alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
So I have found myself talking about Doctor Who several times in the last week or so - mostly anguished and emotional conversation about what we would want from the Time War and about the delightful fucked-up Doctor/Master situation, and anyway, we are maybe planning to do a bit of rewatching.

So I am intrigued to see whether what worked so well for high-school me will hold up to the adult version, who is probably more discerning and maybe has less time for angsty manpain (I might by deceiving myself about this; it may work just as well).

Anyway, reports to come on that.

In other news, I missed nominations for Yuletide, but I'm assuming there'll be enough I'm interested in to sign up anyway.

alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
Also, another thing I wrote one time! When I haven't the attention span for longer fiction, I write rhyming drivel.

The Ballad of Kirk and Spock (338 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James T. Kirk/Spock
Characters: James T. Kirk, Spock (Star Trek)
Additional Tags: Poetry
Summary: Kirk and Spock get together, in verse.
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
So I haven't been around here in a while. A combination of super busy, and super lazy, and just generally lurking. But in the meantime, I read a lot of books, and more importantly here, wrote a fic!

It's a pretty trashy piece of Raven Cycle smut, but it is also the first piece of explicit writing I have ever written (what can I say, these boys were just asking for an ill-advised sexual encounter), so that was an adventure.

Better This Way (3258 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joseph Kavinsky/Ronan Lynch
Characters: Ronan Lynch, Joseph Kavinsky
Additional Tags: Sex on a Car, is apparently a separate tag to sex in a car, good job being so precise everyone, Blow Jobs, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: There’s something else in knowing that when he comes, it’s because of Kavinsky’s calloused fingers on his skin. It ought to be terrible, but it makes sense - in a way Gansey couldn’t - Gansey shouldn’t - understand.

Or: the AU where Ronan doesn't drive away after he dreams a replacement Camaro.

alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
So of late I dragged my girlfriend down into the pit of YA feeeeeelings which is the Raven Cycle, and she is having a lot of fun. She read them all of the books in a very short space of time, and then messaged me with, "Why did I return them? I want to read them again," and then trawled through pages and pages of fic in the hope of fulfilling her desire for more.

This all happened because I was at her place the other day, rereading the Dream Thieves for the purpose of planning a fic (we will see how this goes; I am not the best at finishing projects, but I have high hopes), and I mentioned to her that there was homoerotic drag racing, which was of course, exactly her cup of tea.

Anyway, the upshot of this is that I ordered all three current books on Book Depository, and preordered the final one - and they arrived at my house yesterday! This is very exciting. I have never ordered a book online before, and it's like shopping but without the effort of shopping. You just look at things, and then you click on them, and then they appear. (Okay, so admittedly some of your money goes away in this process also, but less than if I had done it in person, and also I have a job now!) And now I am ready to fill them with sticky notes!

In unrelated things, I keep seeing those soulmates AU posts appear on Tumblr. You know the ones: "imagine if the world was black and white, and you only started seeing in colour when you met your soulmate", "imagine if their first words to you were tattooed on your wrist", "imagine if it was their last words".

You may want to skip the rest of this paragraph if you enjoy those AUs, unless you really want to explain the appeal to me, because I don't get the appeal, and honestly the implications of the soulmates idea make me angry.

The idea that there's a predestined someone out there for you seems....well, for one, it seems like the opposite of romantic, a relationship that only exists because it was predetermined. It's missing all the getting-to-know-each-other and the deciding-if-this-is-right-for-you parts. But then if people try and add any of that gradual developing stuff, it just seems to emphasise the lack of free will. These people aren't into each other yet: they're just here because they know this is their only option for a romantic relationship; it's written in the stars that nothing else will be as good. I am just puzzled. I would much prefer to read a story where two people choose each other, out of all the people they've ever met, because they've looked around and figured out that this relationship is going to be what they want, than one where people meet each other and know immediately that they're going to have to learn to love this person, because no-one else is going to make them feel as strongly.

