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[As of 2010 this journal is in the process of being moved here (alreadythere @ dreamwidth). All content will be cross-posted. But don't worry: there isn't much new content these days anyway. Maybe there will be toward the end of the year.]

Hi! My Official Fanfiction Pseudonym is Epigone but you can call me whatever you're used to. I write some stories, I watch some TV, I love theater, I read like it's going out of style (I think it kind of is?), and I really don't have a stick up my ass. Okay, not a very big stick.

I have another Livejournal for personal goings-on. Drop me a line if you're interested and I'll hook you up. (Don't be interested; it's not interesting.) I have no problem talking about my real life--if you're curious, ask!--it's just that my other LJ is friends-locked, and I wanted a public space to talk shop.

My friending policy's simple: friend me if you're interested, defriend me if you're not, and I'll do the same for you. If I don't friend you back, there could be a thousand different reasons for it, up to and including "I just don't have time right now for a big friends' list." Don't take it personally. There's almost nothing locked, so you're not missing much.

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(...oh hi, LJ. I exist? But this is more interesting.)

Yuletide recs! Oh, you guys, this year's crop was so good, and I've only read about half of the fandoms that I'm familiar with.

First off, my story! My author picked what was perhaps my most-wanted prompt; to wit, I wanted an In Treatment story, and I noted that April was my favorite character from seasons one and two. SO I GOT AN APRIL STORY. Moreover, it's a really cleverly told April story about the ways that different people in her life reacted to her diagnosis. I'm particularly fond of the first section, because how smart was it to write from the perspective of the construction worker she told first, seriously? and also the last, of course, because it's Paul, and his relationship with April was one of my favorite therapeutic dynamics on the show.

The fic:

In Treatment [TV]
"Four Reactions to Another's Cancer Diagnosis"
But he knows that those questions are the wrong ones to ask her. Those are the kind of questions that lead to a quick disappearance and 87 unanswered phone calls.

16 more recs, A-M by fandom: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, 20th-century RPF, academia, Arcadia, Black Books, Breakfast With Scot, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Community [2], Cyteen/Regenesis, The Dark Is Rising series, Dreaming Through the Noise, fandom RPF, Hyperbole and a Half, Lord of the Flies, and Metamorphoses.Collapse )



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Um, so, oh god, I kind of really want there to be The Boys in the Band fic somewhere on the Internet, specifically with Michael and Donald but also exploring Michael's unexplained weirdness about Alan and Justin and Harold and Harold's unexplained weirdness about Donald, and also Michael and Donald should feel free to sit around snarking literately and shirtlessly a lot AS THEY DO IN CANON. Which means in practice that I will have to put it there.

Am I correct in assuming that if I bring this into being, I will get kicked off the Internet and out of all respectable circles of society and indeed the human race? I think so.

Maybe I should embrace 2009 as my year of writing obscure theater- and/or book-based fanfiction that no one will ever read, entirely for my own pleasure, and do this and the Birdsong thing and, I don't know, Love! Valour! Compassion! It'd probably be liberating.

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Title: The End of All Our Exploring
Fandom: William Finn’s Falsettos
Pairings: Various, but Marvin/Whizzer centrally.
Rating and Warnings: R-ish. Spoilers for the show.
Disclaimer: Falsettos isn’t mine (nor, for that matter, is any of the Marvin trilogy). But I have a blast playing in it.
Summary: He believes that what patterns really refer to is the phenomenon where you know the end from the behavior of the beginning. And he’s never had much interest in seeing anything through to the end. Or, Falsettos: The Lost Entr'acte.
Acknowledgments and Notes: After spending most of my life loving this show, I finally saw it staged in February. And then again, for good measure. And then this happened. A few lyrics from the show are—with varying degrees of literalness—translated into dialogue here, and one exchange was lifted directly from the book by Finn and James Lapine (“So you think there’s hope for the kid?” / “I love Jason, but this is not his venue”). Thanks to petronelle, original cast member of the Fandom of Very Few, for giving me the go-ahead.

