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brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
Happy Mardi Gras!

Since flinging beads and sharing King Cake is much less satisfying virtually, how about a meme?

1. Comment with any character you know I've written.
2. Receive three bits of trivia about their sexuality: practices, preferences, experiences, fantasies, kinks, etc.
3. Profit!

(Stolen from an old post of [livejournal.com profile] laeria)
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I have actually written a drabble and/or ficlet for every prompt in that fic request meme! This is the first time I've managed to actually respond to all the requests in years, so I feel very accomplished.

For [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now: Jessica Campion, A dangerous daughter in a leopard print skirt / A Polaroid camera recording the dirt (Suede: Attitude) )
Also on AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now: Richard/Alec, Ever since you left I've thought of nothing else / Been a man possessed by the way your touch felt (Simone White: What the Devil Brings) )
Also on AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] egelantier: Jude/Kit (Untamed - Anna Cowan), Down the stairs the lady came thinking no harm / Lankin he stood ready to catch her in his arm (Steeleye Span: Long Lankin) )
Also on AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] ranalore: Hisoka/Tatsumi/Tsuzuki, Does it matter that our anchors / Couldn't even reach the bottom / Of a bath tub? (Regina Spektor: Sailor Song) )
Also on AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] lady_ganesh: Welcome to Night Vale, I love you, I swear it, I would never lie / But I fear for our lives and I fear your closed eyes (Wakey!Wakey!: War Sweater) )
Also on AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] veleda_k: Hakkai/Gojyo, Now the hard times are behind us / So let's not be alone (Cherry Poppin' Daddies: Hi & Lo) )
Also on AO3

Longer fic-bits
For [livejournal.com profile] somebraveapollo: Gabriel Corbier (Benjamin January mysteries), Momma once told me / You're already home where you feel loved (The Head and the Heart: Lost in My Mind) )
Also on AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] egelantier: Hannibal/Ben/Rose, And even if the morning never comes / My hands are blessed to have touched the sun (Local Natives: Sun Hands) )
Also on AO3

For [livejournal.com profile] lynndyre: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug/Benjamin January mysteries crossover, Wind out of Oklahoma this morning smelled like blood and smoke (The Mountain Goats: Pink and Blue) )
Also on AO3
brigdh: (my OTP has issues)
[livejournal.com profile] veleda_k wrote me a story! And it is lovely and sweet and sad and you should read it.

With Abandon or Not at All - YnM, Hisoka/Tsuzuki, PG. "There are a hundred of things about Tsuzuki that Hisoka doesn't understand. The way he relates to food is only one of them."
LJ | AO3

Story Rec

Jul. 2nd, 2013 03:06 pm
brigdh: (my OTP has issues)
[livejournal.com profile] veleda_k wrote me a story! And it is beautiful and sweet and sad and you should totally read it.

Turning: Yami no Matsuei, Tsuzuki/Hisoka. (Also on AO3!)
brigdh: (Hisoka will kick your ass)
[livejournal.com profile] laura47 asked "Top 5 fanfic authors".

Ah, this is such a difficult question! It depends so much on what I'm in the mood for, and what I've been reading too much of, and a million other factors. Plus, I'd inevitably forget someone, and I hate to leave people off such a list. Instead, here is "top 5 fanfics I've read recently" (in the order I read them):

1. Thistledown by Violette_Royale. 90k Merlin genderswap AU, Merlin/Arthur in non-magical 1140s Europe. Merlin is a nun and Arthur is a knight who seduces her. God, that sounds awful. But this story is amazing and epic, and the writing is so beautiful, and the sex is so hot, and I love it to little pieces.
2. Sing When They Burn by Bagheera. Vikings, Ragnar/Floki, Ragnar/Lagertha/Floki. By the way, did I mention I briefly got into Vikings fandom? Because I did. This story is excellent, and the writing is poetic, and it mixes myth and history into the show in the best of ways.
3. Dans le Défit de la Coutume by Elspethdixon. Benjamin January mysteries, Ben/Shaw, with mentions of Ben/Rose and Ben/Hannibal. Did you guys know there are only four pieces of Benjamin January fanfiction in existence? A fact which I must now concede to be true, having spent days attempting to google up more. Anyway, this story would be great even if it were competing with a larger pool. It is sweet and the character voices are perfect.
4. A Lonely Fire by Eva. Django Unchained, gen, focusing on King post-movie. The writing here is so beautiful, and this story actually made me retroactively appreciate the canon and characters more. This is that rare gem of fanfiction that's better than the original source. (Granted, I wasn't especially enthralled by the original source.)
5. when we lay down our weary guns by GroteskBurlesque. Post-movie fix-it epic (almost 40k), which ends up in a Django/King/Broomhilda threesome. I have to admit that I've spent a lot of time reading Django Unchained OT3 fic due to the lack of fic for certain other OT3s set in the mid-19th century America, but this story is genuinely awesome, happy and touching and so well-written and well-characterized. I did not know I needed this after the movie, but I really, really did.

