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Title: Burn Your Castles Down
Author: blackkat
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Naruto
Pairings: Orochimaru/Jiraya
Rating: Teen
Length: 1:47:36
Size: 148.1MB
Music: It's a monster! by Slayers BGM
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: Even monsters can be human. Of confrontations, choices made, and a small change that could very well shake the foundations of the world.

Part 2 of the Cry Havoc series

Link: mp3

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
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Dear [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange Creator, thank you very much in advance for making something for me. This is my first time participating in this fest and I am brimming with excitement. I am sure I will love everything that you generously choose to make. Thank you so much for offering to write/draw something in one of these fandoms.

I have made some prompts & suggestions, but please feel free to take things in whatever direction you like and/or include other characters. My DNWs are gratuitous violence, abuse and lack of consent (physical, social, sexual, etc.), any sexual situations for characters not of age, on or off-screen. Realism, magical realism & surrealism are all fine. I strongly prefer art with lower ratings; as for fic, wherever the muse takes you.

The Fugitives - Rosemary Sutcliff
Any characters: Lucian, Centurion, Fugitive, Pilus Prior, Marcipor, Syrius the dog, etc.

I love this short story for its huge potential; the premise could be turned into so many different romance tales and I'm curious about all the variations. What's the story of the young and dashing Centurion? What's in the Fugitive's past, and what are the immediate consequences of his choice? Or does he change his mind and not follow through on surrender? Did he have a more personal relationship with the Centurion looking for him? What about Pilus Prior and his body-slave Marcipor, do they live in each other's pockets like a married couple? Very interested in ten years (or more) later stories, when Lucian grows up: who does he become, what is his profession of choice, if any, and what is he like as a person? I believe there is a huge interest in shipping Centurion/Lucian or Fugitive/Lucian or Centurion/Fugitive in the future, with added richness of character development and events.

Knight's Fee - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Perhaps a backstory for Herluin and his relationship with Sir Everard?

The Rider of the White Horse - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

What's the deal with Black Tom Fairfax, really?

The Shining Company - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Adventures in Constantinople, mystery or whodunit, werewolves or vampires, everything's great. Prosper and Faelinn's torrid romance? What about Cynan ap Clydno's fate? What's his version of the events?

Sword Song - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

The Truce of the Games - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Warrior Scarlet - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

How can Vortix, Drem and Blai navigate a relationship with all of them involved and live happy, fulfilling lives? Also, prehistoric adventures.

Dawn Wind - Rosemary Sutcliff

Is there a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it. Whether they engage in international diplomacy or interstellar travel, alchemy or snorkeling, meet dinosaurs or merpeople, I am sure I will love it.

Perhaps - What happens to Lilla after Owain? Does Lilla ever meet Regina? And what about Vadir?

Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff
Alexios Flavius Aquila & Hilarion, Alexios Flavius Aquila/Cunorix, Cunorix/Shula, Hilarion/Lucius and any additional character combinations.

I love all these pairings, though I'd have liked things to have worked out for Cunorix (and also everyone not dying, including Lucius); a canon development or changed events can be equally fascinating. If you write Shula, I am particularly interested in the AU where she was the heiress/chieftain of the tribe, and the potential divergence in the political situation, the attack, and the social and romantic relationships of others. Post-canon fics with the Wolves in Belgica etc. are great, especially if there's Alexios/Hilarion. (Maybe one grieving for Cunorix, another for Lucius? Or Lucius is alive and there is an unexpected Alexios/Hilarion/Lucius love triangle!)

