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Sunday, December 18th, 2011 08:31 pm
  • moved the entire contents of the shed to new house, moved entire contents of storage locker. Yay for [personal profile] maharetr and [personal profile] chaosmanor for lots of driving and carrying. Storage locker lady was most excellent when the trailer we'd booked wasn't returned in time for us to use it - they said to just hire one and they would reimburse the $. OMG so tired
  • monthly slash gathering was lovely, I was ridiculously tired but had fun seeing everyone and [livejournal.com profile] ash48 showed us her and [livejournal.com profile] maichan808's new Supernatural vid Supernatural's Flying Circus which is surprisingly apt merger with Monty Python.
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 08:19 am
For those of you following the Delicious kerfuffle1, the Pinboard founder has posted this delightful post explaining fans to the 'grouchy hermits' who live on Pinboard.

Anthropomorfic - Fandom
The Morning After by
605. Delicious just can't understand why it's the shy, quiet ones who get all the girls.
Seriously, I had tears in my eyes reading this - from laughter.

1If you're worried about supernatural_fic I have backed it up liek woah and will lovingly port it to the best location when I feel I know what that location is.
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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 07:38 am
I have a spreadsheet again just to keep track of what I've read and I promised myself I'd do a rec post once we hit 50% bigbangs posted (based on an estimate of 244). At this time 123 have been posted of which 61 are CW:RPF and 62 are Supernatural and 107 are slash. There is much to admire and here are a few that made me happy in different ways.

Crossing the Double Yellow by [info]mia6363 J2 NC-17
I'd vaguely expected realism based on the description but this is not what it looks like, half myth, half urban fantasy. The world building is whimsical, darkish, weird and most of all, interesting. I loved many, many things about this.
34,000. Jared was just a country boy who moved to the big city. Jensen was just another jaded city boy. When they meet, neither of them knew about the culture they would create and the legacy they would leave in their wake.

The Allegory of the Cave by [info]tryfanstone (Sam/Dean) R
Solid, gorgeous case fic with haunting, hot wincest build
36,00. Set in the New York subway, The Allegory of the Cave is a reflective account of images real and imagined, remembrance, desire and obsession. Leaching memory, capturing souls, somewhere a hundred and thirty feet below the streets of Manhattan is an evil the Winchester brothers must face. But there's a fine line between reality and imagination, and neither brother can be sure of their footing in this upside down world.

The Jungle Book by [livejournal.com profile] beadslut [livejournal.com profile] jenna_thorn J2 NC-17
Fun! Fannishly witty action adventure romp with bonus geek references. I shall treasure the mental image of Jared hopping around taking his shorts off in order to use his underwear to make Molotov cocktails for a long time.
41,000. When Jensen Ackles, CEO of Ackles Corporation, travels to South America, he's expecting another routine business trip. What he gets is a plane crash in the jungle and pursuit by thugs from of one of the largest drug cartels in Colombrador. At least he has Jared, the plane's pilot, to help him survive - although Jared has some secrets of his own.

This Long Silence by [livejournal.com profile] dugindeep J2 R
Lovely interweaving of slow build zombie infection and J2 relationship
54,000. Jensen serves as the young sheriff of Morgan Falls, a town in the middle of nowhere that never has much happen. Until the residents start to turn, becoming violent and attacking one another. While trying to manage the chaos, Jensen is concerned with tracking down his neighbor, Jared, who's been hauled out of town with others in the quarantine. As Jensen becomes more desperate, those around him are clueless to his obsession, and he begins to recall how he and Jared became so close. Their sleepy town will never be the same, nor will Jensen and Jared.

Hell House by [info]narukyu (Sam/Gabriel) R - not central to the story
AU from pre-S1. Deliciously creepy and one of the better Sam alone stories I've read. Looking forward to sequel
60,000. A devotedly unreligious man sends his youngest son to a private religious school. If that wasn't suspicious enough, Sam can't get a hold of John or Dean, people are disappearing right and left, and, in the night, something whispers in the silence of the old chapel. Soon enough, Sam discovers that something terrible lingers behind the doors to the sacristy--something that sheds a light on the secret holy mission of the Soldiers of Christ as well what happened to his family so many years ago.
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Friday, December 10th, 2010 09:44 pm
I've been surfing the AO3 and finding old friends and new ones.