[livejournal.com profile] tsarina asked "Tell me your favorite animes. (I need to watch something new)".

Hahaha, I haven't seen a new anime in ages. You might well be more up-to-date than I am. Still:

1. Yami no Matsuei. My all-time favorite. Incredibly slashy shinigami angst about their abusive childhoods in between avoiding/being attracted to a magical serial killer. That is a terrible description of what is actually an amazing show.
2. Revolutionary Girl Utena. I'm currently in the middle of watching the anime, though I've seen the movie and read the manga years ago. Reworking of fairy tale archetypes to make a point about growing up and gender. The movie is gorgeous, despite lacking a great deal of coherence.
3. Ouran High School Host Club. Incredibly cracky series about a super-rich, super-elite high school, in which the most popular boys form a host club. Starring a poor girl disguised as a boy. The set-up makes no sense, but allows for the self-aware, mocking use of shounen-ai tropes to great comedic effect.
4. Fullmetal Alchemist. The original! I haven't seen the new anime, though I should. Set in vaguely pre-WWII Europe, this starts off as a fairly standard "I will become stronger!" boy's adventure, but quickly becomes about the cost of war, and ends up so much more heart-breaking than you would ever have guessed from the first few episodes.
5. Samurai Champloo. Silly but touching, two samurai and a young girl go on a road trip across a deliberately anachronistic medieval Japan to find the girl's father. The soundtrack consists mostly of hip-hop, and the series uses a great deal of similar cultural markers (graffiti, record scratching, etc), which you would think would be a bizarre combination, but it somehow works so well.

[livejournal.com profile] silverflight asked "Top 5 characters you like!"

1. Benjamin January. Honestly, I could just talk about five characters from the Benjamin January mysteries, but I will refrain and only discuss Ben. He is described at one point as a "knight-errant" and that is so true; he's angry at the injustices of the world, he desperately wants to protect those he loves, his sense of right and wrong determines a lot of his actions. But he is also lonely and awkward, a complete and total romantic (in both the capital-R and lower case-r senses of the word), and has a relatively silly sense of humor. He is a bit more earnest and serious than most of his family and close friends, but also very kind. I adore him.
2. Alec. (From Ellen Kushner's Riverside series) Oh, Alec. You are crazy and self-destructive and full of repressed passion and I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DON'T KILL YOURSELF, OKAY.
3. Hisoka. (From Yami no Matsuei) Hisoka, Hisoka, Hisoka. I just want to read about him forever; I want him to have a happy ending at the same time that I kind of want him to break the heavens. He is stubbornness personified, the incarnation of the refusal to submit. I love that about him.
4. Sanzo. (From Saiyuki) He is a priest who thinks (who does?) he knows better than the gods. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT? He is fierce and angry and cynical and in complete denial of his own idealism and loyalty, but is all the more awesome for that. Speaking of, I need to catch up with the manga and Saiyuki Gaiden; I still haven't read the last handful of chapters of either. I got spoiled with the Tokyopop editions, and then they went out of business.
5. Peter Grant. (From Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series) Not really one of my fannish favorites, but it's nice to talk about something different. He is not a very good policeman (despite that being his job), but is funny and geeky and sweet and clever, and has one of my favorite first-person narrative voices in a long while.

I'll get around to answering the other questions soon, though the original meme is here, if you'd still like to ask something!
brigdh: (Hisoka will kick your ass)
I've had an insanely busy last few days (Saturday was a conference I was helping to run and also giving a paper at, and then I got sick), but! Now I'm back! And Remix is here!

I got the awesome, awesome story Last Boat Out of Hell (The Union of the Snake remix), which is a remix of my club!Soka AU from Five Things That Never Happened to Hisoka. I adore that AU- if it's not totally vain to say so about my own writing- and it lives in a special id-tastic place for me, so it's just so, so cool to see someone else writing in that world. And this is a wonderful story; long and plotty and full of wonderful grace notes in the characterization. It's made me terribly happy, and you should really go read it. It's made me want to rewatch the series now, actually. I may have to talk people into that.

