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Title: Pieces of the Dream
Author: Siamesa
Word Count: ~16,500
Rating: T
Betas: Chira Wilder, offline friend Hugh.
Warnings: Violence, medical experimentation on minors, institutionalized racism and homophobia.
Pairings: Billy/Teddy, Cassie/Vision, hinted at Kate/Eli. Background Xavier/Magneto, Scott/Jean, Wanda/Vision.
Summary: "It was sometimes said that the government spent half its money trying to exterminate mutants, and the other half trying to create them." In a world where cold war simmers between the human nations and the mutants of Genosha, some people want peace, some want revenge, and two groups of teenagers just want answers.

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 We've been up at the cabin most of the last few weeks, so not much in the way of internet.  I'll try to catch up with y'all as soon as I can, but right now I'm just in the library for a few minutes.

-Got myself psyched up to take my driver's test only to discover the office is closed on Tuesdays.
-Have broken up with DC, am having attachment-less one night stand with Marvel.
-College in three weeks!  So nervous.
-Won Mass Effect, 2/3rds of way through Mass Effect 2.  Romancing Garrus.

That's about it for now.  Hopefully talk to every one soon.
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I mentioned that I dropped Gen Lost, right?  And I'm not really picking up Booster Gold, but that was never a regular thing- I buy issues that have Ted in them.  This at times presents a problem, seeing as Ted died years before I started reading comics, but whatever.  I'll also buy for Jaime.

If they kill him off I am throwing things.

Anyway, hate Ice's racist new origin, am ambivalent about Ice's boring new costume.  I really liked her old one.  Want Max Lord to diediedie, preferably after revealing that he was from that alternate universe where everyone good is evil (Earth-3?  I think it might be Earth-3).

I plan to start picking up Birds of Prey at the next jumping-on point, and maybe one of the Green Lantern books.  Probably Corps.


New X-man writer.  On plus side, it isn't the last X-men writer.  On the minus side, he seems to ship Rogue and Magneto, a pairing that makes me kind of want to call the cops.  Look, Rogue, i understand he's attractive, and I understand the only other availiable option is Gambit, but the man has grandchildren.  Three of them.  On the plus side, Jean could conceivably be coming back.  Always good.

No Children's Crusade until April, though I'm picking up the March tie-in issue, which is almost as good.


I finally get the stint out tomorrow!  Yay!


Nov. 19th, 2010 09:14 pm
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I like AUs, specifically the "for want of a nail" or "makes a different decision" types.  They're probably 90% of what I write, even couting the ten million little snippets of things no one will ever see.  They're kind of why I got into fanfic in the first place, and they're one of my favorite things to read.  My mind has naturally gone to "what ifs" long before I ever got the idea to share them with other living beings.

They are much easier in Star Wars.  In SW, I start with a weird little head idea, like "Luke and Vader are talking on the phone!"  followed by "why?"  "how?" and "I really don't think they call them phones in the GFFA."  I focus on a few characters- what's Luke up to?  Vader?  Chewie?  Han and Leia?  They'd better get together.  I don't write stuff where Han and Leia don't eventually get together... And since I write and read mostly OT, it's a nice, short time zone.

So far, I have gotten ravenous angry plot bunnies for two comics AUs.  Both of them, for reasons only my subconcious knows, are Marvel, which is not even my favorite company and which has almost all of the few extant characters in any of my fandoms I actively hate.  The one that's currently biting the most started as a tiny teensy little couple of paragraphs I posted on here a while back.  And I meant for it to stay kind of tiny.

But first I had to flesh out some of the supporting characters.  Billy, Teddy, Tommy, might as well throw in the rest of the YA while I'm at it, but that means filling in the human side of the political climate, and then what's everybody else up to?  I might as well throw in a few more mutants to be fleshed out some, but not too many more, just the ones who'll have lines...

Yeah, right.  I'm now getting together an alternate backstory for Psylocke (Sammy, I'm giving her your hair) who by the way will not even appear.  Also the relationship count has expanded to pretty much every couple I've ever shipped ever a little in the MU ever, even though I still can't write romance to save my life, and also I think Professor X might kind of be evil now.

Maybe this is the problem with having such a big universe, with so many writers, many of whom disagree with each other about the characters so strenously?  Would Star Wars be this difficult if I ever got into the EU?  Aren't I thanking my lucky stars I never got into the EU? 

Anyway, this is basically a vent post, but any/all advice is welcome, etc.


Nov. 17th, 2010 08:52 pm
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New keyboard- actual, functional l key, always a plus.  Problem with the capslock, though- more bulletins as events warrent.  Also, it is large and clunky, things that I like and value in a keyboard.  Laptop-style ones make me feel like I'm not even typing, and make no happy clicky noises.  That being said, my old one made very nice clicky noises, and these different ones will take some getting used to.