Romance is just...not magic, or at least, not to me, and I wish more people would start showing it as stories about people who like the way they fit together, rather than stories about people who feel *mystically drawn to each other* or whose relationships were predestined before they even met.
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
 I need help with an important Harry Potter-related question, for fanfiction purposes:

When you put a memory in a Pensieve, do you still hold it in your head, or is it only in the Pensieve now? Dumbledore kind of implies the latter when he talked about using it when your head seems too full of stuff, but I'm not sure...
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
 I am trying to train myself out of the phrase "just friends", because I don't like the implication that friendship is a lesser relationship than romance. It's proving harder than expected.
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
This came from [personal profile] k_a_webb , who gave me the number 23. If you want to post a number of facts between 15 and 30 on your blog, let me know in the comments and I'll give you a number.
  1. I am in a relationship! This is recent news, hence the excitement. We look forward to queering up each other's family events.
  2. This weekend I'm going away on camp with my board games club.
  3. I have had hair waist length or longer for most of my life. I am finally beginning to get sick of it.
  4. It is still winter in my city, just verging on spring, and it refuses to get warm.
  5. My mum is one of ten siblings.
  6. A friend has started teaching me Ancient Greek. I am excited.
  7. The first novel I ever tried to write starred a girl named Avaliana and her younger brother Sam.
  8. I am very surprised about how invested in the Captain America movies I became.
  9. On Sunday I did a lot of research into the eyesight of seals.
  10. I am learning Irish on Duolingo.
  11. Also my university (the one I graduated from, which I love dearly) is running free Auslan (Australian Sign Language) classes. My friends and I have deemed our most important vocab items learnt so far to be "queer", "revolution" and "pub".
  12. I have never been to Europe.
  13. I wear a lot of colours.
  14. I have no idea what I'm doing with my life.
  15. I have a deep and abiding love for pickled ginger.
  16. I started learning ballet when I was 19. I hope to have my first pair of pointe shoes this year.
  17. I also started learning gymnastics at 22. I learnt to do a backflip this year.
  18. I have a smallish frame and big boobs. This makes buying comfy bras an eternal and usually fruitless quest.
  19. I am the only person in my household who doesn't wear glasses.
  20. I spent the afternoon reading letters Lenin sent to his family from his Siberian exile at the turn of the century.
  21. In my garden this year, I grew purple carrots!
  22. My first fandom was the Lord of the Rings.
  23. My keyring has a miniature chess set attached to it.

alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
So I of late was involved in two fic exchanges. The first, [community profile] not_primetime, I ultimately pulled out of because real life took up way more time than I expected. The second, [community profile] history_exchange, I managed to get my act together and complete before the deadline. However, apparently defaulting does not stop you receiving a gift fic! (I did not know this. I had never done it before.) So I have now three delightful fics to read over a thousand times and enjoy deeply.

So, I present to you, this absolute treasure, which is everything a person could possibly want from their weird cyberpunk Roman Republic RPF fic. I will keep these tabs open till the day I die. I don't know what to say. This is a delightful buddy cop gangster romp featuring Gaius Gracchus and the ghost of his murdered brother, and basically, when Cicero wrote about that time the ghost of Tiberius Gracchus appeared to Gaius, I bet he wishes this is what he claimed happened.

Senatus consultum ultimum
(5029 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, Cornelia Africana
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 1 of Latium
Summary: The Roman mob kills Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus. His brother investigates.

And, doubleplusgood, it comes with a prequel about the Gracchi's grandfather, Scipio Africanus, and his star-crossed romance with Hannibal Barca, and basically this is going way up there on the list of best gift fics I have ever received.

This isn't West Side Story (1938 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Scipio Africanus/Hannibal Barca
Characters: Scipio Africanus, Hannibal Barca, Gaius Laelius
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 2 of Latium
Summary: Scipio and Hannibal, through the years.

Thirdly, I received this perfect gem, which is as awkward and emotionally charged and tense as a reunion between Sirius Black and his surprisingly-not-dead younger brother ought to be, and the only thing I could possibly want out of this fic that I didn't get is more of it.

Reconcile (2251 words) by thegirlwiththemouseyhair
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sirius Black/Remus Lupin
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Regulus Black, Harry Potter
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence

In conclusion, I love you both.


June 23rd, 2015 12:55 pm
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
 I have tried to write this post a couple of times, but apparently my brain doesn't have enough thoughts in it to write proper book reviews - so here is a kind of slapdash ad hoc summary of thoughts I had on the two books I've finished lately.