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Okay. I'm not totally sold on Kings yet, but-- man, freakin' Ian McShane. He is uncanny. He is not human.

On the strength of him and Eamonn Walker alone, I figure this show has me for at least a few more episodes, which should give it sufficient time to get really good if it's going to get really good. (Also to give me more Jack.) So consider this my placeholder: predictably like Jack, not yet sure about the show as a whole although it's visually stunning, but will watch Ian McShane and Eamonn Walker do anything they want to do.

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Hey, M*A*S*H fans! I've discovered that over at mash_slash, this week has been designated "recommendations week," and every day people are invited to comment with recs on a theme--usually a mood or other descriptive adjective. So far they've had "sad" and "happy" stories, which you'd think would be broad enough to encompass... well, any story you could want to promote. But so far the rec posts look pretty quiet. I'm still trying to decide what to rec for "sad" (dude, everything is sad, it's M*A*S*H), but for "happy" I immediately went for watergal's "Thirty-Second Annual American College of Surgeons Clinical Symposium, Cincinnati," which I don't think I've ever actually recced in this journal before. But I love it immensely, and if any of the M*A*S*H-slash fans among you--especially the BJ/Hawkeye people--haven't read it, go right now. It's postwar BJ/Hawkeye and it ends well and just. Oh. It's sweet and sexy and incredibly clever and deeply felt. One of the reasons I'm feeling tentative about writing the possible BJ/Hawkeye-in-SF story is that I'm not sure I can ever overcome this story as an anxious influence. (Oh yes, my friends, I did just drop Harold Bloom into the conversation, and yes I do hate myself.) This story, furies's "the hours between dawn and nothing," and not_vacillating's Explaining Series: doing postwar happy endings better than you since 2003.

Anyway, my point is: if you have any recs, go share 'em! There's a lot of good M*A*S*H fic--new and old, slash and otherwise--tucked in various pockets of the Internet, and I think it'd be cool if more people participated in this recs-week thing. I'm going to try to.

PS: seriously, guys, I'm embarrassed to even have to say this, but I don't bring this to my flist's attention as some sort of (not-so-)subtle strategy to, y'know, get myself recced. FAR FROM IT. Honestly I would be kind of grateful if 95% of everything I wrote for M*A*S*Hdom disappeared from the face of the Internet tomorrow and everyone forgot it had ever existed. There are approximately 3.5 things I wrote for M*A*S*H that I'm not completely ashamed of. I do not particularly want to see that nonsense spread LIKE A VIRUS through recs.

PPS: garnettrees, you appear to have gotten the very first rec!

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You know what I've been thinking about today? BAD IDEAS. Foremost among them is this one: "Oh, hey, once you've gotten up the guts to finish this Falsettos story, wouldn't it be fun to write a sequel to that M*A*S*H ficlet from last year? Y'know, the San Francisco story where Hawkeye actually does go to the Bay Area in the mid-1980s and after much travail he and BJ eventually manage to live happily ever after together?"

That is a BAD IDEA. That would be a VERY LONG and AMBITIOUS and EMOTIONALLY TAXING story. I don't need another one of those.

And yet it seems that BAD IDEAS are always the most appealing.

Please to be saving me from myself.

In mostly unrelated news, does it ever happen to anyone else that you always want rare-fandom fic at the wrong time of the year... which is to say, at least six months before yuletide? This always happens to me. I feel like I'm constantly discovering that I crave certain fandoms and pairings in the spring or summer, and then by the time YT rolls around, the intensity of the craving is gone, on top of which I'm usually too busy in November/December to sign up anyway. And yeah: it's happened again. I really just want somebody to write me Perry/Arthur from Love! Valour! Compassion! And it's not going to happen. And that is the sad story of my life.

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Wow, you guys. Just... wow.

The L Word's final episode: terrible series finale, or the worst series finale ever?

Wow.

ETA: Spoilers in comments.