Anyway.  Other news.

Green Lantern trailer- entertaining enough.  Still plan to see the movie.

School- I do not know why teacher A doesn't like me, and I am at a loss to explain why teacher B does.  She is a wonderful person and I very much like her, but I continually fail to keep on pace in her classes and yet she keeps asking me back.

I am considering dropping Generation Lost if the whole Ice situation does not improve.  She is a Norwegian ice princess.  She is not an offensive Roma stereotype loaded with angst.  Get this right, irritating writer person.  I will pick up Birds of Prey instead if I follow through on this.  Gail SImone understands proper characterization.

On the Marvel side of the aisle, Children's Crusade continues to be lovely.  Billy and Teddy are cuddly, Magneto is snarky, and Doctor Doom has a very, very nefarious plan.  It is clearly shaping up to be Billy's story more than anybody else's, but that is just fine because he is my favorite.

My webcomic for school is shaping up nicely.  Look for it online in early December most probably.
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DC-wise, Brave and the Bold is awesome, fun, and the kind of cartoon that kids shoud be watching, except for certain parts like the song that the Birds of Prey sang about how many superheroes were bad in bed.  /I/ sure enjoyed watching that bit, though.  Also it has Jaime Reyes, which is YAY! and an ep with Ted and Booster, which is Not Avaliable in the US Yet.  (sad).

Marvel-wise, I've been watching the little preview videos for the Avengers cartoon, and most of them look pretty nice, though I will admit that the Avengers aren't really tops on my list of superhero teams.  Still, they're entertaining enough, and the show looks to be decent.  They have deviated from the norm somewhat in one area that makes me alittle iffy-feeling, though.  Typical cartoon logic is that WWII was fought against generic bad guys in gray, occasionally with skull and crossbones logos, by Captain America and Wolverine.  They've got episodes like this in both the 90s X-Men series and Evolution.  In the upcoming cartoon, WWII was fought by the allies against supervillains, named HYDRA, which makes me... twitch... a little bit?  I just don't like it.  For one thing, I think whitewashing history for kids is NEVER a good idea- I read about Henry VIII constantly as a kid, and I turned out fi- anyway, the point is that history is something everybody needs to know, and trying to fictionalize it like this... it makes me distinctly uncomfortable. 

There was also a Wolverine cameo, by the way, for those keeping count.
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Things I love about each of my fandoms, by list of movies/books because it makes it easier.

Star Wars
 Phantom Menace- the goshdarn visuals.  Even Jar Jar's kind of pretty.
...Not like that.
Attack of the Clones-  Padme's outfits.  I need them. 
Revenge of the Sith- the fact that I cry at the end.  The lightsaber battles.  Anakin's eyes when he turns evil.
A New Hope- Luke as a farmkid.  The Death Star run.  Leia and Han snarking at each other.  The twelve million AUs every second of it spawns in my head.
Empire Strikes Back- Everything.  Han and Leia falling in love.  "I know."  Luke flailing around during the lightsaber battle, and Vader testing him.  Yoda.  Artoo suffering through Dagobah.
Return of the Jedi- the giant space battle.  Threepio as a god (shut up, I like the Ewoks).   Vader and Luke spending some quality father-son bonding time.  Han and Leia kissing, every time.
The EU- Tag and Bink.  More powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Avatar: the Last Airbender
Book One- Iroh, from episode one.  The crazy little plotty towns.  The crazy little plotless towns.  The Northern Water Tribe.
Book Two- Zuko.  Zuko, Zuko, Zuko, Zuko.  Toph.  Foggy swamp.  The ancient Asian hippies.  The way the plot grabbed me and did not let me go.
Book Three- Omnomnom, shirtless scenes.  The goshdarn finale.  Katara's fire nation outfit (so pretty!) and the hair.

DC Comics
Batfamily- The way Nightwing is the sane one.  Bruce and Selina chasing each other around.  Cassandra freaking Cain.
JLI & co- Booster and Ted's bromance/romance.  Ice and why she puts up with Guy.  Guy in general.  Barda in general. (also Scott Free).  The laughs.  The painful laughs.
Blue Beetle- The Reyes family.  Guy posthumously respecting Ted.  A forehead full of justice!  Theological implications!
Other- Lois and Clark in love.  The Green Lantern Corps.  RUFFLES THE RAGE KITTY.

Marvel Comics
Young Avengers- The giant messed up family reunion in progress.  Teddy and Billy being adorkable.  Kate and Eli snarking. 
X- people- X-Factor's giant old soap opera.  Ric and 'Star.  Magneto being all morally ambiguous, and him and Xavier continuing to really have no idea how normal people define "friendship."  Mohawk!Storm.
Other- Captain America, who understands why I love my country.


