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Fic post for Remus Lupin's birthday, 10th March.

and in the mirror (2045 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Remus Lupin & Draco Malfoy
Characters: Remus Lupin, Draco Malfoy, Blaise Zabini, Pansy Parkinson
Additional Tags: Boggarts, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Lucius Malfoy's A+ Parenting, POV Remus Lupin

His third-year Slytherins are a difficult class.

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"Thirty in three months," Lanyon said, and nodded. "I know, I have rather a brutish face."
It was not that, precisely. In fact he had fine, decisive features of the sort one might expect incised on an old coin, half obscured by passing time and many hands, faintly unreal in full daylight and animated conversation. It was his manner that, once one knew his secret, smacked of a certain sententious reserve even beyond her years let alone his. Helen, all unknowing, might have approved, but it gave Harriet a case of social claustrophobia.
"You look as though you wish you were fifty already," she informed him, and stubbed her cigarette out in the proffered ashtray, "and it only seems polite to bring you as near it as possible."
He laughed a little, a soundless gasp she saw as much as heard, escaping in the frigid air. "I've been recalling as near as I could a very martinet of a captain I had very young; it's the only way I can get by without flattening Straike."
"We really ought to get hold of his credentials," she said, and waved off his offer of a third cigarette. "Pity he wasn't at Oxford."
"Cambridge man," Lanyon agreed, and drew meditatively on his own cigarette, cheeks hollowing. "I know a man who might have been up with him, and was a Fellow after, so a few years one way or another shouldn't affect matters. I can go down to the post office and call him tomorrow, since getting near the phone here is an ordeal and a half. He's still up there, can get hold of the records easily."
Something about the gesture had made Harriet's mind swing to fleshly matters like a magnetized needle north. What a filthy little mind I have under the sophistication, she thought, and having administered a quick reprimand, said, "Were you a Cambridge man?"
This time Lanyon's smile was all teeth and no humour, a bright slash. "I was a fishing trawler man, my lady. My father refused to pay for university after I got thrown out of school for touching children wrongly." He finished his cigarette in a long pull and flicked the ash and smouldering stub into the empty carton. "I'd ask you to keep it quiet in the house but you will regardless. Lord Peter knows already, of course."
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A significant minor character you've been steadily growing fonder of demands to be given his own space and story instead of being shoehorned into flashbacks of his little sister's epic narrative and now you have to do all the research you were hoping to avoid?

([personal profile] lilliburlero this is the story you were kind enough to read and review)
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 I think I feel guilty about writing Boromir as always-a-cis-woman, even though barely anyone will read the fic and even though she doesn't have a romantic story-line going, because when I came into fandom  the tendency of gender-bending in order to write your ship safely heterosexual was just coming under critical fire and I absorbed it like a sponge.
So I can say all I want that to explore the ways in which the narrative would change, or how people would react, and whether the Fellowship is different and how and why (not), and what it means to survive and to survive when you're a woman, and what it is to be a woman who cannot slide into the sweetness of marital domesticity, and how to deal with barrenness and grief and mourning family everyone else is glad to see the back of, and...
And I can say all of that, and a lot more, and mean every scrap of it, and I still feel like I'm doing this to write het. porn and letting the side down and I should be ashamed of myself. I am, ohboy, to the extent of trying to self-justify with "at least it's not a Mary Sue self-insert" when I don't really think that's something to be ashamed of, either.
I'm ashamed and it's irritating me no end.

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Apparently I'm ficcing in that fandom now.

he says in the end you're dead, nothing can hurt you (6375 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings (Movies), The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aragorn | Estel & Éowyn, Aragorn | Estel & Boromir (Son of Denethor II), Aragorn | Estel & Faramir (Son of Denethor II), Aragorn | Estel/Arwen Undómiel, Boromir (Son of Denethor II) & Éowyn, Boromir (Son of Denethor II) & Faramir (Son of Denethor II), Boromir (Son of Denethor II) & Legolas Greenleaf, Boromir (Son of Denethor II) & Merry Brandybuck & Pippin Took, The Nine Walkers - Relationship, Aragorn | Estel & The Fellowship of the Ring
Characters: Aragorn | Estel, Boromir (Son of Denethor II), Faramir (Son of Denethor II), Éowyn (Tolkien), Legolas Greenleaf, Arwen Undómiel, Original Female Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: girl!Boromir, Alternate Universe - Always a Different Sex, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Boromir Lives, Female Boromir
Series: Part 3 of girl!Boromir AU
Summary: Life in peace is hard for born soldiers.

