ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
Life has been busy for me. It went down for a bit but I have a new fact checking job which makes me happy and [community profile] ineedmyfics happened. This is small but one of my favorite exchanges.

In news that I blame Netflix for, I've kind of fallen into Friday Night Lights, I actually own the first season DVD which I bought at some point and only watched the first disc. I think I bought it because someone played Tim in Milliways and then found it on sale. Well, its all on Netflix and I love this show. Its amazing to believe that it was started in 2006 considering the issues they took on and I'm already writing fic. I'm now allowed to play Matt Saracen anywhere or Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is the other fandom I've fallen into. The Clone Wars is so good and I've gotten into some of the novels.

The fic I got was wonderful about Sam Wilson and his friendship with Natasha and a great Clint cameo. I adore the way Sam's POV is written and how much he sees.

trouble needs a home (1765 words) by paperclipbitch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Natasha Romanov & Sam Wilson, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Fic Exchange, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Friendship, mild descriptions of injuries, Gen Work, Coffee
Summary:

“This is Barton,” Natasha tells Sam.

“Hey,” Barton says from the floor.



Then what I wrote was a fic for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol mainly inspired by banter and Jeremy Renner's face.

Operation Olympus (1679 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: William Brandt, Benji Dunn, Jane Carter (Mission: Impossible), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Team Dynamics, Heist, Seduction
Summary:

Before reconnecting with Ethan at the end of the movie, Brandt, Dunn and Carter spend some time in a hotel in Athens and end up creating their own mission. This time, Brandt seduces the rich guy. Contains banter, more god codenames, a well placed karate chop and a vault that doesn't behave.

Thank you to TL for betaing.

ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
I'm dealing with some major head congestion but I'm slowly putting various things in motion. A big part of that has been more writing, I finished my [community profile] ineedmyfics in a fandom I've never written for and started a few more fics including at least one in another new fandom. Not new to me, but new to my writing.

What I finished

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren, which I enjoyed. I liked that the hero was the one who needed to be taught how to enjoy himself and the conflicts and issues made sense. My main issue was it felt like the heroine didn't have as strong an emotional journey, hers was more dealing with making something that had been a fantasy, a reality and what it meant. A good and sexy read with some wonderfully intimate and funny scenes, an author who's contemporaries I might read more of.

A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire, the newest October Daye book. This is one that feels like its setting the stage but at the same time opening up the world. As always I love these books and this is one I look forward to rereading because its more about seeing what's going on and working to fix it instead of solving something. It also feels like a book with Toby embracing her role in a way she hasn't before and its great to see and I love all the background it provided. Its left me with questions, ideas and a lot to chew on.

What I'm currently reading

No Dark Place by Joan Wolf, a medieval set book that I'm not sure how to categorize. At times, it reminds me of the Cadfael books in terms of the research and there is a mystery, but the author didn't learn from Peters the lesson of showing the world versus telling. I've been moving slowly through this book because too many things get spelled out, taking their armor off every time they enter, commenting on the armor and who's overlord. Once or twice would be fine for setting the scene but there's too much explaining and it gets in the way. The characters and story are intriguing, the main character is a young man trying to find out where he fits on the cusp of the war between Stephen and Matilda and everyone wants to use him. Instead he's trying to understand where he came from, find a way to be with the woman he loves and deal with migraines. At this point, I have about a hundred pages left in the book, but I don't know when I'll read them. There isn't a huge pull for me in this book and I wish there was. Good historical fiction makes me happy and this is almost really good.

The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes, this is a Star Wars Clone Wars' novel and I'm liking it. The author has a good feel for the world and I can so far picture it all happening during the animated series which I loved. It also stars Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto, I love both of them and its wonderful to see more of how they work together.


Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
by Kim Todd is a fascinating book about a woman scientist who lived in the late 1600s. The author does a great job of showing how she fit into the world of science and commerce in her time and the art is beautiful. Smithsonian magazine just had an her as there's another book about her coming out this year. On their site, they have digital images of her art which I know I've seen on cards.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott, this book got a lot of praise when it came out and it really deserves it. The book is fast moving, alternating between the four women, and showing how at times their stories intersect. Its a reminder of how small the United States can be sometimes and how brave, determined and horrible people can be. I also find Civil War history fascinating and this book does a great job of looking at women and the different kinds of home fronts.

What I'm reading next

I'm hoping to be able to get a copy of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby from the library. I've heard amazing things about this book and have wanted to read it since I heard about it at ALA Midwinter back in January. Recently its actually on the shelf at the library so I want to snag it. I might also read Only a Promise, the newest Survivor's Club novel by Mary Balogh.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
To whoever is writing for me, thank you. I love this particular exchange for the size and the care that goes into every fic. This letter won't be long as its expanding a bit more on what I enjoy in the worlds of these fandoms.

Vorkosigan: I would love to see court life and a glimpse of some of those endless parties that Miles, Ivan, Gregor went through and how did Elena and others see them. There's something very oddly Regency about Barrayar and younger them with a Heyer twist would be amazing. That's a lot to ask for but a glimpse of younger in a quieter moment, navigating Barrayar and all the people at play. A story that featured any of the four listed would be amazing but I do have an affection for Ivan. He knows what he wants and no one lets him alone and love Gregor's quiet and Elena's understanding of how she doesn't fit. More of this world, please.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: My main request here is all the backstory, please. I haven't seen Age of Ultron so there's no need to adjust for it. I love all the layers of relationships around Natasha, Clint and Bucky. I'd adore some of the missing moments for Thor and the Warrior Three. Sam is the best. Basically show me them in another time and how that led them to where they are now or even where they are at a certain point.

Pacific Rim: I love this world a lot and want more of it. I ship Raleigh and Mako and would love to see their next steps but also anything from this time. What was Raleigh thinking when he chose to go on the Wall? What were Mako's thoughts in the simulator and as she became friends with Chuck? Tendo, I want to know so much about him. I want more of this world.

Incryptid: The family relationships and the world building are my favorite parts of this world and more of that would be great. I'd love to see how Alex and Verity and Antimony interacted or world building, missing moments between any of the books. Any time in this world makes me happy.

I don't have a lot of dislikes, my main ask for writing of fic is that it has the same general vibe of the world. So sex and violence if they fit with the story are great but to me characters come first. Plotty fics are amazing as they're not something I can write well but the characters have to come first and a visit with the world and characters makes me happy. Thank you for writing for me.
ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
Saturday was the opening of the Ao3 Collection for I Need My Fics 2013 and there are some great stories in it. So far I've only dipped into the 23 works but they cover a wonderful variety of fandoms from Les Mis to Marvel Movies.

The gorgeous fic I received was Private Relations, a fic that not only ties the X-Men movies into the Marvel movieverse but has added Carol Danvers and thoughts on mutants. I highly recommend it. I wrote Heading North, a story about Rogue set before she meets up with Wolverine in the first X-Men movie, strong warning for sexual assault as it takes place while she's hitchhiking. Go read, comment and kudos on the wonderful fics from this exchange that's becoming a mainstay of my summer.

In other writing news, today I wrote a blog post on my librarian journal called Lego Leagues and Public Libraries about what I'm up to now.

Slowly I'm getting up to pace with sending out more applications and tying up the last loose ends from Michigan. I hope soon to be able to dive back into my works in progress fics and maybe finish a few of them.

Its also finally starting to feel like Fall here with crisper nights but still glorious clear days. I've been taking a lot of pictures as that's where my instinct for art has been coming out but I'm shifting it back towards writing.

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