A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre
  • I am a person who doesn't read a great deal of non-fiction, a fact which I do intend to remedy at some point. This book was very readable. I enjoyed it a lot.
  • All the people in this book were well-intentioned but horrible people, particularly with regard to their families. They just had too much shit going on in their lives to think they had time to also have wives who needed support and children to build relationships with. And basically, if you are going to prioritise your job that hard, maybe having a family is not a great idea.
  • MI6 would've have like 500 fewer problems if they'd been less attached to the British class system.
  • Cold War espionage was just as silly in real life as it is in movies. Like, "If I walk past the cafe carrying a newspaper, we need to arganise a meeting. If I am carrying a paperback novel, she should never speak to each other again" levels of silly.
  • This book filled me with excellent original fiction thoughts.
Adaptation - Malinda Lo
  • I picked this book up solely because I'd heard it was YA with a bisexual protagonist. It did not disappoint in this respect: the protagonist was indeed bisexual. (I can't remember at this point whether the book explicitly used the word "bisexual" any more, which is an important thing to remember, so sorry about that...)
  • Love triangles. Oh god, the love triangle. Although on the bright side, in this case, when the choice was between the long-time friend with whom she had common interests, and the new person who she has strong physical attraction to, it wasn't immediately obvious what choice she would make.
  • Speaking of, relationships built entirely on physical attraction just don't make sense to me, so no matter how hard the author tries to make the new and sexually exciting character compelling, I'm going to be barracking for the long-time friend.
  • I mean, overall, it was easy-to-read and pretty fun, so I can't complain, but I wasn't really super enthusiastic.
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
I've been nominating the Gracchi for Yuletide for years without a nibble, and now also for [community profile] history_exchange[community profile] history_exchange, for which success seems a little more likely, so here is a brief introduction and a non-exhaustive list of resources regarding the best pair of brothers Ancient Rome has to offer us.

Disclaimer: this is super brief, for the sake of brevity, doesn't mention vital elements like Cornelia, mither of the Gracchi, and literally the best woman ever. I will no doubt make a post for her later.

The basic idea of the Gracchi goes something like this:

Read on for my favourite ever Romans! )
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
Dear Writer,

You are a precious treasure of a human being - not only do you want to write historical RPF, but you are willing to write it to my specifications (at least, to some extent - I am very much an "optional details are optional" person). Don't stress too much about anything - whatever you write me I will love.

I don't have any triggers you should be worrying about. I'd ask that you avoid incest, but that's pretty much it. (Usually at this point I'd add soulmates and A/B/O AUs to my DNWs, but then I pictured some of these people in that kind of universe, and it deeply amused me, so go ahead.)

I really like AUs. Every AU. Any AU. Alternate worlds, one-single-change-wreaks-vast-repercussions AUs, crossover AUs. I’ve occasionally put suggestions for AUs under specific categories, but don’t feel like they’re comprehensive lists. I am literally always up for an AU, no matter how weird and far removed from the source you think it is. Seriously. Go to town on this, if it’s your kind of thing.

Read more... )
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
I have added people via the friending meme! I hope to work my way through it and maybe add a few more, but anyway, it is nice to have new friends, and also new messages in my inbox.

So - welcome friends! You can probably expect comments from me on your journals and things like that in the next few days, and I am glad to make all your acquaintance. I may even make a proper intro post, if I can get my head around the whole talking-about-myself thing.
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
So over on Tumblr, a few friends and I embarked on an epic Harry Potter reread. (We are currently up to chapter 4 or something. This will take us like several years to complete at this rate.) Anyway, while we are having fun, Tumblr doesn't really seem to encourage discussion the way Dreamwidth does, so I thought I'd bring my part over here, bit by bit, on the off chance that anyone else wants to weigh in.

Chapter One - The Boy Who Lived )
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
 In a new post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

(Nabbed this from [personal profile] intrigueing

There are a whole assortment of fics I could maybe sort-of reference, like the "We've always been cousins" Merry/Pippin fic, and a long LotR self-insert fanfiction whose name and author I can't really remember, but this list is limited to things I could track down or recall at least enough to title.

1. The Heart Wants What It Wants by MandyQ

A Lucius/Narcissa romance, which, in my memory, was slow, well-characterised, and thoughtful. I have no idea whether it holds up today, but fourteen-year-old me was really struck by it.

2. Doctor Who Season Four by aria

A long plotty Doctor/Master fic - ultimately a fix-fic for season three, wherein the Master lives and is taken in by the Doctor, and plot ensues.

3. the naming of things by aria

The Academy-era Doctor Who fic to which all other Doctor/Master fics are compared to. Possibly my favourite fic ever.

4. Chosen Man by sineala

I loved Eagle of the Ninth as a child, and when I recently discovered that it had long slow-burn plotty romance fanfiction, I was beyond delighted.

5. The Not Remotely Secret Memoirs of Alexander the Great, Aged 13¾ by arysteia

Alexander the Great writes an arrogant self-absorbed teenage diary and wishes he was Achilles. I feel like the premise is unique enough on its own.

6. Unsteady Ground by Lisse

The Hetalia/1984 crossover you never knew you wanted and still have nightmares about.