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Boy, you know I'm far gone on a story when I start waxing sappily metaphorical about sports.

So there was this time when I started writing Falsettos fic. And... that happened. And, twenty-some pages in, continues to happen.Collapse )

ETA for clarification:
  • The subject line is not actually my opinion on baseball--though I do often feel like the odd one on the subject, since I don't particularly enjoy playing it or watching it. (Unlike Whizzer, I actually like hearing baseball fans talk about baseball more than I like watching it; they tend to do so beautifully.) It's a lyric from Falsettos.
  • As a college-basketball fanatic myself, I don't mean to suggest that it takes a whole lot to make me get bombastic on the subject of sports. Only that the more into writing a story I am, the more inclined I am to wax sappily metaphorical in general, and about sports in particular.

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Another New York question! For the New Yorkers or anyone else who knows!

I can't remember: does the New York subway have recorded announcer voices on trains? Do they announce every stop? Do they periodically (at each station?) announce the final destination of the train? All or none of the above? I know I should know this, but in my head the subway gets mixed up with the El gets mixed up with BART gets mixed up with the DC metro (the latter three of which I've spent much more time on than I have on the subway, cut me some slack).

I owe some people comments around these parts, I know. Lately I'm just being a total flake about, well, everything, and sadly sometimes the internets do get subsumed under "everything." For tonight, I'm really just going to count it a win if I can stand up again, take a shower, and get into bed to rewatch Love! Valour! Compassion! for the umpteenth time.

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I don't really do New Year's resolutions, but lately I've been thinking a lot about what a bad fannish citizen I've become. And I'm tired of that. So, here are the two fandom resolutions I've come up with for 2009:

(1) GIVE MORE FEEDBACK. I don't have to read more fanfiction than I already do, if the spirit isn't moving me (although I do suck at reading fanfiction as much as I should). All I'm holding myself to doing is giving more feedback. This means that if I like a story enough to read it all the way through to the end, I'm hereby committing myself to leaving some kind of comment on it. Preferably a comment that goes beyond "Thank you for writing; I enjoyed this," but in a pinch even acknowledgment of reading is better than complete silence, I figure. (Note: if you're on my flist and I don't comment on a story, that doesn't mean I didn't like it. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, it means I haven't started reading it yet, see above re: sucking at reading fanfiction. All that's changed is that now I've decided that the only reason I won't comment on a story is if I haven't read it all the way through. [Because trust me, I have reader's ADD; if I don't like a story quite a lot, I'll give up before the end.])

(2) WRITE. This doesn't necessarily mean "write more," because write more than what? Than I did in 2008? I wrote one story in 2008 and I've already written one in 2009, so that would be a meaningless goal. No: just write. Specifically, write at least one of the following five ideas that have been nagging at me, many of them for more than a year. In ascending order of likelihood:
  • Michael Collins fic.
    "He, Too, Has Been Changed in His Turn" was fine--in fact I still like it quite a lot--but it wasn't a full-length story and it was written in one night. Write a real narrative. Do the research. Stop being intimidated.
  • The Birdsong fic ("What Like a Bullet") about Weir and the subtextual story the novel seems to want to be telling.
    Probably going to have to trash the pages written in 2007 and find a better structural principle, but the fundamental idea is still sound and one or two central motifs are salvageable.
  • The Stand fic.
    As of yet I have no idea what this story might be, but I'm kinda jonesing to write it anyway.
  • The Slings and Arrows fic about Geoffrey and Darren in Godspell.
    Seriously. This needs to get written.
  • [TOP-SECRET PROJECT THAT I CANNOT CURRENTLY DISCUSS.]
    Well, you know. I can't discuss it.

I am resolved.

What's on everybody else's 2009 to-write lists?

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Okay, so, a while back annakovsky posted about how she was reading Stephen King's The Stand, and based on that and what people said in comments, I thought it sounded like the kind of King fare that I end up sort of bemusedly liking. So I requested it from the library, and they sent me the huge-ass unabridged novel. And I proceeded to read it all. And then watch the miniseries, because it had YOUNG GARY SINISE YOU GUYS, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, and also young Rob Lowe not talking (which is usually a good thing; unless he's Sam Seaborn, hearing Rob Lowe talk sort of ruins him for me), and also because minttown1 told me I should.