The Girlfriend Experience
by (Dean/Castiel) E
15,393. While it's not like Dean hasn't had a couple of truly regrettable hit-and-runs in his sexual history, this is probably the saddest fucking thing that has ever happened to him. Crack, but the kind that breaks your heart while you laugh.
I Got Soul but I'm Not a Soldier
by (Dean/Castiel) T
100,014. AU: Castiel is on the road (saving people, helping things) when he meets Dean and realizes that his soul is different - and not just because he's the pastor's son. I didn't know what to expect, and this is really AU and well, it's kind of gorgeous.

Supernatural RPF
Butterflies and Hurricanes
by (Jared/Jensen) T
13,346. Genetically-enhanced psychic assassins. I am not sure I can express how happy this makes me.
The Death of Jensen Ackles
by (Jared/Jensen) T
10,195. This is NOT a death story. Jensen and Jared are friends-with-benefits until something happens that changes everything. I really like the way this plays out.

Pride and Prejudice
Season of Courtship
by (Elizabeth/Darcy) T
40,119. Set just after Pride and Prejudice. Made of awesome, I didn't know how much I wanted this until I read it. Later parts make me squeal with laughter.
Five Sons Mr and Mrs Bennet Never Had
by (you're going to have to go look) G
3,929. A series of what-ifs exploring in turn the possibilities had any of the Bennet girls been born male. Seriously good stuff.

Sherlock (TV)
A Priori
by (Sherlock/Watson)T
6,659. In which vampires have enslaved humans and control, well, everything. Tres cool vampire AU.

Merlin (BBC)
Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle
by (Morgana/Vivian) T
8,860. In which Morgana is the gayest girl in Camelot, Uther wants a wedding, Arthur tries to be helpful, Gwen's wasted on men and Vivian getting hit by that love spell ruins everything. Morgana FTW!
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Thursday, November 11th, 2010 10:55 am
Now in interactive graphical format!

Read more... )

PS I have Beta invites - if anyone wants one or if they want to collaborate with me on this popplet just let me know.
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Sunday, July 25th, 2010 01:08 pm
A Heart Like An Artichoke by [profile] simplymarvie (Jared/Jensen) NC-17
50,000. Romance, warm, sweet and familiar. The inevitable anguish was gently handled. Evil corporate drone spends a week working with young, hot community organizer to decide the fate of community gardens.

We Drank a Thousand Times by[livejournal.com profile] glorious_spoon (Dean/OMC) R
42,000. Outsider POV on Dean through the years, lovely OC beautifully integrated with canon. They meet in a bar fight in North Carolina when Dean is nineteen, broke, and desperate, then again when a hunt brings the Winchesters into town a few years later. Neither one of them ever puts a name to it but every once in a while, through the years, Dean finds his way back.

Actus Reus by [livejournal.com profile] pixymisa (Sam/Dean) R
28,000. Solid casefic with deftly written unspoken Winchester boy communication that fills me with love. Even now, Sam liked to accuse him of hovering, but he wasn’t. That was the old Dean, the one who played his role of overprotective older brother to the hilt, and that wasn’t him anymore. He’d learned his lesson the hard way. Sam didn’t meet his eyes, so he must have known what Dean would have said. If he was still hovering. Which he wasn’t.