Banter and bickering or push-and-shove, secret pining or awkward matchmaking, anything goes. Any character-centric story is fine, as long as they are ultimately happy (not even necessarily with each other, because it's Sutcliff). I like strong, heartfelt relationships, love for friends, family, life companions, taking care of other people, loyalty, kindness, doing the good thing and/or the right thing, etc. Themes like quests, journeys, transition, and liminal spaces. Reflection, self-improvement, love, generosity. Whether they end up undercover pretending to be married in Gallia Comata or time-travel to prevent an assasination attempt on Emperor Septimius Severus, I just want them to be okay.

and finally, my one non-Sutcliff request:
Assassins (1995)

Miguel Bain/Robert Rath - what happens after and is Miguel really dead? Did Robert not-kill him on purpose? Really interested in 5 or 10 years later stories, who is back in business and how, and what other business can there be? Does Electra move on to a different, high-tech life of espionage given the rise of computer technologies and leave Robert with Pearl? More chess. More sympathetic, tired, hypercompetent Stallone. More sociopathic, validation-seeking, emotional Banderas. Learning and bridging the gap. Perhaps there's a backstory you really want to write? A wild AU that always tickled your fancy? A prequel/sequel/sidequel about a particular character? Go for it.

Book-a-day: Day Sixteen

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:00 am
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16. Can't believe more people haven't read
I am tempted to repeat my entry for Day Five, Perhaps the wind shall carry us to infinity, which happens to be Awesome Serious Literature with Spies, Shape-shifting and Identity Porn by a Great Nobel Prize Nominee, but on the other hand, I understand why it is not very widely read despite Ballester's fame. (But it is the kind of book that amazes with its existence, go read!)


Image from here

Instead, I am going with Malpertuis by Raymundus Joannes Maria de Kremer aka Jean Ray. This Flemish novelist is an icon of noir fantasy and modern gothic horror and all such things, and Malpertuis is the source code that a huge chunk of contemporary popular culture & fiction tropes rest on. For example, Neil Gaiman's American Gods and similar tales. People are widely aware of the whole 'old gods dormant in disguise' thing, and the idea has been hiveminded and frequently done in novels and shows, pulp fiction and visual references. However, few are tracing its current incarnation back to the 1943 novel, Malpertuis, even though the author is a key figure in 20th century fantastic literature, published internationally during his lifetime - including in the Weird Tales in the 1930s, like all the cool guys. (He was also imprisoned over his involvement in smuggling booze to the US during the Prohibition; but that is by-the-by. He did use it to boost his own myth and wow factor after getting out and writing twice as hard for a living!) Of course, there is a lovely Malpertuis film with Orson Welles (1971), which increases the novel's visibility, but the novel is darker, scarier, foggier...

It is very (post-)modern, composed of multiple narratives (supposedly texts with different authors) that come together as a jigsaw puzzle of black metaphor, contemplation of futility, despair, pettiness, etc. There's the juxtaposition of the grand and mythic with the bourgeois and ordinary. The strangeness creeps up slowly, seeping through the cracks in a trivial inheritance plot with taxidermist cousins, spooky extinguished lamps and infatuated goddesses. Most of the action takes place in 19th century Flanders. It's a multiple POV, unreliable narrator(s) tale of how a dying warlock Cassave has ensnared the ageing and depowered gods of Olympus in his crumbling castle, Malpertuis. The gods are trapped in the bodies of regular Flemish citizens: Zeus (Eisengott), Hera (Mother Groulle), Hephaestus (M. Griboin), Aphrodite (Griboin's wife), Apollo (Mathias Krook), a Titan (Tchiek), the Erinyes (the Cormelon sisters) and one of the three Gorgons (Euryale), as well as Prometheus (Lampernisse). There's also Jean-Jacques Grandsire, technically Cassave's descendant. He's just your regular blond melancholic cutie who finds himself in this story of a two-hundred year old warlock, his testament, a bunch of angry mind-addled deities, and liminal spaces beyond time and death. (You can probably guess that the likes of Jean-Jacques are not likely to emerge from this unscathed. Dude is a Gorgon/Erynie/human women magnet. You're too pretty for your own good, Jean-Jacques.) The story has carnivalesque and surrealist themes, and murder by the bucketload. You could read it as a murder mystery, all the people hoping to meet the terms of Cassave's testament and seize his fortune die like flies; you never know who is next and will any of your faves survive to the end. I wonder if this is where Game of Thrones gets it from?

Let's just say that if you ever wanted to read a story where Apollo is a paint store manager, Malpertuis is the book for you.