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Anybody else as shockingly in love with The Stand as I am? Talk to me, guys. If I have to talk to myself much longer, I may end up committing fic.

(abyssinia4077: inspired by this in a roundabout way, I went to the library today, and I am now rereading Dreamcatcher. Ohgod.)

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Okay, so who else is on Delicious? I finally gave in and got myself an account. I've only got the more interesting bookmarks from my default browser on there now, but I'm sure my compulsive need to organize will manifest itself over the coming days as I add LJ memories (i.e., more fandom-oriented stuff) and such.

So! If you've got an account, drop me a link!

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Dear the Internet,

Okay, I know that the newest episode of The L Word won't burst onto TV screens for another ten minutes...

...but really, is it so much to ask that someone upload it before it airs? I mean, if not for my gut feeling that somewhere between time zones the whole nature of the space-time continuum is altered so much that we can do things like know the future and watch TV early and call up the people we left back East to laugh at them, why do you think I moved to the West Coast?

Love,
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Title: That Man That Is Not Passion's Slave
Fandom: Slings and Arrows
Genre: Slash and het; Geoffrey/...several people, let's just say.
Rating and Warnings: Somewhere between PG-13 and R, for sex and language. Spoilers for the pilot.
Disclaimer: Only the original characters in here are mine (though I steal some things shamelessly from theatrical history). The rest I'm just borrowing.
Summary: “. . . Even Gielgud dabbled in Hamlet homoeroticism. It’s not… that interesting a story.”
Acknowledgments and Notes: Written for loneraven's birthday, over at grimandancient. Thanks to very_improbable for once again fielding my dumb-amateur questions at every turn, and for turning me on (ha ha ha, pun intended) to how "cope" signifies in Shakespeare; to petronelle and iamsab for canon consultations; to abyssinia4077 for unwittingly planting the seed of this eight months ago by taking me to Stratford and letting me talk about Hamlet/Horatio; to the G.T.P. theater company for letting me hang out behind the scenes; and to bibliotropic for being a quick, perceptive beta. I couldn't have done this without them. Incidentally, I also couldn't have done it without Damien Rice, Campbell Scott & John Benjamin Hickey, Ben Carlson & Tom Rooney, and red wine. All of the original characters, radio stations, and theaters used herein are my own invention and are not intended to comment upon anything real (although sharp-eyed readers may notice allusions/tributes to the real).
PS, Montreal? Is in Quebec.

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Two unrelated questions:

(1) Does anybody know what the character limit is on an LJ post? Or even approximately what kind of word count you can fit into a single post, or the equivalent number of pages in Word? From experience I've found it's somewhere between 8,500 and 11,000 words, but if I could narrow it down further, that'd be helpful.

(FAQ research yields this: "Entries are limited to 65,535 bytes in size; to post entries larger than this, you will need to post multiple entries instead." Only that's not of much practical use, because although I can check how big the Word file is, I have no way to know how big the pasted text itself will be. Do I?)

(2) Hey, Canadians! Do y'all say "flat" or "apartment"? Apparently you say "apartment," AS ALL CORRECT PEOPLE DO.
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Hey, question for the Slings and Arrows-inclined among you:

The only thing we know, canonically, about Geoffrey Tennant's extra-Ellen love life is that he didn't sleep with anyone else between his breakdown and their rapprochement, right? (Oh my god, why do I say things like "rapprochement," I MEAN WHEN THEY FINALLY DONE SEX AGAIN.) And although canon suggests that they are The Loves of Each Other's Lives, and although one can infer, if one chooses, that Geoffrey has never felt quite That Way about anyone else... there's no reason that one has to infer that, right?