And the Greatest of These Is Love by [profile] beckaandzac (Jared/Jensen) NC-17
23,600. Romance, deftly handled, anguish-free. I have no idea what church groups are like but this has a very sweet feeling to it. Jensen loves his church, his youth group, and the Sunday school class he and Jared teach together. He also loves Jared, and not in a way the church would approve. He prays to be changed, to be normal, but when that doesn't work, he embraces his feelings for Jared and tries to find new ways to be faithful.

you spin my head right round by[profile] quasianpride (Jared/Jensen) NC-17
21,288. J2 fusion of “The Hangover.” Borderline crack, or maybe not so borderline. I laughed a lot. On the day before Milo Ventimiglia’s wedding, a bachelor party goes horribly wrong, resulting in a city-wide search for a missing groom, a pair of dedicated cops on the chase, a tattoo of the initials ‘JA’ surrounded by dancing cartoon penises, and a quest to find a mysterious woman named “Vida.” Good thing Jared gets to meet a stunning actor whom he may or may not have slept with the night before, or the day would be a total bust.

Coda by [personal profile] raeschae (Jared/Jensen) NC-17
35,000. Outing yourself in blog form while wasted has it's challenges but rebuilding an old relationship may just pay off for music junkie and writer Jensen. Loved the band-boy feel and the atmosphere, not entirely convinced by all plot elements.

Green Means Go by [personal profile] electricalgwen (Jared/Jensen) NC-17
35,000. Future SciFi Amnesia fic, I love a good amnesia story, it's even better with an action plot. Four years after Jared lost him, Jensen is found with no memory of his former life... or the job that got him 'killed.' Running! Hiding! Sneaking! Amnesia!

Perdix's Lament by [livejournal.com profile] frostian  (Jared/Jensen) R
33,000. Conclusion to Three Grams (J2, 37k, R) which you will need to read first. This is actually one of the works that made me realise I should read the first page of every bigbang regardless, because I am kicking myself for not reading it last year. Science fiction at its finest, lovely world building and a story that makes my heart ache - but in the good way.
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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 05:34 pm
Ours is a Reciprocal Gravitation Orbit by [livejournal.com profile] silver_arial  (Jared/Jensen) NC-17
70,000. The summary for this does not do it justice, it was sweet and fun. Jared and Jensen are in love, have been for most of their lives. There is just one tiny little problem: Jensen is imaginary and they can only be together in Jared's dreams. How can Jared ever find true love in the real world when his heart belongs to a figment of his imagination?

I See the Moon by [livejournal.com profile] kaylennz (Sam/Dean, Sam/Jess Dean/OFC) PG-13
88,097. I kind of adore this, I don't want to spoil it but I loved the relationship building. It made me happy. Sam had known how Dean felt about him when he'd left for Stanford. His own feelings weren't so clear. He'd needed time away from it all, hunting, his father, and especially Dean. It took him five years and a degree he hadn't planned on to realize there was only one person he wanted to share his life with. He'd never considered the possibility that Dean would move on without him...or that something could happen that would erase him from his brother's life completely.

Hail Mary by [livejournal.com profile] rhythmsextion (Jared/Jensen) R
116,000. Stands out like a shining jewel of layered writing. Three years since becoming the first openly gay coach of a Division I collegiate football team, Jensen Ackles is hired by the Dallas Cowboys as their new quarterbacks coach.

Reanimated by [livejournal.com profile] tigbit (Jared/Jensen) NC-17
80,000. In which Jared manages real estate in Heaven and Jensen works as Hell’s attorney in Death Trials. No, seriously. And now you should go read it.

From the Ruined Tower to the Caves of Unknown Horror by[livejournal.com profile] annella (Jared/Jensen) R
30,500. D&D fantasy novel in which Jared is a barbarian warrior and Jensen is a scrawny half-elf wizard. Light-hearted and delightfully accurate. Good times!
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Monday, June 14th, 2010 10:04 pm
a theory of convergence by [livejournal.com profile] _tiana_  (Jared/Jensen) R.
24,470. RPF AU where Jared is a sociable, expansive local boy and Jensen is an isolated intellectual who over-thinks things. Sweet and gentle romance. Good for the soul.

Praise The Lord (And Pass The Ammunition) by [livejournal.com profile] faire_estela  (Dean/Castiel) R
28,500. Supernatural futurefic. Dean dies again and Heaven promotes him... eventually... to a vital role involving embarrassing rashes and lice. Cracktastic, fun and thoroughly worth reading.

