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NEW FIC: Sigh No More (Teen Wolf)

Sigh No More (5553 words) by elementalv
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: See the Notes section at the end for warnings and possible triggers. The AO3 options don't quite cover what I need.
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Derek Hale, Stiles Stilinski, Cora Hale
Additional Tags: Pre-Slash, Future Fic, Betrayal, Werewolf!Stiles, Season/Series 03 Spoilers, Trauma, Recovery
Summary: Scott respects Stiles’ decision not to take the bite right up until the day he doesn’t. That night, with the help of his father, Stiles leaves Beacon Hills for good.

Hey! New fic! Look at that...

FIC: The Tree (Teen Wolf)

The Tree (3091 words) by elementalv
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Future Fic, Far Future Fic, Unreliable Narrator, Trope Subversion/Inversion, legend, Horror

Summary: The first day of summer marks the first day of Talia’s freedom for three glorious months. Most days, she runs wild, and hair that was tightly braided at dawn is hanging loose and wispy around her face by midmorning. She climbs trees without a second thought and is still small enough to scramble through briars without scratching herself up too much. (And even if she does, it’s not like the scratches last much longer than a thought.)

Laura, her mother, knows better than to try to slow her down unless it’s needful, and the first full moon of summer counts. Come four o’clock, she’ll be outside howling for Talia to come in, but today, Talia doesn’t need the reminder. She’s heading toward the house at a dead run and can see her mom on the back porch already.

OMG! Story!!! I actually wrote a story for the first time since Yuletide!!!


Yay! Yuletide Reveal at Last!

So here's what I wrote:

Madame Sabrina Larrabee (3042 words) by elementalv
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sabrina (1954)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Linus Larrabee/Sabrina Fairchild
Summary: Linus has known Sabrina for most of her life. He wishes he could say that she's known him for most of his life, but that desire wasn't enough to keep him from marrying her.

And if you recall the squee heard 'round the world last week, you may recall that this is what I received:

The Importance of Being Mostly Human (10434 words) by gogollescent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit, Susan Sto Helit & Death (Discworld)
Characters: Susan Sto Helit, Sybil Vimes, Young Sam Vimes, Samuel Vimes, Angua von Uberwald, Willikins (Discworld), Constable Dorfl, Lobsang Ludd, Death (Discworld), Lu-Tze
Summary: In which Susan identifies "Where's My Cow" as a proto-talismanic anchor for Young Sam's continued health and existence, and tries very hard not to wonder what the Vimes' butler does on his day off. There may also be a lesson about the meaning of Hogswatch, but no one wants to talk about that.

Happy New Year, to all who use the Julian calendar.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.




The Importance of Being Mostly Human (10434 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit, Susan Sto Helit & Death (Discworld)
Characters: Susan Sto Helit, Sybil Vimes, Young Sam Vimes, Samuel Vimes, Angua von Uberwald, Willikins (Discworld), Constable Dorfl, Lobsang Ludd, Death (Discworld), Lu-Tze

In which Susan identifies "Where's My Cow" as a proto-talismanic anchor for Young Sam's continued health and existence, and tries very hard not to wonder what the Vimes' butler does on his day off. There may also be a lesson about the meaning of Hogswatch, but no one wants to talk about that.

 Soul Cake by Sting from If On a Winter's Night... (Bonus Track Version) (Rating: 5)


Oh, hi!

Hi, LJ! Long time, no see.

Yes, I've been busy at work, but I've also been busy with fannish actives, including going to Dragon*Con and winchestmidwest and volunteering for Organization for Transformative Works.

Speaking of OTW, did you know that it's celebrating its five-year anniversary right now? I remember when talk of it first started, when it became clear that fandom needed "to own the goddamn servers," and while I couldn't support OTW financially for its first few years, I could absolutely take advantage of AO3, Fanlore, and Transformative Works and Culture.