Drabble: Crups and Kneazles

Aug. 16th, 2017 02:58 pm
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Title: Crups and Kneazles
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood.
Word Count: 100 x 9
Rating: R
Challenge: Written for [insanejournal.com profile] neville100/[community profile] neville100's prompt# 362: Crups and Kneazles.
Warning(s)/Genre: Humor, romance.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Crups and Kneazles )

Drabble: Practice Makes Perfect

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:15 pm
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Title: Practice Makes Perfect
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 3
Rating: R
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] draco100/[community profile] draco100's prompt 24: Hiking.
Warning(s)/Genre: none.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Practice Makes Perfect )

Book-a-day: Day Fifteen

Aug. 16th, 2017 02:00 am
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15. Favourite fictional father

How is that a thing? IDEK. And have you actually encountered many functional father figures in literature? They're fifty shades of noir at best, like Prospero in The Tempest or Batman. Allegedly 'good' fathers are dysfunctional absentees like Mr Bennet in Pride & Prejudice. Usually, if a character is all right, he may just happen to be somebody's father, but off-page or to little narrative importance.

I am going with Moominpappa from the Moomin books by Tove Jansson (see Day One entry). Moomin Papa is a pretty zen troll in a top hat. He is an orphan brought up in an orphanage, he was restless and wandered a bit in his youth, and now he's settled down and has a family of his own. He is determined to be responsible, and he doesn't always get it right, but he's making an effort: he is a loving father and husband who also has his own hobbies & pursuits, he does stuff for his family and is an active member of the community. Moomin Papa is all right. Here he is doing a pretty good job of conducting a choir:

Moominvoices album cover.jpg
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Posting Schedule 2017

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:46 pm
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Here's the posting schedule. The mods will reveal the work on AO3, so all participants might want to do on that day is update the posting date on their work, so it'll show up on fandom RSS feeds. Unfortunately, AO3 won't let you list a posting date in the future, so you'll have to manually change it on the day you want it to show on the RSS.

Please be sure to have your work ready for your reveal day, with the podfic links and streaming in the body of the work. The mods will check all posts prior to their posting date and contact you with any issues we see, but please double-check your own posts as well in case we miss something. Mods will reveal on AO3 and crosspost to this comm on DW and Tumblr. Once the project is live, you're free to crosspost wherever else you'd like.

Reminder #1: Party Favors are due August 26, and will be posted August 27.
Reminder #2: To those participants with extensions, please remember that your due date is our agreed-upon extension date, not your posting date. However, if you would like to turn in a postable draft at your deadline and then update it between then and your posting date, you may.

Schedule )

mixed batch

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:25 pm
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60 stock, quotes and queer
23 WWE


rest here @ [personal profile] pureimagination

mixed batch

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:25 pm
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60 stock, quotes and queer
23 WWE


rest here @ [personal profile] pureimagination

Chinese Translation!

Aug. 14th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Guess what!
[livejournal.com profile] lewil_g22 has translated my H/D story Party Plot into Chinese!

If you'd like to check it out you can read it here: 宴会的阴谋, although it's locked, so they sent me the whole translation, which you can see below. *g*
See what you think!
Party Plot in Chinese! )
So yeah, I have no idea either, but it's pretty! <3

Book-a-day: Day Fourteen

Aug. 15th, 2017 01:10 am
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14. An old favourite

La viuda valenciana copia manuscrita.jpg
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The Widow from Valencia / La viuda valenciana is a 17th century Spanish cloak and dagger play by Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio. If you've ever glanced at my "Dear Creator" letters or rec lists, you know that THIS IS MY JAM!!! because the play revolves around the INVISIBLE MISTRESS PLOT. (Which is inverted Eros & Psyche – the man's curiosity leads him to the veiled/masked/hidden in the dark woman.) Secret identity shenanigans. This is CLASSIC, okay. It is Elevated and Sophisticated. Hardly if ever have I encountered such intense identity porn as in this play. It is possibly the Ur-source of my narrative kink or something.

