for so long. Annie/Hallie, with them going off the college and then getting mad at each other and then--I won't spoil the rest. But it's wonderfully evocative and feels like the writer went to the movie and kidnapped all the characters to put in her fic.

Somebody wrote incest for me! Incest! For me! *uses incest icon* Oh, Hallie and Annie, you two are so sisters in love. Squee.

And then I have A hook shop, over a pool hall, mostly dialogue--which most scenes become in canon when Laz and Lor show up; I don't think we've ever seen anything from their POV, but Laz and Lor talk enough they take over any scene they're in--in which the two women discuss their secret mission (presumably working for the Time Agency) in which they act as heterae,the occupation they always promised (threatened?) Lazarus they would take up one day. Relentlessly cheerful but with their own mischievous streak, as Laz and Lor always are.

So, two of my favorite pairs of twins, all wrapped up in a shiny (virtual) bow for me for Christmas!

Merry Christmas, flist. There really is nothing like waking up to [livejournal.com profile] yuletide to put one in a good mood, is there? Well, enjoy your holiday if you celebrate, and I love you all.

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 
alixtii: The groupies from Dr. Horrible. (meta)
Thank you for signing up to write a story for me! You're one of 12 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for The Parent Trap, one of 7 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for Heinlein's multiverse, and/or one of 9 people (one of whom was me) who offered to write for Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, and I love you for that alone.

If you check out my userinfo, you'll find a 'thon policy which implores that you be true first and foremost to the prompt and your muse, and to consider whether I'd like a story as, at most, a secondary concern. I stand by that, but I also recognize there is a sense that a [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story is explicitly a gift in a way which most 'thon fics aren't, so feel free to surf through this journal to get a feel for me (let me note that  is my incest tag), and here's a little bit more, if you are interested, to help you understand how I relate to the specific texts and characters in the fandoms I've requested and what I might like.

I'm drawn to what I call will-to-poweriness, the adolescent fantasy, the desire to exceed oneself that also draws me to things like superhero comics (one of my fandoms is, indeed, X-Men) and fantasy shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which is my main fandom). My especial kink is children and teenagers who prove themselves to be the equals (or betters) to adults because they are just that awesome. All of this comes through in my requests, I think. There is a clear will-to-poweriness in Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, most of all in Carmen herself, of course, beyond good and evil, doing whatever she wants whenever she wants because she can, stealing things for no good reason except as an expression of her superiority, the former ACME agent engaged in a perpetual game of cat and mouse. But also, on one level, in Zach and Ivy, the young (!!) ACME agents who pursue her, and on another level, in Player, just as much a teenager, radically empowered within the world of the game she plays and manipulates, Carmen's eternal antagonist. And likewise in The Parent Trap with Annie and Hallie and in Heinlein's novels with Laz and Lor; both sets of twins are constantly getting the better of the adults who surround them, setting up their own "parent traps" so to speak.

This, actually, is where my interest in incest comes from: with these radically autonomized figures no real problematization of consent is possible, an argument I make more fully in this post from 2006. But don't feel like you have to write incest if you've matched up with me on Heinlein or on The Parent Trap; I'd much prefer experiencing the characters as you see them behaving in-character as you see them than twisted out of shape to force them into bed with each other. The most important thing is to preserve the canon dynamics--I have my trusty 'cest goggles for everything else. Although if you throw me a bone in making it subtexty, that's wonderful too. (Finding a way too insert gratuitous nudity or close touching into The Parent Trap shouldn't be too difficult. Getting Laz and Lor to wear any clothes at all might be.)

Although, really, Laz/Lor is pretty much canon, no? But there is a way in (my corners of, I don't know whence you hail) fandom that we use sex as a metaphor for emotional intimacy, so that twincest becomes the deepest, strongest type of interpersonal communion imaginable--and this is the dynamic I'm looking for with Annie/Hallie and Laz/Lor, the way their strongest bond is to each other, and if you feel most comfortable providing that bond in a non-sexual way that's still absolutely wonderful.

more on the parent trap )

more on where on earth is carmen sandiego )

very little about r.a.h. )

Thank you again for writing a story for me. Be true to your own muse, and I'm sure I'll love the result!