On another note, I highly doubt that anyone will be able to guess which remix I wrote. But feel free to try! I'll write a drabble for anyone who gets it.
brigdh: (predator)
Fire by Threewalls. (Yami no Matsuei, R, Watari/Tatsumi). An excellent, perfectly-crafted drabble. (And I prompted it, wheee!) Warning for candleplay.

Like the Dawn by [livejournal.com profile] slartibartfast. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawn/Faith, R). Written for me as part of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis, yay! This is so good, dark and sharp and kinda painful and I just love it.

A Girl Made From Sky by [livejournal.com profile] doyle_sb4. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/The Sandman, Dawn, The Cheeseman, PG). This is an old story, but one I happened over recently, and oh my god it is so good. It's simply perfect, and lovely and absolutely right, I'm convinced. You all must read this story.

This Emptying Out of Everything, or: Ten Times We Met Maryann by [livejournal.com profile] posioninjest. (True Blood, R, ) The summary for this story is "We all go a little mad sometimes", and that's the best way I can think of to describe it. The madness of five different characters, each one unique, all beautiful writing. Highly recommended.

As Seen on Urban Dictionary by [livejournal.com profile] longsufferingly, (Sherlock Holmes, Holmes/Watson, R) An AU set in the modern day. What if Holmes and Watson were in Supernatural fandom? Yes, that is a totally ridiculous premise. But this story is fabulous and hilarious and you should totally read it.
brigdh: (too jaded for faith)
1. Tom Cruise auditions for New Moon. Video. Hilarious.

2. Stupid Callous Homophobic Hateful Legislation. Video. The best new version of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Is that spelled right? Who knows.

3. Tori Amos has a Christmas album coming out! You can stream it here, along with her thoughts on writing the songs.

4. Monday's Dinosaur Comics was the BEST THING EVER.

5. So, there's another tankobon of Yami no Matusei coming out! Probably? But it's just material from serials that had not yet been collected. But this may indicate a renewal of the series? [livejournal.com profile] yami_no_matsuei is suddenly very active. People seem to be really upset about potential changes between the serial-version and the tankobon-version, but, um, it seems to me that it's always that way. Every serial-to-tankobon comparison I've seen has had changes; it's not really that big of a deal, you guys.

These have been my thoughts!
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Title: Portrait of a Voyeur (the Melon Overdub)
Author: Brigdh
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13, I guess.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] remixthedrabble. [livejournal.com profile] p_zeigeist wrote the original story, Portrait of the Empath as an Involuntary Voyeur. This is almost certainly one of those remixers where you do need to read the original story first.
100 words exactly.

The sorcerer creates the melon with both beauty and flavor, but also more, a one-way conduit for sensation. He neglects to mention this in the accompanying note.

The first hands to touch it are brief. They are, perhaps, curious, but for now no more than that.

But other hands come, lifting, stroking. This one enjoys pleasure and is quick to lose himself. The melon fills his mouth with cool, fragrant liquid. His knife grows slick, his fingers sticky. He scrapes soft flesh from the rind. Juice runs. He sighs extravagantly.

And when nothing remains of melon or spell, Muraki smiles.
brigdh: (SQUEE!!)
[livejournal.com profile] remixthedrabble entries have been going up since Monday (and every day I have been recounting to [livejournal.com profile] rm in anguish about how no, they have not yet posted my fandoms); though not all drabbles have been posted yet, I've already received three wonderful stories.

Discretion (The Trouble in Paradise Remix)
Shameless (The No Trouble in Paradise Remix)
Both of these are Saiyuki Gaiden, Tenpou/Kenren/Konzen, rated R, 100 words each. They're also both remixes of my Lips Not For Scorn. And I adore them both! They are hot and sweet, and I love how they intersect with each other as well as the original story. It's such a cool example of the different ways a remix can go.

Friends (The Serendipity Remix) - Yami no Matsuei, Watari/Tsuzuki, PG, 100 words. A sort of sequel to Friends. This is so funny. As well as scarily accurate, I think. I am absolutely in love with it. I had to try very hard not to giggle while I was (surreptitiously) reading it in class this morning.

All of these stories have made me tremendously happy. Thank you, remixers!