AO3 is a gimme in terms of understanding why it was useful for me, but Fanlore and Transformative Works and Cultures maybe aren't quite so obvious. I lost my job in late 2008, and when I couldn't find work, it made sense to go back for my master's. One of the concerns I had after losing my job was that my name was all over the web because I'd used it for fan fiction. There was no way to turn back the clock on that decision, so I decided to own my fannish activities with a vengeance and listed "Amateur fiction writing" as a hobby on my resume. I felt that was a good first step, but that I also needed to go a bit further, so for each class I took, I made sure that at least one of my papers or projects was related to fandom. That's where Fanlore and Transformative Works and Culture really started to help me, because they were valid sources for research and quotes and gave me some of my favorite papers.

I finally found a new job in June 2010, thanks to the contacts I made in my master's program. Although I had one paper in my portfolio directly related to fandom, my interviewers really didn't look at that. Instead, they were curious about my "amateur fiction." I explained in the interview that fan fiction had helped me become a much better writer, especially in terms of understanding audience and taking advantage of my readers' tacit knowledge. Clearly, I'd made the right decision to embrace fan fiction as a method of professional development, because they offered me the job two days later.

The OTW is holding its October membership drive right now, and all it takes to become a member with voting privileges is a $10 minimum donation. Your donation goes toward keeping the OTW financially healthy for you and for fans who aren't able to make a donation. I was in that boat for a few years myself, and I'm incredibly grateful to everyone whose donations kept the OTW going.

To find out how OTW has impacted other folks, go to http://transformativeworks.org/october-drive-celebrating-our-supporters.

 Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution by AC/DC from Back In Black (Rating: 0)



And I know you're all waiting with breath that might be bated to find out what I wrote…

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And then, as a reminder, I got two, yes, TWO remix fics this year:

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Remix Madness is live!

And Awesome Anon #2 remixed Heather (the one and only Middle Earth story I've written):

Heather (the B-side) (845 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Character

A wanderer has come.

Go! Read!

Remix is live!

Awesome Anon is AWESOME! Blanket Permission was remixed in an absolutely fabulous manner. Go! Read! Share in my squee!!!

Security Blanket (The Sleeper Hold Remix) (1709 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard

It didn't have to mean anything.


fandom snowflake challenge - day 2

Day 2

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

For more information, see Snowflake Challenge at akamine-chan's Dreamwidth account.

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fandom snowflake challenge - day 1

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Drop a link to your post in the comments.

For more information, see Snowflake Challenge at akamine-chan's Dreamwidth account.

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My Yuletide Contributions

I'm pretty sure this isn't what Belantana expected when she said she would be okay with a crossover, but happily, it worked for her:

The Fleshy Thing (1929 words) by faviconelementalv
Fandom: The Lost Thing - Shaun Tan, Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Narrator (The Lost Thing), Cthulhu, The Lost Thing
Summary: It's not easy, being one of the Great Old Ones, and Zesh-Uzzom should know.

I also wrote a pinch hit for Amalcolm:

Golah (4121 words) by faviconelementalv
Fandom: The Chosen - Chaim Potok
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Reuven Malter/Danny Saunders
Characters: Reuven Malter, Danny Saunders
Summary: Reuven thought home was everything he'd lost and nothing he'd gained.

 Free Ride by Nick Drake from Pink Moon (Rating: 0)

Yuletide Recs!

And yes, I'm NOT coming in under the wire here, though I'd hoped to. First rec is the story I received for my very own:

Of Empires and Education (1794 words) by Fabrisse
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Samuel Vimes, Havelock Vetinari
Summary: The future of Ankh-Morpork is discussed.

Once you land there, you'll see that it really doesn't need any additional pimpage from me, but hell, IT WAS WRITTEN FOR ME! ME, ME, ME!!!! So, yeah. I'm reccing it, because it's damn awesome, and I can see this as strongly possible future canon.

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 Parasite by Nick Drake from Pink Moon (Rating: 5)

FIC: New Guest Star, Misha/Victoria

Title: New Guest Star
Author: elementalv
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: girl!Misha Collins/Victoria Vantoch, girl!Misha/Jensen (UST)
Disclaimer: It's all fiction, so please don't ask Misha about his vagina, because in the real world, he doesn't have one. At least, I'm reasonably certain he doesn't.
Note: First story in an occasional series titled Misha does Supernatural.
Summary: Misha is fond of pointing out to anyone who will listen (and everyone who tries desperately not to), that she’s a successful actress despite her fashion sense, thus proving for once and for all that the price of tea in China really does have a profound influence on whether or not a butterfly farts in Rome.