Supercross by[livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze  (Sam/Dean) NC-17.
51,500. AU where Sam and Dean are team freestyle motocross stunt bikers. You have to respect someone who invents an entire sport to write smoking hot motorcycle porn. I do.

In Becoming Who We Are by [livejournal.com profile] elizah_jane  (Jared/Jensen, Jensen/Jeff) NC-17.
82,700. RPF AU in which Jensen has given up on relationships after Jeff turns out not to be the perfect guy. Jared is, however, the perfect room mate and unspeakably awesome so clearly Jensen should spend his time in utter denial. This is a fabulous slow building romance and handles the inevitable miscommunication really well; it deserves vast amounts of love.

To Dream, Perchance to Live by [livejournal.com profile] peppervl  (Jared/Jensen) NC-17.
161,744. RPF AU in which Jared is a psychic Dreamer cruelly kept as a slave then abandoned for dead and Jensen is the Bondless man who cares for him. Science Fiction! *clutches to bosom* Lovely, solid writing with occasional sharp jumps.

For The Heart I Once Had by [livejournal.com profile] epeeblade  (Jensen/Jeff) NC-17.
52,500. RPF AU in which Jensen is in the SexCorps and Jeff is in the Military. Part of Sex Corps Verse. If you want the context you'll need to read back a fair way which means warnings for for non-con, rape, violence, torture, body modification (non con) and forced disability. If you start here you can stop at warnings for mention of previous non-con and torture, some light BDSM, angst, disability, prejudice and homophobia. Not only am I fond of Science Fiction but I think this is a fascinating look at recovery from trauma.

a spotlight on these desolate dreams by [livejournal.com profile] _mournthewicked  (Jared/Jensen) R.
50,000. RPF AU in which Jared left ten years ago to be a grumpy detective in Manhattan and left his perky side-kick Jensen behind to be a billionaire. Now he must return to California, solve a crime and face his past. Has a lovely detective noir feeling to it, I felt all tired and gritty with poor Jared. My only complaint is the fate of the female characters and I console myself this writer has written fabulous women in the past.
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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 09:38 pm
I'm doing my Data Analysis assignment on Supernatural_fic because hey, why waste an opportunity to do something fun and it's a good seven months out of date and there's no way I can catch up on tagging the [livejournal.com profile] spnnewsletter in time. I will have to leave Season 5 out - woe!

Are there hardy souls out there who would be up for helping and doing a month each? I estimate it takes me about 20 hours to do 30 newsletters which is a great opportunity to mainline a TV series you haven't got around to watching.. (or two!) go on, you know you want to help. *flails* Assignment is not due until late July so there is time to tag everything if people can help.

I can promise regression analysis, time series analysis and serious commentary on the rise of Dean/Castiel plus I will love you forever and praise you and maybe, you know, knit you something and post it to you1 or, if knitted goods terrify you I will send you something uniquely Australian that is not a kangaroo scrotum.

1I do funny hats and scarves well, and socks and jumpers slowly and badly.
2Now cross-posted for maximum pleading.
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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 03:28 pm
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Friday, May 14th, 2010 07:32 am
When you see this message, post in your journal with your favorite Season 5 SPN quote.

Dean: Team Free Will. One ex-blood junkie, one dropout with 6 bucks to his name, and Mr. Comatose over there. Awesome.

Go Team Free Will!
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Friday, April 30th, 2010 02:32 pm
Murder and Martinis by gigglingkat (Jared/Jensen) PG-13. A 29,750 word RPS AU movie remix of The Thin Man. Detective 'noir' murder mystery with a lovely light touch. It features Jared Padalecki the ex detective/playboy happily married to millionaire Jensen Ackles on holiday in New York. His old life comes back to haunt him in the form of a lovely young woman and her missing father.