In enormously more exciting news I have found a fic series I read, lo, going on a decade or more ago, which got taken offline and is now archived on AO3. It is The Mellon Chronicles, a monster of a thing I loved madly then and am almost afraid to read now.

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 Has anyone else ever thought of Harriet Vane as a WoC? The description of honey skin and dark eyes and deep voice have on my last read through been very persuasive on that count.

Someone looking like a younger Thandie Newton, mebbe.
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 now I really truly am going nowhere EVER AGAIN, having returned from a two-day trip to Mumbai for a conference.

fic post

Feb. 9th, 2016 07:08 pm
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Allegiance (4040 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Aragorn | Estel/Boromir (Son of Denethor II)
Characters: Aragorn | Estel, Boromir (Son of Denethor II)
Additional Tags: Magic Fingers, Rape Recovery, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, Past Rape/Non-con, Vaginal Fingering, Alternate Universe - Always a Different Sex
Summary: porny outtake of Red Sun at Morning with which I am now bored, and also stalled, because heterosex does not interest me beyond a point. Uploading for sake of completion, and also to stop thinking about it.

This is what I was writing to keep sane during my conference/interview week of insanity in Delhi. It has no future, so might as well get posted rather than haunting my hard-drive in hopes of completion.

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 Reading Gaudy Night might be an unorthodox manner of resettling oneself into college life, but it is by gods an effective one. Harriet, Harriet, my heart.
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  • been on the train 26 hours
  • lived with a distant-ish friend and [personal profile] filia_noctis in a hotel room for three days
  • interviewed for a fellowship (didn't clear it)
  • lived with friends from undergrad and their husband. boyfriend, and cousin (all roommates) over the weekend
  • lived with a friend from masters and his parents for three days
  • wrote Aragorn/fem!Boromir rape-recovery porn
  • worked in an archive where the archivist was consistently too busy to pull the material I wanted to access
  • variously rode the metro and took flights and flights of stairs with a densely packed rucksack longer than my torso
  • attended and presented a paper at a two-day conference
  • played nice with utter strangers over the stretch of 60 hours or so
  • travelled for 25 hours in the company of an irritable infant.

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Give me a fandom/pairing (moresomes or gen if you'd rather) and a number. I'll tell you all about how it would go/write you a snippet/a bit of both!

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School / College AU

Fandoms: usual suspects
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While I recognise that I have a tendency to assume that all Mumford and Sons songs relate to The Chariot, and especially Ralph Lanyon in one way or another, I submit for general inspection Sigh No More as an Alec/Ralph song

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Ask away!

1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing.
2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
8. Why do you choose to write?
9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
10. What inspires you the most?
11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
13. Favorite fic from another author?
14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or do you make it up as you write?
17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
18. How old were you when you started writing?
19. Why did you start writing?
20. Four sentences from your work that you’re proud of.
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r.i.p David Bowie
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Dept. of I Thought I Was Done Being Sad About Ralph Lanyon, Damn It.
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Rules: go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, share 7 sentences, and tag 7 more writers to continue the challenge.

Did this on tumblr as well, with my other WiP, but this might suit this crowd rather better. The TC/Wimsey crossover that has been languishing for a good few months:

“She’s very sweet. Kind to everyone, as long as she gets her own way, and from what I’ve seen has a tendency to exile people from her affections when that for whatever reason doesn’t happen. I’m afraid I can’t tell you if her habits are otherwise normal, too small a sample size.” He gave her an agreeable little nod, and fished a little notebook and pencil out from a pocket and bent to it.
The trouble with the type was they so often had a grievance, against themselves or the world or some section of it that to them represented a spurning authority. If they’d known about themselves for a while, and Lanyon certainly looked the sort, it was usually their mothers, or all women, or at least all women of a certain type. She ought not have asked: now she would go in nursing a positive bias about the woman simply because Lanyon put her off.