Yuletide Letter!

First, thank you. Seriously. I know I haven't given you a lot to go on, and I apologize, but from my perspective, the fact that you're doing anything at all is pretty damn special.

Second, my optional details are really only intended as a springboard if you need it. If you're writing for The Chosen, and you're not feeling an after-the-story kind of story, but you have a perfect one that fits within the story, go for it. If you're writing for Discworld and have the perfect Sam and Sybil story, that's awesome, too, but please include Havelock in one fashion or another. And, of course, for Diamond Age, you have carte blanche.

Third, if you need more input from me, feel free to either leave an anonymous comment on this post or use the Yuletide mods please contact elynross to act as go-between.

Once again, thank you! You're totally awesome.

 Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons from Sigh No More (Rating: 5)

FIC! Red Five and Red Two, Gen, SPN

Title: Red Five and Red Two
Author: faviconelementalv
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: None
Note: Episode tag. Dialogue at the start and end of the story comes from "Lazarus Rising." Thanks to SupernaturalWiki for having the transcripts available.
Summary: He’s already getting to the website when Bobby asks, “How’d you know he’d use that name?” Intent on getting Sam’s location, Dean answers, “You kiddin’ me? What don’t I know about that kid?”

Divine: The Series

The first two episodes of Divine: The Series are up at YouTube, and I'm reserving judgment for the time being. The concept is interesting, but so far, the execution by the lead actors is a bit less so. Dan Payne hasn't quite hit on his characterization for Cesare Divine, and Chasty Bellasteros feels off in her characterization for Jin -- possibly because she's putting out a lot of emotional energy, but it isn't being met in kind. Even Misha Collins seems hesitant about his characterization. Taken as a whole, the first two episodes make me feel like no one really trusts anyone else to play their role correctly.

I think this uncertainty is fairly typical of any new series, but I'm not sure Divine can get away with it. The episodes are under 15 minutes each, and the overall presentation is deliberately constructed so that viewers can watch them in any order they wish, not just by release date. This means that the actors really need to nail down their characterizations and trust their costars right from the beginning, since they can't count on the audience to watch in such a way that they will see a progression of character development from start to finish.

That said, would I recommend it for others to watch? The short answer is yes. The long answer is a qualified yes. The uneven acting is not unexpected, and I hope to see it level out with each of the next four episodes that will be released. I believe the fact that this is Ivan Hayden's first directorial experience may also be playing a role in the performance issues, and that as he gains confidence, so too will his lead actors. Visually, the episodes can't be faulted. Maple Blood Productions put together these episodes on a shoestring budget and with the benefit of a hell of a lot of donated labor and a strong Kickstarter campaign. Despite the Rodgers and Hart feel of "Hey, kids! Let's put on a show!" the production values are high, and the special effects are about what I would expect from any well-financed project.

Maple Blood is trying something new with Divine, and I believe its mission is one worth supporting (disclaimer: I donated a significant chunk of change to the Kickstarter campaign). Ivan Hayden, one of the principles of Maple Blood, is pushing a new concept of web-based entertainment, and Divine: The Series is one of six projects under development (Hayden hasn't gone into detail yet on the other five, only that he's working on them) as part of a proof of concept to find a financial backer. One of the things the group needs to show is that the series can find an audience on the web, and to do so, Hayden has been overtly and unapologetically courting fandom for several months. To be honest, he's kind of a dork about the whole thing, but I refuse to fault his enthusiasm and his willingness to go a non-standard route to bring his concept to life.

If you haven't done so yet, take a look at the episodes that are already up, and then take a look at the blog for Divine: The Series to make your own determination on whether to support Ivan. Personally, I think this is an interesting direction to take for new entertainment options, and I kind of love the fact that Ivan is so directly engaged with fandom.