I feel better now.

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Over the past year or so, I have been forced to confront an unpleasant truth.

I am a shipper.

Now, I hope I'm not one of those crazy shippers, the ones who scream about how Zutara is canon and Kataang is evil, the ones who refuse to consider that their character ever had eyes for anyone but that one guy they brushed against in Episode Three, the ones who can squee at a level known to deafen dogs.  (My squees merely deafen siblings)

But I'm a shipper.  Sad.  But true.  I'm sorry.

So, now, in honor of finally admitting that fact, that old meme I did awhile back.  Ten ships.  The whys.  Any patterns.

Read more... )
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Clicky here for:

1. Star wars fic
2. Actual, live, comics fic
3. The original idea for my apocalypse!fic, which has since swiched fandoms and eaten my brain
4. My attempt at one of those cliched Zuko and Katara arranged marriage fics- but featuring no Zutara!
5. The semi sort of sequel to Wrong Number.
Read more... )
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Alright.  So I've been buying comics lately.  I do that.  There is nothing wrong with that, except that I wil probably never have allowance money left over again.  Thisweek I only got two.  I MEANT to only get one, but, dammit, there was a backup story in X-Men, of all places, that I needed.  So I purchased it, read only the back-up and an interview with a paleontologist who'd named a dinosaur after Loki, and am unsure what to do with the rest, which I don't care about or wish to read.  Perhpas I shall get a pen and draw humorous mustaches on Scott Summers.  That might be amusing.

The backup itself, however, was pure gold and wonderful and I need moremoremore of the author NOW.  My only minor quibble was that I kept expecting Magneto to slap Cyke and Wolverine for calling him "Erik."  I wasn't aware everybody was on such a nice first name basis, but, like I said, I'm not touching the main run with a ten-foot pole.  Major plot developments: Magneto is now pretty sure he has more grandkids, Billy is confirmed to be Jewish (and last issue Teddy talked about going to Episcopalian school.  Being religious myself, I like seeing these details of characters, particuarly with Billy and Teddy being boyfriends and all.  There was an entire website somewhere, actually, devoted to finding out what religion superheroes were, and it was fascinating.) and Wolverine, in the surprise of the century, does not trust a chronic supervillain around kids.

Anyway.  Great fun.  Also enjoyed Generation Lost this week.  I've always liked Captain Atom, ever since he had a Southern accent on JLU.
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Yeah, yeah, I will get to those essays.  This is just a different meta thing that popped dramtically into my brain.  My standards for heroes and villains, and how they differ.  Namely: who I root for.  (Besides the Davidson Wildcats)

I began thinking about this when I realized how little sense it makes that my favorite Marvel character is an occasionally genocidal, often fairly insane supervillain, and yet I want to see Scott Summers and this trophy girlfriend they're claiming is Emma Frost die horribly in magma, preferably on-panel.  This is a bit of a turnaround for me, fandomwise.  Generally I root for the heroes.  They're the heroes, after all.  The villains are the villains.  I understand that.

And maybe that's the issue.  I have low standards for my villains.  I do not expect to see Darth Vader cuddle puppies, and that is part of what makes it such a heartwarming moment when he won't let the Emperor kill Luke.  For anyone else in the cast, this would be  a no-brainer- leaving it for as long as Vader did would in fact make them less of heroes.  On the other hand, I fully expect Luke to try to save his father- it's why he's such a wonderful, selfless, desperate for a family again guy.  (Side note: I've got it in my head that out on Tatooine, being a lawless desert full of little farms, family is everything, sort of like out in the country.  When Luke loses Owen and Beru, he literally has nothing left, and so he of course easily clings to Obi-Wan, Leia, and even Han.  But that is a half-formed story for another time.)  When Cyclops, who I'm apparently supposed to hold up as the hero, is shacking up with his mistress and I'm supposed to believe it's a Love Story For the Ages, I draw some lines.  I could totally get behind Scott and Emma as a messed up relationship between messed up people- that's the sort of paring I like.  But when it's presented as the second coming of Scott and Jean, I can't get behind that.  It doesn't click for me.  It actively annoys me.

(Of course, Marvel also apparently expects me to believe that trading your marriage to the devil for your dead aunt (who had ALREADY reached Her Time, and as a Presbyterian, I can respect reaching One's Time) is a perfectly selfless, heroic act that will have no negative consequences whatsoever, and men are "more interesting" without wives or women, and- okay, that's another rant for another day...)

Also, dear idiot fanboys on the message board I should not visit, feminism is not evil.  I'm sorry you live in your mom's basment and can't get laid.  Don't take it out on us.


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