Yours in La Mancha,

Episkopos Reverend Alixtii O'Krul V, TRL
Church of St. Jesu the Heretic, Discordian
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
I signed up for Yuletide this morning. Three hours it took me, partly because I listed characters for all but like two of the fandoms I offered to write, and I offered a huge number of fandoms. And of the course the characters I offered to write probably aren't the ones most likely to be requested.

I mean, I want to stretch myself to write more male characters and more m/m, to challenge myself, but I don't think Yuletide is the best place to do it.

No one nominated A Little Princess this year? What is up with that? That was the most-offered fandom last year (although I believe it pulled in very few requests?), wasn't it?

Anyway, I went ahead and requested Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (Carmen/Player), The Parent Trap (Annie/Hallie), and Robert A. Heinlein's multiverse (Laz/Lor). (I was the one who came up with "World-as-Myth multiverse" last year as a name to label the threads I wanted, and l'm glad that people apparently understand what that means as people are offering to write it.) Which means that while last year 3/4 of my requests involved sibcest, this year it's down to 2/3 (as I didn't ask for Peter/Valentine on account of receiving it last year; other than that my requests are about the same), both being twincest of the f/f variety. Which means, since I asked for a female Player in my first request, that all three of my requests this year are femslash.
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?)
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 )
alixtii: Peter and Susan, in extreme close-up. (incest)
Consider some texts, all of which count as fannish on my flist (if nowhere else):
  • Veronica Mars: A sixteen-year-old girl defies parental authority in many ways including, but not limited to, having sexual relations with three different individuals. (Admittedly this behavior led to her death, but the show consistently portrayed Lilly Kane in a mostly positive light.) After her death, her best friend defies parental and civil authorities by engaging in a series of investigations bringing many things to light. Ultimately, these authorities learn that the best course of action is to let Veronica run her course: upon finding his daughter in a coat closet, Keith remarks, "Yep, that's mine," and upon her graduation Van Clemens admits that he doesn't know if her absence will make his life easier or harder.
  • Matilda: A six-year-old (in bookverse) girl defies parental authority by playing a series of practical jokes on her parents and, when they are forced to flee the country, convincing them to sign over guardianship to a Miss Jennifer Honey, with whom in movieverse Matilda has a relationship of equals.
  • The Secret Garden: Defying the parental authority of her uncle and guardian Archibald Craven, as well as his surrogates Mrs. Medlock and Dr. Craven, Mary Lennox enters a forbidden girl garden and carries on a secret relationship with her cousin Colin, effecting his cure in the process.
  • A Little Princess: Even before Sarah Crewe is forced to withstand the authority of Miss Minchin, the text takes pains to underscore the girl's adult nature and the egalitarian character of her relationship with her father, who treats her as a miniature adult. It also uses the word "queer" a lot.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Four children defy the authority of the parental surrogates by hiding in a wardrobe, where they wage a war against the evil witch Jadis and save a magical world, becoming Kings and Queens in the process.
  • The Parent Trap: Two twin eleven-year-old girls defy parental authority by secretly switching places and living each others' lives. In the process, they manipulate their parents into meeting and falling in love again.
  • As You Like It: Two cousins defy parental and civil authority when they enter the forest to escape the rule of the evil Duke Frederick.
  • Harry Potter: Not that I've ever read the books, but a twelve-year-old boy defies the parental authority of his aunt and uncle by becoming a wizard. At the school of wizardry, three children operate outside of the school authority, continually disobeying the explicit directives of their professors, and in the process triumph again and again, presumably culminating in the defeat of the Dark Lord. While what the professors were thinking is debated, one theory is that it was their plan from the beginning to let these children run loose, recognizing they would be able to succeed where adults would fail. In any event, the disobedience of these children is celebrated by the professors as the children win the House Cup year after year.
  • Robert A. Heinlein: Where to begin? From Podkayne to Peewee to Laz and Lor, this is a multiverse chock full of supercompetent teenagers who either operate outside the bounds of, or are forced to defy, parental authority.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Another case of "Do I really need to say anything here?"
All of these texts act out a specific type of wish-fulfillment fantasy: the usurpation of parental authority by a child who is revealed to be more intellectually mature than her adult counterparts. It is a fantasy that pings powerfully for me (as well as many others), even now that I am no longer quite a teenager. It is an especially potent expression of the will to power, being beyond all authorities because one is just that good, ubermensch.