Lope de Vega is not the author of the trope or the trend of the trope – like Shakespeare, he nicked the cutting edge trend from Italians (Masuccio and Bandello flaunted the Invisible Mistress shtick earlier). But he does it so well! As is frequently the case with cloak and dagger stuff, and baroque-type stuff in general, the woman spurs the action. In this case, it is a young, rich, beautiful widow Leonarda, who is normally beset with suitors, pious pursuits, intellectual company, and boredom, until she sees a hot young piece of ass and immediately wants a helping of it. However, much as she wants a steamy clandestine affair with the handsome fella, her reputation is also important, so with the help of her servant, she does it incognito. Seriously, they like put a sack on the guy's head and inform him of the circumstances more or less and he just goes along with it because he is a young stud thinking with his dick (Leonarda does not want Camilo for his brain, exactly) and they have these trysts where he doesn't really see her. There are shenanigans. Leonarda has three other, perfectly respectable, older suitors who bring her expensive paintings and stuff – they also engage in some secret identity shenanigans and disguise themselves as merchants before advertising their own assets. (Four for you, Leonarda. You go, Leonarda.) Not to spoil it much, she eventually decides she has enough gold and good name in her own right and just wants some vigorous dick and pretty face in her life now.

The sub-title of the play is El arte de nadar y guardar la ropa, or The Art of Swimming and Keeping Your Clothes On; basically, it's a story of Leonarda eating her cake and having it – she has a torrid secret affair and a stellar pious reputation, money and good looks, gets herself the ridiculously hot young man she set her eyes on and everybody loves her in the end.

Here is a version of the play with Aitana Sánchez Gijón as Leonarda & Fran Perea as Camilo for your viewing pleasure.

Drabble: Position Filled

Aug. 14th, 2017 01:46 pm
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Title: Position Filled
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for [community profile] harry100/[insanejournal.com profile] harry100/[livejournal.com profile] harry100's prompt 317: Astronomy
Rating: PG
Length: 100 x 10
Warnings: None.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Position Filled )

Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 32, 2017

Aug. 14th, 2017 01:31 pm
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Why is it that the day I have to return to work after a week off, it's overcast and raining, the perfect day to stay in bed and read porn do nothing?
*sigh*
Oh well. I hope you guys are having a fabulous Monday at least.

Ali's List of Fics: August 7 - August 13 )
And here's what I'm working on:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

Book-a-day: Day Thirteen

Aug. 14th, 2017 12:05 pm
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13. Makes me laugh

TheRedHouseMystery.jpg
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While it is not particularly 'funny', The Red House Mystery by Alan A.Milne (of Winnie the Pooh fame) is a hilarious locked room whodunit. It is very upstairs-downstairs, Gosford Park, Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple, English mystery Downton Abbey oh la la. If you like that sort of thing. There is a house party and unexpected murder! The cast of characters includes the host and their long-lost brother from Australia, a widow and her marriageable daughter, a retired major, a wilful actress, a young man about town and his friend with an investigative mind just dropping for a visit. Ahem.

This is Milne's only mystery novel. It is very playful. Not only is it exceptionally English, it is also quite queer. It is a 'Forster & Vaugh do understated Wodehouse comedy mystery' kind of story. While there is much talk and much ado about opposite-sex marriage and courtship, a great deal of characters (especially upper class and ambiguously almost upper class) read as gleefully and obliquely bisexual. There are so many undercurrents of same-sex flirting it reads like a slashy Yuletide genfic most of the time. Apparently, this was the norm for 1922. I don't want to give away spoilers because the plot is as muddled as milky English tea, and the flirty tidbits are the hilarity best served as a surprise, but I recommend it as a light read. Let's make it a Yuletide fandom!

Podficcer Check-In #2

Aug. 13th, 2017 05:54 pm
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Only two more months before posting begins! Time to check-in and let us all know how you're doing. What's your latest progress? Need help with anything?

Are you approximately 60% finished with your podfic? Submit a request for cover art by Friday, August 18: https://goo.gl/forms/SRnQsgZTxqNX7HsI3