I mean. I ship Geoffrey/Ellen big time, and when it's convenient to my writing purposes (or rather, when it's convenient to Geoffrey's interior monologue), I have been known to infer that. I'm just saying, if I want to suggest that somewhere along the line Geoffrey could've had feelings for someone else, and that maybe even while he was with Ellen he wasn't completely oblivious to the rest of humanity, that wouldn't necessarily jar with canon, would it?

Yeah, I seem to be trying to write Slings and Arrows fic again. However, it is top secret, so don't mention it outside of this and any other locked posts. ALL WILL BECOME CLEAR LATER.

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In other news, there really is no other news. But I have been rewatching House from the beginning (after bailing somewhere in the second-ish season?), having gotten re-hooked by that damn USA post-holidays marathon when I went home for Christmas. It was actually quite disgusting: the entire visiting extended family spent hours sprawled all over the TV room, trying to guess plotlines and forgoing all custom of exercise and refusing to go see Milk (for the third time) with me. So I succumbed. So did my oldest aunt, previously not a House-watcher; she had to leave to fly home in the middle of an episode, and called us from the airport to hear if the baby and the mother had survived. Anyway, to compensate you for your time, here's what's House has been doing to make me happy lately:

HOUSE [on a mistaken diagnosis]: It was so perfect. It was beautiful.
WILSON: Beauty often seduces us on the road to truth.
HOUSE [turning to look at him]: And triteness kicks us in the 'nads.
WILSON: So true.
HOUSE: This doesn't bother you?
WILSON: That you were wrong? I try to work through the pain.
HOUSE: I was not wrong. Everything I said was true. It... fit. It was elegant.
WILSON: So... reality was wrong.
HOUSE [dourly, popping a mouthful of pills]: Reality is almost always wrong.
--1x03, "Occam's Razor"

CAMERON [on a deteriorating patient]: Brandon's not ready for surgery.
HOUSE: Okay! Let's leave it a couple of weeks. He should be feeling better by then. Oh, wait, which way does time go?
--1x03, "Occam's Razor"

HOUSE: Are you... comparing me to God? I mean, that's great, but just so you know, I've never made a tree.
--1x17, "Role Model"

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Look, I wrote something! Here’s the first of the requested ficlets, Gob/Michael (ish) from Arrested Development, off iamsab's prompt. Because you know what they say: if you want something done right, etc etc etc. (I don’t know who “they” are.) Spoilers up through 1x20, “Whistler’s Mother.”

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Two items:

(1) My housemate has been making me ("making me") watch 30 Rock over the past few weeks, and it's really charming, aaand I seem to find Alec Baldwin attractive now? No, I don't know either. I knew I had a crush on Tina Fey. Having one on Baldwin, any Baldwin, is freaking me out. However, that's not actually the shameful thing I wanted to confess here. As soon as we got completely caught up with 30 Rock, I promptly went and started rewatching Arrested Development from the beginning. Now, let's think: what is the connection between these two shows?

...yes, so, I have known this for some time but now seems like the right moment to admit to it: I have a thing for Will Arnett. I do. Oh, god.

(I'd already admitted to this next shame before, but it never hurts to ask again: I still want to read Michael/GOB from AD, yes I do, so if you have any recs, don't hold out on me.)

(2) This is probably the worst possible timing on this, since apparently LJ's going to be down tomorrow when most of you weirdo morning people will be waking up, but: once again, I find myself doing no ficathons during the winter holidays. It still feels wrong to me. And I miss writing a lot, since the last time I did it in a focused way was over the summer. So, with no guarantees that I will fill all prompts (or any), much less that I'll fill any of them well:

Anybody want to hit me with drabble/ficlet prompts? No limit on the number of requests, though I reserve the right to pick whichever ones happen to inspire me at the moment. Just give me a fandom (or fandoms if you want a crossover), a character or pairing, and a keyword/theme/something similarly indicative of what you want. And I'll see what I can do.

(As always, you can visit my profile interests and my intro entry to check what fandoms I know, like, and have previously produced in.)

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