"An argument could be made that a small white dog with a predilection towards yapping was not the best accessory for a break in. An argument could also be made that formal wear, although admittedly dark, was not the best attire for such endeavors. Jared was not the man to make such arguments to Jensen, however. Icarus was, apparently, a bloodhound of unparalleled caliber, and Jensen wished to go dining and dancing afterwards."
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 10:50 am
  • Supernatural: Brothers have pointed out that Lucifer would not play well in the wet. Spoilers for 2x19 )
  • Caprica: Still awesome, am curious as to why they all seem to smoke cigarettes – signifier of a decadent, decaying society?
  • V (2009): Strong pilot but not leaving me with unanswered questions, might save up for after we run out of episodes of Caprica.
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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 01:12 pm
  • Birthday present for Pop was a success despite jokes about paternity tests. Now to figure out how to request a retest for X chromosomes. I’d link you to the actual site but it has a crappy load time so have wikipedia instead.
  • Chopped off a small amount of hair for a mineral analysis, felt a bit like an idiot.
  • Bought towels, chilli red ones.
  • Realised rest of assessment for my unit is in class tests and a final open book exam – too easy, I was thinking there was a group assignment in there somewhere but assessment was changed.
  • Watched Footy finals with brothers and associated friends, there was much singing and shouting. Loved it. Have Best Brothers Ever.
  • Up to date in Merlin and Supernatural (and loving it)
  • Watched all six episodes of Krod Mandoon which was very, very cheap and knew it.
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Monday, September 21st, 2009 09:49 pm
  • Insane pre-essay reading following by some slightly more insane spreadsheeting following by writing punctuated by all five Kübler-Ross stages (it has to be said Bargaining was the most fun - I made [personal profile] maharetr take me out for smoothies and hot chocolate and even though the smoothie service failed and I had NO SMOOTHIE it was a lovely break from reality)
  • I am particularly fond of an article entitled "The Impact of Conflict and Conflict Management Style on Deadbeats and Deserters in Virtual Teams" it should be a rap song or something. *feels sorry for deadbeats*
  • Supernatural S2E02. I am up to date but unable to engage emotionally, it is all too much. *does 'woe' hands*
  • Trip out to Bakers Hill to hug people, watch vids, eat yummy food and watch S2 Merlin. Oh Merlin, I love not having to take you seriously, please stay so delightfully silly. Arthur, feel free to be all half naked and moonlight at any time. I may have vented a bit. Thank you for putting up with me, you know who you are.
  • xkcd has released a book (yes, you should be excited)
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Monday, September 14th, 2009 08:42 am
  • Saw and enjoyed Sweet! The Musical. I am aware this partly stems from being tone deaf and unable to perceive things that irritate my more musically talented companions. I wonder what not being tone deaf is like sometimes, music is fun, I love music but I have very little ability to detect things like tone, pitch or key which are obviously deeply important to other people. I loved the fight choreography and felt many of the characters were well cast – particularly Sweet, Anya and Xander.
  • Had goodbye coffee with RM before he takes flight and thoroughly demonstrated how good planning goes out the window when you’re in the same general physical vicinity and have mobile telephones.
  • Went to a PhD seminar called ’When Communities Collide: The Convergence of Physical and Electronic Communities’ – it was about how people, systems and processes interact in geographical communities and there is now someone I wish to hunt down and buy coffee as a result = win.
  • Caught up with [personal profile] cupidsbow  and a mojito which are a darn fine combination
  • Leverage S02E09 was fun and I totally picked the reveal and the job which makes me happy
  • Supernatural S05E01 was depressing for me, hopefully not for others
  • Had quite possibly the worst period ever and spent almost the entire weekend huddled against heat sources and taking painkillers.
  • Talked to my Mama a lot which makes me happy *waves to Mama* (she is one of my tact consultants)
  • Listened to some podcast interviews of Buddhist teachers I have respect for; I find it settling and it gave me some perspective on some issues I’ve been fulminating on
  • Read some books (it’s been a while since I had the space to do that but being tucked in bed with cramps helped)
  • Collected some 35 articles on team building and communication in virtual teams which I now need to skim for meaningful information