Episode 1: Divine
Episode 2: Choices


Divine: The Series

Divine: The Series goes live tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Pacific), and can be watched (free of charge) at either the website or the series' YouTube channel. The nice thing is that you can tune in any time and watch in chunks. I really hope it does well, though in some ways, it feels a bit like they're putting the cart before the horse.

The producers, all (or most) of whom are Supernatural alumni, have been working to build a fanbase before the series starts. This makes sense, because at the moment, it's a proof of concept that's been put together largely with volunteer labor and crowdsourced funds via a Kickstarter campaign.

Unfortunately, it feels a bit forced at times, even though the enthusiasm is genuine. I think it's because despite having worked on Supernatural for quite a while, Ivan Hayden, one of the creators and the main driving force (think Kripke), doesn't really understand fandom all that well. He's trying (and I imagine Misha is giving him pointers along the way), but he's still outside fannish culture despite trying like hell to fit in.

Case in point, he was surprised (and possibly a little hurt) last week to get a number of disgruntled e-mails claiming that Misha dropped Supernatural in favor of doing Divine. It's an idiotic accusation, but they were apparently blaming Ivan for Misha's decreased role on Supernatural -- like maybe Ivan seduced Misha? Who the hell knows. The point is, Ivan hasn't been around fandom long enough to get a sense of just how intense fans can get, yet he seems to believe it's possible to have a completely happy relationship with fans and that together, he and fandom will ride off into the sunset. Or something.


Oddities aside, the premise is interesting enough that I participated in the Kickstarter campaign, and I'm looking forward to the premiere and hoping like hell that there will be enough hits over the next few days to convince backers to support production of the remaining 16 episodes that have been planned.

 The Cave by Mumford & Sons from Sigh No More (Rating: 5)
So, yes, a bit of spam/pimpage. My friend Emmy Jackson wrote Empty Cradle, and yours truly designed the book. I helped with a few other odds and ends very early in the process, which is why I'm so damn proud of him for finishing it and putting it up for sale.

It's a good book, well worth the read. Go forth! Buy!


Ivy Aniram can't afford to make stupid mistakes. A scavenger in a post-apocalyptic America, where long-distance travel can be deadly to the few who attempt it, Ivy is a rare commodity—a fertile woman untouched by the epidemic “Empty Cradle." When she's ambushed and nearly killed thanks to an offer of trust she shouldn't have extended, the villagers who save her demand a hefty price in return—a baby born of her womb. She may have tumbled out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Corey Sanderson, a farmboy who's eager to escape his bleak rural existence at all costs, proves to be Ivy's salvation. She agrees to take him on a treacherous 2,300-mile trek through hostile terrain to deliver a mysterious piece of cargo. For the injured Ivy to complete this nearly impossible task, she's got to trust Corey, but his youthful enthusiasm makes him both an asset and a liability in a world of scarce supplies, determined bandits, equipment-stealing gleaners, and mutated, half-human “biters." The other passengers Ivy takes on—a traveling historian with a mysterious past, a cheerfully abrasive mercenary and her deer-shapeshifter companion—add their own unique complications. Though she's the driver and travel-master, Ivy quickly learns that getting her cargo to its destination isn't going to happen without their help.

Now available for purchase.

FIC: Kept, due South

Title: Kept
Author: faviconelementalv
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Rating: PG-13
Notes: A while back, I offered up fiction for [community profile] help_japan, and [personal profile] thursdaynext_27 won one of my offerings. She gave me a couple of requests, and the one I went with was a follow-up to Lost and Found.
Summary: It’s five years since Ray moved back to Chicago, and he doesn’t want to grow old without Ray at his side.
Title: Ring of Fire
Author: faviconelementalv
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: female!Castiel/gay!Dean
Warnings: None apply
Note: A while back, I offered up fiction for [community profile] help_japan, and [personal profile] elliemurasaki won one of my offerings. She requested a follow-up to Nights With Dark Satin, with gay!Dean and always-a-woman!Castiel. This isn’t quite a sequel, and the timing is a little borked to be in the same ’verse, but it’s in the same neighborhood, so I’m calling it good. AU for 5.03.
Summary: The night Dean decided Cassie wasn’t going to die a virgin, not if he could help it, was also the night he finally admitted he wasn’t quite as bent as he thought he was.