It is no coincidence that Sunnydale and Neptune each has one good parent, Joyce Summers and Keith Mars respectively. (Actually Neptune, while including a huge number of bad parents, isn't quite so bad as Sunnydale. Both Wallace and Jackie have parents who all, in the whole, good parents, and the Mackenzies and Sinclairs are not really bad parents despite their inability to meaningfully engage their respective [adopted] daughters.) Parents in this type of fantasy are like governments: King Log is to be preferred to King Stork, and the parent who parents least parents best.

This is the context in which fictional incest thrives. While "in the real world" (how I loathe that phrase!) incest, cross-gen, and mentor/teacher relationships all are problematic due to issues of consent, these difficulties disappear in the face of the radically autonomous children of the adolescent fantasy. Of course Lilly, Veronica, Matilda, Mary, Sara, Susan, Annie, Hallie, Rosalind, Celia, Hermione, Podkayne, Peewee, Laz, Lor, Dawn, and all the rest are capable of consent--the very nature of the fantastic world in which they exist assures they are capable of anything.

Keith/Veronica, Matilda/Jenny, Mary/Neville, Crewecest, Peter/Susan, Annie/Hallie, Rosalind/Celia, Hermione/McGonagall, Laz/Lor, Dawn/Giles: these are not pairings that Ari and I invented in our minds. For me (I won't speak for anyone else), the sexualization of these relationships is a response to--and a reaffirmation of--the fantastic element which attracted me to these texts in the first place: the radical autonomy of the pre/teen characters.

*

And I really should finish that "Buffy as Nietzschean Ubermensch" essay.
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
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.
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
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 )
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
25 words, no explanation meme )

The [livejournal.com profile] femslash06 written for me was posted. I mention it because it was one of my wildcard fandoms--specifically, As You Like It. I like it when Rosalind and Celia want to jump each other bones, because that play is teh gay, even for Shakespeare.

Speaking of which (sorta), I've been considering various possibilities for crossovers (in part for the Maltilda/Jenny I still owe Ari), and just still cannot get over the WTF question of how in the world Annie James found Oreos and peanut butter in the middle of London. (There'd be Americana stores that could possibly sell these items, sure. But the movie implied that these are consistent staples in the James household.)

Okay, back to my critical theory paper.
alixtii: Drusilla holding a knife to Angel's throat. Text: "Got Freud?" (Freud)
After I accidentally deleted my open windows at skip=525, I worked my way back through my flist, reopening the windows, and IE crashed at skip=475. At that point, I gave up, and I'm just going to rely on newsletters to catch up. If anything interested, don't be afraid to drop a link in the comments.

Speaking of which, meta on reading texts, detective novels, Veronica Mars, and of course the will-to-power ).

I hope to do some longer and more sustained meta later, particularly a craft-of-writing on how we structure fic and how only a subset of fics are strictly speaking "stories," but as my life is going at the moment that "later" promises to be very long from now.

Okay, back to watching the Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap on ABC Family. I really love this film, but a Londoner likes to eat her Oreos with peanut butter? WTF?

Where is the Annie/Hallie twincest?

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