Also, it's time for the anonymous ficathon guessing game! I've written two remixes of my own (though I'm not saying if they have or have not yet been posted). Guess either and I will write you a drabble.
brigdh: (i think this conversation requires tea)
Skimming the Eyewall by [livejournal.com profile] amand_r. A Torchwood and Yami no Matsuei crossover, yay! Ianto/Tatsumi, NC-17. I don't really know anything about Torchwood at all, except for what I have absorbed by osmosis through my girlfriend being into it, so I think I failed to comprehend most of this story. Mainly because I thought it was about, um, one recent plot point (to phrase it without spoilers), and then near the end I realized it was totally not. Or maybe it was? I have no idea. Anyway! Beautiful language, plus, hey, new YnM fic. You don't see that too often.

Book of Hours by [livejournal.com profile] poisoninjest. True Blood, PG-13, spoilers for 'I Will Rise Up' (aka the last episode Godric is in, if you know what I mean, and I think you do). Read this story! It is beautiful and lovely and kinda better than the show itself. I love this so much.

A set of lovely photos by [livejournal.com profile] sykii.

Also, I had to get up really early this morning and I disapprove strongly of this.

Oh, and also: [livejournal.com profile] remixthedrabble. DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT.
brigdh: (look how I got you bitches rockin' to it)
Okay, okay, I am still working on the drabble meme. Promise! But here are three I already wrote:

For [livejournal.com profile] medize, who wanted "Ooh! Can we do Swordspoint? It's hard to decide what to request - maybe something with Alec and Richard and either of their families, or Richard and Jessica, or Alec/Richard before Richard retires to the countryside or, you know, anything really. :D"

Medize's drabble )

For [livejournal.com profile] veleda_k, who wanted "Hisoka: Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Veleda's drabble )

For [livejournal.com profile] parallactic, who wanted "Hisoka and the Necronomicon."

Parallactic's drabble )


Aug. 18th, 2008 06:44 pm
brigdh: (the vegetable fierceness of beansprouts)
1. My pretty Mac is away being fixed, sigh. I am currently using my old laptop and disliking it intensely.

2. Dorian wrote a drabble! It's awesome! Aftermath.

3. Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] threewalls!

4. Sign the petition for sexuality rights in Malaysia.

5. Hamlet's facebook. Incredibly awesome.


Oct. 27th, 2007 11:29 am
brigdh: (best thing evar)
I haven't even been able to post, and yet people are making nice things for me!

[livejournal.com profile] ranalore wrote A Ghostly Galleon, which is a gorgeous, lyrical take on PotC and 'The Highwayman' post. You absolutely should go read it, because it is lovely and I adore it.

And [livejournal.com profile] sammywhatammy took a line from one of my stories, A Better Fate Than Wisdom, and made a stunning piece of art from it. I feel so special!

People are nice. And make very cool things, which you should check out.
brigdh: (*bounces*)
Lolcatz of death! Oscar the cat, who predicts people's death, gets his own macros.

[livejournal.com profile] rubyd is making lots of pretty YnM fanart!

This 'intelligence test' is addicting. I AM STUCK AT 20; SEND HELP.

I'm the last person to start using those book-organizing websites. Friend me, or, alternately, tell me which cool book website you use instead.
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brigdh: (You're kinda evil. I like that.)
A meme I saw on [livejournal.com profile] threewalls's LJ ages ago and which I thought was interesting:

1. Comment to this post with the name of a character that I have written in fic.

2. I will comment telling you the following:
a. What initially prompted me to like the character enough to write about him/her.
b. One of his/her best traits
c. One of his/her worst traits
d. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character
e. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character
f. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future (which may be more optimistic than realistic, but rousing old muses does sometimes gets work written)
brigdh: (I do porn)
I always love to read about the processes other writers went through to produce their remix stories, so I thought I'd write up my own.

Although, of course, you might prefer to scroll on by )
brigdh: (my OTP has issues)
Title: Nightingale (The Tiny Glass Bells Mash-Up)
Author: Brigdh
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, for inexplicit m/m sex.
Spoilers: None.
Summary: Of love and fairy tales. Tsuzuki/Hisoka.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] remix_redux (Remix V: Bigger, Longer and Uncut). The lovely and skilled [livejournal.com profile] ranalore wrote the original story, The Nightingale. Thanks to my beta, [livejournal.com profile] kessie, who was willing to look at this when I finished at the last minute. Further notes here.