FIC: Slouching Toward Lawrence

Title: Slouching Toward Lawrence
Author: faviconelementalv
Rating: R
Pairing: Castiel/Dean Winchester (unrequited)
Characters: Castiel, John Winchester, Mary Winchester
Spoilers: 6.22 - The Man Who Knew Too Much
Notes: Horror
Summary: Castiel contains multitudes.

FIC: Fandom 101

Title: Fandom 101
Author: elementalv
Characters: Misha Collins, Ivan Hayden
Rating: PG
Word Count: 927
Summary: Misha tries, again, to get Ivan to understand how not to piss off the fanbase.
Notes: Ivan Hayden is one of the co-creators of Divine: The Series. Right now, they're in the final days of a Kickstarter fundraising drive, and although they've met their original goal, they've decided to up the stakes a bit. The new goal is not listed on the Kickstarter page, because it's extremely ambitious, and there's no reason to risk their existing funding. However, a stretch is a good thing, and this series looks like it could be good, so I'm willing to pimp it a bit.

Posted at Archive of Our Own.

Remix is open!

And my lovely remixer wrote Rabbit Hole (The Ripples Remix) which was a POV shift of Rabbit Hole. The cool thing about the remix is that he or she was able to show others' points of view, which I couldn't in the original.

As for my remixes, if you can guess what I wrote, I'll give you a virtual cookie. And maybe something else. I don't know.

Anyway, YAY REMIX!!!

Rabbit Hole - Master Post

Artwork that shows Sam Beckett leaping into Dean Winchester's life.

Title: Rabbit Hole
Author: elementalv
Crossover: Quantum Leap/Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 15,679
Characters: Sam Beckett, Sam Winchester, Bobby Singer, Castiel, (Dean Winchester)
Spoilers: This takes place after Quantum Leap ended and during the second half of Season 6 for Supernatural. There aren't many spoilers for SPN, but there may be a few.
Notes: Anyone who has watched Quantum Leap will recognize some of the text that appears in this story. Also, thanks to malnpudl, who kept going with the beta, even when I added another 5,000 words to it after I sent it off the first time.
Summary: Sam Beckett has been leaping through time for longer than even he knows, but he’s pretty sure he’s never leapt into a life quite like this one.


Part 1 | Part 2 | Epilogue

Also archived at AO3.

Rabbit Hole - Part 1

See warnings and notes in the Master Post.


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Rabbit Hole - Part 2

See warnings and notes in the Master Post.

Part 1


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Rabbit Hole - Epilogue

See warnings and notes in the Master Post.

Part 2


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Help Japan! Help China!

You all remember that I'm offering fic up for bid at [community profile] help_japan, and that my offer post is here, right?

The auction closes tomorrow at noon, GMT, and while I have some bids, I'm greedy and want more. So I'm sweetening the pot a little more.

I'm already planning to donate $75 to Doctors without Borders, because at that level, my company will do an exact matching donation.

In addition, I will match the total of the final bids and add that to my planned $75 donation. What this means for bidders is that not only will their donation be matched by me (up to $150), but it will be matched by my employer as well.

Come on, folks -- how can you resist a deal like this? Your donation would be matched 2 to 1, which is pretty darn cool.

Sweetening the pot

A couple of days ago, I posted that I'm offering fic up for bid at [community profile] help_japan, and that my offer post is here.

Which, yay! Bids! Right now, someone has bid to help China and someone has bid to help Japan, and each bid is £10 ($16) for a total of £20 ($32).

But here's the thing. My employer will do a financial dollar-for-dollar match as long as the employee contributes at least $75. I'm going to donate at least $75 to Doctors Without Borders regardless of what happens at [community profile] help_japan, but how cool would it be if bids for my fic exceed $75 and I matched bids for my fic instead (up to $150)? By my estimation, that would mean that the winning bidders would actually be helping to contribute up to three times their winning bid. Awesome? Awesome!!!

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