7. Steinway!verse by toomuchplor

A long Arthur/Eames series. They're both music students. This one sticks in my head because it was the first fic a very good friend of mine recommended to me.

8. No Sleepers Must Sleep and Like a Ruthless Force by Fahye

Lucy Saxon has a story, and also agency. This is one of those things I never realised Doctor Who series 3 was missing until I found.

9. Mal du siècle by ColonelDespard

I am not usually one for the tragic, and god knows Les Mis doesn't need bonus tragedy, but, um, this one just worked for me.

10. This last one I cannot currently find, but it was a fic in which the Master travelled back in time to seduce a young Doctor by way of pretending to be his lecturer. I think time travel used for totally devious purposes just stuck with me.


May 25th, 2015 07:04 pm
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
 My phone has been fetched! Operation Space!Scipio is go!
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
So yesterday I got up at 5am to watch the Eurovision final, having not gone to sleep until about 1:30 or 2. We intended to go to bed about midnight and get some decent chunk of sleep before the had to get up, but I ended up in an interesting conversation with my sister about the Hogwarts founders. Anyway, with the help of hot beverages and blankets, we watched the thing, and I was eligible to vote in Eurovision for the first time ever! I voted for Israel, Lithuania and Serbia, I think, but Sweden was pretty clever, what with the animations, and we were pretty happy with the win.

As for Australia, we were quite pleased with our entry, and fifth seems like a respectable result for our first Eurovision entry (Sweden and Austria are our favourite countries ever now for giving us 12 points).

An honourable mention goes to Austria, because just as I was saying 'This one's a bit predictable", the piano burst into flames. We chose to imagine that it was a pyrotechnics malfunction, and the piano wasn't meant to be burning, but the pianist was very dedicated to his performance and played on, because it was more dramatic that way.

My brother's birthday is today. We went out to dinner last night (so much delicious Thai food), and midway through, my sister became aware that the elephant shaped candle-holders and scrunched-up napkins could be used to recreate Hannibal crossing the alps. So then she had to use all the dishes to re-enact the battle of Cannae for my mother, and basically hanging out with classics students is an A+ idea.

Here are the important questions we have about Hogwarts, if anyone can answer them:

1) We're told somewhere that Merlin was a Slytherin. Merlin is way before Hogwarts was founded. Is this the wizard equivalent of the thing where totalitarian governments claim their nation totally invented aeroplanes?
2) Castles in north-west Europe so far as we can tell were typically timber rather than stone in the 10th century. Did no-one notice and think to fill in the Chamber of Secrets when they were upgrading to stone?
3) The plumbing is clearly a later addition. Who the hell made sure Moaning Myrtle's bathroom was connected to the Chamber of Secrets when it was built?

There were many more questions, but this is a select few.
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)


Dear Writer Friend,
First, thank you for being my recipient, and being excited to write the same sorts of things that I am excited to read. Consider this letter as a list of suggestions, rather than anything stronger - optional details are most definitely optional, and if my requested characters are involved, I will be happy!
Read more... )
Most of all, you are the best, friend! I'm sure I'll love whatever you produce.

alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
So I saw Age of Ultron last night, and posted a long and rambly post over at my Tumblr about how I felt like they'd dropped the ball on characterisation. I didn't even get to how they dropped the ball on plot. Suffice to say, while I was there with many good friends, so I still had fun, I am reasonably sure that goes at the bottom of my Favourite Marvel Movies list, down after every other Marvel movie I have seen.

Here's the Tumblr post, if anyone is interested. There are spoilers, so read at your own peril.
alasse_irena: Photo of the back of my head, hair elaborately braided (Default)
 So the fantastic [personal profile] argentumlupine podficced one of my fics! This is the first time someone's done this for me, and it's really exciting to hear my words in somebody else's voice. Also, it is exciting when the characters I'm writing have vaguely appropriate accents, rather than the Australian accent that is happening in my head while I write.

So, if podfic is your thing, and Carmilla (the web series) is also your thing, it is here for your listening pleasure. The original is linked at the podfic, in case podfic is not your thing, or you want to leave me feedback.

In other news, I am writing fic for [community profile] pt_lightning , because now I am excited by the idea of podfic, and also because without something to write for very little gets written with me.

In other other news, I am in the middle of reading a long and plotty Star Trek fic, Leave No Soul Behind. It involves an AU wherein Spock and Kirk (and assorted others, but yes, this is shippy fic) are space ambulance officers. I have a RL friend who is very emotionally invested in this fic, and it is indeed well-written and readable, but being only halfway through I can't really speak for the emotional impact yet.
Page generated September 20th, 2017 06:13 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios