sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([mentalist] grace under fire)
I was PARKING LOT WATCH yesterday; it's like neighborhood watch only more badass. Aka: I was really bored at my desk, which has a giant window overlooking the parking lot, and I heard a tremendous crunch and looked down just in time to see two cars -- one parked and one trying to park -- rocking back and forth after one hit the other. This is where it pays off to compulsively watch the parking lot all day long. )

That was the day's excitement. It doesn't quite beat the time that a federal agency orchestrated a drug bust in the parking lot and the agent who'd been disguised as a pizza delivery boy pulled a shotgun out of his trunk, but it was entertaining nonetheless!

I have been watching TV that is not Glee! Spoiler-free thoughts so far on Southland, How I Met Your Mother, American Idol, Bones, White Collar, Community. )

I'm experimenting with a Pandora radio station based on the prompt "Glee cast." It is uproarious. I spent half my afternoon yesterday laughing every time a new song by an eighties hair band or from a Disney movie came on. Track list. )

The rest of this post is going to be about Glee, since it's pretty much my only fandom at this point and now that they're filming again and the show is due back in a little over two weeks, there are spoilers exploding out of every possible place. AHHHHHH SPOILERS. I swear to God people who work on this show are spending more time leaking spoilers than doing their actual jobs. )

Glee meme day 14 -- A scene/moment that made you cry )
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([HIMYM] you're more than that)
Snow is the heaviest ever. I helped shovel the driveway and I'm pretty sure I am going to die now. (It was only eight inches of snow. I am so out of shape. Also, I am a wuss.) On the bright side, I used my snow day to both sleep and power through the [ profile] yuletide archive! I'm into the b's. Home stretch! I think this may be the fastest I've ever gotten through the whole thing.

There are going to be some fandoms here that repeat from my last post; this is totally due to Yuletide Madness opening late and not (surprisingly! for once!) due to my organizational ineptitude.

Fandoms are: Young Avengers, Texts from Last Night/TV commercials (Old Spice) [crossover], Star Wars: X-Wing series - Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston, Princess Tutu, Oglaf, No Reservations RPF/The Chronicles of Narnia [crossover], Neverwhere, Mythbusters RPF, Mulan, Monty Python RPF, Modern Family, The Middleman, Mary Poppins, The Magic School Bus, Love Actually, Live Free or Die Hard, Lackadaisy, James Bond films, Indiana Jones, Hyperbole and a Half, Huge, The Hunger Games, How I Met Your Mother, Hark! A Vagrant, The Great Mouse Detective, The Golden Girls/Deadwood [crossover], Futurama, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Frasier/Supernatural [crossover], FoxTrot/Calvin and Hobbes [crossover].

44 recs! )
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([HIMYM] independent woman)
Title: Aspirations
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Robin Scherbatsky, Barney Stinson, Ted Moseby; cameos from Lily Aldrin and Marshall Ericksen
Summary: Robin finally gets the break she's been waiting for, and she is totally, 100% professional and mature about it.
Count: 1157 words

Notes: Written for [ profile] redbrunja (from the fic request post), who asked for Robin + "success is the best revenge."

In the morning, Robin wakes up alone in the apartment with a throbbing head, a dry mouth, no cell phone, and a deep sense of accomplishment. )
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([hellboy] whoomch)

This is where I will be on my lunch break.

Fics that are awesome:
Damnation! by [ profile] indiana_j, Sherlock Holmes, in which Mary Morstan saves the day.
And Her Ruins by [ profile] sinuous_curve, Star Trek, in which Winona Kirk refuses to be held back.
and keep your powder dry by [ profile] penknife, Star Trek, in which Gaila kicks ass.
Sync by [ profile] alicamel, Leverage, in which Parker is off-kilter and hysterical.
What It Means to Me by [ profile] bluerosefairy, Glee, in which Mercedes pulls the Glee Club together around one of its own and happily gives up the spotlight.
Blonde Ambition by [ profile] nataliadarimini, Psych, in which Juliet crushes stereotypes and then stomps on them. And arrests them.
experiment by [ profile] asimaiyat, Scooby Doo, in which Velma is not going to take girls making assumptions and trying to use her as their personal experiment anymore. (Note: HAHAHAHAHAAA!!!)
and so on and on and on by [ profile] hyacinthian, Scooby Doo, in which Daphne is completely aware of what people think about her, and it's all wrong.
Loves Makes You Grow by [ profile] rise_your_dead, Hellboy, in which Liz steps out of her fireproof room.
shoulda woulda by [ profile] moirariordan, Royal Pains, in which Divya doesn't always want to be who everyone thinks she is.
Alphabet Soup by [ profile] effie214, NCIS, in which Colonel Mann re-learns how to be Holly.
be back soon by [ profile] fangirly_joy, iCarly, in which Sam thinks that pity-for-being-in-juvie is worse than juvie itself.
Just Give 'Er by [ profile] wasabi_girl1, How I Met Your Mother, in which Robin is sick of the Canada jokes.
Trust by [ profile] nightwalker, The Hunger Games, in which Rue decides who to trust.
not because you feel something or don't feel something by [ profile] hateable, Supernatural, in which Ava Wilson makes the choice: them or her.

Fics that I wrote:
what friends are for; Glee; Santana Lopez/Brittany; PG-13
language; True Blood; Jessica Hamby; R
eye for an eye; Glee; Rachel Berry[+Jesse St. James], PG
woman king, sword in hand; NCIS/Burn Notice; Ziva David + Fiona Glenanne, PG-13
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([misc] yuletide!!!)
First of many [ profile] yuletide recs! In fairly random order. I mostly post quotes instead of commentary, because I have SO MANY RECS that if I did full commentary for each, I would never finish this ever.

Also these rec quotes contain no italics or special formatting even if the original quotes did, because I'm pulling them off my delicious account.

SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (all for meeee!)
Haunting Things (Real and Fake)
(If you have seen Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, you will immediately understand how amazing it is when I say that this fic is based on it. And if you haven't, it doesn't matter; you don't have to have seen it! All you need to know is that Zombie Island showed that the gang had gone their separate ways, tired of unmasking fake monsters, and that Daphne goes on to have a talk show while Velma owns a mystery bookstore. The fic is poignant and sweet and sad, primarily following Velma through her unrequited love for Daphne.)
“I’m sorry,” she says and sits down on the end of Velma’s sleeping bag. “I know you’re sad.”

“Why?” Velma asks. She wishes she had the words for what she’s feeling. Why are you leaving me? isn’t quite right, nor is Why don’t you love me? but both are as true as they are incorrect for what she wants to say.

The Mystery of Life
(How the gang is getting along post-series; absolutely delightful and lit up my Christmas morning. The revelation that Shaggy is a stoner is one of the most apt things EVER and thrills me to no freaking end.)
"You found our yearbook! Oh wow." Daphne took the book from Fred and started flipping through the pages. "Look at my signature to you! 'Dear Freddie, as long as the ocean waves... stay groovy! Hugs and Kisses'... how many x's and o's did I possibly need? 'Daffy.' Daffy!" She hooted. "Let's see what you put, Shag."

(This was a Yuletide treat for me, totally unexpected, and it is fabulous! The summary sets it up perfectly: Fred loves Velma, Velma loves Daphne, Daphne loves Shaggy, and Shaggy loves visiting all-you-can-eat buffets with his friend Scooby. It's a series of vignettes following relationships between the gang, and the insights that we gain are wonderful. Velma is awesome at Jeopardy and sudoku, and is totally kinky! Daphne realizes that she's known as the dumb pretty one and hates it!)
He used to sneak up behind her and pinch her waist and she'd give a little startled jump and let out a high pitched "Jinkies!" He'd give her a moment to compose herself and push her glasses back up her nose because they'd slipped, and then he'd throw both his arms around her. He could never guess what she was gonna be enthusiastic about ahead of time, but there was always something, like the time she came home, cheeks flushed, and said: "Hey, you know what? We've never tried tying each other up! Get some rope, let's go, let's go!"

Recs for: Hot Fuzz, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency [books & TV], Anastasia, Band of Brothers, Black Books, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Cable & Deadpool, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, District 9, Glee, The Hardy Boys [books], Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Hellboy/BPRD [comics], Kristin Cashore's Graceling, How I Met Your Mother, Amelie, I Am Maru, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Lackadaisy, Archie comics, Alias [comic], Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald, Burn Notice, Hercules )

sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([HIMYM] independent woman)
Title: It's a Hot Day for a White Wedding
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Barney Stinson/Robin Scherbatsky; Marshall Erickson/Lily Aldrin, Ted Mosby/Nameless
Summary: The gang attends a wedding.

Notes: Extremely vague spoilers for the status of certain relationships at the end of season 4. Originally posted here for the Porn Battle; it's not terribly porny, but c'est la vie. The prompts were 'wedding' and 'diehard anti-romantics,' for Barney/Robin. The wedding vows are actual real vows. I could not make this shit up if I tried. You're welcome.

As the tides ebb and flow, so do the fortunes of life. )
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([HIMYM] you're more than that)
Title: Wait For It...
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Barney Stinson/Robin Scherbatsky; Marshall Erickson/Lily Aldrin, Ted Mosby
Summary: Robin is down in the dumps at Christmastime, and Barney has something to say about it.

Notes: Written for [ profile] zelempa for Yuletide 2008. I've been holding off on posting this, because this is only about 1/4 of the original plan that I had for the fic -- and then ran out of time to write the other 3/4 of -- and I was hoping to be able to get the whole thing done based on my original plans. Knowing me, that probably isn't going to happen, so posting! Thank you to [ profile] dynastessa and [ profile] iamsab for the last-second betas, and to [ profile] zelempa for the wonderful request in the first place.

Barney throws open the door of MacLaren's, races across the floor (arms flailing away), and skids to a halt against the table hard enough to rattle beer bottles. )
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([HIMYM] you're more than that)
Title: Summer in the City
Fandom: The Office/How I Met Your Mother
Rating: Somewhere between PG-13 and R
Characters: Karen Filippelli/Barney Stinson

Notes: Written for the Porn Battle, though it's not actually particularly porny. If you like the idea of this crossover (though not necessarily this pairing), [ profile] cashewdani got there first, and you should definitely check out these two fics; they (A) are legendary, and (B) were inspiration.

He just ... left. Left me standing there in the middle of the street in New York City. Looking like an idiot. )
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([HIMYM] independent woman)
Since it is Yuletide Reveal Day, I can now say that I wrote four stories in three fandoms: my original assignment, a pinch hit, and two Treats. I wish I'd had more time for all four of them; I ran into the usual problem that I have with Yuletide, which is that mid-December is a busy time of year. One day, I'm going to learn to start early, college be damned!

I obviously wasn't allowed to talk about these for a while, which apparently made me really want to talk about them a lot now.

The Leaves in the Glen Have Fallen, for [ profile] asprosdrakos (3484 words): Nuala and Nuada through the centuries.
Elizabeth mutters something sharp under her breath, says a brusque, "Abe, take care of the princess, okay?" and starts after Hellboy.

"Certainly," Abraham says, and he looks at Nuala just as she shyly glances at him. Nuala's eyes widen at being seen and she swiftly looks away again, just as Abraham does the same in the opposite direction.

Halfway across the garage, Elizabeth catches Hellboy. She stops him with a hand on his arm; reaches up and touches the cut on his cheek where he was struck by a rock, gentle care obvious even from a distance. He doesn't flinch.

For a brief moment, sneaking another look at Abraham, Nuala allows herself to believe that this entire mess may turn out well.

Story #1 was Hellboy (movie). Spoilery liner notes! )

Gift That Keeps Giving, for [ profile] halfshellvenus (5021 words): It's Christmas, and Tony's got a gift or two for Rhodey.
"Yeah," says Rhodey, well-versed in translating Tony-speak. "The secretaries are throwing a Christmas party."

"Wow," Tony mouths, setting the candy cane on the table. "I forget sometimes that the rest of the secretary pool is blonde and has incredible legs."

"And Mrs. Arbogast can run secretary circles around the rest of 'em," Rhodey points out reasonably. He accepts the glass of brandy that Tony hands him in passing. He concedes: "The little Santa hats, those're a nice touch, though."

"Rhodey, I'm surprised by you," Tony says, propping his feet up on his desk. He takes a sip of his drink. "The correct term these days is actually 'administrative assistant.' "

Story #2 was, in the least surprising news ever if you know me even a little, Iron Man. In slightly more surprising news, I did not slash Tony and Rhodey. Mostly because I ran out of time. :(((( Spoilery liner notes! )

Waiting, for [ profile] zelempa (2754 words): Robin's still not enjoying the holiday season, and it doesn't go unnoticed. By the Barnacle. Yeah, I said it. (That dosn't even make sense! Gah! I always come out of HIMYM mini-marathons talking like Barney.)
"Doug's kinda on the war path today," Lily explains sotto voce, and as the big man glances their way from the bar, all five of them smile -- big and fake -- and wave.

"You should've seen the guys he threw out earlier." Ted puts his glass down on the table and leans back, his arm across the back of the booth behind Robin. "I swear to God, at least one of them was on American Gladiators."

"Yeah, Ted, nobody's interested in who you may or may not have seen in porn," Barney says, his eyes momentarily tracking Ted's arm, and then they snap back to Ted's face.

I ventured into How I Met Your Mother for the first time, which was slightly terrifying given that I had been familiar with canon for all of two weeks. Spoilery liner notes! )

Greatest Show on Earth, for [ profile] vega_ofthe_lyre (1399 words): Hellboy meets Liz Sherman.
"Do you have any nicknames?" asked Liz, lit cigarette pressed between her fingers. She sat with her knees drawn up and her arms wrapped around them, hood still covering her head against the biting winter wind. There wasn't a star in the sky, the taste of snow in the air.

"I mean, 'Hellboy,' " she continued. "It's a little Biblical."

Behind door #4: Hellboy (movie)! Spoilery liner notes! )

P.S. - OMG some of you were really sneaky and are getting emails MOMENTARILY. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.