Tagging [personal profile] naraht[personal profile] lilliburlero[personal profile] moetushie[personal profile] legionseagle[personal profile] fawatson[personal profile] greerwatson & [personal profile] avanti_90 
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User Subscriptions: 17
Kudos: 461
Comment Threads: 90
Bookmarks: 37
Subscriptions: 12
Word Count: 71448
Hits: 6910

About 7k down from last year in word-count, rather than the 3k up I was hoping for, but I had a much smaller Yuletide this year. I wrote a total of 28 stories, in 11 fandoms, counting cross-overs.

Onto the meme!

What's the story that makes you happiest?

Well, honestly the ongoing Electorate series, for all that it appears to have 3.5 readers. Perhaps because it comes closest to original work I have done in years and I hope some day to cobble it into a novel.

Most popular story?

By hits a verb, a doing word, which is unsurprising given the fandom and relatively juggernaut pairing. By kudos, however, it falls second to Sex While Parents, which is a story for a much smaller fandom, the 2014 movie Pride.

Story most underappreciated by the universe?

um. Considering I write for teeny tiny fandoms I'd say all my stories do about as well as I expect. So I dunno. I do wish people would tell me how badly I've messed up the last chapter of despite the abundance of it, but that's about it.

Most fun story to write?

Oh. Ooooh. Well, honestly the Electorate series, owing to a combination of writing politics and writing modern India and writing the epics.

Hardest story to write:

um. I'd have to say made of ivory and gold, my Yuletide assignment of the year. Victorian epistolary BDSM. Never written any of that even singly before.

Truest story of the year:

I'm not sure what truest means. I did have to stop mid-way through the soft animal of your body and go away and distract myself because I knew there wasn't going to be a sexual assault and I still got scared.

"Holy crap, that's wrong even for you" story:

Actually I was exceedingly good this year. Nothing outre in the least. Boring.

Favourite title:

I hate titles, I think mine are all exceedingly terrible and trite. But. I rather like Beaumains, what with the hands-thing TC has going, and the slight Arthurian strain in the names of Ralph's sister and niece.

Looking back, did you write more stories in 2015 than you thought you would, fewer than you thought you would, or about what you predicted?

Less. Not so much by number, which is in fact up from the 16 I wrote in 2014, but I started more projects than I finished, and abandoned several which I do dislike.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2015?

I dipped a toe into the Wimsey fandom just lightly, and into Return to Night, neither of which I'd have thought likely. I also wrote Amba|Shikhandi/Krishna for my ongoing modern AU, which is not a pairing I've written before but that I saw coming a mile off.

Story that could have been better?

All of them. ugh. Each and every one of them would have benefited greatly from being let to lie in peace for a while before being posted.

What's next for 2016?

I've got three stories in the w.i.p folder (1 Wimsey/TC crossover, 1 Harry Potter, 1 Mahabharat) each of which promises to be in the 10k ballpark, so that's me set for the next several months.
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The best, the absolute best, thing about writing mythical/historical pairings set in Ancient India as versus Ancient Greece or Rome is the absolute lack of sexual constraints. If you can imagine it, not only have they done it, it is described in some text or manual with helpful little notes about the most convenient placement of limbs, plus it is engraved on some temple wall somewhere to aid in the education of an illiterate populace. If your particular partner doesn't know how, that's ignorance and not propriety: your wife can have just as many tricks as the most highly-paid courtesan, you just have to teach her.
All of which is such a relief after having to create excuses for anything beyond a handy or a quick spot of intercrural sex.
Er. This is not to disclaim the brutal patriarchy of say the Gupta period and onwards, though actually you know what, considering Europe atthe time what am I being defensive about even?
This rant-at-dawn brought to you by Mahabharata-fic and a bout of acidity.


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