( Nightingale (The Tiny Glass Bells Mash-Up) )

Remix Recs

Apr. 28th, 2007 09:20 pm
brigdh: (I'm posting this from a coffeeshop)
Disclaimer: I have not, by a long shot, read all of the remix stories. I haven't even read all the stories in my fandoms. But since I'd like to make some reccommendations before the reveal, here are my favorites of what I've read so far:

Displays (I Don't Wanna Grow Up! Remix). (Swordspoint, Richard/Alec, PG-13) Alec becomes the Duke; this is a problem. Yes, this is mine, and yes, I'm reccing it again. But you really should read it! It's very good.

The Fickle Nature of Swordsmen (the blood and scar remix). (Swordspoint, Richard/Alec, PG-13) Swordsmen are fickle creatures, but not without reason. Oh, this story is lovely. I absolutely love the language of it, and the portrayal of all the different parts of the characters' lives is so neat. It's a cool twist on the original that works very well.

The Angled Math of Shadows (Dark Chocolate Remix). (Yami no Matsuei, Hisoka/Tsuzuki, PG-13) A dead girl, a fall-out, and a cold Christmas in Kyushu. This is a really lovely take on the relationship between Hisoka and Tsuzuki, somewhere between friendship and romance. It's a quiet, subtle story, but with a genuine sweetness to it.

Something Like Normal (The Burnt Offerings Overdub). (Yami no Matsuei, Tsuzuki/Hisoka, R) Hisoka's okay with things. Really. And the opposite: this story is dark, dark, dark, but like chocolate, it's all the richer for it. A very neat twist on the original story (which is itself an excellently dark piece), and I'm fascinated by all the implications of this story.

Two Dishes, But to One Table (Hungry Ghost Overdub). (Yami no Matsuei, Hisoka, Muraki, Eileen, PG-13) His fate is in the cards, one way or another. I adore this story. The details of it are so vivid, and the characterization of Eileen is fascinating: memorable and sharp. It's an amazing picture of Hisoka in the King of Swords arc, and full of fever-dream brilliance.

One Bird to Sing (the Origami remix). (Saiyuki & Saiyuki Gaiden, Goku, G) Birds and bees, life and death, and the sun shining through it all. This story somehow manages to be both insanely sweet and heart-breaking. So much of the writing here is incredibly good. Goku in heaven, Goku in the cave, and Goku afterwards.

Hi, Ma (Sunrise, Sunset Remix). (House, House/Wilson, PG-13) Wilson is seeing a man. Wilson's mother isn't handling it well. Wilson's grandmother adds Yiddish to the mix, and maintains that mothers only want what's best for their children. This story is so funny. An established relationship story (which I always enjoy), and Wilson's grandmother is a vivid, hilarious, fascinating character.

Around the World and Back Again (Grace Jones’ Polar Opposite Remix). "Why are you hauling your butt halfway across the globe for a three-day conference you’re not even speaking at?" (House, House/Wilson, NC-17) I really enjoyed House's voice in this story, and the dialouge was excellent; they both felt very true to the characters. The portrayal of Singapore was also excellent; not that I've ever been there, but it felt sharp and real in this story.

Fix (Power Corrupts Remix). (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawn, R) Dawn held the universe in the palm of her hand, and she was going to shape it to her liking. God, this story is creepy. Such a real possibility of another way Season Five could have ended, but this is a horrifying trap of how things might have gone.

What Will Be Told (the Gospel remix) (The Sandman, Prez Rickard, PG) The good news is spread in many ways. Oh my God. I think this might be my very favorite story out of all Remix this year. I loved the original story when I read it in Yuletide, and this is an amazing take on it. It's all about how stories change, how people influence them and are influenced in turn, and the idea of adding elements of Christian mythology is genius; I mean, it fits perfectly with the canon anyway, but the way it comes into play here is just So Cool.
brigdh: (SQUEE!)
Spren, as the lovely and kind and incredibly awesome person that she is, put together a community all for me, which she told me about to be complete surprise. But I really can't keep these goodies to myself, as other people should get to read them as well (and also leave feedback! Because I can't say 'thank you' enough by myself).

Spren herself posted a gorgeous poem.

A Hisoka drabble by [livejournal.com profile] mistressrenet. G, a dark but excellent take on Hisoka and the other shinigami, and I just adore this story so very much.

Shameless Fluff by [livejournal.com profile] ravenbell. Tsuzuki/Hisoka, PG, and it's so cute and sweet; it's really adorable fluff of the very best kind. Squee!

Man, seriously. Y'all really are too good to me.


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